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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.

Ascent of Aguja Argarot
(3035m) Ascent of Aguja Argarot (3035m)  by igneouscarl

When our three man group went up Aneto, a peak we had hoped to climb the April before, we spotted an interesting breach in the ridge that eventually joins Aneto’s south face, which the mapped named as la Brecha de Llosars at 2833m. The mapped showed a rough path over scree led up and over this col and down to Ibon de Llossars at 2400m. This looked interesting enough, but to one of my friends’ eager eyes, with whom I had climbed the majority of my more adventurous routes, the right hand slab was tantalising.

Another Cascade of 'massive'
fun Another Cascade of 'massive' fun  by Luciano136

I woke up at 4am to catch my flight in LAX to Portland. My stomach wasn’t feeling so great as it seemed to have issues from last night’s meal from our local pizza place. Oh well, I had to move because I didn’t have a ton of time to get to the airport. I pretty much rushed through security and could board immediately. On the plane, my stomach revolted more and I was afraid an unpleasant restroom stop was coming up. Unfortunately I had to wait till the plane took off and I also managed to get a window seat next to a guy with Agoraphobia (=phobia of crowds). As soon as I sat down, he apologized in advance if he were to be rude or bitter in any way; that tends to happen as a result of his illness. Luckily he was ok with me asking him to get up and I felt a lot better and relieved once the cramps subsided.

Soloing the
Grand: Exum Style Soloing the Grand: Exum Style  by Dan Dalton

I had started a trip report on my free-solo excursion on the Grand Teton and was not going to finish it since I did not have very many pictures to supplement my story; however the recent death of renowned free-soloist Michael Reardon has got me contemplating and reflecting about this form of climbing. When I first began climbing I immediately discounted free-soloists as crazy. These were obviously people on a power-trip and searching for the tingly feeling caused by an adrenaline rush. It was not until I had watched Return2Sender and had already been climbing for half a year that I began to open up and listen to what these extreme outliers had to say. In the film Michael Reardon explains that free-soloing is, to him, the ultimate form of climbing. It is a complete mastery of body and mind, and being able to control those two in unison is what allows him to climb sans cord. He continued by saying that he does nothing too crazy and is always aware of his limits; in fact he takes more care and is calmer without a rope than with one.

Car-to-Car but Very, Very
Far Car-to-Car but Very, Very Far  by MTW

By the light of a bright crescent moon and a few alkaline-powered LEDs, my buddy Nicholas and I departed from the Lupine Meadows trailhead in Grand Teton National Park in the wee-hours of July 27. We were stocked with a full rack of cams and nuts, a few liters of water, enough Clif Bars to feed a small tribe, and unwavering ambition. Our plan was an ascent of the Complete (or Direct) Exum Ridge ( III, 5.7/8, 10 pitches). This uber-classic, known around the world as one of the finest moderate climbs in North America, has stalked me since my arrival in Jackson. Note: This climb, first completed in 1936 by Jack Durrance and Ken Henderson, connects the Lower Exum with the Upper Exum. The upper Exum is named after the famous Tetons mountaineer, Glen Exum. He soloed the Upper ( 5.4) wearing football cleats in July of 1931. He made a famous leap over what is now called "Wall Street," a ledge that traverses from the original route called the Owen-Spalding.

San Juan Showdown '07 San Juan Showdown '07  by Scott Rogers

Think about it... 10 days, no work and all play, 14 San Juan 14ers, and a brand new Jeep. I was ready to rock and roll on this trip. I had been planning the San Juan Showdown for about 2 months now, when I started talking to some friends about it near the end of the previous semester of school up at CU. Well it turned out that none of my friends could commit to the whole trip, so I was heading out solo. The plan was to climb solo for the first three days, then meet up with Ryk whom I met on 14ers.com. It turned out that my buddy James would join in for the last leg of the trip as well, which was a real bonus.

Royce Lakes Ramblings Royce Lakes Ramblings  by MoabPeakBagger

A quick trip into the high country was what my soul needed before a long week of meetings. So I headed up to the Royce Lakes Basin. The Basin, with 5 lakes over 11500', is surrounded by fantastic peaks, and makes a great place to base camp and stage from. It is pristine, remote, rugged, off-trail, and very wild. If I'd had more time, further explorations to the north and southeast would have been rewarding.

"Day Hike" to Gilbert Peak  by seanpeckham

Our original plans were for some sort of backpacking trip somewhere in the Uintas, and as it turned out (you will see), backpacking on this particular route would probably have been a better idea, but Tim, who is on the one hand a marathon runner capable of covering vast distances in a single day, and on the other hand known for packing discouragingly heavy loads on backpacking trips (full of camera and ham radio gear) made what we decided was a convincing case that we could do a Gilbert Peak loop hike in one day as long as we left the trailhead early enough.

With the help of some over-optimistic assumptions that neglected vertical distance and made liberal use of cross-country shortcuts, we estimated a total distance of 17 miles. No problem!

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