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Mount Adams South Spur by keeganray

Bruce and I were originally planning to head up to Paradise and climb to Muir for a nice ski/snowboard down. At the last minute I suggested climbing Adams and riding down and we rushed to pack and drive to the trailhead. We left Seattle at 10pm and got to the campgrounds at 4am, getting lost a couple times near the trailhead. The road up had only a little snow at the last couple switchbacks. We finally got to sleep around 5am and took a 4 hour nap, heading out at 10am.

Wine Bottle Slide on Colden by MudRat

With big days on technical ice in Panther Gorge and Gothics as the last couple outings, I wanted something a bit more relaxing. After eyeing the Wine Bottle Slide for several years, I decided to give it a try. The slide lies 800 feet southwest of the Trap Dike and overlooks both Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden. As the name implies, its shape resembles a bottle of wine. With a technical footwall and mid slide cliff band, it was sure to be challenging and beautiful at the same time. The wildcard lied in the conditions. Would it be icy or loaded with snow? Only one way to find out...

Dan Plumley of Adirondack Wild accompanied me on the trip; we had hopes of topping out on Colden’s summit, though exploring the details of the slide was the primary focus. We began the approach from the Adirondack Loj at 8:00 a.m. Nearly six miles and three hours later, we reached the south end of Avalanche Lake at the base of Mt. Colden. Light winds from the south blew the snow up the great pass, a sign of things to come. We knew the forecast called for increasing winds and snow; we were prepared for the worst.

Toubkal for the weekend: Climbing Northern Africa's highest mountain by Lodewijk

Let’s go to Morocco for the weekend and climb Toubkal’’….I was with two friends in Amsterdam having beers, while discussing our future plans. ‘’That’s crazy’’, I said; we are living below sea level here in the Netherlands, how the hell can we climb a mountain 4167 meters high and on another continent in just a weekend’s time. ‘’There’s no way we can acclimatize that fast… Let’s think of something else’’ I said, while ordering some more beers.

But we didn’t think of something else, on the contrary: 6 or 7 beers later climbing Toubkal for the weekend sounded like the best idea I ever heard! The idea didn’t leave us ever since, so we put up a plan and several months later we were on a Plane from Amsterdam to Marrakech to climb a 4000+ meter peak; Toubkal for the weekend!

Red Rocks: Climbing with Uriostes, Yellow Rose of Texas, Dream of Wild Turkeys by StephAbegg

I squeezed in an unexpected three-day climbing trip to Red Rocks with Dow and the Uriostes (Jorge too this time!). The primary goal of the trip was to lug my SLR up a climb and photograph Jorge and Joanne — now ages 63 and 78 but as passionate about climbing, aesthetic lines, and each other as they ever have been — climbing on their new route in Black Velvet Canyon. We successfully executed this photoshoot on the first day. All four of us had a blast. The next two days, Dow and I stayed with the Uriostes and day-tripped into Red Rocks, climbing two 700 ft routes in Black Velvet Canyon: The Yellow Rose of Texas and Dream of Wild Turkeys.

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The Aftermath, Josh's accident in the Canadian Rockies The Aftermath, Josh's accident in the Canadian Rockies by gimpilator

Have you ever seen a fellow climber fall down a mountain slope? I have. Six times. Perhaps it was your friend, or someone you know. Have you ever seen someone hit by rockfall? I have. Four times. Have you ever triggered an avalanche? I did once. In the last 10 years of outdoor exploration I have ascended 650 peaks and during that time I have witnessed about 10 injuries. Three of them were serious, but only this one was life threatening.

It's no fun bandaging up a bloodied friend or helping someone hobble down a peak. For those of us who travel in the mountains, certain objective hazards pose higher risk and claim lives on a regular basis. These include but are not limited to avalanche, cornice, and rockfall. We do what we can to minimize this risk but it's not going to keep us at home on the weekend watching the TV. On Mount Cory, in August of 2014, I triggered a large rock which nearly killed one of my best friends, despite our attempt at precautions.

The History of SummitPost, Volume IV The History of SummitPost, Volume IV by Bob Sihler

This article, and the one to follow it, is not an attempt to recreate those previous ones. As someone who joined in 2004 and didn't really become active until the fall of 2006, I just do not have the firsthand knowledge to document what those articles covered. Also, this article is not going to go into every significant change and event on SP since the times those articles spanned. Instead, its focus is on one of two questions I and many others have asked many times.

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Halo on Weissmies Halo on Weissmies by JanVanGenk

A solar halo "glory" (or the Spectre of the Brocken) observed at the beginning of the Weissmies (4023 m) SSE-ridge on August 21, 2006. One can see a projection of myself (in the middle of the glory) and of the ridge onto the clouds. Visible on the background: part of Alphubel (4206 m, on the left), Täschhorn (4491 m, in the middle) and Dom (4545 m, on the right).

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