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Kang Yatze 2 by opensea64

Ladakh. What a place. I have wanted to go there for a long time, and it did not disappoint. Some of the worlds most spectacular mountain scenery and matched by a very Tibetan flavoured culture, makes it a place that is unique. Not only is the whole area a high altitude desert, but it has a good share of Himalayan "big peaks" to play with. And so, with a planned trek through the amazing Markha Valley, it was inevitable that I was going to look for another 6000m peak to climb. I do have aspirations for mountains higher than that, but after the success of Island Peak in 2010, I really wanted to see if it was just a lucky break, or did I have the ability to do it all again?

Mountain of the Gods indeed by taniagrotter

On the night of July 13-14, my brother and I headed our from Athens on an epic Balkans road trip with the goal of attending a music festival in Montenegro and climbing some mountains on the way. First stop was Mt Olympus. We left the city around 1am, hoping to get to the trailhead by 6am. Little did we know that Google Maps doesn’t really know about regional constructions in Greece, so we ended up at the trailhead in Prionia at 7am. Getting to Prionia was more straightforward than what I expected it to be. We took the Litochoro exit from the E1 highway (at the 422nd km), then drove for 5km into the village, from which we followed green signs pointing towards “Olympus/Όλυμπος” and Prionia. Another 11km of twisted (yet empty at this time of day) roads later, we were at the trailhead.

My First Technical Climbing by Wiktoria Plawska

I have been hiking mountains and backpacking for as long as I can remember. My first exposure to “climbing” was in the Tatra Mountains. However this was still pretty much Via Ferrata just without clipping into the metal supports. I have also scrambled class 3 and short class 4 terrain like Old rag Mountain, Longs Peak, and Sunlight Peak. However, I have never truly been technical climbing on a real rock until this past weekend.

I don’t know if the thick plastic rock walls in Outdoor World; or climbing up a rock wall at the YMC at 3 a.m. count as actually climbing. I guess so, but what I mean is I have never been climbing out on an actual mountain. I was ecstatic to be finally doing it, and the week beforehand in which I played Wii Fit for hours at a time could not end any sooner!

Mount Olympus Blue Glacier by keeganray

We woke up at 4:30 am and headed out by 5:30 from Kingston. Got a hearty breakfast in Port Angeles and started the hike by 9:30. We had a perfect weather window. The forecast was clear skies for the next five days! Ran into a ranger along the way. He warned of hornets at mile 2, 3 and 8 if I remember correctly and said to watch out for the goat at Glacier Meadows. We were making good time and got to 5 mile island in two hours. We saw some hornet nests, but thankfully didn't run into many hornets.

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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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