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Hot Springs of Cotahuasi
Canyon Hot Springs of Cotahuasi Canyon  by Vic Hanson

One of my favorite things to do after a long hard hike or a cold mountain summit, is to go and soak in a hot springs. Cotahuasi Canyon is located in a volcanic region, and while none of the volcanoes are active now, there are many hot springs in the area. The most famous one is in Luicho, which is in an enclosed area. It is right alongside of the Cotahuasi River, but the windows are so stained and dirty that you can't see outside.

The first hot springs I went to on my first trip to Cotahuasi is called El Niño (the young boy), and that has always been my standard to measure the other hot springs by. It is under some bamboo trees, right along side the Cotahuasi River, below the village of Velinga, in an area called Mayo. There is a small pool made of rocks, very natural, beautiful and free. My kind of place! Since then I have found a few other free outside pools, Ccosla by Pampamarca, on the Pampamarca River, one between Huillac and Tarhuara, by the Cotahuasi River, and one above Cahuana by a small stream.

This report will focus on what I think are the best ones, as well as a couple of the other popular ones.

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A Brief Geological History
of the Keweenaw A Brief Geological History of the Keweenaw  by stinkycheezman33

When one looks at a map of the United States of America, the eye is unavoidably drawn to that giant peninsula jutting out defiantly into Lake Superior. That peninsula that catches your eye has a name, and that name is the Keweenaw Peninsula. Located in the Upper Midwest, the Keweenaw (and Upper Michigan as a whole) does not get very much attention from the mountaineering world, and rightfully so since the highpoint of the state (located very near the Keweenaw!), Mt. Arvon, is a mere 1979 feet above sea level. However, what the Keweenaw lacks in height it more than makes up for in scenery and remoteness. With a total area of roughly 1,000 square miles and a population hovering around 2,500 people (most of whom live in Copper Harbor) the Keweenaw is a playground for the intrepid adventurer who desires to visit a variety of wonderful places and do so while hardly glimpsing another person. There are a myriad of places to visit in the Keweenaw, including mountains (Mt. Baldy, Brockway Mountain and The Cliff Range, among others), waterfalls (Montreal Falls, Hungarian Falls and Douglas Houghton Falls, among others), remote beaches, virgin forests, trophy fishing lakes and countless historic sites (most of which are abandoned mines or mining towns).

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Henry
Russell, the Irishman who conquered the Pyrenees Henry Russell, the Irishman who conquered the Pyrenees  by visentin

Henry Russell-Killough, of his full name, (1834-1909) was the most famous explorator of the Pyrenees of all times, pioneer who acheived the biggest number of first ascents of major peaks.

Many events occured this year to celebrate the centenary of his death, including the publication of a biography by its great grand-niece, and the realisation of a film (see in the end).

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Everett Ruess Everett Ruess  by tarol

"I thought that there were two rules in life - never count the cost, and never do anything unless you can do it wholeheartedly. Now is the time to live." ~ Everett Ruess

Everett Ruess was an irrepressible wanderer, adventurer, and artist who loved and sought out the wild places of the Colorado Plateau. In 1934, at the age of twenty, he disappeared in the Escalante canyons. His independent spirit and profound love of the beauty of canyon country has inspired me and many others to continue to explore and preserve this wonderful area.

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So, you want to climb Mt
Rainier. So, you want to climb Mt Rainier.  by ExcitableBoy

There are a few things you should know. Here are some tips I have gleaned from two decades and dozens of climbs on ‘The Mountain’.
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Any reasonably fit person can climb Mt Rainier but a focused, specific training regimen will make your climb more enjoyable. Tailor your program to mimic the demands of climbing a big mountain. Summit day will likely be an 8 -12 hour affair so it is important to train long. Load up a pack and hike your local hills, or do long trail runs or bike rides. Lift weights to strengthen your core, shoulders, back and legs. Don’t neglect high intensity cardio like interval work. You want the ultra runner’s endurance, the sprinter’s speed, and the weight lifter’s power. Your goal is to become an all around athlete.

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attention of all the parents. To attention of all the parents.  by alexclimb

Climbing mountains is beautiful and exciting sport but potential risks are very high there. People who climb mountains must be fully conscious that on their decision depend their health and life as well as the lives of others. Reasoning from this it is clear that young children should not be brought to the extreme mountain conditions which require power and responsibility of an adult. Sometimes people who have no idea of how dangerous mountain climbing can be, make the mistakes which cost too high price...

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"I'll Take My Mountains Padded with Rubber" - Part II  by silversummit

It’s the first morning on the river; my first time ever riding a raft balancing on the stern, the rear of the raft, which is actually angled like a broad letter U. We’re in the second big set of rapids, whoooooosh!

I am suddenly sitting on my butt in the bottom of the raft. AJ, all of 24 years or so, in his ever-so-cool shades, looks down and says to me “Hey girl? Whatcha doin’ down there?” Well, he had me at the first “Hey” to quote a famous movie line and anybody who calls me a “girl” ……well at my age (59), let’s say it made for a great start!

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Backing Off Backing Off  by Isaiah

I've pushed on uphill above treeline when it's pretty cloudy out, I've taken a 20 foot pendulum fall and then went on to finish the route in five more pitches, and I've summitted at 5PM more than I care to admit. My attempt is to try and explain what goes into backing off a route. I'm also going to try and try and glorify retreating off routes because untold numbers are alive that made the right choice to head down before it was too late.

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The Šerpa rallye The Šerpa rallye  by visentin

The Tatras, just like the Alps or the Pyrenees, have a very long history of mountain exploration, "Taternism" (Pol: Taternictwo), the same way we say "Alpinism", "Pyreneism", and so on. Very early, and for many of them more than a century ago, mountain huts were built, in order to facilitate the access to remote peaks.

At this time, it was only possible to reach and supply these places on foot, and in the best cases, when the terrain allowed it, with the help of mules. Nowadays, in all mountains of the western world, supplies of mountain refuges (let's call them by their english official term, "mountain-huts", despite they are not "bothies" anymore) is made by land rover every time the approach allows it, and for more remote places, very often by helicopter (excepted perishable foodstuff in small amounts).

But, for many reasons, a custom has remained in the Slovak Tatras: men-supplying of the mountain huts. And instead of making it a burden, the Slovaks "chatárs" (managers of a "chata", slovak word for a mountain-hut), have made of it a special tradition. And more: a game, a sport, a national pride !

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Success and Failure, As
Simple As That Success and Failure, As Simple As That  by noahs213

At this place in time it seems like people give up there dreams to easily. I have just noticed not only in the climbing community, but in this world people have something they want to accomplish and they give it up and go dream hunting to find something else they want to do that is not as hard to accomplish.

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