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The Meat Bank: The Meat Bank: "Via Classica"  by mvs

Our plan was to climb the provocatively named Fleischbank ("meat bank" for the German-challenged). Does it resemble a slab of meat? Is it some kind of grim joke? Eventually I'll learn the reason and report back here. Our route seemed like a good warm up for the season: "Via Classica," a fairly new climb that links 15 pitches to 5.7/5.8 up the northwest face. The climb appears a bit deflected, as it whiles away most of it's time on the left wall of not one but two massive chimney/gully systems. The protection was easy: all fixed! Of course this takes away from the feeling of adventure, and I'm already longing (why?) for the runout faces on a yellow alien and a rusty piton. But we got in some great climbing this day. Here's what happened

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Dreamweaver Dreamweaver  by lilmantis

We drove up on Thursday May 10th and camped out at the Longs Peak Campground. What a great night with a great fire, half pound burgers, all the fixins and an eagerness to get up into high country again. It was a bit chilly though but I have to say, sleeping in the back of a mini van is far better accomodations than what I am used to! I would say we bedded down around 10:30 or so with plans to get up around 3 or 4AM.

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Spring Traverse from Maple
Lake Spring Traverse from Maple Lake  by Bruce Christensen

Kent and I started the morning bright (er, dark) and early and left Provo at about 4:50 a.m. We headed to Payson and followed Nebo Loop Road up the canyon--or at least we tried to. There was some major construction on 600E, and there was a detour. However, the detour was poorly signed, and we weren't familiar with Payson, so we drove around for about 20 minutes, trying to find our way back to the scenic loop. After some fruitless driving, we went back and decided see how far we could make it past the "local access only" sign. After a few hundred feet of undulating dirt road, we emerged back onto the paved Nebo Loop Road. We discovered on the way back that the detour was better-signed in the other direction.

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Déjà vu
all over again Déjà vu all over again  by Andy

The next few moments are a bit of a blur, and I can't quite remember the exact sequence, but I either saw the snow coming down the couloir first, or I heard Dan's shout of "heads up", and then looked up to see it. It looked like a big cloud of spin drift coming down the couloir and I had time to ask Dan, "Is that an avalanche?" To which Dan and Fabio both shouted "AVALANCHE!!!!!!!"

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Picacho del
Diablo Picacho del Diablo  by bajaandy

The peak experience on this summit was extraordinary. This is truly a peak that must be earned, but the reward is well worth the work necessary to achieve it. We stood on the top of Baja and reveled in the awesome view in all directions. We sat and enjoyed the scenery and the solitude.

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30ft Loops - Leaning Tower
Traverse 5.8 R/X 30ft Loops - Leaning Tower Traverse 5.8 R/X  by nefarius

I was standing in the Mountain Shop in Yosemite one afternoon, talking with Friend Austin Archer when I Mentioned having looked across at the rest of the diagonal ramp which makes up the approach for the routes on Leaning Tower. Austin told me there was a route over there that "goes at 5.6 or 5.7. It's in the `Green Book'" He spoke of this book like it was a holy book... "I don't have a "Green Book", Austin." He went and got his and we went over the entry for the Leaning Tower Traverse.

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A White
Boy's Struggle with 'Black Man's Burden' A White Boy's Struggle with 'Black Man's Burden'  by Dan Dalton

I had some time off from school, and thoughts immediately turned to climbing rock. I had been the previous two days around the Front Range getting in a few routes here and there, a heinous off-width at Turkey Rock and a classic crack in the Garden of the Gods called ‘Anaconda’. I really wanted to get a full day of climbing in though and had talked with some of my friends, Matt and Larissa. They too were itching to get on some rock. We decided to go to Shelf Road, a sport climbing limestone Mecca near Canon City, Colorado. As always, I had to wake the two and get them into action so that we could leave. Both Matt and Larissa are nocturnal beings, having most of their energy late in the day, I was the opposite. After loading up our gear in Matt’s car, we took off from the Springs listening to the unique music of Frank Zappa. Larissa soon fell asleep and I began to day dream of what the day would bring. After a short while we made it to Shelf and met some other Colorado College students, (Jess, Jesse, and Wiley). We had four ropes and six people, and planned to set up as many routes as possible to maximize our mileage on the stone.

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Picacho del
Diablo Picacho del Diablo  by bajaandy

It was mid-morning and we were only about half way up the monstrous slope leading out of Cañyon Diablo towards the saddle at Cerro Botella Azul. We had left Campo Noche at first light to pick our way carefully through the rocks, boulders, dead-fall and occasional stinging nettle, past the falls at Gorrin’s gully, trying to get as close to the saddle as we could before the sun hit us. The trip had not been a total failure, but my poor route finding had cost us the summit the day before. Yet even as we labored to slowly haul our packs up-slope, my mind was already working out plans for a return trip. By the time we made it back to the truck at the Llanitos shack, Matt G. was already on board to try again the following year.

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Iztatccihuatl Jan 19, 2007 -
The Long Day Hike Iztatccihuatl Jan 19, 2007 - The Long Day Hike  by 1mvertical

I first realized the true amount of mountain we had to climb when I was reading the route description of Iztaccihuatl that Rob had found on the web. During our trip prep, he had done some googling and found additional accounts of the Arista del Sol route that we intended to climb. Without looking, I believe the Secor book states that the summit of Iztaccihuatl can "easily" be reached in one day from La Joya. Key word being "easily."

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Sunny South Sides Sunny South Sides  by mvs

It was great to climb with Sebastian. For a year I've admired his photos and trip reports for various Austrian and Swiss destinations. So we were happy to hike the steep trail to the walls above the Gimpelhaus for what promised to be a warm and exciting day. I'd come here for the first time a month before with Daniel, though the weather turned and we shivered at our belays. What a difference a month makes! The snow was almost completely gone, and although the hut was still closed there was a smell of summer in the air, probably coming from the brown, dry grass.

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