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Highland Peak Weekend Highland Peak Weekend  by JasonH

Finally June 30th rolled around. All of our planning was at an end and we were finally going to get to do some climbing. But first we had to get up there. My wife Milinda, my daughter Abigail and I picked Peter up at Sacramento International Airport at 7:30 in the morning. And to Milinda and my shock, Abigail took an instant liking to Peter. I knew right then that this was going to be a great trip.

After introductions were made and Peter had claimed his backpack, we left the airport to meet up with PJ at his home in downtown Sacramento. We had to print out maps on PJ’s printer because I was out of paper, but as it turned out he was out of ink. So we had to take some of PJ’s paper and drive to my place to print out the maps. It’s amazing how things work out like that, because as soon as we walked through the door, we saw my boots on the floor.

On the edge
between life and death On the edge between life and death  by schmid_th

Sometimes we have big plans in our life and then something happens and everything gets unimportant – only one thing remains: To become healthy again!

I didn´t think that something like this would happen to me… I was absolutely fit, did so much sports and I was well prepared for one week climbing in the Alps. Even this week should have been a preparation for climbing a 6.000 m peak in the Andes in Peru in September.

But then everything changed…

Blitzen Ridge Blitzen Ridge  by Andy

Ever since I first tied into a rope I've wanted to climb Blitzen Ridge. I'm not exactly sure what the attraction was - probably the spectacular setting as one of the dramatic arms encircling the gorgeous Spectacle Lakes Cirque and the large size of the route.

In the fall of 2006 I lined up a bunch of partners, got our bivy permits squared away, but the weather did not cooperate. We ended up bailing on the climb and instead headed south where the weather was better. This resulted in our ill-fated attempt at Gash Ridge.

Thus I had to wait a whole other year to make my attempt. I lined up some more partners, arranged the bivy permits, and showed up at The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Saturday afternoon to meet Dan, Brian, and Fabio and pick up our permits.

Rip Roaring Thunder Rip Roaring Thunder  by Gangolf Haub

So here we are on Crete, island of 1001 gorges. Naturally I’d prefer to climb the mountains but since everyone seems to have to explore the gorges and canyons of the island I resign myself for venturing underneath. The Samaria Gorge is out of the question – too many tourists and a logistical nightmare – if you don’t want to rely on tour operators. Where else?

Judith comes up with a suggestion – the Aradena Gorge. Located in the south of the island near Chora Skafion and connecting the mountain village of Aradena with the sea this gorge looks reachable. It is supposed to be one of the most impressive canyons on Crete and – what is more – the guidebooks suggests a loop trail. Starting at Anopolis (also a mountain village), heading down to Loutro on the coast, a coastal path along rocky cliffs, the gorge to Aradena and a mountain path back to Anopolis. 6 ½ hours, 800m elevation gain and loss – sounds reasonable.

Moreover the “loop” actually is shaped like an 8 and we certainly can cut short the small loop on top if it’ll get late. Fools that we are – shortcutting in gorges!

Mt Olympus
- In 3 Parts Mt Olympus - In 3 Parts  by mbgriffi

When I saw the advertisement in Backpacker Magazine for Summit for Someone the combination of an opportunity for a guided climb of a mountain and the chance to help out inner city kids get into the outdoors was an instant appeal. My first thought was honestly to sign up for Rainier, however by the time I attempted registering on the Summit for Someone site Rainier trips were full and so I signed up for Olympus. Then began the work of raising funds to meet the pledge goal, and thanks to the generous contributions of many people I was quickly able to meet that.

Cinderella's Ugly Sisters. Cinderella's Ugly Sisters.  by vancouver islander

omeone was shaking me by the shoulder. It was barely light yet and I woke up reluctantly. On either side of my sleeping bag two tiny, perfect mannequins dressed in the latest medieval fashion looked down at me expectantly. One had in his hand a tiny, perfect climbing boot. “Cinderella” said he “the prince commands you to try this on”. “Cheeky monkey” I thought, but did as I was told nevertheless. Needless to say, I could barely get the thing over my big toe let alone my foot. “You’re not Cinderella” said my visitor “and you shall NOT go to the ball. And while we’re on the subject of balls, you’re quite likely to get two of your own hung out to dry today if you’re seriously thinking of trying to climb yonder pile of choss”. And with that a regal fanfare smote the air and my friends disappeared.

Kilimanjaro via Machame
Route (7 Days) Kilimanjaro via Machame Route (7 Days)  by Renardo

At 5895m (19,340'), Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent, and is said to be the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. For our 10th wedding anniversary we decided to make an attempt at the summit of Kili and to explore some other areas of Tanzania. This trip report details our 7-day ascent to Uhuru peak via the Machame Route. While other excellent trip reports are present on this site, I am attempting to include details that other travellers might find useful in planning a future trip to Kili.

I went to
Paradise - Gran Paradiso Normal Route I went to Paradise - Gran Paradiso Normal Route  by RenatoG

This trip was important to me, because it was the first time I and my mountain fellows go to climb on a real glacier... Our usual playground are Gran Sasso Range and Dolomiti, wonderful limestone massifs, but lacking in real, wide glaciers... So, after a short course with a guide in Alagna - Monte Rosa, where we learn the basic tips of glacier travel and we climbed our first two peaks higher than 4000m, Leo, Marco, Stefano and me were ready to attempt our first “4000m” all by ourselves! We chose Gran Paradiso for its beauty, but also for its easiness... We want to climb from Chabod Hut, crossing Laveciau Glacier, because it’s a real glacier, with many seracs and crevasses (not like the route from Vittorio Emanuele Hut, where you don’t realize to be on a glacier because of its simplicity!)

Mountain and Matterhorn Peak Dayhike - Day 1 2007 Sierra Challenge Whorl Mountain and Matterhorn Peak Dayhike - Day 1 2007 Sierra Challenge  by Travis_

We met at the Twin Lakes Resort trailhead shortly before 6:00 am for Day 1 of the Sierra Challenge. Some of us were planning Whorl and Matterhorn, some only Whorl, some only Matterhorn and about 6 were doing The Doodad (which was the challenge peak of the day). We all started off at a good clip at 3 mph, some of us taking the long switchbacks and others taking the shorter, steep trail along the waterfall. Shortly after leaving the established horse creek trail, Bob and his group broke away for The Doodad. There were 5 of us in the group heading to Whorl; Patrick, Chris, Adam, Tom, Bill and myself. The trail is difficult to follow, weaving in and out of boulders, trees and heavy bush. We leave the creek and navigate towards Horse Creek Pass. Now the trail is mainly boulder hopping and a little tedious. "The secret of this kind of climbing is like Zen. Don't think. Just dance along. It's the easiest thing in the world, actually easier than walking on flat ground which is monotonous. The cute little problems present themselves at each step and yet you never hesitate and you find yourself on some other boulder you picked out for no special reason at all, just like Zen."

The White
Hell of Piz Palü! The White Hell of Piz Palü!  by mvs

"The White Hell of Piz Palue!" I had the gleam in my eye that makes Josef wary. We were at the Thalkirchen climbing gym.

"How hard is it?" he said.

"Oh, I think some 5th class, some steep snow, that's all."

He still looked dubious, so I added "I hear it's quite popular." Oops, wrong move. Josef likes solitude and his face fell visibly.

"Although, popular in the context of such a demanding, isolated climb has a very different meaning! I expect 5 parties maximum," I confidently intoned.

"We'll see." he said, and went off to dangle upside down for most of the morning, twisting the rope into quickdraws.

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