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| Mount Jefferson via the Jefferson
Park Glacier by sstratta
Mount Jefferson is a beautiful and
rugged volcano that stands prominently along the Cascade Range in Oregon. It is
a likely extinct stratovolcano that has five main glaciers flowing from its
summit, below which are fields of alpine meadows and lakes followed by lush old
growth forests. Despite being the second tallest volcano in Oregon, its
technical difficulty and remoteness make the summit a rarely visited place.
However, those willing to put in the effort are continuously rewarded throughout
the climb, and hopefully this trip report will help provide some useful info for
anyone who is intrigued about climbing this amazing peak.
| Kings Peak Day Tripping on the Fourth of July
by Bark Eater
Question: What do a parole officer from Colorado, a post-doc from California, and a middle-aged research manager from Delaware have in common? Answer: A love of the mountains and a sense of adventure. Thus, Andy, Nate, and Frank rendezvoused at the Wagon Wheel Motel in the metropolis of Fort Bridger, Wyoming on the 3rd of July. Our objective: a single day holiday assault on Kings Peak, the highest point in Utah via the Henry’s Fork Approach. Kings is in the middle of the High Uintas Wilderness. There are no short approaches. Ours was the “shortest” route at about 29 miles round trip.More
| Currant Mountain, a Nevada gem by Dean |
For the past ten years, I have been working
to pick off the peaks listed on the list that contains the 169 mountains in
Nevada that have more than 2000 feet of prominence. Some of these peaks are easy
since they have roads to the top but many are very isolated and don't even have
trails. Oftentimes, the crux is just getting to the mountain as some entail
miles and miles of dirt roads or mountain tracks. Some of the peaks see tons of
visitors during the year and some see only a few in a decade. A couple
interesting facts about this mountain is that it is on many lists, two of which
might interest those who aren't into prominence peakbagging, the Great Basin
list and the Las Vegas Mountaineering club list of 50 peaks.
| On the "Ruth of the North Cascades"
by EastKing |
Ruth Mountain is one of the hundreds of gems in the North Cascades. It is a heavily glaciated peak yet a peak that in certain times of the year one may consider roping up overkill. Like the south spur of Mount Hood in May, Ruth Mountain's glacier holds together on good years well into late July. Most summit the peak during early July with just an ice axe, helmet and crampons. What Ruth Mountain lacks in elevation (around 7115 feet of elevation) it makes up for in terms of glaciated terrain and intense views. For Mike Lewis and I, we really wanted to take advantage of this time because Ruth Mountain, home to its excellent views, is one of the classic easy snowclimbs in the North Cascades. With the hot weekend coming up we thought it would be the best time to check out this great mountain.More
| Little Tahoma wasn't so little
after all by MountainGazer |
The sun was already up at
5:45 when our group met at the park-and-ride. That was me, Elaina, Cameron,
Bryan, Rob, and finally, our fearless leader Stephen. We carpooled in 2 vessels
to Mount Rainier National Park, purchased our climbing permits, and there met
the seventh and final member of our boogie, the young and scrappy Justin. After
getting excited by the free blue bags on offer, we stepped outside the hut, from
where we could see our object in the distance. Little Tahoma. Didn't look too
far. I remember, long ago, being disbelieving when I was told that little tumor
on the side of Rainier was actually considered the third tallest mountain in
Washington. This then, I suppose, was my just desserts for my judgmental past.
| Carpathian adventure 2013 by LukZem |
On a night train from Budapest with an
Australian traveller looking forward to seeing the legendary Dracula’s castle.
Listening to his stories about his incredible Uzbekistan/Tajikistan adventures.
In no time the train pulls up at my favourite :-D railway station at Brasov,
where I leave my heavy (30 kg) backpack. I walk through the second biggest city
in Romania to the coach station in its eastern part, connected with the town of
| 4 Days & 4 Climbs in Lone Peak
Cirque by StephAbegg |
When I had been on a job search in the spring (2014) and was having difficulty securing a teaching job in northwest Washington (I eventually did, though), I had targeted the Salt Lake area as a place I might want to live. Thinking it might be a good idea to visit the Salt Lake area before moving down, I made some climbing partner posts on MountainProject.com about potential June trips in the Salt Lake area. Charlie Stoker emailed me and invited me along on a 4-day climbing trip he and some friends were planning to Lone Peak Cirque. I'd never heard of Lone Peak, but according to summitpost.org, Lone Peak is the monarch of the Wasatch Mountains. This rugged 11,000+ foot summit is clearly visible from North Salt Lake to Provo. It rises abruptly above the valley floor and affords one the luxury of sitting in a glacial, alpine cirque just miles from the city. The cirque is ringed with near vertical granite walls and offers climbing ranging from Class 3 to 5.10 YDS. Lone Peak is considered by many to be the "hardest" 11,000 foot peak in the Wasatch due to the mileage and elevation gain required to sit atop it's summit. Needless to say, I was intrigued! Sure, I told Charlie, I'll join, thanks!More
| Friends in High Places, on the
Longest Day of the Year by MountainGazer |
It was a long day at work
delivering pizzas, and the manager finally gave me the okay to go at about 8:50.
I rushed home, threw on nylon clothes, and grabbed my pack so I was ready to go
when Nate showed up soon after 9. Thus equipped did we set out on the most
dangerous part of our journey: crossing the Cascades at night on Highway 2.g
| Taking a Call to Turn Back – A
Tough One by lingana |
With such a situation at hand, and Tergaiz telling me that the weather is unpredictable,today was the ONLY day we probably could take a summit attempt. He also assured me of one thing – he said – Sir, you walked pretty fast the last few days. Your speed matched ours, so don’t worry. We will summit and we will be back at the campsite by 2 pm, max. I felt so bad that, due to the weather and logistical problems, I was almost getting cornered into accepting the compromising situation of attempting a 6622 m high Himalayan peak in broad daylight – I mean, who leaves for the summit at 8!? Realizing that there was nothing we could do about it, I accepted the proposal and we started for the summit at 8 am in the morning. It was decided that the horseman will take the horses to camp 1. And, he will take the extra stuff (kitchen tent, stove, kerosene, and extra food) with them. While coming to Peldo, we had filled 1 litre bottle with petrol, which could be used for my MSR stove, in case of emergency. And, here we were – an emergency had come. There was no way that the horses could comeback to get the stuff from the summit camp, and there was absolutely no way that we could carry it down. We were left with no option but to agree with the horse owner, and make do with my tent, my stove, 1 litre petrol (which could last for a max of 2 days), and our personal gear. We clicked a few pics, and started for the summit.More
| Misty Mountains Cold - Beatout by Rocky Alps |
There are few, if any, hikes I had undertaken before this one that I could justifiably label as “perfect”, but this is one hike that I most certainly could. On this particular day, I was blessed with great hiking partners, perfect weather, and some of the most impressive terrain I have yet to encounter in the mountains. The Wasatch, while providing easy access from a sizeable city, wasn’t a range I’d often mention in the same breath as other great mountain ranges, but this day single-handedly forced me to change my opinion. While my experience in the Alps, Tetons, and Glacier National Park is limited, each new view we encountered during the Beatout hike couldn’t help but remind me of those places. Ironically, this was the first big hike on which I forgot to bring my camera (and hence, had to resort to a lower quality phone camera). Even with it, though, I don’t think the pictures would have done justice to just how amazing it was to be there in person, scrambling across a gauntlet of serrated ridges as a steady stream of dew-filled clouds revealed one impressive granite monolith after another, all the while basking in the serenity that only an alpine environment can provide. The bottom line is that if anyone asks me why it is that I like to hike or climb, I can simply direct them to this trip report as a prime example.More
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