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The Early Climbing History
at Table Rock The Early Climbing History at Table Rock  by reboyles

Table Rock was first described in a geological survey of the area in 1898 but it's value as a building material was discovered earlier. Its first recorded use was in the old Fort Boise quartermaster building, built in 1864 that still stands today. Soon after it was used in the construction of a prison and many other buildings in downtown Boise. After the construction of the prison, inmates did what was called "penitentiary stone work" using horse drawn wagons to get the stone down from the quarry. In 1906 the Capitol Building Commission purchased 35 acres for use as a quarry for the new state capitol building in downtown Boise. In 1911 major improvements were implemented with the building of a road and a tram line. The tram line was gravity operated where a loaded car was sent down causing the empty car to go up. These improvements allowed much more stone to be brought down from the quarry and it was used in buildings across the United States.

Exploring Black Hills
Canyons Exploring Black Hills Canyons  by panhandletrails

Canyons are one of the great pleasures in exploring the Black Hills. Though there are literally hundreds of named and unnamed canyons in the Black Hills, probably less than half see explorers and adventurers each year. Some of the reasons for this would include private property restrictions, lack of any roads or trails in numerous canyons and the fact that some of the canyons shown on maps are really only canyon-like in some sections, while being more like gentle valleys elsewhere through the watersheds.

100 Years on the Timpanogos
Glacier 100 Years on the Timpanogos Glacier  by Scott

Overview The "glacier" is somewhat of an unusual and interesting feature for Utah. A perhaps little known fact is that the glacier reportedly used to have some distinct (by Rockies standards) and visible crevasses before the "Dust Bowl Drought" of the 1930's. Some of the old photos are available at BYU or in Kelsey's book on Timpanogos, and a few are posted in the section below. Although the feature has been referred to as a glacier (sometimes affectionately) for many years, the status of the glacier/snowfield/icefield had been debated for just as long.

What is a Rock Glacier? What is a Rock Glacier?  by Alex Wood

What is a rock glacier? This term rock glacier is often thrown around loosely with little implication of the origin. This article is about rock glaciers, as you probably guessed. I wrote this as a report for one of my geology classes and have attempted to turn it into a readable article. By no means am I an expert in this topic, but I did spend a lot of time doing research on the topic meaning I should be somewhat knowledgeable in the topic. This article on rock glaciers is targeted towards the Southwestern United States, specifically the San Juan Mountains.

Frederick Mummery, the man who dared Nanga Parbat Albert Frederick Mummery, the man who dared Nanga Parbat  by Silvia Mazzani

Last February Nanga Parbat has worldwide been the lion's share on the front pages of mountaineering chronicles in reason of the successful first winter ascent by an Italian-Spanish-Pakistani team. Nanga Parbat, after 28 failed attempts, had remained one of the two 8000s, being K2 the second one, never climbed in wintertime. This article deals with the outstanding figure of the first man on earth that in 1895, over a century ago, attempted the first ascent of this majestic mountain by an extraordinary light-weight endeavour. A concept must be clear before start talking about Albert Frederick Mummery: he was a veritable forerunner of modern mountaineering.

Black Hills
7000 Club Black Hills 7000 Club  by panhandletrails

No one seems to know who originally coined the term “Black Hills 7000 Club”. It’s not a term that is used frequently in the Black Hills area, but it does get used by at least some of the local hikers. The term generally refers to the eight named summits in the Black Hills that are at least 7,000 feet in elevation.

Is it a Peak, Mount, or
Mountain? Is it a Peak, Mount, or Mountain?  by StephAbegg

Why is it Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, and not Baker Mountain or Rainier Peak? Are Peaks really peakier and Mounts more massive, or do summit titles follow too much whim and misnaming for any significant relationships to exist? In this project, I use multinomial logistic regression techniques to show that there are in fact numerically significant differences in the topography of Peaks, Mounts, and Mountains.

History and facts of Ouray
Ice Park History and facts of Ouray Ice Park  by Liba Kopeckova

The Ouray Ice Park is a world famous ice climbing area that has absorbed the axe blows of thousands of climbers, new and old, from around the globe. Many well-known ice climbers and alpinists have spent time in this incredible climbing resource. From Ouray Ice Park Guide book by Vince Anderson and Cindy Williams.

Water in the Backcountry Drinking Water in the Backcountry  by Enkidu

Travel in remote areas can often present hydration challenges that are often compounded by weather, elevation and exertion. Often times the only water available is from the nearest lake/stream or snow/ice. In certain instances these sources can be used successfully without any treatment. In other cases successful use requires some form of treatment. Success in terms of drinking water can be defined as follows: The quantity of water available is sufficient to prevent dehydration and the quality of the water is such that the health risk from consumption of the water is acceptable.

Georges Livanos Georges Livanos "Le Grec"  by ericvola

Georges Livanos Alias Le Grec, King of the Calanques, Emperor in the Dolomites, 500 first ascents beyond Verticality. One of the aphorisms he always was found of: "Better one more peg than one man less… especially if that man is me!” Pure amateur, he put 25.000 pegs, opened 500 routes in the Calanques of Marseille, 40 in the Dolomites, around 20 in the Alps and repeated quite a number of big routes in the Alps and the Dolomites. Many of the great names of Alpinism did rope with him, Jean Franco, Maurice Herzog, Lionel Terray, Gaston Rébuffat, Jean Couzy,Michel Vaucher, Claudio Barbier, not to mention his Italian friends such as Gino Soldà, Armando da Roit, Beppi de Franchesch, Marcello Bonafede, Menegus, Stenico and many others particularly when they came in the Calanques.

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