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Panther Gorge: Panther's Pinnacle by MudRat

Some features in Panther Gorge stand out. Some of the gems can’t even be seen unless one is looking from nearby at the correct angle. When Adam Crofoot and I walked down the gully in front of the Chimney Wall a couple of winters ago, it was impossible to miss a free-standing aesthetic needle of stone separated from the main cliff. It looked fragile, but it’s difficult to assess the stability of an object that’s located so far above the ground. I wanted to see it up close which was merely a dream at the time.

Steven St. Pierre and I set out on September 16, 2017, to see if we could climb the southeastern arête of the Chimney Wall and incorporate the pinnacle into the route. I knew we were setting ourselves up for a long day, but the daylight hours were shorter and autumn was knocking on our door. I didn’t want to wait another winter to explore the feature. I thought it would be an easy to moderate climb (hoping for around 5.7 or 5.8) and admit to dreading the extra bushwhacking required to get to the wall. The 20-hour trip from two weeks earlier was still fresh in mind.
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Hiking the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trail by luciezr

South Iceland’s Laugavegur trail, alternatively connected with Fimmvörðuháls trail is rated as one of the most beautiful hikes you can do. The nature shows its beauty and strength in so many types of landscape that you can hardly believe that it’s not a dream.

Our short trip to Iceland was a quick and a bit unexpected decision. Our week vacation was planned for the end of june with no flexibility in dates. Originally we planned to do some mountaineering in the Alps, but the weather forecast was getting worse and worse. On thursday the decision came: no way to climb in the Alps next week. But what can we do? Let’s check flight tickets offer. Luckily there was a direct flight to Reykjavík. Iceland has always been on the list of dream destinations and now the chance was here. When I saw pictures from Laugavegur trail, I had a destination. The logistics is pretty easy. There are buses from Reykjavík to both starting and final destinations Landmannalaugar and Skogar. We decided to go north to south as most of hikers do, but it’s not a problem to do opposite direction.
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King's Peak (Utah) Labor Day Weekend Ascent 2017 by Nicholas S

As a novice hiker and a wannabe mountaineer, Labor Day weekend of 2017 offered me two options: A Gannett Peak attempt or a King's Peak attempt. As many who are familiar with Gannett Peak may know, however, the route and the climb is not exactly for rookies since it involves glacier travel, plus a 20- to 25-mile hike to get there. Plus I hadn't obtained an ice axe at this point of being faced with such a decision. My research of King's Peak, on the other hand, revealed that many a children have been seen crawling around at the summit with their families. Since I had two days, the 12- to 15-mile hike to the peak from the Henry's Fork trailhead became my objective for that Saturday and Sunday, 9/2 and 9/3, respectively.

Saturday late morning I followed SummitPost's directions on how to get to Henry's Fork trailhead via I-80. The directions were great. This was step one of the mission. Upon entering the parking area, though, I almost concluded I wouldn't be able to park there--tons of cars were everywhere! Fortunately a space came at the back of what seemed to be an overflow parking area.
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Yampa Plateau/South Split Mountain by nader

Green River carves a 2500 ft deep canyon in Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument near the border with Colorado. The northern wall of the plateau is known as Split Mountain (North). I had read about and seen photos of the spectacular views from the top of Split Mountain (North).Looking at Google Earth, it had occurred to me that equally spectacular views could also be had from the top of the southern wall of the canyon at the northwestern corner of Yampa Plateau where the plateau tapers to a white rock peninsula which create jagged peaks. By looking at satellite photos, I had come up with a path to take me from Josie Morris Cabin in Dinosaur National Monument, 2 miles on the desert floor and then 2000 vertical ft up the slopes of Yampa Plateau to my desired view point. A month before my trip, I traced the path on the map and entered it into my GPS.

A couple of weeks later I noted that Summitpost member Scott had already made a page for this area under the name “Split Mountain South” (referring to the white rock jagged peaks). While his suggested starting point was different than mine, it was interesting that his path to the top of the Yampa Plateau was the same as what I had come up with on my own.
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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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