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"My highest ones" - The "Seven Summits" downgraded  by Wolfgang Schaub

Also hooked on the "Seven Summits"? The highpoints of every continent? Not yet been on Mount Everest? Not even on Denali? And no chance ever standing on top of these? Too weak getting your ass off the sofa? You can be helped. Simply abandon the USUAL height spleen.

'Cause Everest is by no means automatically the highest mountain on Earth; it is only when you subscribe to the common, totally arbitrary convention that mountains' altitudes must be measured from sea level.

Measured from the center of the Earth, however, Chimborazo in Ecuador turns out highest, and he is even climbable for all those who really want.

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So You Want to Make a Rope
Rug Eh! So You Want to Make a Rope Rug Eh!  by JScoles

Well since I was kicked out to the Guild of Radical Ice Climbing for publishing 'So you Want to Sharpen your Tools!'

I figured, 'what the hell!', I might as well get thrown out of the International Guild of Knot Tyers as well. So here is the result.

For a long time I have been tinkering with trying to tie a rope rug. Of course I could just get it professionally done and have it completed much more cheaply and quickly that I ever could but what is the fun in that?

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A Petition to Outlaw
SummitPorn A Petition to Outlaw SummitPorn  by Deltaoperator17

That’s right, you could be doing anything like mowing the yard, killing ants and bugs or even messing with your gear, but NO. She or he walks in on you and finds you visiting SummitPost.org. Crap, caught again.

In the words of the great Bob Sihler,“At home, you try to visit SP only when your spouse isn’t looking (hence the term SummitPorn), and when he or she catches you, you get that look just like the one the dog does after it pees on the couch and gets scolded for it.”

I have no interest in trying to recreate a great paragraph like that. (Thank you Robert.)

So the battle begins. Why are you on that stupid SummitPorn (note my spouse uses that phrase—she loved Bob’s article) when you could be doing the things I asked you? My reply: Uh, I duuno?

She: “There ought to be a law against that stupid site. You are always on it and you get nothing done.” Me: “I will go for a climb or a hike then.”

Fat chance buddy. You are in the hot seat and you aint getting off it that easy.

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Rappel
Anchors: A few thoughts Rappel Anchors: A few thoughts  by Brian C

Going up results in coming back down and naturally, rappelling is an ever important part of climbing. In addition, many people use rappels that are not involved in technical climbing with some examples being canyoneering, sport rappelling and challenging scrambles.

Since rappelling puts your well-being entirely at the mercy of the technical system that you have established, if any point of the system fails you are likely going to be injured (or worse). Rappel accidents occur every year due a wide variety of mostly avoidable scenarios and even experienced climbers fall prey. Lastly, anchor skills for rappells are similar to climb (belay) anchors but do carry a slightly different set of rules.

This article is not intended to serve as an instruction manual or a "how to" on rappelling, but is written to give a small analysis of different portions of a rappelling set up. Seek instruction from an experienced climber before attempting anything on your own.

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Why I have
to go to the mountains – a declaration of love ! Why I have to go to the mountains – a declaration of love !  by schmid_th

I can´t live without the mountains and when I´m not next to them I get an unbelievable aspiration…

So consecutively I tried to find the reasons for this…

This is a little funny attempted explanation or maybe better a declaration of love and I guess that you also feel similar to me…

I´m sure that after reading this article you will have that magic smile on your face and the feeling that you must soon get back to the mountains – independent of all concomitants!

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Finding
Science in the Mountains Finding Science in the Mountains  by BobSmith

When I was sixteen years old, I was sitting on the cliff face of Charlies Bunion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with one of my best friends, T---. We were in the midst of a two-week backpacking trip with a pair of other friends from school. Part of this excursion was a series of very leisurely strolls of only a few miles from shelter to shelter along the AT before we would reach Newfound Gap and a ride from his parents to another point farther south along the Appalachian Trail.

As T--- and I surveyed the amazing topography before us, under ideal conditions of clear, blue skies and cool breezes, my friend sat up from where he was reclining on the ancient rock and exclaimed, “How can anyone look at this and not believe in God?”

And I said, as I generally do, the first thing that popped into my head. That thing was, “How can anyone look at this and not believe in Plate Tectonics and erosion?”

“You asshole,” T--- exclaimed, rising and stalking off to where our other two friends were standing, joining his Christian company. Leaving me, as usual, sane man out.

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How to make
a Great Page: From Good formatting to Profile Styling How to make a Great Page: From Good formatting to Profile Styling  by Josh Lewis

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -Albert Einstein

This article is for all audiences wanting to contribute to SummitPost. Whether your new to SummitPost or frequently post content, there are many things we can do to make our posts as good as possible. I will try to simplify the thinking process of page creation, increase the creativity, and give folks an idea of how to expand our pages to make them great. I've done many hours of research and have conducted many experiments to try and perfect my vision of what a great page would look like.

The first sections of the article will explain about how to piece together pages we typically make here on SP. Later on it will explain about more advanced techniques we can use to personalize our content, making maps, and diagrams for those visual learners. I do this not to destroy the mystique, but encourage people to get outdoors and help others obtain their goals. I hope to bridge the gap between new members and those who are knowledgeable with posting.

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The EMILIUS of EMILIUS -
MEMORIES Second Part The EMILIUS of EMILIUS - MEMORIES Second Part  by OsvaldoCardellina

Emilio Bertona, SP-member emilius, died on September 20th 2010 while descending from Monte Zerbion. The cause of his death is unknown but it was not caused by an accident, rather by an illness. The body of Emilio was found the following morning by recue teams which had searched the whole night. He had left for Monte Zerbion at 8 p.m. and after the pre-arranged phone-call to his daughter never happened the search had been initiated by midnight.

At the time of his death, Emilio was 79 years of age. He had been a well-known tradesman in his hometown Aosta and the president of its football team.

This is a photographic tribute by his friends.

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The first day of the rest of
my life. The first day of the rest of my life.  by PAROFES

This is the story of how it began my life as a mountaineer.

The events that shaped me into a mountaineer took place back in jan 2007, at bolivian soil. I’ve been a backpacker since my 18th birthday, after my mom passed away (she suffered a medical mistake, was considered dead and buried alive in 1996, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – long story, huge process, psychian charged for stealing patient profile records – my mom's of course – with the intention of hide proof against the hospital...long and sad story), a week after that I had an alcoholic coma and I was officially dead for 50 seconds, woke up with cardiac massage...Yeah, I know, not good. But at least I never touched drugs (besides drinking, which I stoped 3 years ago), and after all that mess I decided to change my life. So, I became a backpacker. My first trip was to Iguazu Falls and as usual I slept in the street and got myself a ride back home in a couple days more.

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In Praise
of Bushwhacking In Praise of Bushwhacking  by vancouver islander

From the perspective of the true outdoor enthusiast, “wilderness development” is an oxymoron. Development implies progress and how exactly can encroaching urbanisation, mechanisation, bijou wilderness lodges and the like and even signed trails properly be regarded as development when applied to real wilderness? Nothing truly belongs in the alpine environment except the mountain and its natural bastions of forest, river, cliff and glacier. Can anyone claim to have truly climbed a mountain who has used a gondola or an aircraft as a significant part of his or her approach strategy?

Much has been written on SP and elsewhere about the need to protect the planet’s ever diminishing wilderness resources from the evils of civilisation. And yet many of the same authors who advocate protection of the wilderness seem to have no problems about the inclusion of man-made trails in their own wilderness experiences. Let’s be honest. Once that first trace of the presence of man appears it’s thin-end-of-the-wedge time. A use-trail becomes an engineered trail and leads to the accelerated presence of more and more human visitors. Soon alternate routes appear and, in no time at all, the appellation “wilderness” becomes moot.

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