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Carpathian Mountains: Puzzling Words, History and Musical Bonus All About Carpathian Mountains: Puzzling Words, History and Musical Bonus  by yatsek

This page is for people thinking of backpacking, hiking and/or climbing in the Carpathians. It is supposed to make you feel more comfortable while reading the non-English maps/guidebooks/TR's (with or without the assistance of the Google translator), not to mention being able to understand/use the words listed in the dictionary attached - for practical reasons - as a "child" of this page. Nearly all of these words fall into the following categories: what is usually in the map key, words that often form part of the name of a landform (e.g. window), the most basic gear, emblematic animals and plants, cardinal directions, colours, weather, seasons, pastoral life and "hi/thanks!" The words are given in English and the official languages of the seven countries the Carpathians are divided among. NB The languages/dialects of the stateless peoples/ethnic groups - such as the Rusyns - have not been included. The same goes for the languages of the other minorities, much more numerous before World War II, whose settlements/homes are scattered throughout the Carpathians: the Roma (Gypsies), Jews (who before World War II were a majority of town residents in many places, especially in the north-east), Armenians, and others. If you would like to taste the ambience, please click the Musical chapter. Talking of the attached dictionary/album (see para. 3), I hope it will be polished over a long time since polishing things happens to be a job I've always liked, which may result from my native language being Polish.LOL

Report of Mountaineering Expeditions visited Pakistan during 2009 Final Report of Mountaineering Expeditions visited Pakistan during 2009  by Karrar Haidri

Year 2009 has been a very bleak season for Mountaineering in Pakistan. The current security state of the country has adversely affected the inflow of Tourists in Pakistan. This year a total No of 63 teams originally applied for attempting various peaks but 18 withdrew their applications leaving 45 teams who have been granted permit to climb various peaks of their choice, 02 more teams who had been granted permit to climb peaks did not turn up for climbing, thus leaving just 43 teams in the field. Out of these four teams were granted permission to climb 02 peaks each and one team to climb 03 peaks, as such overall 49 attempts were made to climb various peaks by 343 climbers including 54 climbers attempting 2 peaks each thus totaling the numbers of attempting climbers to 397. Out of these 15 expeditions have returned successful by putting 63 climbers on the summits of various peaks including o3 climbers summiting 02 peaks each whereas 34 teams have returned unsuccessful. Unluckily 02 climbers lost their lives while descending from the summit of Nanga Parbat while another 04 climbers lost their lives while attempting K-2, Broad Peak , G-II & Latok-I.

Life slaps me upside my
head! Life slaps me upside my head!  by imontop

This website is absolutely driving me insane! Why you ask? It has everything a hiker/climber could want! If you are looking for a mountain to climb, no matter what part of the world you're in, you'll find information on Summit Post. There's information for all types of skill levels. It's on this page that I've learned what classes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are, even though I still can't see the difference between 4 and 5. That just means steep and steepest to me. Yes, I'm a simple man. There are also hundreds of very interesting people that post their climbing experiences. Matter of fact, there are so many posts I highly doubt one could keep up or see them all. Even the nerdiest of nerds, spending 24 hours day on line, couldn't keep up. It's amazing. I can't get enough! So, whats the problem?

This brings me to my dilema.

Butchart: Grand Canyon's 12,000 Mile Man Harvey Butchart: Grand Canyon's 12,000 Mile Man  by MarkDidier

Considering Harvey Butchart was a mathematics professor he would probably appreciate that his Grand Canyon exploits are always listed numerically. Harvey spent 42 years exploring Grand Canyon, and in those years he: Hiked over 12,000 miles; Spent 1,023 days below the rim; Discovered 164 routes through the Redwall Limestone; Discovered 116 rim to river routes; Climbed 83 buttes and temples, 28 being first ascents; Over a 17 year period became the first person to walk end to end through Grand Canyon.

Why Do You
Climb? (in your words) Why Do You Climb? (in your words)  by FlatheadNative

Whether the day is spent climbing on a local route or crag or extended days are spent achieving the mountain summit of a lifetime there is something that drives us to rise above our limitations and conquer the challenge.

Climbing through the Winter
Solstice Climbing through the Winter Solstice  by Ted Eliason

For an addicted alpine long-route climber, the winter solstice is the mid point of a seasonal withdrawal from something that gives life meaning, purpose, and images in the mind’s eye that keep the rest of life in balance. The lungs lose some of their calibration to the high altitudes. The stomach consumes holiday abundance unchecked by days out above the timberline, burning scarce calories for warmth and energy against the cold.

A rebel plant - Helleborus
niger A rebel plant - Helleborus niger  by selinunte01

Autumn and winter is coming to central Europe and to the Alpine regions and with them the dying of the plants, the falling of the leaves, the decay of all what is sprouting, blossoming and producing fruits and seeds during spring and summer.

Soon enough there is the first snow, covering the ground, giving a definite stop to plants life. Light your oven, prepare your skies and wait till springtime for the first tiny blossoms to reappear……

You are wrong!

maps & GPX routes Embedded maps & GPX routes  by visentin

Over recent years, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have become more and more sophisticated and in turn, their popularity has grown considerably. Their functionality has also improved and as a result the use of GPX files has become an increasingly common occurrence.

At the same time, the use of online mapping facilities such as Google Maps and its equivalents has grown considerably, allowing users from around the world to share their topographic data over the internet. For sites such as Summitpost, which aim to share beta on all manner of outdoor activities, this has created a number of interesting possibilities for sharing information. The displaying of route information is particularly relevant, and although still in its infancy, the incorporation of GPX files with this kind of software has made this an ever more practical solution.

Wrestlemania Wrestlemania  by Gangolf Haub

When hiking in the Alps or the prealpine ranges we often encounter typical animals like ibexes, chamois or marmots. We also notice birds, alpine choughs, ravens or the huge birds of prey like the golden eagle. Some of us will take photographs of butterflies or grasshoppers and sometimes even lizards make it to the pages of SP. But rarely do amphibians get into the limelight, most likely because of the clandestine life they lead. This little article is dedicated to the Alpine Salamander (Salamandra atra) which will be referred to here with its German name: the Alpensalamander.


Right in the middle of the road a tiny black sculpture seemed to be standing and as I got closer (of course I had walked by noticing nothing) I realized that here was my first Alpensalamander. And the second as well. One atop the other. First we suspected indecent behaviour (in the middle of the road!) but we soon found out that something different seemed to be going on. One of the little guys was simply relaxing on top of the other's head. Of course I took out my camera and started to document this for posterity. We soon found out that we had interrupted a wrestling match.

My Outdoor
Mementos My Outdoor Mementos  by silversummit

There I was in early September, sitting on the table in the orthopedist’s office a week after returning from my Washington state trip. We were arguing over whether my ankle was broken or not and, I lost. My fall down the scree on the Upper Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier wasn’t as innocuous as I thought. But by not going immediately to an emergency room at Rainier I avoided a hard cast and instead, limped around in an air cast for six weeks. Another broken bone. And I also added to my growing collection of soft boots, air boots, shoulder slings and x-rays.

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