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My First Technical Climbing by Wiktoria Plawska

I have been hiking mountains and backpacking for as long as I can remember. My first exposure to “climbing” was in the Tatra Mountains. However this was still pretty much Via Ferrata just without clipping into the metal supports. I have also scrambled class 3 and short class 4 terrain like Old rag Mountain, Longs Peak, and Sunlight Peak. However, I have never truly been technical climbing on a real rock until this past weekend.

I don’t know if the thick plastic rock walls in Outdoor World; or climbing up a rock wall at the YMC at 3 a.m. count as actually climbing. I guess so, but what I mean is I have never been climbing out on an actual mountain. I was ecstatic to be finally doing it, and the week beforehand in which I played Wii Fit for hours at a time could not end any sooner!
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Mount Olympus Blue Glacier by keeganray

We woke up at 4:30 am and headed out by 5:30 from Kingston. Got a hearty breakfast in Port Angeles and started the hike by 9:30. We had a perfect weather window. The forecast was clear skies for the next five days! Ran into a ranger along the way. He warned of hornets at mile 2, 3 and 8 if I remember correctly and said to watch out for the goat at Glacier Meadows. We were making good time and got to 5 mile island in two hours. We saw some hornet nests, but thankfully didn't run into many hornets.
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Avoiding Game Over by Mike Lewis

Josh Lewis and I joined gimpilator to the Phelps Creek Trailhead on June 12, 2015 for a hike to Lyman Lake where we would part ways. He was joining Craig Willis, Greg Slayden and many others in a peak-bagging adventure that included Miner's Ridge, Plummer, Cloudy Peak and North Star. We fore-went a tent and other luxuries to be as light as possible but it was still strenuous regardless. The view from Spider Gap was stunning as usual making me wish I had more food and time to spend in that place. In all honesty I wish I could have joined Gimpilator because our ambitious goal of rushing up Bonanza would have been daunting enough just from Holden. I was not too certain from the start whether we would make it. Additionally, gimpilator was our ride home and we were under pressure to maintain a pace that would allow us to catch him at noon on day 3 otherwise we faced a grueling push out Suiattle Pass, then hitchhike to Darrington on very limited supplies. The first five miles to the meadows went quick. We pushed hard throughout the day taking few breaks, separating from gimpilator at Lyman Lake. Light winds and clouds had us worried the weather would change. It even started to drizzle but it went back to pleasant . We crossed a creek somewhere above Hart Lake that required some finesse. At our low point, 3000', at the Holden Junction I took a long break before our gain to Holden Lake. The view of Copper was awesome but we were constantly in a hurry and arrived at Holden Lake just before sunset. It was the hardest grind in memory. I was intimidated by the appearance of Bonanza throughout the day and wasn't sure how far we'd get. Finally seeing our route from the lake, I could not believe how ridiculously steep the walls looked. Our chili-mac supper was barely enough and I got little anxious sleep.
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2015 - And now for something completely different. by DrJonnie

When Ken told me that he and his brother Peter were planning to go Sport climbing in Greece and asked if I wanted to go with them, I was taken aback somewhat. Our usual annual outings were to the mountains and did not in any way include the type of gymnastic exercises to be expected at their proposed destination of the Island of Kalymnos in Greece.
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Walking with Mr. Muir Walking with Mr. Muir by dwhike

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir
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Alpine pioneers:  the Alpine pioneers: the "Tschingel Company", a legendary team by Silvia Mazzani

Dogs’ vocation for mountaineering is out of discussion. In the past the St Bernard, the kingsize dog from the St Bernard Hospice, which saved travelers crossing the Alps between Italy and Switzerland, when scattered in the ancient snowy nights, was long regarded as the only mountain dog. Who could forget the invincible Barry, founder of all the St Bernards, victim of his generosity, who after saving forty wayfarers was killed by the forty-first one? Actually the more recent history tells us about other brave dogs summiting peaks, climbing, crossing glaciers alone, finding people buried under an avalanche! Anyhow, nowadays Tschingel (Berner Oberland, CH 1865 - Dorking, UK 1879) still remains the most famous tailed-mountaineer of all the times! Indeed the star of Tschingel will shine forever in the history of alpinism, in reason of her value and her challenging mountain climbs.
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Rappel Anchors: A few thoughts Rappel Anchors: A few thoughts by Brian C

Going up results in coming back down and naturally, rappelling is an ever important part of climbing. In addition, many people use rappels that are not involved in technical climbing with some examples being canyoneering, sport rappelling and challenging scrambles. Since rappelling puts your well-being entirely at the mercy of the technical system that you have established, if any point of the system fails you are likely going to be injured (or worse). Rappel accidents occur every year due a wide variety of mostly avoidable scenarios and even experienced climbers fall prey.
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View from the Innominata Ridge View from the Innominata Ridge by hiltrud.liu

View of Aig. de Triolet, Mont Dolent, Dent du Géant, Aig. de Rochefort and Grandes Jorasses (Photo by allen)

Campanile Gardeccia - Via Hendrina topo Campanile Gardeccia - Via Hendrina topo by AlbertoRampini

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