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Why I have
to go to the mountains – a declaration of love ! Why I have to go to the mountains – a declaration of love !  by schmid_th

I can´t live without the mountains and when I´m not next to them I get an unbelievable aspiration… So consecutively I tried to find the reasons for this… This is a little funny attempted explanation or maybe better a declaration of love and I guess that you also feel similar to me… I´m sure that after reading this article you will have that magic smile on your face and the feeling that you must soon get back to the mountains – independent of all concomitants!

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In Praise
of Bushwhacking In Praise of Bushwhacking  by vancouver islander

From the perspective of the true outdoor enthusiast, the word “development” is an oxymoron. Development implies progress and how exactly can encroaching urbanisation, mechanisation, bijou wilderness lodges and the like and even signed trails properly be regarded as progress when applied to real wilderness? Nothing truly belongs in the alpine environment except the mountain and its natural bastions of forest, river, cliff and glacier. Can anyone claim to have truly climbed a mountain who has used a gondola or an aircraft as a significant part of his or her approach strategy?

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What Climbing Means To Me What Climbing Means To Me  by alpinedon

I am, I think, a fairly rare climber: Someone who, throughout the course of my life, has been a failure. I think for many climbers they have been successful at many stages in their lives, driven, ambitious, used to success. For me, it has mostly been the opposite – twelve years of failure at school, repeated financial incompetence, broken relationships, no real career to speak of, repeated stopping and starting of interests, lack of focus, poor health etc., etc, ad nauseum. And that is, really, the truth. I was a quitter and a loser.

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Getting to
Know the Night Sky: The Northern Hemisphere Getting to Know the Night Sky: The Northern Hemisphere  by TrekAdam

Getting to know the night sky is fun, easy and can provide you with a wealth of knowledge in regard to navigation at night. This article focuses on the northern hemisphere only. It wont be long until I post on the southern hemisphere. Even memorizing the shapes of the constellations and then locating them in the night sky can be rewarding. If you're out in the wilderness, take a moment one night to look up at the sky and marvel at its wonder. Stars millions of light years away, gallaxies and nebulas - the night sky provides enough detail to keep the mind wandering for hours. This article covers most of the northern hemisphere's constellation and goes into detail about particular stars and their magnitudes, colors and degrees above the horizon line at peak. Other miscelaneous information, such as angular separation (distance) from star to star can be found as well. Bellow I show a simple method to count degrees in the sky and I am happy to take questions about the method if it is not understood.

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“I’ll
Take My Mountains Padded with Rubber!” Part I “I’ll Take My Mountains Padded with Rubber!” Part I  by silversummit

Some people view mountains by climbing gentle paths or steep, rocky trails; some from snow capped peaks and lofty summits. Some climb down through canyons and caves; squeezing through twisty slots even wading through pools of muddy water. And here on SP you can read about all the above and more. I too, devour many of the posted trip reports and browse the mountain pages looking for a good hike to take in the future but now, I think it’s the proper time to admit that I do like to give my legs a rest sometimes and “paddle right through the mountains”.

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Centennial
Series: Glacier National Park’s Ptarmigan Tunnel Centennial Series: Glacier National Park’s Ptarmigan Tunnel  by FlatheadNative

At the top of the Ptarmigan Creek, above Ptarmigan Lake and below the Ptarmigan Wall lies the Ptarmigan Tunnel, the only tunnel in Glacier National Park.

To properly pronounce (at least at Glacier National Park), "ptarmigan" drop the "p" in the front of the word and say "tar-mi-gan."

This 240 foot tunnel through nearly vertical rock on the Ptarmigan Wall allows access from the Many Glacier Valley into the Belly River Country. Before 1930 access into the Belly River was gained over Red Gap Pass or Gable Pass from the eastern border near Chief Mountain as well as along the Belly River which flows southwest from the Chief Mountain Customs station on the U.S.-Canadian Border between Glacier National Park and Waterton International Peace Park. The Belly River country could also be reached via Stoney Indian Pass from Waterton Lake or even Browns Pass above Bowman Lake.

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In Defense
of the Wild In Defense of the Wild  by magicdufflepud

In the last couple years, I've spent a good deal of time paging through Summitpost, consuming a lot of what it had to offer without ever really giving back. Now, as exams instill in me an even greater desire to procrastinate, I've finally found the motivation to produce something for this site. What follows is an abridged (really!) and more reader-friendly (but still kinda institutional and stuffy) version of an essay I wrote for an environmental ethics course. I've tried to keep it apolitical, yet I realize that this site isn't a platform for opinions. Hopefully you'll understand why I argue for the value of wilderness and why I believe it's appropriate for Summitpost.

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Wilderness
Safety and the Simplest Ways to be Prepared Wilderness Safety and the Simplest Ways to be Prepared  by TrekAdam

I would hope that most everyone knows of the basic "rules" of safety when exploring the outdoors - gather knowledge about where you plan to be and be prepared! Pack a couple band-aids, throw in an antiseptic wipe, maybe bring some ibuprofen or acetaminophen for that unexpected muscle pain or headache. Find information about the weather, read up on local wildlife and plan ahead for that unforcastable mishap. Whether you're a rock climber, hiker, backpacker or serious mountaineer certain supplies will almost always become a necessity, especially in those critical situations. Even the less critical situtions, for instance, when you or your buddy get a small cut or lets say get stung by a bee (and you just so happen to be allergic to bee stings), require attention and can only be addressed if proper planning and preparations have been made... Regardless of your activity or the amount of time you typically spend in the wilderness, whether it be a day long hike or a week long backpacking trip, there are some supplies that are absolutely essential to ensuring your safety.

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In praise
of the Dawn Patrol In praise of the Dawn Patrol  by mvs

At first, Dawn Patrols don't happen for the fun of it. An enthusiastic hiker or climber gets out every weekend he can, which is unfortunately not every weekend of the month. Sober calculation reveals that the high summer offers something like 10 to 15 available trips. Weather, weddings and other kinds of attrition may bring the number down to 8 or 9.

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Homecoming Homecoming  by Athos791

I’m not one who usually just sits down and writes down what’s on their mind. In fact I’m usually just the opposite, I store it all deep in my brain, and pull it out when needed. But reading of these recent tragedies in the mountains, and getting nervous about my upcoming expedition has got my thinking. Why? That is the question that every mountaineer is asked every time they talk to someone that is not into climbing. Why? Well I’ll tell you why! Oh wait… why do I do this? How can I not know why I truly climb? Is it just a bunch of little reasons that make up one big reason to climb? I don’t know, but what I do know is the thrill I feel as I am embarking on a trip. Driving into the mountains is almost like a homecoming, as if I were meant to be here my entire life, and to never leave.

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