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Hiking for the Holidays by nartreb

My wife and I were fighting. Again. Even worse, the December holidays were coming up. Mercifully, Hanukah had come and gone at the same time as Thanksgiving, but soon we'd face St Nick's Day, Orthodox Christmas, and Roman Christmas, each bringing obligations and expectations. (I'm an atheist, but my family is made of immigrants from various places, each with very firm holiday traditions.) "Sorry, we'll be in FarAwayFromYouia that week" was a tempting strategy, but there was a problem with that idea too. For some reason, my wife and I can't seem to travel anywhere together without having a huge fight by the end. This year, my wife wanted to go on a Caribbean cruise, which, frankly, sounded very boring to me. With a stop in Disney World -- my idea of a perfect hell. So I was relieved when she told me she'd decided to leave me behind. I figured I'd hang out, catch up on sleep, do some hiking, maybe some ice climbing (if I could find a partner -- marriage and children have thinned my Rolodex). Not ideal, but I was looking forward to being by myself for a while.

The thing about my wife is, though she's impossible to live with much of the time, and she's guaranteed to cause a major relationship crisis at least once a month, every once in a while she'll give me a nice surprise - like a round-trip ticket to Seattle so I could do some holiday hiking with my old friend Greg (better known as EastKing here on SummitPost).

Maple Mountain in Early Spring by jtrain

I pulled up to the parking lot for the Y trail head just before 6 am Saturday morning. There was a large group of college students congregating there to hike the Y. It took only a minute to pull out my pack, throw on a jacket and start off up the trail. One thing I left in the car was the 7.5 minute USGS quad map that was in the passenger seat but I wouldn't think about for another hour and a half. Having the entire Y trail to myself, I kept up a good pace to the top of Y and knew I wouldn't see the group from the parking lot again, or anyone else for that matter, until coming back down the mountain. The week before I had been up to the summit of Y Mountain for the first time and coming down the trail from Slate Canyon to the Y I had flushed a few chukars out of the brush on the steep slope below. Now I could hear their calls in the rocky cliffs above as I hiked on the same trail.

Parker Loop by boyblue

I used to enjoy studying topo maps of the Sierra Nevada for the purpose of weekend peak bagging trips. I was especially interested in the more easily reached trailheads of eastern Yosemite- only about 3 or 4 hours from where I lived in San Jose. Sometimes these trips would be done as dayhikes, but more often than not, I would do them as 'over-nighters' with a lightweight pack. The idea was to keep things as simple as possible in order to have as much flexibility as possible.

One summer in late July, four peaks on the western edge of the Mono Craters quad caught my attention: Kuna Peak, Koip Peak, Parker Peak and Mount Wood. A nice collection of peaks that ranged from between 12,500 and 13,000 feet in elevation. All were connected by a wide east-west trending ridge that had an overall length of about three miles. Traveling from peak to peak looked easy with very little elevation loss and gain. Easy money- but, how was I to access this interesting ridge? Therein lay the rub.

Dude, we gotta snuggle. Mt. Anderson pt.1 by olympicmarmot

Under a near perfect sky, Wes and I watch the first stars appear. They arrive slowly from east to west toward the fading remnants of sunset. We sit with our backs against a large boulder, cleaved smooth on one side by moving ice. The boulder is snuggly imbedded near the terminus of the Anderson Glacier, jutting up like a huge weathered tombstone. My tent is pitched twenty yards away, and we plan on climbing Mt. Anderson in the morning.

Massive walls of glacier scoured sandstone rise around us in a loose horseshoe shape, creating an alpine basin dominated by the snow streaked summits of Mt. Anderson and West Peak, rising 2,000 feet above our heads due north.

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Class Four is a Myth: Problems in YDS Class Four is a Myth: Problems in YDS by jacobsmith

Although technical mountaineering in the western United States has evolved directly from the Californian climbing communities, the nature of technical ascent has changed radically since then and their system, the Yosemite Decimal System, is no longer an effective descriptive tool. What is ultimately needed is an overhaul of the system, and this will be considered later in this essay, but first the pressing issue – fourth class. The basic problem with ‘class four’ is that in the modern usage it overlaps entirely with class three and low fifth. The exact division between these categories is the most vague and blurred in the entire system, due in no small part to the upward expansion of fifth class.

Epiphanies and Revelations Epiphanies and Revelations by Bob Sihler

Rather than explain what’s beautiful about the mountains-- the colors, the clouds, the wildlife and wildflowers, the inspiring forms, etc.-- which doesn’t really explain the yearning, the outright need, that many climbers and hikers feel in their cores, and rather than explain the fact that in the mountains I find my only complete peace, inspiration, and redemption, sometimes I simply tell my story, the story of my awakening, and it is only then, as I relate my feelings from those days, that people at last begin to understand.

Denise Escande The Chibania Denise Escande The Chibania by ericvola

Born the 25th of October 1914, Denise died the 3rd May 2007 after several years of living nearly blind and a cripple due to damaged hips that no doctor wanted to operate. She discovered mountaineering at 35 and for the following 40 years she devoted her time to climbing. In 1962 after her ascents of the Walker spur, the West face of the Dru and other major routes such as the Carlesso at the Torre Trieste, she was made a member of the GHM, but as she stated: “For girls they were not too demanding!”

A member also of the Alpine Club (1976), when she stopped climbing, she quitted all the climbing clubs she was a member of as for her: “Alpine clubs are for active members not for retired war-horses!” She remained a maiden all her life and her little chalet (in Les Moussoux – Chamonix) facing the Mont-Blanc was the base camp of many of the greatest climbers worldwide. She was the most famous French female climber during those years along with Sonia Livanos and Simone Badier.

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From the west From the west by chugach mtn boy

The west face of Nest Peak (sunlit, upper right center) as seen from Indianhouse Mountain, Oct. 10, 2010.

Evening scene with Swinica peak Evening scene with Swinica peak by Tomek Lodowy

Evening views from Kozi Wierch summit to the West. Swinica peak and running clouds breaking across Western Tatra ridges Tatra Mountains - Poland 26th January 2014

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