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Father and Daughter Adventures in Central America by Scott

This is the story of a father-daughter adventure in Central America. I had told the kids that when they turned 10, they could do a trip with just dad if they would like.

Shaylee and I had planned a trip to Central America so we could do a humanitarian aid trek. Unfortunately, the organizers of the treks decided that she was too young, so we had to make alternate plans. We came up with lots of alternate plans including bungee jumping, climbing volcanoes, ziplining, and viewing wildlife. Despite a few bumps and setbacks, we accomplished a lot in our allotted 19 days away from home.

This was my third time to Guatemala (having been there in 1992-1993 and 2008) and Shaylee’s second time. I knew Guatemala had changed when the first store I saw was a Wal-Mart! Although I had been to Guatemala on two previous trips, other than climbing Volcán Tajumulco, we would visit things and areas that we hadn’t seen before. The first trip to Guatemala, I climbed Volcán Tacana and Volcán Tajumulco and the second time we visited Esquipulas and the Copan area.

We had also both visited El Salvador previously (2008), but last time we visited La Palma and El Pital (the highest peak in the country), so this time we’d see all new areas.
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Harvard/Columbia winter traverse 2015 by pchernik

On Friday, January 16th we drove down from Denver area to Buena Vista. The guide book talked about parking around 9200 ft in the winter, as the road would not be plowed past that point. We drove up to about 9000 ft of elevation, but had to go back and park around 8700 on the side of the road, as we didn't have chains and the 4WD had trouble going up the snowy uphill.

We left the car around 10pm and hiked in up to roughly 9100 ft, just past the boundary of the San Isabel National Forest, where we pitched our tent on the snow. Given that next day's 8 mile hike didn't promise to be too difficult, we set the alarm for 7:30am, and went to sleep around midnight.

On Saturday, January 17th we got up around 7:30 am, and started moving by about 9am after having breakfast and packing up.
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Christmas 2014 on Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl by shknbke

Orizaba has been on my list of international adventures for quite some time. It is a logical stepping stone to grander plans. With my only above 14K’ experience being on Kili some 7 years ago, it was prudent to test the waters at high altitude again. My experience on Kili was good, but I didn’t feel as strong on summit day as I would have liked. My friends Dave and Jane Schmid had a trip booked for late December, but I wasn’t sure I could pull off the vacation days. Since the trip was wrapped around Christmas weekend, it would only require 4 days off. The bonus for this trip would be 17er Iztaccihuatl on a day’s rest if the weather cooperated. I signed up with a little over a month to plan, and it was a decision I wouldn’t regret!

There were 7 of us, but we had 3 different travel itineraries. Dave, Jane, and I elected to use the shuttle services of Antonio Juarez Guzman for travel to the Canchola’s hostel in Tlachichuca. We also used him for transport to Izta and back to Mexico City. Although the bus system would have been about 1/3rd of the cost, the convenience was worth it. We didn’t have to worry about our gear getting stolen and were able to pickup groceries very conveniently. Antonio and his employee Joel were very reliable for the duration of the trip and are highly recommended.
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Trapdike, December 2014 by nickbk

The Adirondacks received a lot of snow this past December, so on December 20 the Trapdike was much more of a snow climb than an ice climb. In fact, at several points I was swinging my ice tools through a few inches of snow and into rock. And on the slab we found ourselves similarly having nothing under the snow to stick our crampons into.

Because of all snow, the gully part of the climb was easy at first. The 3 of us roped up together with a 60-meter rope, and Josh put in a few anchors and ice screws at the most tricky and exposed points. All 3 of us used 2 ice tools, although for much of the climb I gripped onto the top and used the handle like a mountaineering ice ax.
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The History of SummitPost, Volume IV The History of SummitPost, Volume IV by Bob Sihler

This article, and the one to follow it, is not an attempt to recreate those previous ones. As someone who joined in 2004 and didn't really become active until the fall of 2006, I just do not have the firsthand knowledge to document what those articles covered. Also, this article is not going to go into every significant change and event on SP since the times those articles spanned. Instead, its focus is on one of two questions I and many others have asked many times.
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How To Leave SP How To Leave SP by Bob Sihler

Over the years that I have been a member here, I've seen many departures, some more memorable than others, and it has led me to conclude that if you decide to leave SP, you should do so in style instead of going quietly, which is no fun for anyone and virtually assures that you will soon be forgotten.

Hopefully, this article will provide some useful tips for how to make your exit from SP one for the memories!

There are two essential components to a good public breakup with SP: flaming in the forum and deleting your material. Let's examine the two in more detail.
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Pioneering Revisited:Remembering the Legends of Climbing on the Grand Pioneering Revisited:Remembering the Legends of Climbing on the Grand by JRB

Pioneering spirit is fed by achievement, the more difficult the challenge, the more satisfying the process. Falling short whets the appetite for more. Failure is not to be feared, because in failing one proves that the planned objectives are not assured. There is just something about climbing the Grand; following in the footsteps of the forerunners of climbing. Our visit to the Grand Teton in 2014 caused an adrenaline surge in our novice group, not only because of its’ deep history, but the challenges that the volcanically formed Tetons serves up to rookies.
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Michael Reardon soloing Romantic Warrior at the Needles, CA Michael Reardon soloing Romantic Warrior at the Needles, CA by Mark Niles

This is Michael Reardon soloing the second crux pitch of Romantic Warrior (V 5.12) at the Needles, CA. I'm not sure there is much more to say. Tremendous exposure with stout ratings and for the first time in my life, I told Michael that I needed to get in my own eight-foot eggshell, and that was while on the rope!

Marble Peak Marble Peak by rizwan

Marblel peak 6256m exist on baltoro concordia karakoram pakistan this shoot taken from concordia on 50th anniversry of k2.

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