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Mount Huber via North Glacier by connoryoung

Once again, Cam and I were prevented were climbing Skyladder due to weather. In fact, the weather forecast had deteriorated all week and it was starting to look like anything we tried would be a failed attempt. We settled on Mount Huber as our objective a few days prior over beers. We liked the idea of getting and 11,000er and it seemed straightforward. We knew we would have to walk up the O'Hara road, but we hoped to catch the bus on the way out. Without any real expectations of success, we rolled into the Lake O'Hara parking lot at 9pm on Saturday night, prepared our bags and then closed our eyes for 45 minutes.

Diamond Peak Northwest Ridge by apfinley

We chose this route for adventure - trying to avoid standard routes on walk-ups. After studying a map, it was clear that a pretty clean NW ridge would lead to a false summit, and that the actual summit ridge could be accessed from there. There were no reliable trip reports or route descriptions, though a few Ski-Mountaineering sites made me feel like it was doable. People have certainly done this route, they just haven't written about it. We used only a map and compass for our trip - we knew that, once on the ridge, staying ESE would ensure access to a subpeak and a clear route to the top, and that the return would require us to stay WNW or find our path out. This all worked as planned, but we would have preferred the comfort of a few GPS waypoints on descent in order to avoid a circuitous route back.

Visiting Hône Pont-Bozet & Champorcher by OsvaldoCardellina

Other crossings "turn" back to the North back towards the High Comba Tersiva-Clavalité-Fénis, Champdepraz Lakes and high hill above Issogne Commune and then back down to the Dora; on the opposite side other hills leading to the Southeast to the Valley of the Orco and the Plain of Ivrea. Even this valley, as well as the adjacent Cogne, has the specific feature of being disposed not vertically but diagonally across the course of Dora Baltea. This for topographic precision, but we are interested in the path along the valley floor following the Torrent Ayasse that, being born at Lake Miserin nearby Rosa dei Banchi, passes Dondena old Village then gradually reach Ciardonney locality, Champorcher, Pontboset and finally Hône Commons in front of the Forteress of Bard. An ancient journey that in the past was done more in opposite and contrary route to counter armies and armed that, coming from the Valley of Cogne, trying to encircle behind the Aosta Valley coming over the impregnable fort which barred the path along the Dora Baltea. But also a "modern" path that can trace this valley by not only hikers and skiers but also from simple Tourists in search of discoveries and wonders it can offer. We will then have a number of well differentiated proposals ranging from the Artistic-Religious aspect with votive Chapels, Shrines and Churches in the Historic-Civil with remains of towers, castles and Royal Roads. All that remains, therefore, that stop at Hone, in Pontboset or Pontboset and Champorcher adjacent Municipalities, without forgetting the surroundings where you can meet new and beautiful surprises in the field of Nature. As the narrow bridge at the waterfall on wild Gorge of Ratus above Pontboset on the way towards the just above Crest Alp before the Torrent Brenve crosses the raging and impetuous Torrent Ayasse.

Beartooth 12er's, Glacier Peak and Mount Villard and Aero Lakes by hyalite01

This trip report is more of a photo album record of my backpacking and climbing experience to Aero Lakes, Glacier Peak and Mount Villard. Glacier at 12,351 ft and Villard at 12,345 ft are Montana's 10th and 13th highest peaks, depending on which list you go by. Glacier is tied with two other peaks, Beartooth Mountain and Bowback Mountain for 10th highest. Granite Peak, Montana's highest at 12,799 ft is a little more than a mile to the Northeast of Villard.

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Drinking Water in the Backcountry Drinking Water in the Backcountry by Enkidu

Travel in remote areas can often present hydration challenges that are often compounded by weather, elevation and exertion. Often times the only water available is from the nearest lake/stream or snow/ice. In certain instances these sources can be used successfully without any treatment. In other cases successful use requires some form of treatment.

Photography in the Dolomites Photography in the Dolomites by jonybakery

In 2010 I left my job as an accountant in London and embarked on a European photography adventure. My plan was to travel from Provence through the Swiss and French Alps down into the heart of Italy and then make my way up to Slovenia via the Dolomites, part of the Italian Alps in the North-East corner of the country. Throughout the early part of my trip I kept hearing alluring accounts of the magnificence of the Dolomites. I would outline my itinerary to fellow hikers and travellers, and on the mention of “Dolomiti” (as they are called in Italian) a gleam would come into their eyes, “Ah, you know about the Dolomiti”.

The Early Climbing History at Table Rock The Early Climbing History at Table Rock by reboyles

Table Rock was first described in a geological survey of the area in 1898 but it's value as a building material was discovered earlier. Its first recorded use was in the old Fort Boise quartermaster building, built in 1864 that still stands today. Soon after it was used in the construction of a prison and many other buildings in downtown Boise. After the construction of the prison, inmates did what was called "penitentiary stone work" using horse drawn wagons to get the stone down from the quarry. In 1906 the Capitol Building Commission purchased 35 acres for use as a quarry for the new state capitol building in downtown Boise. In 1911 major improvements were implemented with the building of a road and a tram line. The tram line was gravity operated where a loaded car was sent down causing the empty car to go up. These improvements allowed much more stone to be brought down from the quarry and it was used in buildings across the United States.

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Priming the stove below the South Face/ Brenva face of the Mont Blanc under the full moon Priming the stove below the South Face/ Brenva face of the Mont Blanc under the full moon by JonathanGriffith

Evening Light on Huron Peak Evening Light on Huron Peak by notracks

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