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Crater Lake National Park
Rim Traverse Crater Lake National Park Rim Traverse  by shknbke

I figured August would be the best month to try it when all the snow and mosquitoes were gone. I booked a flight for late August and hoped for the best with the weather. A quick Google search on the Crater Lake traverse turned up very little information, which is surprising considering this is a national park! There was some information on Summitpost on some of the peaks, but not on a full rim traverse. I guess this isn’t popular because a fit hiker could hit all the summits in a day via individual hikes moving your car from one “trailhead” to the next. I did read a few reports of skiers who skin the road in winter, which would be a heck of a death march! About 16 miles of the traverse was on trail or road, or 44%. Most of this was on the second day.

Mount Russell, East Ridge,
Rockwell Variation Mount Russell, East Ridge, Rockwell Variation  by climb395

Mike and I, on our glacial quest for California's fourteener's decided on Mount Russell for our tenth summit. We were joined by my son, Spencer, who flew in from Flagstaff for the trip. Researching the approach routes, and being data/beta geeks, we found the descriptions of the Rockwell Variation sorely lacking. This is our attempt to help. Hopefully it does, minus the amusing and entertaining personal notes of most of the other descriptions.

Mountains, Australia Blue Mountains, Australia  by Baarb

This is something of a trip report, something of an album, with background info thrown in so as for there to be at least something on the impressive Blue Mountains in Australia. Hopefully there will be a proper Area or Mountain page in future with some better photos, was using an inexpensive film camera at the time and trying to not use too much of the stuff. Rather unusually I didn’t keep any maps or souvenirs from the time either so this is what I can offer. The trip report section was originally written in 2002 after the events described, more as a record to myself than as a letter to anyone else, so it may have an unusual style about it and a lot of youthful enthusiasm. A few amendments have been made for clarity though unfortunately I can't remember much beyond what's written here (guess I've aged a lot in 10 years).

Rainy Week
on Kilimanjaro Rainy Week on Kilimanjaro  by wellhope

I climbed Kilimanjaro with Explore in December 2012, and found the trip inspiring but brutal. Over the last week I have read innumerable accounts on climbing Kilimanjaro written by happy folk who seem to have spent a week at 15,000 ft above sea level having a transcendentally trippy time Heidi couldn't have bettered. My week there was hard on the soul. Make no mistake, if you climb Kilimanjaro in the conditions we had you will have to dig deep!

This is my
America! This is my America!  by Josh Lewis

After climbing Mount Pugh I wondered to myself "what do I want to do for my birthday?". Of course what would any alpinist want to do for their birthday? Go for an epic adventure! For a long time I've wanted to bike to Sahale Mountain considering that it's one of my favorite mountains. The word Sahale is a Native American word meaning high place, which fits the description well. It's mountains like these that I consider to be the most beautiful of places in the world. The adventure consisted of about 40 miles of traveling, the first part would be biking from the road closure half way though the valley to the trailhead. After that then to the pass, up Sahale Arm, and to the summit and back.

Mt Agassiz via Bishop Pass Mt Agassiz via Bishop Pass  by Ambret

Ruvicha, Brian, Steve and I met in Bishop on August 11 for our annual visit to the Sierra Nevada. We dubbed this year’s hike series the 2014 TWT – Terror and Whining Tour. Terror, because that’s the feeling each of us gets when peering over the edge of a lot of exposure (yes, a strange affliction for guys who enjoy hiking high mountains). Whining, because that’s something we are really, really good at, be it over sore feet, false summits or the closure of Bishop’s Whiskey Creek, our favored restaurant for victory dinners – whether or not we had victories to celebrate.

5 Days and
10 Routes in Zion 5 Days and 10 Routes in Zion  by StephAbegg

It had been over two months since I packed my Subaru full of climbing and photography gear and drove south out of Bellingham. My first destination had been City of Rocks in Idaho, and I had no plans after that other than to find good rock, good partners, and good weather. And hopefully make a good summer out of it. It turned out to be a great summer. Over the course of the summer, I strung together a series of climbing adventures: from the City of Rocks I drove down to Salt Lake City to climb for a few days in Lone Peak Cirque, then it was back up to Idaho for a week at Elephant's Perch, then to wild Wyoming for a week in the Cirque of the Towers followed by a few days at Devil's Tower, then an impromptu trip to Colorado to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park and Eldorado Canyon, and then back to Wyoming to climb some harder routes in the Cirque of the Towers. By the time this trip ended, it was late August. I had a few weeks before I needed to be home to start teaching. But I had no partner or trip lined up. My most recent climbing partner Dow was headed home to the St. George area (southwest Utah) afterward, and invited me to come down and join him for some desert climbing. How could I resist? Let the summer climbing adventures continue!

"Get a Job" Nevada  by Dean

The do wop group called the Silhouettes put out a song called "Get a Job" back in 1957 and for some reason I found myself humming this oldie but a goodie as I made the drive from Cleaver Peak that Richard Carey and I had climbed earlier in the day. Job Peak was really a mountain that I was hoping to get and would be a primary objective for this trip since it has over 3900' of prominence and was the highest ranking peak in prominence on my Nevada to do list.

Passes and Glaciers OR How I Learned to Start Worrying and Avoid Rockfall. Peaks, Passes and Glaciers OR How I Learned to Start Worrying and Avoid Rockfall.  by Rapparee

I'm in the Alps for the first time. I'm 19. I'm climbing with another guy just as inexperienced as myself. We've been here maybe a week and a half. It's been a great time so far. I've led on L'Index, Cosmiques Arete, Petit Vert, seconded Chéré Couloir, plodded around the Valle Blanche, sprained my ankle and gotten really really drunk. I'm living the dream but we've sorta been intimidated by the huge amount of routes on offer. Conor who's one of the senior lads in the group has been patient the first week with us, he's taken us out under his tutelage, looked after us but it's time for us to spread our wings a little. So me being bored and flicking through the guidebook at PD/AD level, stumble across something called the "Whymper Route". It's a bit further north near Argentiere, I was there a couple of days ago on Petit Vert.

Sloan Peak Sloan Peak  by Jeb

So I plan on filling in the missing reports from the last few months when I can find the time, but I can't wait to post about this last climb . I joined the rest of the Tacoma Mountaineers group at the Sloan Peak climbing trailhead along Road 49 late Friday night and slept in the truck. We were on the trail by 5:10 am. The first few creek crossings were minor, but the last one proved a fair obstacle. The long tree across the creek was somewhat twisted and pretty slick, so we butt-scooted slowly across one-by-one. All was going well until the final person to cross slipped and rolled under the log. Somehow Raphi was able to hold on and with a little help from Tim righted himself atop the log and made it across dry!

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