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Prelude to
Kelso Ridge- First Fourteener, East vs West Prelude to Kelso Ridge- First Fourteener, East vs West  by eric b

After looking through some pictures I again found myself wondering about the misconceptions people have. Not in a argumentative way but in a curiosity sense. Being a native of the enchantment of the New England countryside the allure of "the bigger" mountains of Colorado, The High Sierras and Tetons always gripped my curiosity. However much to my disappointment I realized the difference to be miniscule in the grand scheme of things.

RSS feeds
for RSS feeds for "What's New"  by darndt

RSS feeds have become a popular and practical way to syndicate web content. They are perfectly suited to keep up to date with frequently updated content on the web like blog entries or news articles. That's why most major web sites use RSS feeds nowadays. Unfortunately, SummitPost doesn't offer RSS feeds. Since it would be great to have RSS feeds for the "What's new" section, I have made available such feeds (currently updated once per hour).

The Head Game of Climbing
Again The Head Game of Climbing Again  by seth@LOKI

The Head Game of Climbing A brief adventure in Indian Creek Utah A big exploration inside the mind of a returning climber-

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.

Despite our safer technology today, it’s not so easy to attain the true mastery that these older men of the mountains had. Many of us are master technicians, able to climb the steepest terrain imaginable, so long as it’s well protected. I remember my first ventures onto that fearsome terrain: “3rd-4th class,” as we’d say in the U.S., or maybe in the german-speaking countries it would be UIAA II-III. Having already led some 5th class pitches outside, I didn’t understand why I was qualing in fear on the ocean of loose, dirty, mossy, ugly mountainside that I’d climbed into from below. “There is no way to protect anything,” I complained to myself. “I hate this stuff.”

Summit Naps Summit Naps  by Krishna Dole

You left the car at dawn, but that was 5,000 vertical feet and many hours ago. Now you're on the summit, still mildly euphoric from the exposed scrambling you just did. The views and the weather are great, but you realize your early start has left you feeling a tad sleepy. And the warm sunshine sure feels good...

Mountain Rescues: Climbers
are Not to Blame Mountain Rescues: Climbers are Not to Blame  by Grizz42

Many will recall watching the news about the three climbers who died on Mount Hood last December. The story was in the headlines for weeks as search and rescue teams tried to locate the three climbers, often hampered by severe weather conditions. However, many do not know that it almost happened again when three more climbers and their dog went missing on Mt. Hood on February 18, 2007. It was a shock that after three climbers died in the middle of December, there was another rescue mission on the same mountain only two months later. Three members of the climbing party disappeared over an icy ledge and slid down some 500 feet before coming to a stop, while the other members of the group called for help. The three fallen climbers were able to build a snow cave to keep warm during the snow storm while the Portland Mountain Rescue team came to their aid. All climbers, and their dog, were brought down the mountain safely with only minor injuries. Bill OReilly, the host of The OReilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, has been an outspoken opponent of mountain rescues. On his show, he said, There was no reason for people to be trying to climb that mountain other than thrill seeking. Rescuers put themselves in danger and the taxpayers have to pay for it.2 OReilly is trying to use the recent events on Mt. Hood to restrict climbing to certain periods and seasons. Rather than presenting possible solutions to this problem, OReilly does not understand what draws climbers to these mountains and the actual costs of climbing related rescues. OReillys argument is unpersuasive due to his false assumptions about climbing in general, and his biased and incomplete data about mountain rescues.

How to Make
Animated GIFs for SUMMITPOST How to Make Animated GIFs for SUMMITPOST  by swm88er

Recently I have had several questions on how to make an animated gif. Animated gifs, whether to ‘spice’ up a user profile or to put together a sequence of back-to-back action shots, can add a nice touch to any project. In this article I hope to answer some questions about how animated gifs are made, what software to use and what SummitPost will accept.

Roads to Summits Roads to Summits  by surgent

Does a road to a summit cheapen the summit experience? Given that mountaintops are a natural place to install communications towers and the like, its no surprise that many peaks have roads that lead to the summit. On one extreme, you could drive the entire route and then lay claim to a successful summit visit. I dont think any climber or hiker would accept this as a proper way to climb a mountain, but nevertheless, there are other points to consider, and I welcome input and dialogue on the subject.

Learning to Rock Climb Learning to Rock Climb  by Scott Dusek

It seems like there's a lot of people out there who'd really like to rock climb, but don't know where to start. This article seeks to provide a roadmap through the learning process. This article won't teach you how to climb... that's up to you, but it will get you pointed in the right directions. There's lots of ways to learn to rock climb. This is a generic approach I compiled from guiding and teaching friends to climb. It's methodical and direct and should safely lead you towards self-sufficiency and competence in the vertical world. Some terms may be unfamiliar. Don't worry, it'll make sense in time. In the beginning everything seems unfamiliar, intimidating, and unforgiving. That's normal, imagine your first computer...

Alpine Climbing Thoughts Alpine Climbing Thoughts  by mvs

I thought I'd write down my thoughts about alpine rock climbing. Mostly, this means climbing traditionally protected rock routes in an alpine setting, likely involving crossing glaciers or hiking a long distance. The routes will have loose sections that would disgust a sport climber. But for the alpine climber, it's all about accepting the mountain on it's own terms: you saw it from a distance, thought it beautiful, and now want to climb it. With this attitude of acceptance you will find great joy as you weave your story with the mountain. These little notes aren't in any particular order. In my mind they are all equally important. Some are safety tips or basic common sense you've heard before or could guess. Any wisdom I've got comes in keeping them near to hand, where experience guides me on the next step.

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