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The Island of Bliss by RobSC

Not so many years ago National Geographic ran an article on a faraway mysterious land half a world away filled with improbably plants, jagged mountains, and utter obscurity, a land known as Socotra, the "Island of Bliss" as it has frequently been called. Alexander the Great's men had been here and Cleopatra sent an expedition this way. The Greeks talked of elephants, the phoenix is mentioned; truly this is a place of legends. Over a third of the plants there are endemic and they often look more out of the pages of Dr. Seuss than anything earthly. The more I learned of this mysterious place, the more intrigued I became.

Socotra is a part of Yemen, where the Queen of Sheba has once ruled, with some of humankind's oldest cities, a mysterious place in itself that is currently more known for being where Ross fled to avoid Janice in a "Friends" episode, or as a land of terrorism, drones, and kidnappings. I was met largely by confusion and queries as to "Why?" when I mentioned traveling there. It was a selfish thing to do to my wife and family, vanishing to go there and then see the wonders along the Nile. I can't really claim otherwise.

All Things Holy in Panther Gorge: A New Route on the Haystack Side by MudRat

When I was last in Panther Gorge with Anthony Seidita in June, we had sights on a cliff on the western aspect below Little Haystack, what I’ve started calling the “V” Wall on account of its shape and position between a gully on the left and basaltic dike on the right. The weather skunked us so we spent a couple days exploring the gorge and targeted a couple technical slides to the south on our last day. I never forgot about the unexplored terrain. Adam emailed recently and we set up plans to head back into the gorge with all guns trained on this area.

The climbing was on excellent rock and easy by technical climbing standards. Putting up the route didn’t require study of the face or cleaning, it was simply a matter of simply following the most interesting features to the top.

Mount Jefferson via the Jefferson Park Glacier by sstratta

Mount Jefferson is a beautiful and rugged volcano that stands prominently along the Cascade Range in Oregon. It is a likely extinct stratovolcano that has five main glaciers flowing from its summit, below which are fields of alpine meadows and lakes followed by lush old growth forests. Despite being the second tallest volcano in Oregon, its technical difficulty and remoteness make the summit a rarely visited place. However, those willing to put in the effort are continuously rewarded throughout the climb, and hopefully this trip report will help provide some useful info for anyone who is intrigued about climbing this amazing peak.

In early July I found myself in Grants Pass, Oregon, working a summer seasonal position for the U.S. Forest Service. My seasonal jobs have brought me to some pretty random places in the western United States, and Grants Pass was yet another location that required some extensive research on nearby peaks that would be fun to climb on my days off. I began with Mount Shasta, a well-known volcano in northern California that was rapidly losing its below-average snowpack. After this, a long 4th of July weekend made it possible to climb some peaks that were further away up in the Bend area, a place I've always wanted to visit.

Kings Peak Day Tripping on the Fourth of July by Bark Eater

Question: What do a parole officer from Colorado, a post-doc from California, and a middle-aged research manager from Delaware have in common? Answer: A love of the mountains and a sense of adventure. Thus, Andy, Nate, and Frank rendezvoused at the Wagon Wheel Motel in the metropolis of Fort Bridger, Wyoming on the 3rd of July. Our objective: a single day holiday assault on Kings Peak, the highest point in Utah via the Henry’s Fork Approach. Kings is in the middle of the High Uintas Wilderness. There are no short approaches. Ours was the “shortest” route at about 29 miles round trip.

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Commercialism and Modern Climbing: A View From The Bottom Commercialism and Modern Climbing: A View From The Bottom by jacobsmith

I am not a sponsored climber. I am not a guide. I am not employed by a manufacturer of climbing equipment. I am a lowly local climber: I read climbing blogs and take classes and buy equipment. My participation in climbing is roughly that of the majority of climbers. This is the perspective from which I am going to examine the issue of commercialism in modern climbing: from the bottom; not from the perspective of someone who actually has to choose whether or not to pursue sponsorship, but what the phenomenon looks like to someone to whom climbing is everything, but whom to climbing is no one.

A Tribute to Paulo Roberto A Tribute to Paulo Roberto "Parofes" Schmidt by Marcsoltan

It pains me to bring you a sad news, friends. Summit Post has lost a valuable friend. Paulo Schmidt, also known as "parofes" passed away, May 10th-2014 . Parofes had the foresight to say goodbye to all of us by posting his wedding photo captioned "If I go, please remember me by this photo." Many of you sent personal words of encouragement and wished him a full recovery, and he answered each and every comment and message. Your expression of love and support meant everything to him. He fought a hard fight against an illness that has eluded our best and most brilliant minds. Cancer may have won another round against our physical existence and taken our friend, but it did not triumph over Parofes' mind and spirit. He was courageous and strong to his last breath.

Joshua Tree Memories. Going out of your comfort zone can have interesting consequences! Joshua Tree Memories. Going out of your comfort zone can have interesting consequences! by Marcsoltan

Before the age of the Internet and smart phones it wasn't easy to find a climbing partner every single time you got the itch to get on the rocks. Although I had many climbing partners, on many occasions I found myself alone in Joshua Tree looking for someone willing to do what I wanted to do, to do the routes I wanted to climb. All I needed was a belayer.

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Ruchstock Moonlight Ruchstock Moonlight by Jack B

Full moon light illuminates Ruchstock (2812m) and Hasenstock, February. In this 30-second exposure, at the left is the last light of dusk, and at the right is the glow of city lights under low cloud cover. Switzerland. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer : www.WideRange.org

Galletas Galletas by rpc

Starting the lead of a pitch high on Galletas. This is the pitch that brings you into the final chimneys. El Pison and El Puro (thin semi-detached spire) are in the background (May 2010).

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