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Persis-Index Traverse in 15
hours Persis-Index Traverse in 15 hours  by Mike Lewis

It all started for me back in December when the winter blues was driving me nuts. I wanted to get out and do something epic but reasonable. Okay, maybe something unreasonable. The Persis-Index traverse seemed to fit the bill but with limited bus service and no car I had to make quick work of it. It had to be in a day. I hastily drew a GPX file following beta from Matt and Yana's trip and what looked like (on Google Earth anyways) easy-ish snowy terrain. Biking service roads was still fresh in my legs so I felt ready. While not intuitive, my last epic ended up taking place mostly at night which was a good thing. Soloing Kololo peaks with any margin of safety required that the glacier snow be as frozen as possible and the ascent to White Pass stay cool so I could make good time. I decided that I could extrapolate this wisdom unto the traverse to Index since I wanted those cornices and wind loaded slopes to stay put with me on them. Having never actually been there in daylight, it did sound challenging to stay on route with all the cliffs and gendarmes so good weather and moonlight were necessary.

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Vesper and Sperry solo Vesper and Sperry solo  by awilsondc

When I moved to Washington state in 2008 I knew there would be great opportunities to explore some pretty amazing mountains. I had done some trips to the Olympic range as well as the Goat Rocks so I knew there were some great peaks to be climbed here in Washington. What I didn’t know, was how awesome it was in the North Cascades! I really got North Cascades fever in 2012 after summiting Mount Thompson and Columbia Peak. Since then I’ve been heading up north as often as I can to explore more of the area. Living in Chehalis (half way between Seattle and Portland) it’s quite a long drive for most North Cascades peaks so I have to leave early. The goal for this weekend was a double summit of Vesper and Sperry Peaks. Two gems with a decent amount of class 3 climbing, my favorite!

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SARed in the Dead of Night SARed in the Dead of Night  by Noondueler

I had just come from what I thought was the summit of Horse Mountain 4,686' after a brief trip to the top of Elk Mountain 4,191' from roads that access these peaks. It appeared to be about an acre clearing surrounded by trees. Zero views. But on the way back I found a stretch of hillside that had pretty good views south towards Clear Lake. I lingered enjoying taking photos at leisure. The way back should only take half hour most down the trail I came up that met the fire road. It's getting on dusk and I go over to where I thought the trail came up. Figured It would be obvious. Couldn't find it. Since I didn't take the road I wasn't sure which way to go. It's getting real dusky now with less than 30 of useable light. Try to get my bearings. Had no map, it was all google earth memory. Basically poor prep. But it was really so easy getting up. Decide to bushwack down a bit but get stonewalled by a thicket.

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4 Days & 5
Climbs near Moab: Castleton, Moses, Top of the World Overlook, Three Penguins,
El Segundo 4 Days & 5 Climbs near Moab: Castleton, Moses, Top of the World Overlook, Three Penguins, El Segundo  by StephAbegg

It had been nearly three 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 spectacular summer. Over the course of three months, 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, then back to Wyoming to climb some harder routes in the Cirque of the Towers, and finally in invitation by my Cirque climbing partner Dow to come down to his place in southwest Utah and climb "locally" with him, mostly in Zion and also a couple of days at Red Rocks. Time flew by, and soon it was a week into September, and I needed to be home soon to start preparing my lecture materials for the upcoming Fall Quarter of teaching. I put the bug in Dow's ear about climbing some desert towers near Moab on my way home....

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Mount Muir Mount Muir  by Diesel

After my first hike to the top of Mount Whitney in 2013 I found out that there is such a "club" of the 14ners. On one hand I liked the idea of having an added purpose to my hikes but on the other hand I was sorry I did not get to the top of Mount Muir while going up or down from Whitney. I knew Mount Muir was in the vicinity of Whitney but I had no clear idea where.

Therefore I decided to do my research and hike Mount Muir as a designated hike, rather than adding it to my bag as a nice, minimal effort addition to Mount Whitney hike, as many hikers rightly do. I have to admit that, in retrospect, I am very surprised that given the location of Mount Muir, every hiker who tops Whitney passes by it and yet, not many have any idea where it is. There is not even a small sign to tell folks "to your right - Mt. Muir." As a matter of fact, if I did not have my phone to locate me and show me on the map where the summit was I would not have been able to climb it. None of the hikers I met, all of us with the maps in our hands, were able to precisely point to it.

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Wandering in the Himalaya Wandering in the Himalaya  by lingana

After many successful and memorable road-trips in the Himalaya, both my family as well as Om’s family were looking for something new – a new experience.

The Apte Family... The Apte Family...He himself is an adventure junkie, with many treks and the MLK (Manali – Leh – KhardungLa) successfully under his belt. His wife, Shruti regularly works out, and has developed a liking for marathons. His son is a good friend of Yuvaan’s, so they had company for each other.

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Juniper Mountain (NV)- West
Approach Juniper Mountain (NV)- West Approach  by Dean

Richard and I had finished up the Hannan range Highpoint and with half a day left of good sunlight, we decided to go down and find our way to the top of Juniper Mountain. In studying Dennis Poulin's information that he posted on peakbagger, it looked like we could do it nicely from the west side. The summitpost page only discussed the east side but the author did mention that it looked like a shorter route was possible from the west side utilizing a jeep road that led up to South Juniper Springs. That turned out to be the way Dennis had gone and so with the hopes of getting a second peak in the same day, off we went in pursuit of Juniper Mountain with his information in our hands.

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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.

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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.

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Blue
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).

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