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Kun by opensea64

There is a disclaimer used in investment brochures. Past performance is no indication of future outcomes. The same could be said for mountaineering. Just because you have done well in the past, does not guarantee success on future climbs. And so I write my story about Mt Kun. Or “Project 7000” as I dubbed it.

Mt Kun (7077m) is part of a massif known as Nun Kun, in the Zanskar Mountains of northen India. Nun and Kun are both just over 7000m high and stand out as some of the highest peaks in the region, not far from the Pakistan border. In 2013 I climbed Kang Yatze 2, 6200m in nearby Ladakh. I made it to 6140m due to rather tough snow conditions on the day.

Del Campo - a photo TR by awilsondc

As an avid scrambler, I've had my eye on Del Campo Peak for several years now and I was finally able to make it up to the summit. It did not disappoint! Gothic Basin is beyond beautiful, and the scramble up Del Campo was everything I had hoped for. This area is quite the drive for me so I set the alarm for 2:40am and hit the road by 3:20 for the 3+ hour drive to the trailhead. I wanted to get an early start since it was supposed to be hot, and hot it was! I got to the trailhead about 6:30 and it was already pretty warm. I had brought a bike for the first mile on the old road which was nice. After ditching the bike I hit the trail at a good pace and made it to Gothic Basin in a couple hours. The place is stunning!

Climbing Bhagirathi - II, Alpine Style by lingana

B-I, II and III Kedar Dome and Kedarnath Peaks I got immersed in a sea of memories, when I started walking out from Gangotri towards Goumukh. BC Tent It was around 12 years ago that I had visited this place with my would-be wife and people who are my best of friends today. At every turn and curve, I could visualize the situations that had arisen, and how we all handled them. The Majestic Shivling, Baby Shivling and Meru There were people who were so tired that they couldn’t take a single step forward, there was a serious mishap that we all averted, there was last-minute running around for fuel, there was stay overs in local dhabas because our porters had not arrived. 1st rays hit Shivling Tribute With these and many more incidents in my mind, I revisited this place which is called a “haven for mountaineers”. Close-up of Kedardome and Kedarnath Peaks The last time was for Thelu, ilhouette this time the aim was Bhagirathi – II. Little did I know that this visit is going to be an equally eventful one.

Enchantments Redemption 2015 - Enchantment Peaks Cannon Mountain by Jeb

Three of us started early on Tuesday morning so that we could be to the top of Aasgard Pass before the sun hit us. Colin geeked out on a rubber boa we found on the Colchuck Lake Trail. We took a long break by the lake at the base of Aasgard before flying up in two pushes. About 200' below the top we climbed a fun friction slab with two small waterfalls on it. I was expecting similar snow levels to our August trip last year but it became immediately apparent that would not be the case.

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Walking with Mr. Muir Walking with Mr. Muir by dwhike

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir

Alpine pioneers:  the Alpine pioneers: the "Tschingel Company", a legendary team by Silvia Mazzani

Dogs’ vocation for mountaineering is out of discussion. In the past the St Bernard, the kingsize dog from the St Bernard Hospice, which saved travelers crossing the Alps between Italy and Switzerland, when scattered in the ancient snowy nights, was long regarded as the only mountain dog. Who could forget the invincible Barry, founder of all the St Bernards, victim of his generosity, who after saving forty wayfarers was killed by the forty-first one? Actually the more recent history tells us about other brave dogs summiting peaks, climbing, crossing glaciers alone, finding people buried under an avalanche! Anyhow, nowadays Tschingel (Berner Oberland, CH 1865 - Dorking, UK 1879) still remains the most famous tailed-mountaineer of all the times! Indeed the star of Tschingel will shine forever in the history of alpinism, in reason of her value and her challenging mountain climbs.

Rappel Anchors: A few thoughts Rappel Anchors: A few thoughts by Brian C

Going up results in coming back down and naturally, rappelling is an ever important part of climbing. In addition, many people use rappels that are not involved in technical climbing with some examples being canyoneering, sport rappelling and challenging scrambles. Since rappelling puts your well-being entirely at the mercy of the technical system that you have established, if any point of the system fails you are likely going to be injured (or worse). Rappel accidents occur every year due a wide variety of mostly avoidable scenarios and even experienced climbers fall prey.

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Endurance Endurance by rdmc

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<i>Shudder before the Beautiful Shudder before the Beautiful by lcarreau

"The music of this awe: Deep silence between the notes ... Deafens me with endless love. This vagrant Island Earth ... A pilgrim shining bright; We are shuddering before the Beautiful ...", Looking north to Angel's Landing from the floor of Zion Canyon, Utah. Angels Landing is nearly 1,500 feet (457 m) above the floor of Zion Canyon and affords excellent views up and down the canyon. Midday provides the best lighting for views into the depths of the canyon, and summer monsoon thunderstorms can frequently take shape without warning. July 2015

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