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Winter Ascent of Wasatch BM by ZeeJay

After my trip to Tokewanna, the next logical step in my quest for winter ascents of Utah's 13,000 footers was another peak accessed from the East Fork Blacks Fork guard station. However, it was so unseasonably warm, that I couldn't bear the thought of slogging down the potentially muddy road for 11 miles to the cabin. First the weather seemed too hot, then it seemed too unsettled. Finally, a week after a 2' snow dump, it was just right.

I would try for either Mount Lovenia (13219') or Wasatch Benchmark (13156'). Wasatch Benchmark was a little closer but still would be almost 20 miles round trip from the cabin. Lovenia probably had an easier ascent once I dropped my skis. I say probably, because as far as I knew no one had ever climbed Lovenia in the winter or near winter.

Gathering on Gardners by Mike Lewis

Fletcher Jordan picked me up at Lynnwood at 6:30am and we drove to the trail head with few stops watching the clouds disappear and sunshine prevail while going through the North Cascades arriving at Wolf Creek sometime around 11am. We were warned of the 10.3 mile approach. Even though there is only a 2,500' difference of elevation, the true gain is closer to 3,000' due to over a dozen rises that bump up and down. I was a bit worried about my knee so I brought a brace that gimpilator lent me which turned out to be a good investment. We took it slow on the way in and it was alright. We noticed that the creeks were swollen and silty. About a mile after the trail forks right we heard what we assume was a bear. The Gardner Meadows were snow-free and had deer and rabbit roaming. We arrived at camp early around 4pm and just took the rest of the afternoon to just relax. I had a chilimac supper with unfiltered water listening to birds.

From the steep to the deep - Gunung Agung Crossover Route by rockymountaindiva

We had signed up for a 9-day dive 'safari' around Bali and discovered some trip reports to Mt. Agung on some other web sites, so thought it would be a fun thing to do. In order to avoid risk of decompression injury, we needed to either wait 24 hours after diving, or climb prior to the start of the dive trip. So we booked our flight a few days early and planned an early bicycle ride for the warm-up activity, to be followed by the climb of Mt. Agung.

We found the Great Mountain Views (GMV) Bali lodge online, reserved a room, and wrote to them about getting a guide for the crossover route on the mountain. Normally the trips leave at midnight but we all live in Colorado at high altitude and were in good shape so requested a 2 am departure. They agreed and found us an excellent guide, a retired schoolteacher named Wayan Tegteg. In Bali, Hindus are named for the order of their birth. Wayan (plus 2 other names that I can't remember) is the first born, then Made (plus 2 other names, etc) and so forth. So it is easy to have just a few names to remember.

Corcoran-LeConte Springtime Traverse by PellucidWombat

“Hhuuuuggggghh!!” I groaned as I hoisted my pack onto my shoulders. The pack was larger than my torso, and Joel estimated that it was somewhere around 70lbs. I could tell that the 3,400 ft gain to our campsite was going to be a little tough with such a heavy pack. Joel and I had come up to Lone Pine with ambitious plans – camp at Meyson Lakes and the following day climb Mt LeConte, traverse to Corcoran, and bag Mts Mallory & Irvine on our way back to camp.

Normally I don’t pack so heavily, but this trip involved a lot of unknowns, and we brought enough gear to deal with every one that concerned us. Most of our concerns were regarding the waterfall pitch. Every report on SP stated that its class 3 rating was underrated, and someone on the site had mentioned that it would probably be even worse with snow cover. I couldn’t tell from the photos how hard it was, how high it was, or how exposed it was. In response, I decided to bring a rope and a little bit of pro, in case we wanted to protect the pitch. Since we had no idea how much it would be covered with snow and ice, Joel and I also brought our ice tools in addition to our crampons, helmet, rope, pro etc. and whatever gear we thought we’d need for two days of snow camping.

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The World War I in the Dolomites,  may 1915 - may 2015 The World War I in the Dolomites, may 1915 - may 2015 by AlbertoRampini

While the WWI broke out in 1914, the fighting on the alpine chain and on the Dolomites began about a year later, on 1915, May 24th, just a century ago, after the Italian war's declaration against the Austro-Ungarian Empire. Between 1914, July and 1918, November, the First World War involved the greatest world powers and some of the minor ones. It was initially an European war between Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany and Ottoman Empire coalition opposed to other European countries, as United Kingdom, France, Russia and Italy, but with the subsequent involvement of the United States of America and Japan it became a full-scale war, taking the name of "World War" or "Great War". The Italian-Austrian border ran for 370 kilometers along the line drawn in 1866, an almost entirely mountainous border. The mountains were a natural bulwark in which, next to the two warring parties, a common enemy soon made its appearance: the winter at high altitude. Fighting involved different alpine and subalpine groups, as Adamello, Ortles-Cevedale, Carnian Alps and Little Dolomites, but unexpectedly the Dolomite front was the place where the war in altitude reached the limite of sacrifice. "A war within the war", where it was first of all necessary to survive the extreme environmental conditions, then to fight.

Dog Our Best Friend Dog Our Best Friend by Liba Kopeckova

She gave me bravery on my first trips to Colorado Mountains. I am not sure if I would have been able to reach the summits without her. We spent many nights out alone, but we were not alone-- we had each other.

The Machard Knot The Machard Knot by ericvola

Although Serge Marchard died at just 18, he had the time and genius to give to the climbing community a magnificent gift, maybe today the most used auto-block, auto-jamming knot.

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Baby Horny Baby Horny by Deb

Micro-baby Horny Toad we came across at the base of the Whites. He apparently wasn't as thrilled about seeing us as we were about seeing him. 22 May 2015

Descending to Domjoch from Taschhorn 4490m Descending to Domjoch from Taschhorn 4490m by markhallam

Descending from the Taschhorn in 1986, the ridge crest became so narrow we had to drop below the crest to teeter above the 3000ft abyss on the west side of the ridge.

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