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Waddington via the Bravo
Glacier Waddington via the Bravo Glacier  by hunterslee

After 7 months of anticipation and planning, a dozen or so people coming then not coming, Shawn, Chris, Henrik and I landed on the Tiedemann glacier late Saturday night July the 14'th 2012. The drive from Vancouver, with stops took roughly 11 hours- if one was determined they could do it faster. We were lucky that a helicopter was available shortly after we arrived- Summer fires in BC lure the White Saddle helicopters away from climbers for hours at a time. Mike and Audrey King at the White Saddle ranch on Bluff lake are super helpful, they'll get ya in there, best to show up ready to go cause things happen fast around there.

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Almost
foiled on Reynolds Almost foiled on Reynolds  by Mike Lewis

Gimpilator joined by Heather "Anish" Anderson picked Josh and me up at 6pm on the 28th and we drove over Washington Pass to meet Matt Lemke at Mystery Camp on the Twisp River Road. The drive was long and pleasant and the camp quiet. We awoke at 4am and were up the trail by 5. The road had a couple blow-downs that were easily driven over. I was surprised to learn this would be Heather's first snowshoe even though she's been climbing mountains for a while. Down trees were easily navigated in the low light, hopping some and walking others lengthwise. I was sort of hoping that the early start would allow the snow to freeze over to avoid punching through but that didn't turn out to be the case. By the time we hit all that punchy snow at about 4,400' the sun started to rise. Magnificent colors were hidden behind trees, teasing us. We caught glimpses of the mountain in a meadow near where we had to look for a log crossing to ford Reynolds Creek.

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Exploring Chimney Canyon Exploring Chimney Canyon  by Scott

It was Easter Weekend and Spring Break, but the canyon sounded like a good destination since it wasn’t popular. Steve Allen, a famous canyoneer of the region said that some people consider Chimney Canyon to be the most beautiful in the Swell. He also said that it is dangerous to descend without prior knowledge of coming up from the bottom end, but we were pretty experienced Canyoneers and have done many canyons in the Swell, so we weren’t too worried. The canyon also has the car shuttle from he**, which is probably one of the reasons that the canyon received few descents. The canyon can be completed in two days, but since the car shuttle was so long, we decided to take three in order to explore the area thoroughly and to get more bang for the buck.

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The Perfect
Rainier Trip The Perfect Rainier Trip  by EastKing

This well organized trip started on Saturday July 18th. All of the groups and "sherpas" started out in Paradise with decent weather. With all of our gear we set a slow but steady pace up to Muir and made it there in a little under 5 hours. The "sherpas" were a MASSIVE help in getting us to Camp Muir. I hope to do this next year a couple of times for next year's groups. It was uneventful and actually much easier than I was expecting.

At Camp Muir we decided to rope up and head to Ingraham Flats. Crossing the first glacier was simple but cutting through the scree on Cathedral Gap was a little challenging. It was the first encounter we had with that volcanic scree and it woke us up a little. Anna did a great job leading or rope team through this tough section. Fairly soon we were at Ingraham Flats and setting up or tents.

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Spring into
Action Spring into Action  by Castlereagh

I was long overdue for peaks, and especially P2K’s. My last was a month and a half ago on Gass, an eternity compared to most of my years in Utah. The interim had certainly not been wasted, fruitful weeks indeed exploring some P1K’s and spending QT in the Utah’s amazing National Parks and Monuments, even some basic tourist shit that I secretly and occasionally crave. Then the first weekend of March Madness kept me in the city for all day Basketball binge watching, which I certainly don’t consider time wasted.

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Footprints
of the Ancients Footprints of the Ancients  by Scott

This is a brief trip report concerning a trip we did to New Mexico and Arizona over Spring Break 2009. The primary focus of the trip was ancient ruins, but we did a lot of other things as well. On viewing Angel Peak, it was obvious that it was a difficult climb made of the worst rock imaginable, so Kessler, Shaylee, Kim and I hiked the interesting badlands surrounding the peak. From the south rim of the badlands we found a class 3 route into the drainage to the north. We explored the drainages badlands around the peak before returning to the vehicle.

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A Tour of West Virginia A Tour of West Virginia  by mountainhare

My primary motivation for choosing West Virginia as my next destination was its status as the closest mountainous area I had never seen before. With a state nickname proclaiming itself as the “Mountain State,” it surely had to live up to its moniker. So with a crowded itinerary and four available days, I took off from eastern Kentucky early Friday morning and entered West Virginia for the first time.

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New England
Summitfest New England Summitfest  by Brian Jenkins

Every year, my buddy Brian and I take a backpacking trip somewhere. First it was Rocky Mountain National Park, then it was Canyonlands, then it was Rainier and hikes in Washington and finally last year, since I had moved to Oregon, he came out and we toured the Pac NW from the Redwoods to the Olympics. For 2002, since he had recently moved to Massachusetts, it was my turn to visit him and check out New England.

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Chilean
Chronicles Volume 2 - Exploring Pucon and Success on Lanin Volcano Chilean Chronicles Volume 2 - Exploring Pucon and Success on Lanin Volcano  by Matt Lemke

After thoroughly exploring Nahuel Huapi National Park (described in previous trip report), I narrowed in on the area surrounding Pucon, Chile. I made plans to take the international bus from San Martin de los Andes towards Temuco passing over the international border just north of Lanin, however the eruption of Villarrica, which sits directly above the town of Pucon decided to erupt and the crossing was closed. Since it would likely be closed for a few days I had no choice but to take buses back south and return to Osorno. This would unfortunately take a couple days so I figured I could relax awhile and bus from one town to the next. So I ended up getting a ticket to Villa la Angstura and stayed there for a night at a very nice hostel. Walking through town that afternoon I was bit by a dog (although I look back now and it was more of a nibble), nonetheless, it gave me a rabies scare so I went to the local doctor but since no one there spoke English it was hard to communicate. Finally I understood using Google Translate that there has never been a case of rabies anywhere near the area. I then walked back to the hostel and enjoyed a nice dinner (pizza again!) at a local shop that seemed to have issues with their power since the power would go out every 20 minutes or so.

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Higher
Squire snowshoe Higher Squire snowshoe  by StephAbegg

The weekend forecast was for sun, so the mountains were calling. I decided to join my friends Gabriel, Lindsay, Carla, and Yana on a snowshoe adventure to Higher Squire off the Mountain Loop Highway (just east of Darrington). This destination proved to be a great choice. The route started on the Eight Mile Creek trail, and once we hit enough snow to put on snowshoes, we cut away from the trail and headed directly up towards the summit of Higher Squire via its NE side. We arrived at the satisfyingly narrow summit three hours after leaving the car. From there we had unobscured views of views of Three Fingers and Whitehorse to the west and northwest. After a long lunch break, we enjoyed a pleasant romp over to Squire Creek Pass, which placed us even closer to the sheer eastern walls of Three Fingers. We had vague intentions to climb Ulalach Peak to the north, so we headed in that direction. By the time we arrived at the final slopes, we knew we had to make a decision between summiting Ulalach and making an entirely-dark descent or turning around, tagging Point 4274 instead, and making most of the descent in the daylight. We chose the latter, arriving back at the car 9.5 hours after we left that morning. What a great way to spend a winter day in the Cascades!

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