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Toiyabe Dome - Dennis finishes Nevada by Dean

In Nevada, there are 169 peaks on the prominence list that pertains to peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence. Since two of these are in the off limits military reservation known as Area 51, that means you have 167 to do in order to get all of the peaks, quite an undertaking since they are scattered all over the state and most are only accessed by long drives on dirt roads with many of these requiring high clearance and 4 wheel drive. So when Dennis Poulin stood on top of the 11,000 foot plus mountain called Toiyabe Dome, it was a huge accomplishment and a fitting one to end his statewide effort on. It required a backpack for us since we tackled it in mid October and daylight is shorter at that time of the year although in June-July it would be a solid dayhike of 14 miles and over 5000' of elevation gain.

Highpointing the Balkans Pt 4 by Andrew Rankine

After a long day on Olympus (24 km and 2200 m elevation gain) we decided to take a rest day, heading to the beach and visiting an archeological site near Litochoro.

The next morning we drove from Litochoro, Greece to Prizren, Kosovo. Taking the same route of toll roads from Katerini, past Thessaloniki to the Makedonian border at Evzonoi, and to Skopje, we took the A4/E65 to Kosovo. In Kosovo we drove through Kačanik heading towards Ferizaj. We meant to turn onto R-115/115 at Gornja Gabrica but after seeing the state of the road and the heavy horse and cart traffic, decided to continue to Ferizaj and take M25-3/M25/E-851 (I note all of the names due to the inconsistent and occasionally contradictory signage along the route). After getting out of the rough dirt roads and numerous construction sites in Ferizaj the road was pretty smooth. There were relatively few horse-drawn carts, but many military convoys that slowed things down. Routefinding was easiest by just following the flow of local traffic rather than reading unreliable or nonexistent road signs.

Where Eagles Dare by Bob Sihler

Call me crazy, but seeing a golden eagle soar along about 10 yards overhead paralleling your route as you are traversing an exposed ridge after a nice snow climb to an unnamed peak in a lightly used range in one of the world's greatest wilderness complexes pretty much makes the day, no matter what else happens-- including a skin-soaking thunderstorm-- a great one.

And that was just one of the highlights. It was a great day of mountaineering, easily among one of my best ever.

Ditching Black thoughts from my Head by Mike Lewis

I left with Joanna on July 27th at 6:00 am from Lynnwood to the North Fork Sauk trail-head with the intention of camping at White Pass where we part ways, climbing Indian Head the next morning, moving to Red pass in the afternoon and then attempt the Painted Traverse counter-clockwise to Black Mountain the following day. The last bit didn't work out since I felt unsafe without snow in the gulley on Black but overall it was a great time out.

I hadn't had any sleep the previous night since I was talking with my brother Josh and Matt Lemke who had just returned from a long trip in Peru and also some personal stuff I wanted to take care of. The trail miles seemed a little slower since I hadn't been used to packing for multiple days in a while. We arrived at Mackinaw around 10am and took a brief water break before marching up the hot switchbacks to White Pass. I was very surprised to see how many wild strawberries there were all the way up the trail in sunny clearings. They are ripening and very much sweeter than store-bought.

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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.

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.

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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The Badlands NP The Badlands NP by 46and2

The Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota exhibits an impressively stark but beautiful landscape. While I am not sure if the mountains in the park actually qualify as mountains in the SP-sense of the word, this pic does qualify as alpenglow. My son and I hung out at the Panorama Point pullout for about an hour for the sun to pop through the thick western clouds, which it finally did at about 8:20pm. The next 25 or so minutes made me think I was in Utah. btw - this is the closet I can get to anything resembling a western mountain here in Minnesota. June 2006. Fuji Velvia 100.

Let it fly Let it fly by fogliczech

When there is no luck with weather for climbing steep faces and sharp ridges to the mighty summits you can always find some fun at the bottom..:) This pic was taken couple years ago under Schreckhorn.

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