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Little Tahoma wasn't so little after all by MountainGazer

The sun was already up at 5:45 when our group met at the park-and-ride. That was me, Elaina, Cameron, Bryan, Rob, and finally, our fearless leader Stephen. We carpooled in 2 vessels to Mount Rainier National Park, purchased our climbing permits, and there met the seventh and final member of our boogie, the young and scrappy Justin. After getting excited by the free blue bags on offer, we stepped outside the hut, from where we could see our object in the distance. Little Tahoma. Didn't look too far. I remember, long ago, being disbelieving when I was told that little tumor on the side of Rainier was actually considered the third tallest mountain in Washington. This then, I suppose, was my just desserts for my judgmental past.

The slopes were relatively moderate, and the trail was none too aggressive either. I looked at the slope gently rising above us, and thought about the fact that these slopes rose and rose, almost without interruption, for 10000 feet, nearly 2 vertical miles, before starting down again. The thought made me dizzy, so I returned my mind to the cheerful day. Despite the moderate rise of the trail and the moderate pace of the group, we made good progress by rarely stopping, and soon had gained about 4 miles and dispatched some 1-2 thousand feet. At this point, we saw our prize rising again ahead of us, closer now. It would rarely leave view again, an excellent motivator.

Carpathian adventure 2013 by LukZem

On a night train from Budapest with an Australian traveller looking forward to seeing the legendary Dracula’s castle. Listening to his stories about his incredible Uzbekistan/Tajikistan adventures. In no time the train pulls up at my favourite :-D railway station at Brasov, where I leave my heavy (30 kg) backpack. I walk through the second biggest city in Romania to the coach station in its eastern part, connected with the town of Săcele.

Disappointment: No long-distance buses at all. The first conversations with some locals. I try to hitchhike but without success. A horse drawn wagon! A dream! Two horses, three kids and a man. The youngest baby (no more than 2 years old) sleeps like a log, jolted all the way on an extremely hot summer day. They help me to get as far as Brădet – the last village. I walk along the road for about 3 km. Some Christian missionaries (Adventists) give me directions helping me to get closer to the foothills of the Ciucaş Mts. But to my surprise, they haven’t heard of Bratocea Pass. I take the wrong exit at a rest place. A spring of water at a zigzag. At first, I think this is Bratocea Pass. I notice some red lines on the tree trunks. What a stupid mistake to follow them.

I miss my way. An ascent through broadleaved woodland. A beautiful glade with an abandoned chalet. No marked routes in sight. A traverse of a wooded summit. Navigation becomes precarious. A difficult ascent through evergreen forest dotted with small crags. Dense carpets of bilberries and junipers at timberline. People picking berries. What a relief. Finally, after three hours of trudging along unmarked routes, I find a trail marked with red stripes:-)

4 Days & 4 Climbs in Lone Peak Cirque by StephAbegg

When I had been on a job search in the spring (2014) and was having difficulty securing a teaching job in northwest Washington (I eventually did, though), I had targeted the Salt Lake area as a place I might want to live. Thinking it might be a good idea to visit the Salt Lake area before moving down, I made some climbing partner posts on MountainProject.com about potential June trips in the Salt Lake area. Charlie Stoker emailed me and invited me along on a 4-day climbing trip he and some friends were planning to Lone Peak Cirque. I'd never heard of Lone Peak, but according to summitpost.org, Lone Peak is the monarch of the Wasatch Mountains. This rugged 11,000+ foot summit is clearly visible from North Salt Lake to Provo. It rises abruptly above the valley floor and affords one the luxury of sitting in a glacial, alpine cirque just miles from the city. The cirque is ringed with near vertical granite walls and offers climbing ranging from Class 3 to 5.10 YDS. Lone Peak is considered by many to be the "hardest" 11,000 foot peak in the Wasatch due to the mileage and elevation gain required to sit atop it's summit. Needless to say, I was intrigued! Sure, I told Charlie, I'll join, thanks!

Friends in High Places, on the Longest Day of the Year by MountainGazer

It was a long day at work delivering pizzas, and the manager finally gave me the okay to go at about 8:50. I rushed home, threw on nylon clothes, and grabbed my pack so I was ready to go when Nate showed up soon after 9. Thus equipped did we set out on the most dangerous part of our journey: crossing the Cascades at night on Highway 2.g

We only exposed ourselves to this stupid danger for one thing: the West Route of Dragontail Peak, the second highest peak in the Stuart Range, second only to the magnificent Mount Stuart itself(Long may he reign).

After that terrifying experience, we arrived at the Stuart/Colchuck Lake trailhead a little past midnight, immediately threw our sleeping bags and pads in the back of Nate's truck, and did our best to sleep for our big push the next day. Unfortunately, the sleep was poor, but at least the glittering, cloudless sky of stars overhead reminded me why I was here in the mountains.

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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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Matching plant Matching plant by Scott

This cusion plant is known as Yareta and it matches Kessler's coat quite well. The plants are located on either side of Cerani. This one is just below the pass on the west side at around 5200 meters elevation.

The Old Goat of Ellinor The Old Goat of Ellinor by Karl Helser

The old goat on Mount Ellinor, Olympic Mountains, Washington State.

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Views looking south from North Peak
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