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Sahale Mountain - July 25, 2016 by Jake Robinson

I haven't done any trip reports here for far too long. In keeping with the tradition of doing TR's for climbs I've done with my family, I've decided to share an account of a climb of Sahale Mountain I did with my mom. Sahale was on my radar for a while but for whatever reason I hadn't gotten around to it yet. After climbing Black Peak two days ago (my first time in the North Cascades), I was bound and determined to return to the area as soon as possible. I had today off and the forecast looked good, so I decided it was a perfect day to go for Sahale. We started hiking the annoyingly long and buggy Cascade Pass trail at 9:30 and made it to the pass in just over an hour. The scenery really started getting good as we ascended Sahale Arm. Exceptional views of Eldorado and Forbidden distracted me from the consistent uphill.

Where Snowy Bells ring... Wolverine Day above Singi. by Tomek Lodowy

On the first day of August 2012 I found myself hiking barren, rocky "fjell" highlands, slippery ravines, passing around a dozen of lakes in constant drizzle, heading blindly east as the path line chosen was hardly noticeable for most of the distance. The aim of the day was to get back to Kungsleden trail area again that would let me continue my long march(started in Kvikkjokk over a week earlier) in a bit more civilized conditions further to the North, not being in the best shape then after the heavy fall on swamps over Sitasjaure the day before and suffering severe pain around ribs which was impeding breathing and resulted in definite loss of joy from hiking.

Mount Huber via North Glacier by connoryoung

Once again, Cam and I were prevented were climbing Skyladder due to weather. In fact, the weather forecast had deteriorated all week and it was starting to look like anything we tried would be a failed attempt. We settled on Mount Huber as our objective a few days prior over beers. We liked the idea of getting and 11,000er and it seemed straightforward. We knew we would have to walk up the O'Hara road, but we hoped to catch the bus on the way out. Without any real expectations of success, we rolled into the Lake O'Hara parking lot at 9pm on Saturday night, prepared our bags and then closed our eyes for 45 minutes.

Diamond Peak Northwest Ridge by apfinley

We chose this route for adventure - trying to avoid standard routes on walk-ups. After studying a map, it was clear that a pretty clean NW ridge would lead to a false summit, and that the actual summit ridge could be accessed from there. There were no reliable trip reports or route descriptions, though a few Ski-Mountaineering sites made me feel like it was doable. People have certainly done this route, they just haven't written about it. We used only a map and compass for our trip - we knew that, once on the ridge, staying ESE would ensure access to a subpeak and a clear route to the top, and that the return would require us to stay WNW or find our path out. This all worked as planned, but we would have preferred the comfort of a few GPS waypoints on descent in order to avoid a circuitous route back.

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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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Priming the stove below the South Face/ Brenva face of the Mont Blanc under the full moon Priming the stove below the South Face/ Brenva face of the Mont Blanc under the full moon by JonathanGriffith

Evening Light on Huron Peak Evening Light on Huron Peak by notracks

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