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Cordillera Blanca 2016 by NatureGirl

It was 2009 when I first climbed high mountains and it happened to be in Peru as well - Misti (5.822 m) - and already by then my target was the Cordillera Blanca / White Range. Due to various events I've never made it till this summer ... finally heading to Cordillera Blanca and with a great plan. We were a team of 3: a friend of us, my boy friend (mountain guide) and me, 5 summits scheduled in 3 weeks, all well prepared so we could get started immediately. Our first week: Urus (5.420), Ishinca (5.530 m) & Tocllaraju (6.032 m).

4 full days in Mexico by xDoogiex

I was wanting to go down to Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccíhuatl for awhile. Especially after my failed attempt on Cayambe the year before. I didn't have much time or any time to acclimatize on that trip and just wanted the experience. I wasn't even sure if I would make this trip till 2 days before. I went through All Climbing Colorado up here and they went through Cumbre 7 expeditions. Since I fly standby the first issue was making it on a Sunday. One of the worst days to fly. Houston was all booked so I flew to San Francisco at sea level. I hungout with two co workers as they traveled to Japan for a bit. Due to flow control into SFO my 4hr layover ended up turning into 7hrs. After a huge delay I was on my way and I texted Alex to know I was going to make it. I arrived to Mexico City about 10:30pm. That was my first time flying international with my own equipment. I met my guide Luis for the week and we drove down to Amecameca. There I met Ruben and we talked for a bit and I slept in a hotel.

Death Looms A Foot Away by EastKing

This trip was a mere foot or less from ending so differently from the terrific success that it did. It often is a reminder of how much one should cherish all of ther experiences and not take thing for granted. It is also a reminder that hiking and climbing has its inherit dangers even on the easiest of trails. Thankfully though, this was a great success and the near tragedy did not happen.

This trip formed largely because I was getting very depressed over having a very poor summer. As some of you may know, my health is really beginning to fail me in many ways. I have been dramatically slowed from having constantly swollen feet to sleeping issues and serious weight gain linked to a serious case of hypothyroidism. On top of this, this was another very stressful summer working and the result was yet another summer let down. I look to be going into the winter having to accomplish the least amount of hikes and climbs since 2007, the year I moved to Washington State. Also, we had a very rainy October when I was finally going to get out and enjoy danger and you can see how frustrated I became. Add on that I took off three in November only to find out that they were going to be rainy as well, and I flew out to California.

So, on the last minute I decided to book myself a flight to Los Angeles with the goal of doing Mount San Antonio and whatever other peak I could find in the region. My friend, Josh Lewis, was having a number of issues going on so I decided to bring him along as well. I figured I needed him due to the fact my health is not what it once was and I may need some help and encouragement along the way.

A Short Walk in the Grand Canyon-Rim to Rim by Bill Reed

Rim to Rim has a cool sound to it, no doubt. Though it’s somewhat commonplace today, not all that long ago the idea of hiking across the Grand Canyon was anything but and it’s not something I even considered until an opportunity to go back to the Canyon came up recently. My brother-in-law from England was retiring in May of 2014 and he fancied a trip into the Canyon to knock off one of the first things on his “Bucket List”. After some initial discussions on the idea in September of 2013, we decided to apply for a permit for September of 2014. As we hammered out our plans via e-mail over the next couple months, the trip morphed from a simple down and back from the South Rim to a north to south Rim to Rim. Since I’d done the down and back thing a couple times and had never been to the North Rim, I suggested it and Steve, being Steve readily agreed to it. When I spoke of the trip to my buddy, Nelson, he expressed an interest in accompanying us. The more the merrier Steve said, “He can help you carry me out of the Canyon if I can’t make it!”. So be it. All that was left was to get our permit, make the necessary reservations, and to get in shape! As it turned out, getting in shape would arguably be the easiest part.

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The Blood and Bones of the Desert The Blood and Bones of the Desert by Bob Sihler

It was March 1996, my first trip to Arches National Park. My brothers and I had hiked the popular and spectacular Devils Garden Trail to its terminus at Dark Angel, a beautiful pillar of red sandstone. Back at the trailhead, I had glancingly noticed a sign saying something about the crust being alive, but in my rush to get a jump on the dozens of other hikers getting ready to start out, I paid little attention and just hit the trail.

Sixties with Style Thirty: East of the Petit Capucin Sixties with Style Thirty: East of the Petit Capucin by OsvaldoCardellina

The History of the two Capucins is fairly recent in relation to the development of the entire Mountaineering: it began just before the First World War and ends few years after the end of the Second with the conquest by Walter Bonatti and Luciano Ghigo of the East Wall of the Grand Capucin. Clearly, the events will also happen later, as the story of all the mountains of this world is infinite. But it is another story, because the current "Classic" now it is sold out.

Layton Kor - The Giant Layton Kor - The Giant by Liba Kopeckova

Layton Kor was one of America’s greatest and most revered climbers. He came from a small town in Minnesota, born in 1938, and was a bricklayer by trade. He taught himself to climb by chopping steps with pickaxe up a clay embankment in Texas: “I’d seen the climbers in the movie with ice axes and I thought that as the way it was done”, he wrote. In the mid 50s, Kor’s parents relocated to Boulder, where the area is abundant with rocks. He put up many routes here as a teenager, especially Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, the Flatirons and Lumpy Ridge.

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Kendall Peak Sunrise Kendall Peak Sunrise by awilsondc

A few minutes after sunrise from the ridge just below Kendall Peak's summit. Snoqualmie Mountain on the left. Alpine Lakes Wilderness, 10-22-16

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