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4 Days & 4 Climbs in Lone Peak Cirque by StephAbegg

When I had been on a job search in the spring (2014) and was having difficulty securing a teaching job in northwest Washington (I eventually did, though), I had targeted the Salt Lake area as a place I might want to live. Thinking it might be a good idea to visit the Salt Lake area before moving down, I made some climbing partner posts on MountainProject.com about potential June trips in the Salt Lake area. Charlie Stoker emailed me and invited me along on a 4-day climbing trip he and some friends were planning to Lone Peak Cirque. I'd never heard of Lone Peak, but according to summitpost.org, Lone Peak is the monarch of the Wasatch Mountains. This rugged 11,000+ foot summit is clearly visible from North Salt Lake to Provo. It rises abruptly above the valley floor and affords one the luxury of sitting in a glacial, alpine cirque just miles from the city. The cirque is ringed with near vertical granite walls and offers climbing ranging from Class 3 to 5.10 YDS. Lone Peak is considered by many to be the "hardest" 11,000 foot peak in the Wasatch due to the mileage and elevation gain required to sit atop it's summit. Needless to say, I was intrigued! Sure, I told Charlie, I'll join, thanks!

Friends in High Places, on the Longest Day of the Year by MountainGazer

It was a long day at work delivering pizzas, and the manager finally gave me the okay to go at about 8:50. I rushed home, threw on nylon clothes, and grabbed my pack so I was ready to go when Nate showed up soon after 9. Thus equipped did we set out on the most dangerous part of our journey: crossing the Cascades at night on Highway 2.g

We only exposed ourselves to this stupid danger for one thing: the West Route of Dragontail Peak, the second highest peak in the Stuart Range, second only to the magnificent Mount Stuart itself(Long may he reign).

After that terrifying experience, we arrived at the Stuart/Colchuck Lake trailhead a little past midnight, immediately threw our sleeping bags and pads in the back of Nate's truck, and did our best to sleep for our big push the next day. Unfortunately, the sleep was poor, but at least the glittering, cloudless sky of stars overhead reminded me why I was here in the mountains.

Taking a Call to Turn Back – A Tough One by lingana

With such a situation at hand, and Tergaiz telling me that the weather is unpredictable,today was the ONLY day we probably could take a summit attempt. He also assured me of one thing – he said – Sir, you walked pretty fast the last few days. Your speed matched ours, so don’t worry. We will summit and we will be back at the campsite by 2 pm, max. I felt so bad that, due to the weather and logistical problems, I was almost getting cornered into accepting the compromising situation of attempting a 6622 m high Himalayan peak in broad daylight – I mean, who leaves for the summit at 8!? Realizing that there was nothing we could do about it, I accepted the proposal and we started for the summit at 8 am in the morning. It was decided that the horseman will take the horses to camp 1. And, he will take the extra stuff (kitchen tent, stove, kerosene, and extra food) with them. While coming to Peldo, we had filled 1 litre bottle with petrol, which could be used for my MSR stove, in case of emergency. And, here we were – an emergency had come. There was no way that the horses could comeback to get the stuff from the summit camp, and there was absolutely no way that we could carry it down. We were left with no option but to agree with the horse owner, and make do with my tent, my stove, 1 litre petrol (which could last for a max of 2 days), and our personal gear. We clicked a few pics, and started for the summit.

Misty Mountains Cold - Beatout by Rocky Alps

There are few, if any, hikes I had undertaken before this one that I could justifiably label as “perfect”, but this is one hike that I most certainly could. On this particular day, I was blessed with great hiking partners, perfect weather, and some of the most impressive terrain I have yet to encounter in the mountains. The Wasatch, while providing easy access from a sizeable city, wasn’t a range I’d often mention in the same breath as other great mountain ranges, but this day single-handedly forced me to change my opinion. While my experience in the Alps, Tetons, and Glacier National Park is limited, each new view we encountered during the Beatout hike couldn’t help but remind me of those places. Ironically, this was the first big hike on which I forgot to bring my camera (and hence, had to resort to a lower quality phone camera). Even with it, though, I don’t think the pictures would have done justice to just how amazing it was to be there in person, scrambling across a gauntlet of serrated ridges as a steady stream of dew-filled clouds revealed one impressive granite monolith after another, all the while basking in the serenity that only an alpine environment can provide. The bottom line is that if anyone asks me why it is that I like to hike or climb, I can simply direct them to this trip report as a prime example.

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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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Matching plant Matching plant by Scott

This cusion plant is known as Yareta and it matches Kessler's coat quite well. The plants are located on either side of Cerani. This one is just below the pass on the west side at around 5200 meters elevation.

The Old Goat of Ellinor The Old Goat of Ellinor by Karl Helser

The old goat on Mount Ellinor, Olympic Mountains, Washington State.

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