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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.

Currant Mountain, a Nevada gem by Dean

For the past ten years, I have been working to pick off the peaks listed on the list that contains the 169 mountains in Nevada that have more than 2000 feet of prominence. Some of these peaks are easy since they have roads to the top but many are very isolated and don't even have trails. Oftentimes, the crux is just getting to the mountain as some entail miles and miles of dirt roads or mountain tracks. Some of the peaks see tons of visitors during the year and some see only a few in a decade. A couple interesting facts about this mountain is that it is on many lists, two of which might interest those who aren't into prominence peakbagging, the Great Basin list and the Las Vegas Mountaineering club list of 50 peaks.

Dennis Poulin and myself were both down to having only one peak in the state left that had over 4000' of prominence and that mountain was Currant Mountain.

Currant Mountain reaches a height of 11,518 and with almost 4600' of prominence, it is the 16th most prominent peak in Nevada. It had been on our hit list for some time but every time previously we had been unable to access the mountain due to snow, electrical storms or excessive heat. Finally, we were able to find a time where we both could join forces and go after this one once again but even then we had to contend with heat and electrical storm possibilities.

On the "Ruth of the North Cascades" by EastKing

Ruth Mountain is one of the hundreds of gems in the North Cascades. It is a heavily glaciated peak yet a peak that in certain times of the year one may consider roping up overkill. Like the south spur of Mount Hood in May, Ruth Mountain's glacier holds together on good years well into late July. Most summit the peak during early July with just an ice axe, helmet and crampons. What Ruth Mountain lacks in elevation (around 7115 feet of elevation) it makes up for in terms of glaciated terrain and intense views. For Mike Lewis and I, we really wanted to take advantage of this time because Ruth Mountain, home to its excellent views, is one of the classic easy snowclimbs in the North Cascades. With the hot weekend coming up we thought it would be the best time to check out this great mountain.

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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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Kang Rinpoche / Mount Kailash (6638m) Kang Rinpoche / Mount Kailash (6638m) by Bruno

Mount Kailash North Face seen from Drira Phuk Monastery (Dira Puk / Dira Phuk), short after sunrise Shot location: Lat 31°6'27"N Lon 81°19'16"E, altitude 5070m, looking south (West Tibet – 24 May 2005)

Why We Climb Why We Climb by emilie

Why We Climb - to see sunrises like this from the crater rim of Mt Hood.

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