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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).

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.

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