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Gannett Peak - Climb and Rescue by tom martin

January 1993 – I placed a request for climbers to join our team for a climb of Gannett Peak in the “Klimbin’ Kollaborator” column of the Highpointers Newsletter. After much correspondence, the following individuals met at the Glacier trailhead 13 miles south of Dubois Wyoming on August 8, 1993: Ken Akerman, Dave Bowling, Tom DeRoo, Dan Guthridge, Stacy Martin and Tom Martin. My eldest daughter Stacy and I decided to expand our trip to include Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

8/2 – Stacy and I left Springfield OH, drove to Chicago and then drove straight to Wyoming where we stopped at the Lincoln Monument rest area between Cheyenne and Laramie to sleep in the van. At over 8,500 feet, this is the highest point on I80. We continued to Yellowstone National Park (NP) and then visited Grand Teton NP where we checked conditions on Gannett by talking to a guide at Exum Mountain Guides at Jenny Lake. We then drove to Dubois where we again checked on Gannett conditions with the Forest Service office.

8/7 – When we arrived at the trailhead, we found Ken and Dave already camped there. Dan arrived shortly after and then Stacy, Ken, and I drove into town to drop off our climbing gear at the packer's. We had dinner at the Cowboy Café and then returned to the trailhead for the night.

8/8 – The weather was good as we packed and assembled at the trailhead (7,475 feet) at 8am for the start of our trip. I set my camera on Dave's walking stick for a group photo and we all laughed as the pole slowly bent before the shutter clicked, hence the crooked photo.
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Granite Peak SW Ramp Labor Day Weekend 2017 by mzamp

I scheduled Granite Peak for Labor Day weekend in the hopes of avoiding any significant snow or ice on the route and the need to pack or travel with ice axe/crampons/ropes/etc. The week before the trip I was able to get a condition report that the route was clear. No snow gear needed. Still just to be safe we brought microspikes and my light weight axe...neither were needed. This trip report is for the SW Ramp. It wasn't until the week before that the route choice was decided. I went back and fourth several times between this and the standard route. The biggest concern for the SW Ramp was all the comments I read and heard about the rockfall hazard. Plus I was told that the climbing is really fun on the standard route.

My reasons for finally choosing the SW Ramp:

  • Scenery: It seemed the trek up the skytop drainage was more appealing then the FTD plateau
  • Less Gear: The conditions in the ramp made it so we didn't have to pack technical gear. Which also makes it easier/cheaper to fly on Allegiant airlines.
  • Water: Water is available all the way to the upper most sky top lake right below the Granite massive
  • Experience: The combination of my limited trad "lead" experience and my fiancees limited trad rock climbing experience
  • Less Strenuous: Reading route descriptions and examining maps it seemed the SW ramp route was slightly shorter and and had less elevation gain and loss.

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Midnight Madness for Lone Peak- attempt #2 by Nicholas S

Two weeks after my initial attempt of the Lone Peak summit, a strange thing occurred within me on the evening of Friday, October 6, 2017: I became absolutely fixated on getting back to the Jacob's Ladder trailhead. I could do tomorrow, Saturday, I thought to myself on that Friday, but the thought of an early drive didn't seem appealing. Sunday was booked. I seemed to have a rather small window of time that I would be able to do this this weekend. The weather looked to be clear at the peak, according to my favorite forecast site for popular peaks, Mountain-Forecast.com, and the next weekend I was planning on an outdoor adventure in Wyoming. To postpone a trip to the Lone Peak could mean I wouldn't be able to go again for several weeks, or longer. It certainly wasn't the end of the world if I put it off. Reasoning that there didn't need to be any hurry, that Lone Peak wasn't going anywhere, I told myself I'd wait for another time. But shortly after accepting such a reasoning, I thought of the potential adventure slipping through my fingers. I felt crazy, perhaps mad. I began packing my things and double-checking them. I was going. I was definitely going! What had overcome me? A spirit of the mountains, it seemed. Who knew? It didn't matter, I reasoned.

Given the snow I'd encountered priorly in the Lone Peak area, the crampons and ice axe were sure to come along this time. Then two quart-bottles of Gatorade and two liters of water. I'd leave a third Gatorade in my car for rehydration upon returning from the mountain. Iodine pills for purifying stream water, since my unreplaced Sawyer filter froze in the Medicine Bows a few weeks earlier. Two energy fruit snacks of one brand, and two of another. A chili and macaroni MRE. A few Clif Bars, of course. My vest. A fleece jacket. A balaclava, a beanie. The wool mittens. The non-wool gloves. Another pair of very thin gloves for if it got cold enough. A top and bottom of thick thermals--I'd wear the thin thermals to begin with. Two pairs of socks. Compass, altimeter, knife, bear spray, multi-tool. 550 cord. Stove. A full propane and another I'd used quite a bit. Lighter. Eating utensils. The first-aid kit with backup batteries for headlamp. Headlamp. A nasty freeze-dried breakfast I hopefully wouldn't eat. And some green tea. The sleeping bag and pad wouldn't leave the car since I'd only sleep in there prior to beginning the hike up. The tent would stay at home.

I let a buddy know of the journey to come. If he didn't hear from me by Monday, etc.--he had a relative's phone number to contact.
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Marsh Peak by nader

My wife and I could not find a good place to stay in Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area where I wanted to do several days of hiking. Instead, we rented a house in the community of Dry Fork 10 miles to the northwest of Vernal, Utah. While this created long daily drives to and from Flaming Gorge, it put me very close to some of the high peaks of the Uinta Mountains. I had to climb at least one peak. The two most accessible peaks were the 12028 ft Leidy Peak and the 12240 ft Marsh Peak. Leidy Peak required more of a drive and less of a hike so I decided to climb Marsh Peak.

Marsh Peak is the highest peak in the eastern part of the Uinta Mountains. Its eastern and southern slopes are gentle. To the north, steep slopes go down to reach a nameless lake at 10820 ft. A network of abandoned logging roads can be followed to reach the upper slopes of Marsh Peak.
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DID WHYMPER MAKE THE FIRST ASCENT OF THE BARRE DES ECRINS OR THE SECOND? DID WHYMPER MAKE THE FIRST ASCENT OF THE BARRE DES ECRINS OR THE SECOND? by ericvola

For the 150th anniversary of the first ascent by Edward Whymper of the Barre des Écrins (25th June 1864) a new theory appeared attributing it to Lieutenant Meusnier who would have climbed it in 1853! Meusnier was one of the French army cartographers who in 1853 were in charge of mapping the Briançon area. This theory is based on a digitized document published by the IGN (Institut Géographique National) in 2012. It is a draft of the 1/40000 Briançon map mentioning a ‘Signal’ besides the name ‘Les Écrins’, summit which is then the highest in France (until the 1860 Turin treaty which sealed the annexation of Savoy by France).
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Valentin Slatnar - Bos Valentin Slatnar - Bos by Vid Pogachnik

As each mountain area, also Kamnik and Savinja Alps have many heroes, but there's no doubt that in the pioneering times Valentin Slatnar - Bôs was the most legendary son of those mountains.
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The mountains of Fashion in times past in the Aosta Valley The mountains of Fashion in times past in the Aosta Valley by OsvaldoCardellina

We do not care how it is started the History of Mountaineering, with its renowned tops like Gran Paradiso, Mont Blanc Jorasses, Velan, Combins & Matterhorn. Instead, we want to take a look to see what's going on around there, without disturbing the Great Climbing Era but trying to figure out what were the Mode of former times.
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Cirrus Clouds over Eldorado Peak Cirrus Clouds over Eldorado Peak by Josh Lewis

Taken August 25, 2012 on the East ridge of Eldorado Peak.

View of Vatles from Glorenza View of Vatles from Glorenza by SzaniUherkovich

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