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No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top
to Bottom No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top to Bottom  by nader

No Thoroughfare is the largest canyon in Colorado National Monument. Like all other canyons in the park, it starts in Glades Park, a plateau that sits at an elevation of 6800-7000 ft. At the edge of Glades Park, walls drop 300 vertical feet into the bottom of No Thoroughfare Canyon. For the next 8.5 hiking miles, the canyon heads northeast and its bottom slowly loses elevation until it reaches Devils Kitchen Trailhead near the park’s eastern entrance. The mid sections of the canyon are the remotest parts of the park where you are unlikely to see other hikers.

Park map shows two waterfalls in No Thoroughfare Canyon. Bottom to top these are named The First and The Second Waterfall. I actually counted six waterfalls, four of which were smaller than the official 2 waterfalls.

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Oklahoma &
Arkansas Highpointing on Easter Weekend Oklahoma & Arkansas Highpointing on Easter Weekend  by Redwic

Since Paul M. started living in the middle of Oklahoma several months back, he has found it to not be a mecca of peakbagging. I was hoping to change that. I put together a plan to get easy peaks and county highpoints in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas over Easter weekend. We not only reached the goals for what could be considered an aggressive itinerary, we even were able to visit some other sites along the way.

We left OKC early on Saturday morning, heading east. Our first stop was Buffalo Mountain, which is a CoHP, P1K, and existing fire lookout site. We passed several hang-glider camps along the way, and Paul made sure to take care of his geocache fix while on the peak. We then continued east, visiting other former fire lookout sites along the way. We also visited multiple contenders for the LeFlore CoHP, during which our readings showing a rocky spine above a thorny briar patch being the highest point in the county. We continued east into Arkansas, where we stopped at the highest point of Polk County, Rich Mountain. It is a CoHP, P1K, and existing fire lookout site.

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Basic-ly
Northwest: PNW Coda Basic-ly Northwest: PNW Coda  by Castlereagh

One of the more memorable books I read from my childhood The Talisman by Stephen King which, stripped of its fantastic and supernatural quantities, amounts to basically your classic young male adolescent coming of age tale. It follows the protagonist from the then rustic seacoast of New Hampshire across the country and ending in a dystopian mansion overlooking California’s Redwood Coast. Despite the fantastic brushes King painted his landscapes with, his descriptions of this lost coast, a place out west similar to, perhaps in some ways acting as a bizarro New England, left an indelible impression on me. That and the Oregon Coast became somewhat of a holy grail for me, and throughout my three years out west I yearned to explore this land whose mysticism grew by the day as it festered in my imagination.

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Sleeping Giant Dream Sleeping Giant Dream  by Stu Brandel

A mountain I never heard of. That no one I knew had heard of. In a remote region I had never even thought of, on a peninsula on the north side of Lake Superior. It was for discovering places like these that made Summitpost (what my daughter calls 'MountainBook') so addictive. This mountain was cool.

But this wasn't just cool and remote, it was paradoxically somewhat accessible - less than 12 hours drive away from my Chicagoland home. Hovering just out of reach for a desk-bound family man with 3 kids. I could bring my tolerant families to National Park destinations that had more family options, but this was not something you could center a family a vacation on, I thought. I bided my time...

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Agrihan -
2015 summit attempt Agrihan - 2015 summit attempt  by clintkaul

The US Highpointers Club works to help its members climb the 50 US state summits. Several members have completed this goal and are looking to climb the US territories and US commonwealths. Starting in early 2015 a few members started organizing a trip to climb Agrihan - at 3166 feet / 965 meters it is the highest point of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This trip report details their efforts to climb the peak during May 28 - June 4, 2015.

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Visiting
Rhêmes St. Georges & Notre Dame into Gran Paradiso National Park Visiting Rhêmes St. Georges & Notre Dame into Gran Paradiso National Park  by OsvaldoCardellina

The Valley of Rhêmes is located between those of Valsavarenche (to the East) and Valgrisenche (in West). Over 28 Kilometres long and wide from four to seven takes start from the junction on Regional Road after the Municipality of Villeneuve (670m) or from that of Arvier (776m) and just after the next to of Introd (880m), neighbor the Village of Tache Buillet (1030m). The bifurcation of the left (Southeast) is directed towards the Valsavarenche, the other towards the Valley of Rhêmes reaching not long after the Municipality of Rhêmes Saint Georges (1171m), more probably the smallest of the entire Valley of Aosta. With a location high above the eponymous Dora first along its shore hydrographic left and then, after the bridge at the Village Proussaz (1411m), opposite reaches those Melignon (1570m) and Artalle (1649m), where he leads again to West, recrossing the Dora at the Village of Le Carré (1644m), in a short time reach the most important places of the Municipality of Rhêmes Notre Dame (1725m). The road continues on towards the South ending after that one Chanavey (1696m) and Pellaud small Villages, with its tiny ponds in Li Moulin locality (1841m), at a large parking lot in the ground just before the very ancient Village Thumel (1879m; restaurant) on the left and an adjacent farm with barn (1901m; sale of milk, cheese and butter). From this point (various panels and reports at a stone fountain) start is the path that leads through a grassy promontory to the Refuge Gian Federico Benevolo (2280m), a dirt farm road that "cuts" just above the mountains in the West, reaching also the same, passing Pastures for Saint Pantaleon, Barmaverain and Lavassey, this last just below the same shelter.

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Larch and
Burn Mania Larch and Burn Mania  by EastKing

Fall is a special time in the North Cascades. Everything from berry bushes to cool larches change color and make this state have some of the best color in the United States. Cool, crisp nights and warm sunny days make this season a special time to get out and enjoy the mountains. It was good to see fall come in after the record breaking warmth in the Seattle Metro Area along with all the terrible forest fires that did serious damage to this state.

Luckily I took of the right day from work and seemed to have nailed the perfect time for a trip into larch nation. CascadeCohen and I decided to head out to the mountains just east of Winthrop in order to see the great larch color. The ultimate goal of the trip was to head out to the Tiffany Mountain area in order to tackle some very cool summits. Though things on this trip did not go completely perfect we were able to tackle three very cool summits along with taking some good pictures of the nice larches.

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Visiting
the Northern Hill above the City of Aosta Visiting the Northern Hill above the City of Aosta  by OsvaldoCardellina

Even this area includes five adjacent municipalities from East to West. It forms the Northern edge of the hill above the City of Aosta, and offers a varied possibility of walking, hiking or simply cultural visits at the foot of the Subgroups of Tsaat Etsena (2974/5m) to the East and to the West of Mount Fallère (3059/61m). An area that deserves to be explored in its surroundings, which offer great views towards the South "embracing" in a large panoramic Graian Alps from Monte Avìc Subgroup until the Rutor Chain and partly the whole Pennine from Grand Golliat up to Monte Rosa Range. From the valley floor and close to all municipalities rise beautiful trails or mule tracks, sometimes fallen into oblivion, which date from the low and medium hill reaching some small basins and a few small valley suspended above the City of Aosta and content between the Commons of St. Christophe to the East and to the West Sarre. With a small digression to the North with the Municipalities Roisan (to the East) and Gignod (West), both "perched" above the tail of the Torrent Buthier before reaching the Dora Baltea, now belonging to the entry into the Grand San Bernardo Valley. An important "welding", that also follow the meeting and the passage of different millenary cultures that see evolution history of the Valley of Aosta from the Neolithic to the People of Celtic Salassi and since the arrival of the Romans until the present day with the Salassian Route horizontally halfway up the hill and with continued vertically at first with the military Way for the Helvetia and Gaul and later with the commercial and religious with the ancient Alps Road and Via Francigena. But also, and more simply, a diverse base day for easy trips and excursions. But do not forget the lower middle hill that offers, wandering amongst these, many and varied beautiful walks to be combined with historical, cultural visits ...

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Cordon del
Plata Expedition 2016 Cordon del Plata Expedition 2016  by markhallam

I am in a tent at 4923m (16,150ft) poised for a summit attempt in the High Andes of Argentina. The dim ghostly light of a full moon is filtering through the tent walls as we wait for the appointed hour to start moving. With me in the tent is Jon, my old climbing partner from the 1980’s, who had precipitated this renaissance 29 years after our last expedition together, through a phone-call nearly two years ago. We have had an absolute ball thus far and our objective today is to make a big ascent and then traverse both Pico Plata 5827m and the star prize in this range, Cerro Plata 5962m. But at 1am – about an hour ago – strong winds sprang up out of nowhere. The tent is now flexing and shaking – and the noise is frightening. The wind seems to be threatening to tear our little home from the narrow col to which it is fixed, the so called Portezuelo Lomas Amarillas.

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Once Upon a Time on
Lafayette Once Upon a Time on Lafayette  by BearQueen

I guess tonight is the proper night to finally write up my trip report on this special time up Mount Lafayette. Seeing my husband advance to almost beyond his dreams probably was the biggest motivator of writing this trip report. It is strange to think that I was almost on even hiking level with him considering that now he has climbed both Rainier and Hood and is now in the mist of making plans for South America. In the meantime I have struggled through terrible and continuous health problems ranging from fibromyalgia to pseudo-tumor and have gained tremendous weight from this special trip. As a result I have barely climbed three dozen peaks since and none anywhere near the difficulty of Mount Lafayette.

But there was once a time when his highest and most difficult mountain was my highest and most difficult mountain and we were getting close to being on an even hiking level. My pace going up mountains was always a little slower than his but I had developed a good enough pace to beat book times. I had just come off of losing nearly a hundred pounds the year before and I was staying stable through this time in the weight area. The week before we had hiked up to the summit of North Pack Monadnock and though my knee was aching a little as we were coming down, I had talked my husband into sending me up his then beloved peak, the treeless Mount Lafayette. I felt confident in my hiking abilities, especially after hiking up Hunter Mountain so easily with my father and EastKing the autumn before. Now I wanted to try them now on my husband’s then ultimate peak, Mount Lafayette.

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