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Mt. Shuksan Sulphide Glacier Route by keeganray

My landlord and I left Seattle around 11am for the Shannon ridge trail. Not the biggest fan of alpine starts, haha. We reached the trailhead at 2:30pm and headed out at 3pm. The trail starts as a wide forest trail. After an hour we ran a ton of caterpillars dropping down on a strings of silk to catch prey. It was such a nuisance that we were continually waving our trekking poles around to keep all the webbing off our face. An hour later the trail narrowed and became overgrown and covered in downed trees. By then the caterpillars were gone, only to be replaced by horse flies and mosquitoes... We got a little off track a couple times, so I had to pull out my gps. Luckily I had downloaded a gps track from another hiker's trip report. The trail eventually headed up a creek, which led to the ridge.

Six climbs in the Cirque of the Towers: Overhanging Tower, Pingora, Mitchell, Shark's Nose, Pingora, Sundance Pinnacle by StephAbegg

Earlier in July while climbing Elephant's Perch, I proposed the idea to my partner Scott. He had never been to the Cirque, and was excited to plan a trip. We hashed out a short list of routes we wanted to do (Wolf's Head Beckey Route, Shark's Nose North Face, Pingora Southwest Face, Mitchell North Face Center, Warrior Northeast Face) and made plans to be in the Cirque for eight days; accounting for the hike in and hike out, this would give us six full days of climbing, weather permitting.

The following page gives a trip report for this eight day adventure to the Cirque. Somehow we managed to not climb a single route on our tick list, yet it still turned out to be a great trip. I climbed six routes in six days—three routes with Scott and three routes with some climbers (Eric, Brian, Bill, and Claire) I met in the Cirque who were part of a large group of friends from Albuquerque.

The Island of Bliss by RobSC

Not so many years ago National Geographic ran an article on a faraway mysterious land half a world away filled with improbably plants, jagged mountains, and utter obscurity, a land known as Socotra, the "Island of Bliss" as it has frequently been called. Alexander the Great's men had been here and Cleopatra sent an expedition this way. The Greeks talked of elephants, the phoenix is mentioned; truly this is a place of legends. Over a third of the plants there are endemic and they often look more out of the pages of Dr. Seuss than anything earthly. The more I learned of this mysterious place, the more intrigued I became.

Socotra is a part of Yemen, where the Queen of Sheba has once ruled, with some of humankind's oldest cities, a mysterious place in itself that is currently more known for being where Ross fled to avoid Janice in a "Friends" episode, or as a land of terrorism, drones, and kidnappings. I was met largely by confusion and queries as to "Why?" when I mentioned traveling there. It was a selfish thing to do to my wife and family, vanishing to go there and then see the wonders along the Nile. I can't really claim otherwise.

All Things Holy in Panther Gorge: A New Route on the Haystack Side by MudRat

When I was last in Panther Gorge with Anthony Seidita in June, we had sights on a cliff on the western aspect below Little Haystack, what I’ve started calling the “V” Wall on account of its shape and position between a gully on the left and basaltic dike on the right. The weather skunked us so we spent a couple days exploring the gorge and targeted a couple technical slides to the south on our last day. I never forgot about the unexplored terrain. Adam emailed recently and we set up plans to head back into the gorge with all guns trained on this area.

The climbing was on excellent rock and easy by technical climbing standards. Putting up the route didn’t require study of the face or cleaning, it was simply a matter of simply following the most interesting features to the top.

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Commercialism and Modern Climbing: A View From The Bottom Commercialism and Modern Climbing: A View From The Bottom by jacobsmith

I am not a sponsored climber. I am not a guide. I am not employed by a manufacturer of climbing equipment. I am a lowly local climber: I read climbing blogs and take classes and buy equipment. My participation in climbing is roughly that of the majority of climbers. This is the perspective from which I am going to examine the issue of commercialism in modern climbing: from the bottom; not from the perspective of someone who actually has to choose whether or not to pursue sponsorship, but what the phenomenon looks like to someone to whom climbing is everything, but whom to climbing is no one.

A Tribute to Paulo Roberto A Tribute to Paulo Roberto "Parofes" Schmidt by Marcsoltan

It pains me to bring you a sad news, friends. Summit Post has lost a valuable friend. Paulo Schmidt, also known as "parofes" passed away, May 10th-2014 . Parofes had the foresight to say goodbye to all of us by posting his wedding photo captioned "If I go, please remember me by this photo." Many of you sent personal words of encouragement and wished him a full recovery, and he answered each and every comment and message. Your expression of love and support meant everything to him. He fought a hard fight against an illness that has eluded our best and most brilliant minds. Cancer may have won another round against our physical existence and taken our friend, but it did not triumph over Parofes' mind and spirit. He was courageous and strong to his last breath.

Joshua Tree Memories. Going out of your comfort zone can have interesting consequences! Joshua Tree Memories. Going out of your comfort zone can have interesting consequences! by Marcsoltan

Before the age of the Internet and smart phones it wasn't easy to find a climbing partner every single time you got the itch to get on the rocks. Although I had many climbing partners, on many occasions I found myself alone in Joshua Tree looking for someone willing to do what I wanted to do, to do the routes I wanted to climb. All I needed was a belayer.

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Karst Pavement on SW Ridge of Recondite Karst Pavement on SW Ridge of Recondite by Old School WB

Interesting limestone karst pavement South-West Ridge of Recondite Peak, Alpine II, August 18, 2009.

Waiting for the Rain Waiting for the Rain by Deb

...on the summit, but only got snowed on while descending Mt Irvine. 19 Jul 2014

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