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Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse 2016 by Greenman

It has been suggested that this route can be done in a car-to-car day trip. Beware the sandbagger. In truth, a car-to-car attempt at T-bolt to Sill is only for extremely talented and über-fit athletes who have no problem soloing 5th-class. Even those climbers who attempt the traverse in a day from a base camp high up next to the Palisade Glacier often have to exit the ridge before completing the whole traverse. The trip reports tell the real story. I knew that the traverse-in-a-day style was out of reach for me, so I sought an alternative. I got some good beta by checking out what the guide services offer: a four-day trek with two nights at base camp and one night at 14,000 feet below the summit of North Pal. (Sierra Mountain Guides website: (http://www.sierramtnguides.com/program/palisades-traverse-thunderbolt-to-sill/). This is the slow-but-steady approach; one which requires a larger climbing pack but carries a greater chance of success.

Kings Peak Day Hike 2016 by Diesel

I didn't think to be of much help writing a trip report about this hike until I finished it. My research for hiking Kings Peak (13,528 ft/ 4,123 m elevation) resulted in a lot of very worrisome information about the difficulty, route finding and temperamental weather. What I came to discover myself was that most of the info I read about the hike was mostly written by hikers that had some kind of difficulty hiking it. I reckon that the folks that hiked Kings Peak without incident didn't really bother to document their hike.

I had only one wish: to hike car to car under 11 hours. I fulfilled my wish; I hiked car to car in 10 hours and 41 minutes. The total distance was exactly 25 miles. My initial target was to finish the hike under 12 hours. However, once I read here on Summit Post a trip report of someone bragging of finishing the hike in 11 hours and 15 minutes, I really wanted to beat that guy's time. A little self-inflicted motivation is always good.

Land O'Lakes - Northeast Ridge by Rocky Alps

The end of summer snuck up on me quickly, so the first significant snowfall of the season forced me to make some changes to my original hiking plans. David and I were finally able to settle on a day for a summit hike in the Tetons, but a larger-than expected early season snow storm prompted us to look farther south. Hayden Peak in the Uintas seemed the obvious choice for a fun day hike scramble that we had not yet done, but with mountain-forecast.com predicting unmelted snow there as well and us not wanting to scramble over icy terrain, we decided that Mount Watson would have to suffice as the back-up to our back-up plan if Hayden still looked iced over on the morning of our hike.

Matterhorn (Solo) Hornli Ridge by hunterslee

Returning to Zermatt to climb the Matterhorn had been in the back of my mind since my first trip to Europe in 2010. On that occasion we had good luck in France and Italy, but unfortunately when we rolled into Zermatt the Matterhorn had just received a sizeable dumping of snow- thus a side trip up the Briethorn and a couple nights of drinking ensued in Zermatt before leaving town with thoughts of what could have been.

After that first trip to Europe I'll admit my desires to go back and climb there were mixed- the terrain and views are great, as is the selection of classic climbs, but the crowded routes and sometimes overstepping guides on them didn't cast a friendly vibe in the alpine. Knowing full well that this route was busy I mentally prepared myself for what might be a gong show once the door opened up at 5:20AM at the Horlni hut.

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A pioneer of the Northern Limestone Alps: Hermann von Barth A pioneer of the Northern Limestone Alps: Hermann von Barth by selinunte01

The Alps are well developed and made accessible as far as possible. Highways, roads and railways are crisscrossing the valleys and the cols. Villages and towns are expanding. Countless accommodations are waiting for more and more tourists. Ski areas and their longing for more space and new attractions are conquering remote areas of yesterday.

100 Years on the Timpanogos Glacier 100 Years on the Timpanogos Glacier by Scott

The "glacier" is somewhat of an unusual and interesting feature for Utah. A perhaps little known fact is that the glacier reportedly used to have some distinct (by Rockies standards) and visible crevasses before the "Dust Bowl Drought" of the 1930's. Some of the old photos are available at BYU or in Kelsey's book on Timpanogos, and a few are posted in the section below. Although the feature has been referred to as a glacier (sometimes affectionately) for many years, the status of the glacier/snowfield/icefield had been debated for just as long.

Letter to an Old Friend Letter to an Old Friend by Bob Sihler

There you were, bold against the snow in the Lamar Valley, ears erect, snout down, ready to pounce, listening for the self-betraying movement of your prey in its dug-out tunnels a few inches below. You paid not a bit of attention to me.

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