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Cataract Arete by hunterslee

The stars finally aligned and a long awaited trip up Mt. Colonel Foster's Cataract Arete successfully took place under perfect conditions July 30/31 2016. I had just been up the West side of Colonel Foster the week before and my body hadn't recovered very much when Andreas and I cracked a plan to climb the classic Cataract Arete the following weekend.

With family and professional obligations behind us we left Nanaimo later on Friday afternoon. By the time we hit the ground and started on the Elk River Trail it was 5:00 PM Friday evening. Such a late start had us pondering a stop at the gravel flats camp ground and a really early get up and go the following morning- fortunately we had wind at our backs and made it all the way to Foster Lake in a record 4 1/2 hours. A quick bite to eat and we were off to bed. Here's the view to the West from Foster lake with Elkhorn Mountain and the night sky.

Granite Peak via Froze-to-Death Plateau by DK

My Granite trip actually started a few days earlier in Colorado, where my husband Michael and I did some hiking to acclimatize. We live at sea level (in fact, our home is 1/2 mile from the shore), so we definitely needed some practice at altitude before attempting anything serious. We decided to focus on south western Colorado as we hadn’t been there before. Our first hike was going to be Handies peak, an easy 14er, but it turned out our base of Durango, Colorado wasn’t exactly the best place to attempt Handies. The closest trailhead to Handies was on the other side of the mountains 4+ hours’ drive away: definitely too far for a day hike!

We found an alternate hike in Engineer Peak (12,900’), a beautiful mountain that sits on top of Coal Mine Pass, starting at 10,500’. Engineer had an easy approach on one of those nice, nearly-manicured western trails. The trail took us past fields of beautiful wildflowers and coniferous trees. Beautiful views opened up to the reddish colored mountains to the north of us. I was so happy we chose that route! We had intended to hike just a few miles in and turn around, but then the scramble up Engineer Peak looked kind of fun.. we would go up some distance and turn around. We came up to the chimney section at about 12,500’ for some great action shots before we decided to turn around. We really didn’t have the food or water required to continue to the summit. The descent down was very pleasant and easy. After coming back to our car, we decided to drive over to the lake at Molas Pass-it had started thunder storming, so we didn’t linger for too long. Later that afternoon, we decided to drive over to Mesa Verde National Park for some sightseeing. At 99 degrees and super-bright, it was in stark contrast to the conditions we experienced on Engineer Peak.

Fourmile Lake Hike, Cherry Cairn Peak Attempt by nader

Fourmile Lake Trail is a fairly popular hike in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado near the town of Pagosa Springs. A 5.65 mile long trail goes to the lake which sits at an elevation of 11185 ft. A number of 12ers rise above the lake. Of these, only the 12511 ft Cherry Cairn Peak is named. I had planned to hike to the lake and then find my own way to the top of Cherry Cairn Peak. As an added bonus, I had read that the trail gave good views of two big waterfalls as well.

San Feng - Four Sisters Range, Sichuan, China by b.smith

Our trip started from the Chadianzi bus station in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. We wanted to ride a public bus to Rilong, but it was already sold out, so we arranged with a driver to take our crew of four out to Rilong Zhen (Rilong town). Some Chinese language skill was needed to negotiate the price in this instance (as is typical for Southwest China). The ride took about 6 hours.

Upon arrival in Rilong town, we directed the driver to take us 300 meters up the hill to Rilong village. The government is currently making repairs/improvements to the village to further develop it for tourism. We stayed at Kalsong Metok Hostel. The owner, Paulie, helped us out with a guide service and equipment rental (i.e. tents, sleeping bags, gloves, etc.). After a 45 minute meeting with our guide (all in Chinese), we had decided that San Feng (3rd sister) was the peak for us, and we made all the arrangements, such as pack horses, number of guides, and technical equipment rental

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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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Mt. March Madness Mt. March Madness by Bob Sihler

The title name is a local name. Point 11,220 (south of Wyoming Peak) from the saddle connecting it with Wyoming Peak; July 7, 2004. Wyoming Range, WY

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