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Split Mountain 2015 Split Mountain 2015  by Diesel

As they say it: the third time is a charm! I wish it did not take me three attempts to get to the summit of Split Mountain, but it did. The first time, I was at the top of the last chimney getting on the back side of the mountain but had to turn around because of a thunderstorm. The second time, I got started on the wrong trail and ended up on Stecker Flat, having no idea what I did wrong or how to get on the right trail to Red Lake. The third time, had a 30 minute bushwhacking adventure but I made it.

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Underrated
Walkup - Deer Creek Trail Underrated Walkup - Deer Creek Trail  by Rocky Alps

The first time I attempted Box Elder Peak I didn’t do enough research, and as a result we ended up on the Box Elder Trail (No. 44) instead of the Deer Creek Trail (No. 43). This would have been fine, but since it was early June, there were still some steep snowbanks over the trail which hindered our progress. With no ice axes there were a couple spots that proved difficult to navigate, and after slipping down one steep snow slope and grabbing onto a nearby branch to stop my fall, a sliced open finger dampened my mood and made me decide that I’d come back some other time to try it. We did catch some nice views of the south summit of Box Elder Peak from its eastern slopes, but nine years would pass before I’d finally come back around and give it another go (there were just too many other good Wasatch hikes to try first)

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Seven Fingered Jack and
Maude Seven Fingered Jack and Maude  by taniagrotter

On July 4th weekend I climbed Seven Fingered Jack and Mt Maude in the Entiat Mountains with my friends Micah and Andrew. The weather in Seattle was supposed to be very hot, so a weekend in the Glacier Peak Wilderness seemed like an excellent way to avoid the heatwave (even though it was pretty hot up there as well…but more of that later) and to mark my upcoming move to London. We spent two days on the mountains, camping overnight in the LeRoy meadows at 6100ft and ascending 7FJ on day 1, and Maude on day 2. We were initially hoping to climb Fernow as well, but after looking at the route from the 7FJ summit, it seemed that it would take another whole day just for that peak (plus there seemed to be some pretty steep icy snow on the way there, and the week before there was a slip-on-snow accident on that exact snowfield, which made us pretty skeptical about how much we wanted to suffer over this beautiful weekend)

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Miscellaneous Rambles from the Great Basin and Sierra (Photo Trip Report) Miscellaneous Rambles from the Great Basin and Sierra (Photo Trip Report)  by Scott

My dad and I hiked up to Willow Lake. Since we had to pick up our permit for Mount Whitney that afternoon, we didn’t continue on to Brainerd Lake. It was a really scenic hike and the difficulty of the hike was exaggerated. The stream crossing was a bit challenging, but the trail wasn’t as steep as its reputation warrants. The scenery along the hike was really spectacular.

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Liberty Ridge, The Word of
the Trip Is Rock! Liberty Ridge, The Word of the Trip Is Rock!  by thatnissanguy

Conditions on the mountain were reported to be not so great. The previous winter had been a dry one, and the temperature was above average, melting out most of the route and making route finding through the crevasses difficult. In fact we actually found ourselves forced off of the normal route several times just to make it go. I think it is reasonably safe to say that the route was in late season condition. There was quite a bit of objective hazard, manifesting itself in the form of frequent and heavy rock fall. We had to move fast between protected areas, and be light enough on our feet to be able to jump out of the way if something big was coming down. The real challenge became strategizing and finding a way to manage the objective hazard, rather than technical difficulty. It turned out to be a perfect match to our chosen style of climbing. We opted for less equipment, making a couple of sacrifices in pursuit of a light kit. Most notably we carried only 8 oz of fuel, food for 2 days (which we could have stretched over 3), one sleeping bag, 3 ice screws, 2 pickets, and a 30m rope. We used everything that we brought, except for the tent and pickets, and needed nothing more. Mine and Kirill's packs weighed in at around 20 and 25 pounds, respectively, although I think the difference was mostly due to the fact that Kirill was carrying the whisky and several pounds of gourmet food.

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Stratton,
the birthplace of the AT & Long Trail Stratton, the birthplace of the AT & Long Trail  by rasgoat

How many of us know Stratton Mountain was the spot where a man named James Taylor concieved the idea of a "long trail" spanning from Massachusets to Canada? Yes, the Long Trail came first. During the construction of the Long Trail, a man named Benton Mckaye Considered it might be a good idea to have a trail spanning the entire Appalachian Range while on the summit of Stratton, and thanks to him, the Appalachian Trail was born. I had no idea of this until recently researching a weekend backpacking trip. I wanted to get into the mountains and I had an itch for Vermont.

Coming across these interesting facts Gave this mountain an instant allure for me, but it takes a little more than some history to make me want to climb a mountain. So in researching I found that most of the trails to Stratton were too short with little elevation gain, this did not appeal to me, but one trail stood out, The Lye Brook Trail. This Trail had one of Vermont's tallest waterfalls along the way and according to the guide I was reading, some Beaver activity also. Great I said, 13 miles to the summit with waterfalls, beavers, ponds, campsites and over 3000 feet of elevation gain! The guide also said "bring a compass and topo map, this is a primitavely maintained trail and trail markers will be few" My expectations were high.

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July Stands for Idaho I: Sun
Valley & South July Stands for Idaho I: Sun Valley & South  by Castlereagh

This most recent 4th of July in 2015 I debated going home or venturing north for some peaks in the Adirondacks. My heard said home, and home won. As I sat contently drinking and BBQ’ing in Mass for the long weekend I reflected that I had made the right choice. Despite passing up three days of rare perfect weather in upstate New York and further delaying getting in shape for my upcoming August trip west, I realized that it was precisely these moments, holiday weekends, time spent relaxing and doing not much else with friends, that I had missed so much back west.

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Middle Palisade 2015 Middle Palisade 2015  by Diesel

Indeed a hike to remember. I had my eyes on the class 3 Middle Palisade for 2 years, I just thought I wasn't ready for it. But the time comes when things have to get accomplished, so Middle Palisade made it to the list of peaks to hit in 2015. This was my 4th hike in 4 days, after Boundary & Montgomery, Split and Agassiz.

At 5:00 AM I was at the end of Glacier Lodge Rd. From the reviews I read I was under the impression that there were two different trailheads at Glacier Lodge: South Fork and North Fork. In the reviews I read about hiking to Middle Palisade, everyone was talking about getting on the South Fork, arriving at the creek that can only be crossed after removing shoes and socks. (The ice cold water, about 50 feet wide and at least a foot deep, brought shivers to my body, including a brain freeze.) It is not true the fact that this is the way to go on the South Fork trail, but that's exactly what I did.

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Snow Creek Peak 10459 (NV) Snow Creek Peak 10459 (NV)  by Dean

The day before, Dennis and I had climbed seldom visited Shingle Peak to the south of Ely. We needed to do this one because all Dennis had left in the state of Nevada to do was Toiyabe Dome Peak (read trip report here), which we would do so he could finish up the state. This peak is an interesting one because it sits on the "edge" of being fully recognized as a peak with 2000 feet of prominence. Peakbagger.com has it at 1994 feet of "clean"prominence which makes it an "error" range peak (meaning it has the potential of being re-classified at a higher prominence) and Lists of John has it at 2011' of prominence HERE. It might sound confusing but we feel in order to claim all of the Nevada P2K list, "error" range peaks should also be done and there are 9 of them in Nevada which makes the total needed 167 plus 9 for 176. Also note that the peak is referred to as Cherry Creek Peak on peakbagger but we'll use the name given to it by others as "Snow Creek Peak". OK, moving on.....

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Shuffles
with Storms Shuffles with Storms  by Noondueler

When I hiked the Sierra Buttes in April I was more out of shaped than ever for the high country. Only a hike or two a month and lousy diet. I struggled so hard up the moderate trail I almost gave up several times. Too much dairy, dead food and not enough greens. I was clogged up. Then one day in May I got 24 hour stomach flu. You basically writhe around in agony for about 12 hours until the damn thing runs it's course. Couldn't eat or drink only water and heaves. The revelation next morning I felt cleared out in the lungs and went on a big change cutting the microwaved burritos, much less dairy and green smoothies every day. They're kind of like medicine. Bristling with so much vitality my body might reject them! ;) Getting out more, breathing better and even doing reps up the steep driveway where I live sees a more prepared hiker take to the slopes.

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