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Yampa Plateau/South Split
Mountain Yampa Plateau/South Split Mountain  by nader

Green River carves a 2500 ft deep canyon in Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument near the border with Colorado. The northern wall of the plateau is known as Split Mountain (North). I had read about and seen photos of the spectacular views from the top of Split Mountain (North).Looking at Google Earth, it had occurred to me that equally spectacular views could also be had from the top of the southern wall of the canyon at the northwestern corner of Yampa Plateau where the plateau tapers to a white rock peninsula which create jagged peaks. By looking at satellite photos, I had come up with a path to take me from Josie Morris Cabin in Dinosaur National Monument, 2 miles on the desert floor and then 2000 vertical ft up the slopes of Yampa Plateau to my desired view point. A month before my trip, I traced the path on the map and entered it into my GPS.

A couple of weeks later I noted that Summitpost member Scott had already made a page for this area under the name “Split Mountain South” (referring to the white rock jagged peaks). While his suggested starting point was different than mine, it was interesting that his path to the top of the Yampa Plateau was the same as what I had come up with on my own.

A traverse
of King Ortler: Hintergrat & Normal route A traverse of King Ortler: Hintergrat & Normal route  by Lodewijk

“King Ortler”… The highest mountain in (both Austrian and Italian) Tyrol is often referred to as the King. And as we would experience later, it truly is a king. The Ortler is a massive mountain and dwarfs all other mountains surrounding it. As Maarten and me were making plans for the summer it didn’t take long before our eye fell on the Ortler region. I wanted to go there already for quite some years, but until now it never came to it. The Hintergrat route was already on my mind for some years as well, so I showed Maarten some photos from SP and from my guidebook. Just looking at the dazzling photos we soon decided: This is it! Graded AD and with climbing up to grade IV (UIAA-scale) this route is quite challenging but awesome at the same time..We couldn’t wait to go the alps!

After driving all night from the Netherlands we arrived at the Rechensee lake early in the morning and made a quick stop at the "drowned church" in the lake. Here we had our first view of our ultimate goal for the week: the mighty Ortler. (see photo above). After arriving in Trafoi am Ortler an hour later we first climbed Monte Scorluzzo (3089m) and Roetlspitz (3024m) to acclimatize a bit on our first day. There we had our second view on Ortler (photo above, right). After that we went to the Düsseldorfer Hut and climbed both Hoher Angelus (3527m) and Vertainspitze (3545m) (also see this Trip Report about that climb). We were now fully acclimatized and ready for the Hintergrat on Ortler (3905m). The plan was to climb the Hintergrat up to the summit and descend down along the normal route, creating a full traverse of the Ortler, the true king (and highest mountain) of Tirol/Tyrol. Since we didn’t climb any routes in the AD gradation yet, we decided to take a guide with us: Veit Bertagnolli, a local guide from South Tirol.

The Guadarrama Diary, June
2017 - Part 2 The Guadarrama Diary, June 2017 - Part 2  by Gangolf Haub

After a week of exploring Sierra de Guadarrama, which is covered in the first part we had understood the geography of the range by hiking in almost all of its part. The centre, Siete Picos was still missing but we had no intention of missing it. We'd seen a lot of the range's flora and fauna but more was yet to come. We didn't know we were to meet some of Europe's rarest animals up close.

What we knew, however, was that we had to brace for an incredibly hot week. Temperatures had been hovering about the 30° C range but the forcasts called for cloudless skies with temperatures up to 38° C. We knew we had to escape to areas above 2000m otherwise we would dry up from inside. Stocking up on table water we prepared to be slowly cooked.

A Taste of
the High Uintas - South Ridge A Taste of the High Uintas - South Ridge  by Rocky Alps

My first time driving along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway starting just east of the town of Kamas, upon seeing the first few visible peaks rising above the tree line, I thought to myself that they looked rather docile, rising up slowly above the surrounding terrain. Once we crested the top of Bald Mountain Pass and were able to catch our first glimpse of the westernmost peaks of the High Uintas however, my gaze was immediately drawn to Hayden Peak. It was the clear high point of a rather abrupt ridgeline jutting up above the trees, and it seemed to lord over the entire area. This was one peak I knew I just had to try, especially since it was one of the more rugged peaks in the entire Uinta Range, and perhaps the best place to obtain a summit over 12,000 feet on a half-day hike within the Salt Lake City area.

Throughout the years, I’d done several easy trail hikes with my family along the Mirror Lake Highway, mainly to see the many scenic lakes in the area, with nearby Hayden Peak always teasing me in the back of my mind. One place we visited several times was Ruth Lake, mainly due to the fact that it probably offers one of the best lake views for the least amount of effort. The views of Hayden Peak reflecting in Ruth Lake and other smaller un-named lakes/ponds nearby only served to increase my interest in the peak even more.

When Your
Plans Go Up In Smoke! When Your Plans Go Up In Smoke!  by EastKing

I had big plans for this day. I was looking at doing Trappers and X Mountain but after hearing more dangerous heat warning and potential smoke issues I decided to scrap plans....well not exactly. See throughout August and early September more than 5 of my hikes have either been altered or cancelled due to heat and smoke issues. I was getting a little upset about this fact. Though I do light hikes on the weekend before work, I have not been able to really get into any kind of consistency with hiking and peakbagging on my days off. I saw some pictures from Winchester Mountain from just two days before and I was left drooling in front of my computer. I had to go and give this peak a chance.

I woke up the next morning and saw ash falling on all the cars. I was sorely tempted to cancel but I had a group I was going to leading and knowing that Winchester Mountain was pretty far from any wildfire I decided to take a chance here. I rented a truck and met up with up with Dave, Randy and Praveen at the Lynnwood Transit Center. The drive up to the trailhead from Lynnwood was extremely bizarre. There was nothing to see and you could not see the mountains at all. And while driving it would be raining sah on the car. I have never seen anything like it. The final road is a high clearance vehicle road especially passed Yellow Aster Butte. Don't let anyone fool you here and tell you anything otherwise. I was glad to beat up the rented SUV and not my own car here. We were a little shocked to see someone bring a sedan but they were a little afraid of all the damage to the bottom of their car.

Panther Gorge-Mt.
Marcy-Anorthofright (5.9-) Panther Gorge-Mt. Marcy-Anorthofright (5.9-)  by MudRat

Rain, rain, rain was the theme for the summer of 2017. Weather thwarted efforts to climb in the backcountry most of the weekends since mid-June when I was last in the Gorge. A week before this trip we walked into the area and found the warm, humid air over Elk Lake updrafted and condensed on Marcy. It rained on us for two hours while we stood shivering in hopes of a break. That was not to be. We walked out with our tails tucked.

Steven St. Pierre went with me this time as I broke a vow to myself, one that I took on August 27, 2016—exactly one year before this climb. I swore to never day hike a route on Marcy’s East Face again. I wanted to camp if we climbed in this area. The trip to put up Revelations took 22 hard earned hours. With days growing shorter and an even shorter memory of the trials of the Revelations trip, I set my sights on the roofs and steep slab on the north side of the East Face. The top would follow the giant white streak from the 2011 rockfall. I hoped we could get the line up and exit to the car in a more reasonable time frame like 18 hours. I hear you laughing. Yes, it’s subjective.

The Guadarrama Diary, June
2017 - Part 1 The Guadarrama Diary, June 2017 - Part 1  by Gangolf Haub

Three years ago we visited central Spain for the first time. An ex-colleague of Judith’s, who is married to a lady from Madrid, had suggested Sierra de Gredos. We had a wonderful time – even though the highest mountains around Circo de Gredos were off-limits due to a massive pack of snow which only slowly melted. During the trip from Madrid to El Barco de Avila, were we stayed, we had to cross Sierra de Guadarrama through the motorway tunnel and this mountain range – even closer to Madrid - suggested itself for future endeavors.

Then, at the start of 2017 a new hiking guidebook was released for Sierra de Guadarrama and having had nothing but good experiences with its twin about Sierra de Gredos (same edition, different author) we decided to road-test it later in the year. We decided on June – those snow packs of 2013 still ranked in our minds – and found a nice large apartment in Moralzarzal, just south of the range with most possible destinations less than 50 km away.

Teton Return Middle Teton Return  by Hazenhart

In the summer of 2016 I took the family up to Garnet Canyon, with a plan to scramble up the Middle Teton via the southwest couloir. Although the summit attempt was unsuccessful due to a fierce thunderstorm that blew in early in the morning (full report here), we enjoyed our time in Tetons, and resolved to return the following year. Our return to Garnet Canyon and the Middle Teton would be important not only for getting essential time in the spectacular alpine terrain, but also to conquer some demons we were left with after being literally chased off the saddle during the first attempt.

This time we repeated the same itinerary that included a couple nights in Garnet Meadow. The hike from the Lupine Meadows trailhead was busy with many hikers and climbers, as well as a black bear cub just off the trail where it joins the moraine.

Green This Summer Earning Green This Summer  by EastKing

Earning the legendary Green Mountain has always been on my mind! I always remember Magellan telling me about the legendary Green Mountain. Back in 2006 well first came to visit Seattle from New Hampshire, one of the first hike Magellan talked about was Green Mountain. He told me that before the washout that Green Mountain was one of the all time best lookouts. Well first came the washout and then it looked as if the lookout had been removed. Luckily within five years both the lookout and the road have been repaired by 2012 and soon people were able to head back up to legendary Green Mountain.

Why I
Rescued a Woman, Charity Stevens, on the Sacred Mountain of Mt Shasta Why I Rescued a Woman, Charity Stevens, on the Sacred Mountain of Mt Shasta  by clmbr

Once upon a time I found a dying bird outside my home. The bird was in the last stage of its prematurely ending existence and so hungry, thirsty and exhausted that it let me, a human kind, to gently grab it and take it home. I was the last hope of saving and prolonging this bird's life...

Tuesday - 25 of July, 2017 - Clear Creek Trailed, Mt Shasta, California

I parked my car across the actual trail starting the Clear Creek route and leading up the mountain. I slept practically a whole day in my car after my longest ever one-day-attempt (almost 27 hours) of the least technical, or as some incorrectly say misleading prospective endeavors, the easiest route on Mt Shasta, Clear Creek. It's about only 5 miles long but 7,600 foot elevation gain to the top of the 14,162 foot mountain via, for most who attempted, very unpleasant terrain such as scree, loose rocks, and even snow...

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