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| An 18 Hour Day On Mount Baker by gimpilator |
Redwic and I wanted to climb Baker via the Easton Glacier. Prior to June we assembled a team of 8 climbers, all experienced and very strong. Unfortunately, a long period of bad weather in early June derailed our plans completely. We lost all of our team members. It was nearly impossible to find other glacier climbers who could be available on such short-notice. If the storm ever broke, we might only have one day to work with, rather than the standard two day ascent. Could we travel the 16 miles and climb 7500 feet in a single day? Were we up to the challenge?More
Old Men and the Kautz by reboyles |
Frank, Mike and I attempted to do
this route as a two day trip in 2003 but 500 miles of driving, a late start and
9000 vertical feet of climbing proved to be too much for the three of us. Even
though we had perfect weather and snow conditions, the trip was a non-stop 3 day
grind and frankly, not much fun.
| Whitney Glacier from Coquette Falls
- Get Ready to Get Your Butt Smashed!!! by Burchey |
The north side of Shasta is an odd bird. I’ve only been up that way a couple/three times, but I gather that it gets MUCH less traffic and attention than the south side. The guides and rangers are great – willing to give current conditions or advice, but I think most of their efforts are spent on making money or rescuing idiots on the south side so that NS info is often a little stale. That being said, we gambled on snowshoes and won – the snowpack was excellent for booting. We went against all official advice to use the Northgate TH instead of trying from the Coquette Falls TH. It worked out beautifully. The route in from CF TH was very direct, where the Northgate requires wandering and a big traverse to the base of the Whitney Glacier.More
| Quick Islands-to-Highlands Weekend by mountainhare |
About two months had elapsed since I paused my vagabond ways to resume a normal working life, but it had been more than twice as long since my last proper outdoors excursion. And so, with a single weekend available to me, I set off north for a brief stop in the Great Lakes on a roundabout path to Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands. When I awakened at an Ohio interstate rest area very early Saturday, I was doing so in a rental car, as my usual companion was stubbornly giving me a host of electrical troubles at the time. This trip was actually in doubt for me, but eventually a local rental agency made the mistake of offering me unlimited miles. So now I drove this rental a short distance ahead to a gateway of the Erie Islands at the end of Marblehead Peninsula.More
| Jagged Mountain via Leviathon Creek
by rockymountaindiva |
We left Silverton one sunny morning and quickly learned that getting to Beartown was not going to be simple. First of all, there are 2 highway 110’s at the east end of town. The wrong one heads north. The correct one, also known as County Road 2 or Blair St or Animas Forks Road, requires a right turn off the main drag (Greene St.) and heads ENE. About 5 miles out of town we turned right on to CO 4 as directed. After about half a mile the road splits. It turned out it didn’t matter which way we went, as the roads merged back together again about 1.1 miles after the split. The upper road passes the Old Hundred Gold Mine which offers tours. Soon after the roads converge, there is another split where you must go left and start the uphill climb to Stony Pass. At the time we were there, the road to Stony Pass (County Road 3) was not labeled at all. We found our way up over the pass and down the other side to FS 506. FS 506 starts with a ford of the Rio Grande River, and the road immediately becomes much more rutted than the Stony Pass road. On FS 506 it is 6 miles to the Beartown Trailhead. We had a high clearance vehicle with a long wheelbase and bottomed out only once in the last half mile. At this point we saw several 4WDs parked alongside the road, which would add another half mile and a little elevation gain to the hike. There is room for about 2 vehicles at the trailhead and we got one of them. We divvied up the gear and hoisted the packs.More
| You are the weakest link...Goodbye!
by Kiefer Thomas |
March of 2012, Luke and Abe (whom I met via 14ers.com) and myself ventured into
the lesser traveled area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Equally sharing a
passion for winter, we thought about a trip that involved some peaks located in
the Northern Culebra Range. The goal was to hike to De Anza Peak and call it
good. We knew Culebra Peak was on private property of course, but what we
didn’t know is where that property ended. NONE of the maps we poured over
detailed where private property started nor ended.
| Wild Sky Rocket Couloir Run by Jimbopo |
Ever since our last attempt which
ended up as the foolhardy reputation-destroying disaster, Josh and I knew we had
messed up on a good deal. A lot of things weren't right that day (probably
mentally as well). But the route felt right. It's rare for a person to find a
completely new route these days in the Washington Cascades. Not that nobody has
ever been there but that nobody has found it worth mentioning. And with the
young exuberance that instills romantic notions we were sure we found one on Mt.
Stickney. Josh even came up with a cool name for it: Sky Rocket Coulior! Mt.
Stickney already has a standard route up Olney Creek road but with budget cuts
on the large, the approach is reprehensible to any thrifty up and coming
peak-bagger. Our new route is shorter, direct and more alpine. A lot of things
about it still seem good; just requiring the right conditions.
| From a disaster area and getting
robbed, to a beautiful climb - Four months in Peru, Part XI
by rgg |
We got up shortly after
6, right on cue for a glorious view to the mountains on the other side of the
Llanganuco valley. By half past seven we were moving. We soon spotted a couple
of climbers on the slope leading up to the crest of the NW ridge, the steepest
bit of the route,, not far from the summit. They must have started early. To get
to the edge of the glacier, we had to go over a small ridge with some very big
boulders tossed around haphazardly. There were cairns marking the route, but
with an alpine start it would still have been tricky to find the right way. In
daylight it was easy and soon we got to the edge of the glacier.
| Sun lighting up Kangchenjunga by Silvia Mazzani |
Lying amongst the superb
Himalayan peaks of the secluded Indian state of Sikkim, the Goecha Là trail
allows to get the Goecha Là - a col 4940 meters high (some sources quote it at
5002 m.) - taking an outstanding view over the mysterious South-East face of
Kangchenjunga m. 8585, the third highest peak on earth and the less climbed
amongst all the 8000s, situated on the boundary ridge between Sikkim and
Ski touring in Ortles by yxygan |
They say, the kept promise is good
promise. I think it is true as well when we make promise ourselves.
After my very first ski-tour from one year ago padding in pleasing and sweet
memories, very easy came the decision that I would like this next year again!
Than slowly elapsed the winter of 2012, there was plenty of skiing, but with all
of that something was missing…Of course, the ski-touring! This time everything
was more easier than one year ago, after a few calls and emails I succeeded to
find and book a similar trip.
This year the winter does hold out, the snow remained until April here in
Hungary, so in a very early morning we departed to South-Tirol, in Ortles, to
conquer the summit called Cevedale.
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