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A Story About Not Climbing A Story About Not Climbing  by builttospill

It's 5:00 pm and dark thunderheads have consumed the Oquirrhs to the west. The wind picks up a bit and blows away some of the stagnant heat as I watch the evening traffic begin to flow south on I-15. A much-needed thunderstorm is finally coming to the Salt Lake valley. The deck chairs on the south side of the building provide a little bit of isolation for my pre-work cigarette. I don't smoke often. The wind intensifies and a few raindrops fall.par

The afternoon was spent considering what I should do. I looked at the photos from the Pfeifferhorn's North ridge briefly, and I thought about what I would say to your other partners. I'm sure some have already read the newspaper and seen your picture, as I did. I decided to try to contact your parents, but that would have to wait until tomorrow. The University registrar's office wouldn't be open on the Fourth of July.

Today there is a typical afternoon thunderstorm. I haven't been on a real route in ten weeks, since that April afternoon glissading down the North ridge into Maybird Gulch. The wind reminds me of being on a high peak again, and that we had plans to do a couple of local alpine rock routes later this summer.

Sierra Stories Sierra Stories  by plume

The premise is simple, the execution grand. Take nearly a dozen or so early pioneers of California mountaineering and tread in the echoes of their bootsteps. Follow them up the peaks that defined them, separated only by time itself. Sounds easy, right?

Almost forgot to mention: No Gore-tex, GPS, or nylon ropes allowed. If these early mountaineers went solo, so shall you. If they had to roll their meager possessions up into a blanket and tie it off with an old rope as Clarence King did, then you too will leave your backpack at home. Like John Muir, you will chase away hunger with bread crusts and tea. As for maps … What maps? You will bed atop a layer of dead pine needles. Shiver under the stars and storms without a tent. With the invention of DEET still decades away, mosquitoes will sing you to sleep. And you will come to know the Sierra like you have never known it before.

during the golden and the post golden age Wetterhorn during the golden and the post golden age  by hansw

The year was 1854 and the Englishman Alfred Wills was on honeymoon in the Alps. With his wife and the Chamonix guide Auguste Balmat he made excursions in the Mont Blanc region. Towards the end of the holiday the twenty six year old Wills decided to make a first ascent. For some reason, the choice fell on the beautiful mountain Wetterhorn that literally hangs over the glacier village Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. On August 27, a group of five people started from Grindelwald. "Try to come back alive!" was the inn keeper’s admonition. In addition to Wills and Balmat there were three other mountain guides; Auguste Simonds from Chamonix and the Oberland men Ulrich Lauener and Peter Bohren. The Wetterhorn is 3701 meters high, which meant that the ascent covered an impressive 2700 vertical meters, in other words two full days work. The first night they pitched the camp at a place called Gleckstein (Big block). Two large stones leaning against each other gave a little protection from the wind. Under the cloudless sky they had supper consisting of a cup of coffee, a piece of veal and some sour bread slices. With the blankets full of fleas they spent an unpleasant night.

All About
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!

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