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Le Tour des Lacs by Gangolf Haub

Corsica! They call it L'Ile de la Beauté - the island of eauty. They call it La Montagne dans la Mèr - the mounntain in the sea. The names are fully deserved: there are some 50 2000ers on the island and if you happen to visit the island in late spring or early summer you'llbe impressed by the natural scenery. Most of the island is made up from granite - either the solid grey one you also get elsewhere, or the red tafoni granite, which forms grotesque sculptures with holes, windows, caves and overhangs. Sometimes you'll find both forms very close to each other but usually you'ge to Porto on the west coast or Bavella in the south to admire Tafonis. And go to the high mountains of Haute Corse for the rock solid grey granite.
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Mentok Kangri 2 by opensea64

My pursuit of 6000m plus peaks has been an exciting one, since my first foray into climbs over 20,000 feet in Nepal in2010. Island Peak (6189m) in Nepal was such a game changer that I knew I had crossed the line between my love of climbing pretty much anything that looked like a mountain, to the high peaks of the world.

After summiting Island Peak, I knew I wanted to climb a higher peak, over 7000m. In 2015 the attempt on Kun(7077m) came fairly close, to a height of 6600m, thwarted by issues of weatherand other factors affecting our team. Weturned around 477m short instead of trying for the summit. Of course then I was plagued with second thoughts , the “what if” … Most people seem to think the decision to abandon the summit on that occasion was wise, and unwise decisions on high mountains don’t always have happy endings. So Iguess I will just have to live with that. As Brigitte Muir-Koch (the Everestclimber who led my Island Peak trip) said to me afterwards, “Better to come back alive, after all, you can always return, the mountains will always be there. “
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Stuck on Gerlach by rgg

Looking down, I'm guessing that it can't be more than thirty meters to the bottom of the steep couloir I'm descending. If only I could get there, I would be off the mountain and in hiking territory all the way back to civilization. But how? That's a whole different ball game. Sure, my route description offers two possibilities, but after considering both of them, I don't feel comfortable to commit to either one. I have to face it, I'm stuck. How do I get off this mountain?

I first got to this point an hour earlier. Up until then my descent had been swift and easy. Sure, a few times the route was less than obvious, but whenever I didn't see traces where others had gone before, I just scrambled down wherever it looked feasible, and it never took long before I picked up the route again. And the place where I was right now matched the route description - so why wasn't there a relative easy way down anymore? Was it there, but did I not see it? Or had something changed since the route description was written?
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July 2016 climb of Thunderbird by gregevans

We have been hiking and climbing in Glacier National Park on an annual basis for over 20 years. Most of that time has been spent on the eastern side of the park, in the Two Medicine, Logan Pass and Many Glacier areas. But having explored those areas pretty thoroughly now, we changed things up this year by going to the northwest part of the park, a remote region accessible with a car only by dirt roads, 40 miles from Columbia Falls. The region is just as spectacular as the east side of the park, but tends to have fewer people, and longer approaches to the mountain climbs. So, in late July of 2016 we set off on a four day/three night backpack trip to climb Thunderbird Mountain. The route includes trail and off-trail hiking, bush whacking, a stunning base camp perched on top of a ridge, a steep snow crossing, and class 3 climbing. Much of the off trail portion can be seen in Figure 1. The route is described in a popular guide book by Edwards (A Climbers Guide to Glacier National Park, J Gordon Edwards, Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, MT, 1984), and we recommend consulting that, but there are a few places in that description where some clarifications are helpful, which are described below.
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CRYSTALS OF THE MONTE BIANCO (<b><i>The Crystal Hunters</i></b> First Part) CRYSTALS OF THE MONTE BIANCO (The Crystal Hunters First Part) by Antonio Giani

Franco Lucianaz was born in Aosta February the 16th, 1941 and he lives in fraction Valpettaz (Charvensod). Ex Regional dependent USL of the Aosta Valley, ski monitor and president of the Aosta Valley Mineralogical group "Les Amis di Berrio" (from 1995). Because of his long and proven career of mineralogist (cristallier or researcher of champions of crystals) he is defined by now in the local environment a "legend."
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Out of the Ashes - A New Pine Ridge Emerges Out of the Ashes - A New Pine Ridge Emerges by panhandletrails

Fortunately for Nebraska’s Pine Ridge region, the “three strikes and you are out” rule does not apply. Major forest fires in 1989, 2006 and 2012 devastated the forests and meadows of the region, drastically changing the landscape for a long time to come. If these major fires were not enough, there were numerous smaller fires in intervening years. Pine Ridge District Ranger Tim Buskirk reported that 90% of the woodlands in forest service lands in western Nebraska have been lost.
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Pioneering Ship Rock Pioneering Ship Rock by Brian C

This is a short piece I worked on about the history of climbing on Ship Rock. It was considered to be the last great challenge in North America and has a very vibrant history. This is not meant to be exhaustive and should only serve as a brief introduction.
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Aiguille Noire de Peuterey (3773m). Aiguille Noire de Peuterey (3773m). by Jake

Aiguille Noire de Peuterey (3773m). September 2012.

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The sensational and super exposed 6th pitch!

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