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My First Technical Climbing
My First Technical Climbing  by Wiktoria Plawska

I have been hiking mountains and backpacking for as long as I can remember. My first exposure to “climbing” was in the Tatra Mountains. However this was still pretty much Via Ferrata just without clipping into the metal supports. I have also scrambled class 3 and short class 4 terrain like Old rag Mountain, Longs Peak, and Sunlight Peak. However, I have never truly been technical climbing on a real rock until this past weekend.

I don’t know if the thick plastic rock walls in Outdoor World; or climbing up a rock wall at the YMC at 3 a.m. count as actually climbing. I guess so, but what I mean is I have never been climbing out on an actual mountain. I was ecstatic to be finally doing it, and the week beforehand in which I played Wii Fit for hours at a time could not end any sooner!

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Mount Olympus Blue Glacier Mount Olympus Blue Glacier  by keeganray

We woke up at 4:30 am and headed out by 5:30 from Kingston. Got a hearty breakfast in Port Angeles and started the hike by 9:30. We had a perfect weather window. The forecast was clear skies for the next five days! Ran into a ranger along the way. He warned of hornets at mile 2, 3 and 8 if I remember correctly and said to watch out for the goat at Glacier Meadows. We were making good time and got to 5 mile island in two hours. We saw some hornet nests, but thankfully didn't run into many hornets.

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Avoiding Game Over Avoiding Game Over  by Mike Lewis

Josh Lewis and I joined gimpilator to the Phelps Creek Trailhead on June 12, 2015 for a hike to Lyman Lake where we would part ways. He was joining Craig Willis, Greg Slayden and many others in a peak-bagging adventure that included Miner's Ridge, Plummer, Cloudy Peak and North Star. We fore-went a tent and other luxuries to be as light as possible but it was still strenuous regardless. The view from Spider Gap was stunning as usual making me wish I had more food and time to spend in that place. In all honesty I wish I could have joined Gimpilator because our ambitious goal of rushing up Bonanza would have been daunting enough just from Holden. I was not too certain from the start whether we would make it. Additionally, gimpilator was our ride home and we were under pressure to maintain a pace that would allow us to catch him at noon on day 3 otherwise we faced a grueling push out Suiattle Pass, then hitchhike to Darrington on very limited supplies. The first five miles to the meadows went quick. We pushed hard throughout the day taking few breaks, separating from gimpilator at Lyman Lake. Light winds and clouds had us worried the weather would change. It even started to drizzle but it went back to pleasant . We crossed a creek somewhere above Hart Lake that required some finesse. At our low point, 3000', at the Holden Junction I took a long break before our gain to Holden Lake. The view of Copper was awesome but we were constantly in a hurry and arrived at Holden Lake just before sunset. It was the hardest grind in memory. I was intimidated by the appearance of Bonanza throughout the day and wasn't sure how far we'd get. Finally seeing our route from the lake, I could not believe how ridiculously steep the walls looked. Our chili-mac supper was barely enough and I got little anxious sleep.

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2015 - And
now for something completely different. 2015 - And now for something completely different.  by DrJonnie

When Ken told me that he and his brother Peter were planning to go Sport climbing in Greece and asked if I wanted to go with them, I was taken aback somewhat. Our usual annual outings were to the mountains and did not in any way include the type of gymnastic exercises to be expected at their proposed destination of the Island of Kalymnos in Greece.

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Kun Kun  by opensea64

There is a disclaimer used in investment brochures. Past performance is no indication of future outcomes. The same could be said for mountaineering. Just because you have done well in the past, does not guarantee success on future climbs. And so I write my story about Mt Kun. Or “Project 7000” as I dubbed it.

Mt Kun (7077m) is part of a massif known as Nun Kun, in the Zanskar Mountains of northen India. Nun and Kun are both just over 7000m high and stand out as some of the highest peaks in the region, not far from the Pakistan border. In 2013 I climbed Kang Yatze 2, 6200m in nearby Ladakh. I made it to 6140m due to rather tough snow conditions on the day.

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Del Campo -
a photo TR Del Campo - a photo TR  by awilsondc

As an avid scrambler, I've had my eye on Del Campo Peak for several years now and I was finally able to make it up to the summit. It did not disappoint! Gothic Basin is beyond beautiful, and the scramble up Del Campo was everything I had hoped for. This area is quite the drive for me so I set the alarm for 2:40am and hit the road by 3:20 for the 3+ hour drive to the trailhead. I wanted to get an early start since it was supposed to be hot, and hot it was! I got to the trailhead about 6:30 and it was already pretty warm. I had brought a bike for the first mile on the old road which was nice. After ditching the bike I hit the trail at a good pace and made it to Gothic Basin in a couple hours. The place is stunning!

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Climbing Bhagirathi - II,
Alpine Style Climbing Bhagirathi - II, Alpine Style  by lingana

B-I, II and III Kedar Dome and Kedarnath Peaks I got immersed in a sea of memories, when I started walking out from Gangotri towards Goumukh. BC Tent It was around 12 years ago that I had visited this place with my would-be wife and people who are my best of friends today. At every turn and curve, I could visualize the situations that had arisen, and how we all handled them. The Majestic Shivling, Baby Shivling and Meru There were people who were so tired that they couldn’t take a single step forward, there was a serious mishap that we all averted, there was last-minute running around for fuel, there was stay overs in local dhabas because our porters had not arrived. 1st rays hit Shivling Tribute With these and many more incidents in my mind, I revisited this place which is called a “haven for mountaineers”. Close-up of Kedardome and Kedarnath Peaks The last time was for Thelu, ilhouette this time the aim was Bhagirathi – II. Little did I know that this visit is going to be an equally eventful one.

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Enchantments Redemption 2015 - Enchantment Peaks Cannon Mountain Enchantments Redemption 2015 - Enchantment Peaks Cannon Mountain  by Jeb

Three of us started early on Tuesday morning so that we could be to the top of Aasgard Pass before the sun hit us. Colin geeked out on a rubber boa we found on the Colchuck Lake Trail. We took a long break by the lake at the base of Aasgard before flying up in two pushes. About 200' below the top we climbed a fun friction slab with two small waterfalls on it. I was expecting similar snow levels to our August trip last year but it became immediately apparent that would not be the case.

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Disappointment Cleaver late
June ascent Disappointment Cleaver late June ascent  by taniagrotter

On Friday 6/26 our team of 3 headed out of Seattle to attempt Mt Rainier through the Disappointment Cleaver route, sleeping overnight at Paradise, and camping at Camp Muir on Saturday. The group consisted of me, my friend Chris (who I took a mountaineering course with) and his friend Vinay, who would be climbing Rainier for the 7th time (if we were successful).

We arrived at Paradise around 11pm on Friday night and slept by the car in the overnight parking lot, to have a full night's sleep and be at the ranger station when it opened at 7am to get a camping permit. The night view of the mountain was magical.

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Geissler Mountain East Geissler Mountain East  by nader

After three days of finding my own way to the tops of unnamed peaks in a forgotten part of the Sawatch Mountains of Colorado where I saw no other hikers, I was ready to tackle a more established peak. The 13480 ft Geissler Mountain seemed like an ideal candidate because it has a popular trail that starts on Route 82 and goes to the 12490 ft Independence Lake where the peak can be accessed.

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