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Cassin Riccardo Cassin  by Bor

Enlarge The young Riccardo Cassin climbing. The member of the climbing club the Spider (Ragni) group from Lecco (Club Alpino Italiano) Riccardo Cassin is one of the greatest alpinist of this century. He was born on the 2nd of January 1909 in the village San Vito di Tagliamento in Furlania. When he was three years old his father went with the big ship to America in search for better life. In the year 1926 he went to the city Lecco looking for the job. He stayed in Lecco and his strong will helped him to reach his own aims. His days were hard. He attended the evening school. Before the school he had twelve hours long work. In his book Fifty years of alpinism he said that the beautiful nature around the lake Lago di Como and the mountains above had created his big love. His first mountain trip was on the mountain Monte Resgone, , the mountain that crowns the city of Lecco. Two weeks later he began his first climbs in the group of the Grignetta mountains. Among many new climbs on the surrounding mountains I mention only the one in the south and southeast face of Corna de Medale. On this trip he had first accident in the mountains. The rock fell on his head and he also injured a knee. After the three weeks spended in the hospital he was ready again for climbing. From this accident he made a decision that he will only climb with those climbers who are good and serious.

honourable Julius Kugy The honourable Julius Kugy  by Bor

Julius Kugy, the climber and author was born in Gorizia, Italy in the year 1858. Julius Kugy lived in Trieste. In his youger years he became very interested for botany. He made his doctorate from law in Vienna. Later he took over the father`s bussiness. He had many passions like botany, writing books and his biggest passion discovering and climbing mountains. He was only 16 years old when he made his first ascent on the highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav. Later he visited the wonderful valley of Trenta where he was looking for mysterious flower Scabiosa trenta.

Legend of the Grand Mesa
Thunderbirds Legend of the Grand Mesa Thunderbirds  by seth@LOKI

I love Grand Junction and the western half of Colorado . I grew up here and my appreciation grows daily. Its “regular-ness” is probably the root of what I like the most. As we grow in population, I hope the Grand Valley will mature in culture and carry a greater appreciation for the landscape and outdoor joy in our midst. I want to tell a brief part of my life story that contains a connection to this land and to the greater cultural history of this area. This story relates to a feature on the Grand Mesa that looks at us everyday. After reading this, I hope more of us will be looking back with a deeper picture of where we live.

Emilio Comici Emilio Comici  by ganesh70

Emilio Comici was an artist of the alpinism, one of the greatest of all times. He opened extreme routes reaching the highest degrees of climbing difficulty known in those years, especially in the Dolomites. He loved the Dolomites, and in particular that three "indian Gods", as he defined them, the fantastic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Set High Goals in Colorado and Beyond Brothers Set High Goals in Colorado and Beyond  by seth@LOKI

Setting goals gives a Colorado boy like me something to live for. My goal is to climb (and sometimes ski when it is sane) every peak over 13,580 feet in my fair state, a total of 200 benchmarks. I think I’m young at just under thirty-three, but my knee tinges with every upward step I take in the mountains. Yet I persist toward my goal, as long as there is open space in the mountains, there is sanity.

Rendering special characters
in SP pages Rendering special characters in SP pages  by peterbud

Several of us have been working with mountains/areas/etc. having other than English names. Given the variety of languages and the multitude of special characters they use, sometimes it gives a hard time to get "native" names appear right on the screen. Of course, there is the option to neglect the special characters and take what's closest in the "default" Latin character set. While this is practical for saving time and effort, I think we loose quite a bit of "spice" this way. So, I've tried to hunt down all the special characters I needed for my pages so far - some were easy to get by, some not.

Failure on
Denali - How to measure success in climbing? Failure on Denali - How to measure success in climbing?  by ibndalight

I was climbing with my team between camps 1 and 2 on Mount McKinley. When I took the next step, suddenly my foot went straight down. It was like a trap door opened up underneath me. My body followed and I realized I had punched through a snow bridge into a crevasse. I felt my snow shoe become caught in between the two walls of the crevasse and the weight of my pack caused me to fall sideways. Instantly, I felt pain shoot through my knee. With my foot immobile, I twisted my knee in the process. I had only fallen about 6 feet but it felt like a lot more. It really didn’t matter. My climb was done; the pain in my knee stopped me. My teammates helped me out of the crevasse and I tried to walk off the pain. I figured we had rest days coming up and it should feel better then. Until then, I just had to keep pounding away at the mountain. I failed to reach the summit of Denali and was flown off a few days later.

A Guide to
Pronouncing the Names of Welsh Mountains A Guide to Pronouncing the Names of Welsh Mountains  by Nanuls

The language of Wales, more properly called Cymraeg in preference to Welsh (A Germanic word denoting "foreigner"), is a Celtic language spoken as a community language in Wales (Cymru) by about 659,000 people, and in the Welsh colony (Y Wladfa) in Patagonia, Argentina (yr Ariannin) by several hundred people. There are also Welsh speakers in England (Lloegr), Scotland (yr Alban), Canada, the USA (yr Unol Daleithiau), Australia (Awstralia) and New Zealand (Seland Newydd). Welsh is fairly closely related to Cornish and Breton, and more distantly related to Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic.

Existentialism & the Mountain Existentialism & the Mountain  by tcram84

A night like this is always the worst. It seems that, no matter what I do, the mind never really shuts up and leaves me alone. Unfortunately, it’s one of those nights that is strikingly similar to just about every single other one these last couple of years. I sip my drink and watch the strains of vodka swirl richly with the meltwater from the ice. The invisible ribbons reappear with every draw I take. But this story isn’t about alcohol or finding some sort of refuge from this thing called life in the form of a bottle. No, this is just a cold drink to hopefully dull the incessant blade of my thoughts. In all reality, I do not know what this story is about—I write only because it is something different that I haven’t done much of (not just lately, but ever). If nothing else, this story is about mountains. Not mountains in the sense of your geology text book. I don’t particularly care to recite details of the Laramide revolution and various ice ages. No, this is about mountains, and humanity, and happiness, and capitalism, and god.

Pigs at the
Trough: A Retrospective on the Grand Teton Climber's Ranch Pigs at the Trough: A Retrospective on the Grand Teton Climber's Ranch  by Sam Page

Climbers are notorious for their peculiar, not to mention impecunious, eating habits. The culinary customs of the vagabonds of Camp Four in Yosemite and the riffraff of Snell's Field in Chamonix, France are well-chronicled in the climbing literature. From these specific instances, a general rule could be inferred that all climbers eat like pigs. The purpose of this essay is not to defend such a sweeping generalization. Rather, it is to report that the transients of the Grand Teton Climber's Ranch, among whose ranks I was embedded during the summer of 1996, are no exception to such a rule (if there is such a rule).

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