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Wyoming,
the Wind Rivers and the Wilderness Paradox Wyoming, the Wind Rivers and the Wilderness Paradox  by magicdufflepud

Wyoming offers an altogether different experience, at once immediate and ancient. Primeval you might say if you were prone to such language. Along with the Alaskan wilds, and Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remains one of the last great untouched stretches of earth in America. There be grizzlies there, and wolves, and entire valleys which function untrammeled by humans.

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Guatemala Hiking, Guide for
the Unguided Guatemala Hiking, Guide for the Unguided  by BLong

This guide is a selection of some of my favorite hikes available here in Guatemala. I have rated their difficulty, and listed the time it took me to complete each of the hikes. Keep in mind that times for the trips are listed as ascent times, don’t forget to add time for the descent. Also, the times listed are for people who are physically fit and traveling at a decent speed.

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A pioneer
of the Northern Limestone Alps: Hermann von Barth A pioneer of the Northern Limestone Alps: Hermann von Barth  by selinunte01

The Alps are well developed and made accessible as far as possible. Highways, roads and railways are crisscrossing the valleys and the cols. Villages and towns are expanding. Countless accommodations are waiting for more and more tourists.

Ski areas and their longing for more space and new attractions are conquering remote areas of yesterday. Cablecars shovel people, who would do much better by staying in the valleys, up to airy heights. Fun parks begin to spread throughout the ranges, skywalks or long and steep summer toboggan runs stir up adrenaline, paraglider and parachute jumpers try to compete with eagles or alpine crows.

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Thoughts on
4th class terrain Thoughts on 4th class terrain  by mvs

Recently I saw an old video of Gaston Rebuffat on the Matterhorn with another climber. It was beautiful. They seemed to turn the climb into a real gentlemen’s affair. Lots of relaxed walking, each climber holding a coil of rope. When it was steep, they dropped the coils and executed a standing hip belay. All very graceful, and then the look of satisfaction from the pipe-smoke at the top made me want to take up the filthy habit.

These men clearly had “mountain sense.” They looked at peace with themselves, and were very much at ease. Plainly, they had long ago forged a kinship with steep terrain that was now such a part of them that it simply was them, or at least such a great part of their identity that they couldn’t shuck it off.

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Glossary:
summit, peak, etc Glossary: summit, peak, etc  by nartreb

This is to provide a reference and standardized answer to the frequent confusion arising over terms such as "mountain", "peak", and "summit." I realize that local usage will sometimes differ, but it may be useful to have a standard glossary for SP purposes. I have done my best to verify my definitions using authoritative English-language dictionaries. Please provide corrections or interesting local variations in comments to this page.

This page covers toponymy in English, with a few brief notes on a handful of other languages.

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A Journey
into P.N.G.P. lasted half a Century A Journey into P.N.G.P. lasted half a Century  by OsvaldoCardellina

Visit a park is not a matter of a trip of one or two days, but requires years of visits and explorations. But even this is not enough to discover all the secrets and the wonders that it flaunts, but also hides. It is a never-ending quest that only Love for Nature can substantiate, otherwise it falls into a shallow and poorly observations become influential. Especially in the Education of Young People.

To us this is successful, wherefore, after half a Century of wandering in the Park and surrounding area, yet we discover things and excelled not imagine in our limited Fantasy. It does not claim that the approach is that of a Rangers who together with his German Shepherd dog there coexists in close union for nine months each year, but surely you have to have more tenacity in attendance, if you want to get good experience and long-lasting.

Just as the dog of the Ranger who, they say, it becomes half dog, half man, and is also the opposite, namely that man becomes half dog. A perfect symbiosis to live in contact and understand this immense nature...

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How a Storm Comes to Mt.
Blanc How a Storm Comes to Mt. Blanc  by signorellil

On Thursday 24 August, 2006, 21 climbers of various nationalities decided, despite a clear meteorological warning, and apparently against the advice of some guide, to attempt the climb of Mt. Blanc via the Gouter route. As predicted, after an unsettled morning, a big storm passed over the area in the early afternoon, reducing visibility to zero even at comparatively low altitudes, with violent winds and snowfall down to 2600m.

The 21 climbers tried to go back to the Gouter hut, but got stuck on the south side of the Dome de Gouter, a very dangerous place in poor weather, as the lack of any point of reference makes it very easy to lose your bearings in a whiteout.

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How the
British created modern mountaineering How the British created modern mountaineering  by KoenVl

Mountaineering, mountain hiking or just being in the mountains plays for many of us an important role in our lives. This website, the number of members and the innumerous contributions illustrates this very well. For approximately two centuries people have been attracted by the mountains, just like we experience this today.

However, this hasn’t always been the case.

On the contrary, most time in history people stood very hostile against the mountains, and they tried to avoid them as much as possible. But, at the end of the eighteenth century this hostile image of the mountains started to change gradually.

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Climbing -
A Useless Sport? Climbing - A Useless Sport?  by AJones

First of all, I have to say that I eat, live, and breathe climbing. I love to climb – whether it is sport climbing, ice climbing, trad climbing or alpine walls – I love it all.

I think we can all agree that climbing brings joy, happiness, and for some, even meaning, into our lives, but I can’t help but think that sometimes we tend to take climbing (and ourselves) far too seriously. I mean, really, what we’re doing is climbing up some rock or ice, to get to the top; and far more often than not, you don’t even get to the actual top of anything; just some arbitrary definition of the top.

Climbing, you could argue, unlike some other sports, isn’t even that entertaining.

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Finding the
Dead in the Mountains Finding the Dead in the Mountains  by Vic Hanson

Living in a deep canyon in the Andes Mountains gives me lots of opportunities for hiking and exploring. One thing it doesn't provide are leisurely "walks in the park", which is fine with me. I don't particularly like flat trails, either hiking or mtn. biking.

Ups, downs and curves are what make a trail interesting and enjoyable. Here you can follow the rivers up the canyon or down the canyon. You can hike down to the river or up to the mountain peak or ridge. And if you are making a round trip of it, you will be doing both up and down. There are very few level trails. Even those that traverse a mountain usually go up and down because of cliffs and gullies, as well as the fact that the villages are at different elevations.

There is also no such thing here as a recreational trail, they are all either used by people and animals to get from village to field or village to village, or they were used for that in times past, during the Inca and Wari (pre-Inca) cultures. Most people here can't quite comprehend why I am out hiking just for fun, and not because I have to get from one point to another.

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