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Hypodermic Needle of the Wasatch (Photo Trip Report) The Hypodermic Needle of the Wasatch (Photo Trip Report)  by marauders

The Hypodermic Needle (a.k.a. The Needle) is a superb snow climb on the east face of North Thunder Mountain, in the Central Wasatch Mountains of Utah. This is one of my favorite snow climbs in the Wasatch because of the stunning scenery and the wide variety of terrain you travel.

The Needle is a narrow couloir through granite cliffs with a sustained angle of 50 degrees for 1,100 vertical feet. The Needle is in a remote location for the Wasatch and is rarely visited, this nearly guarantees an adventure with complete solitude. We climbed this couloir on June 6th and the snow was adequate for good climbing, although the top 50 vertical feet were melted out. The best snow conditions for climbing are probably found in mid May.

Flat Top Peak, my personal
Rorschach Flat Top Peak, my personal Rorschach  by morgthom75

Flat Top Mountain was the first of 6 Ultra-Prominent Peaks that my friend and I are going to climb this summer. It was the lowest in elevation, and seemed like a good place to start our adventure. I haven't formally climbed a mountain in over 2 years. In that time, I've gotten married, moved to a new city, and have become severely out of shape. I now weigh close to 300 pounds. You can imagine how that might effect my hiking abilities! However, I have been preparing for these hikes by doing some small trails in Spanish Fork Canyon, and doing my first trail running. I have been doing small (1-2 mile) hikes 3-4 times a week, and was starting to lose a little weight, and feeling pretty good about myself. I had made an attempt at Spanish Fork Peak earlier in May, but couldn't summit because there was too much snow on the trail. Well, I was pumped to kick off our summer with Flat Top. I had read SP member Dean's reports, and was very excited. My friend, SP member csfoster, and I left for the small town of Ophir, UT at around 5:30 am Saturday morning. We made a stop in Lehi to get our "Victory Dance", a 4 pack of Apple Beer. (it's our celebration when we summit) We headed towards Ophir and the crazy experiences began...

Snowy Pearls Snowy Pearls  by shanahan96

I never saw these two coming.

Last Saturday Mike and I cruised a mellow couloir(~40 degrees) on Missouri’s North Face. That adventure had me desiring something a little rougher and Snow’s West Face seemed to fit the bill. With no takers, a solo jaunt through the Gores was on the agenda….then Sarah called. The Elks, Two Pearls, an add-on 12er, and people(Dwight and Sarah) to climb with? Alright, you got me. When are we leaving?

I hadn’t been up the road towards Castle/Conundrum and Pearl Pass since July 2005, but I remembered the creek crossing. In my memory, it was pretty far up the road. Sarah assured me we could drive that far, and we did. Cool. ~10,100’-10,200’, we setup camp and called it good for the night. I took 15 minutes to wander up the road, tomorrow looks promising.

The Ortler via North Wall The Ortler via North Wall  by mvs

Dan and I were hoping to go rock climbing for a couple of days in the Dolomites. There had been an extended period of incredible, high pressure weather. But "that's life" as they say, so inevitably as the weekend approached the high pressure ridge crumbled and rain and clouds pressed into Italy from the north. Reading the forecast closely, it appeared there would be showers and clouds here and there, but there wouldn't be a sustained frontal system. Also, temperatures would be well below average for the next days. A cog turned in my mind: this is a perfect forecast for north face climbing! A phone call to the Tabarettahütte, and we were reserved for Sunday night there. Climbing the North Face of the Ortler was on our "tick list" for the summer, and we had high hopes that we would get to do it now.

Peak Ski Tour, May 2009 (Photo Trip Report) Gannett Peak Ski Tour, May 2009 (Photo Trip Report)  by marauders

The Wind River Mountains are one of the finest outdoor destinations in the West, with Gannett Peak standing as its tallest peak. During a Cascade climbing trip in 2008, Dave proposed this idea of using GPS waypoints he had gathered over past trips to make a spring attempt on Gannett Peak. The additional snowpack mileage gave us a projected distance of 48 round trip miles.

How to climb Little Bear
Peak in 22 hours How to climb Little Bear Peak in 22 hours  by Ted Eliason

Depending on whom you ask, Little Bear Peak in the southern Sangre de Cristo range of Colorado is considered one of the most difficult and dangerous of the state's 54 14,000+ foot summits to reach by its standard route. Some classify it in the same group of "hard" Colorado 14,000 foot summits as Pyramid Peak, North Maroon, Crestone Needle, Mount Wilson or Capitol Peak. It is not a difficult mountain by distance. From the 8020' Como Lake trailhead the summit is only 6.5 miles away. 5.5 of these miles are across the bone-jarring Como Lake road--but it is a road. My climbing partner, Kendra, and I were familiar with this road from a hike the previous summer to the slightly more distant summits of nearby Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. We were not looking forward to a return visit. But with Little Bear's summit only a mile away from Como Lake at the top of the road, and with a plan to climb all 54 14ers in the next year or so, it seemed reasonable that a round trip to the summit of Little Bear and back should take us around 11 hours. Our journey to the summits of both Blanca and Ellingwood took us 12 hours round trip the previous year. Little Bear is considered dangerous due to rock fall down a feature near the summit called the "hourglass couloir". In the summer, the hourglass is a smooth, water polished 4th class scramble. Several fixed lines run from an anchor at its top. Due to rock fall, guidebooks recommend only climbing Little Bear peak during weekdays, with a helmet, and without climbers above you. Knowing this, the plan was to climb Little Bear in the spring on consolidated snow to both avoid rock fall danger and to have a solid snow path to the summit. That was the plan at least.

Mountain to The Nub Loop Hike Black Mountain to The Nub Loop Hike  by mrh

I have been on the flanks of this big mountain several times poking around the forest. Once for a work project, I even reached to top, though not under my own power. A helicopter dropped two coworkers and I off on top and we did some work on the way down. That drop was a real experience for a number of reasons and through it and some of my other experiences on the mountain, I knew the wonders and dangers to be had on her slopes.

Pacific-Crystal-Peak 10 Enchainment Pacific-Crystal-Peak 10 Enchainment  by GravityPilot

I had been on a mission since February to make myself feel like crap and I thought I had been doing a good job of accomplishing that mission.

Escape from Sichuan Escape from Sichuan  by cLaBounty

This is the story of the six days encompassing my time in the Siguniang Mountains, my narrow escape from Siguniang Shan during the great Sichuan 7.9 magnitude earthquake, the days following in the town of Rilong, and finding my way back to Chengdu with newfound friends through areas forbidden to western travelers.

Borah Peak:
A Road Trip, Chicken Out, And Chunks Borah Peak: A Road Trip, Chicken Out, And Chunks  by Redwic

I had been planning to climb Borah Peak (also known as Mount Borah), Idaho's highest point at 12662' elevation, for several months but had been waiting for a good opportunity to do the trip. I wanted to wait for the snow on the mountain to melt, and I had been busy each weekend during June & July. However, this particular weekend finally presented the optimum scenario: No plans (me), a trustworthy, willing, & available hiking partner (Adam), and (fortunately, but out of our control) good weather conditions predicted for the day of the climb (Saturday).

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