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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.

Treating Hubris by Bob Sihler

It was Friday, August 14. It had rained, hard, most of Wednesday. It had rained, not as hard, most of Thursday. It was supposed to rain most of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (and it did). But when I woke up Friday morning before dawn and looked out from the balcony of our hotel room (we had lucked out and gotten one of the lakeside balcony rooms at Many Glacier Hotel), I could actually see the outlines of the mountaintops. My gut told me to grab the weather window and go on the climb I had planned, but my reason told me to wait a bit and see if the window was for real. Two hours later, at 8 A.M., I was seeing real sunlight for the first time in over 24 hours, and although the sky was far from perfectly clear and I knew there would be more rain later, I decided to make a go of it. Plus, with weather forecasters issuing a winter weather advisory for later that day and overnight-- yes, this was friggin' August-- I knew I couldn't waste any more time if I wanted to have a successful climb.

"West Gunsight" in Winter by ZeeJay

My first trip was on Monday, March 3. The trailhead is an almost 3 hour drive from my house, the last 18 miles or so on a plowed dirt road. The road isn't bad to drive on when it is frozen, but in the middle of the day when it is muddy and slushy, it's a mess. I drove up Sunday night, slept in my car and took off the next morning at a casual pace. The first 3.5 miles are on an unplowed dirt road that leads to the summer trailhead. These went pretty easy as the first 2.8 had been snowmobiled with light snow on top. The last .7 miles weren't too bad as they had at least been skied on, but there was more snow in the tracks to slow me down.

The route to West Gunsight shares most of the route to Kings Peak. In the winter, the accepted wisdom is to forgo the summer trail and ski directly on top of the frozen Henrys Fork Creek. The tracks I was following quit less than .5 miles into the creek and then I was on my own. It wasn't too bad, but I sunk into my knees and had to dig out my skis every 5-10 minutes. Twice, I went in all the way to my thigh and one of those times banged my knee bad on a rock. Nevertheless, I thought it went better than previous year's trailbreaking trips when I seemed to sink in with every single step.

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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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Colors of Palo Duro Canyon. March 2014

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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