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Prusik
Peak: Solid Gold, Burgner-Stanley, Boving-Christensen, & a potential FA on the
west face Prusik Peak: Solid Gold, Burgner-Stanley, Boving-Christensen, & a potential FA on the west face  by StephAbegg

My mind races, a cascade of memories as I tick my way through a list of Cascade summits. But as soon as I think of one possible candidate for favorite climb, another candidate climb comes to mind, equally favored but perhaps for different reasons. Favorite climb can depend on so many variables - weather, conditions, parter, fitness level, distractions (or lack thereof) from my daily life, the views from the climb, the difficulty of the approach, the beauty of a possible high camp, and so on. So in the end, I always end up giving a non-committal response with about half a dozen candidate favorite climbs.

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In the Land of Bison and
Elk In the Land of Bison and Elk  by Mark Doiron

It was school fall break in Oklahoma, and the boys of Boy Scout Troop 275, Choctaw, Oklahoma, had decided to take an extended camping trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Their excitement about the refuge was a direct result of activities of my son, Curtis (Cdoiron on SP), and myself. We’d visited there several times in the last couple years, and had brought back some pictures of the rocks, mountains and wildlife that were abundant to this area of a state that is otherwise dominated by plains. That had resulted in the troop's first trip there in November 2007. They were eager to return, so I was tasked to obtain permits to camp at Fawn Creek Youth Campground and the Charon’s Garden Wilderness – no small feat during one of the busiest weekends of the year for the refuge! The boys also decided that this would be a hiking and backpacking weekend: We would emphasize a backpacking menu and skills, and Leave No Trace ethic, regardless of whether we were in the backcountry or the front country. In that spirit, the boys prepared their own backpacking meals, to include making GORP and cooking crepes the Monday before the campout.

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Mt Taylor-Short Route Mt Taylor-Short Route  by HikingMan

This hike up the extinct stratovolcano is much less in distance, time and effort than the hike from the Gooseberry trailhead on the south side off of Forest Road (FR) 193. It is a very pleasant incline hike of between two and four miles, round trip (depending on which route option), having a total elevation gain of only 709 ft. If you want a mountain top experience, but are budgeting your time, or avoiding the threat of a possible afternoon thunder storm, this is a great hike! Additionally, if you want to pleasantly introduce others to hiking, this hike will not burn out your novice friends and visitors and hopefully be a good memory leading to more hikes.

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Pirates in
the Mediterranean (A Rocky Scramble in Crete’s Wild West) Pirates in the Mediterranean (A Rocky Scramble in Crete’s Wild West)  by Gangolf Haub

If you look at maps of Crete the most striking features of the island seem to be the three peninsulas aligned on the north coast: Akrotiri in the east, Rodoupou in the middle and Gramvoussa in the west. From afar they appear to be flat but don’t make mistakes – there are mountains, which rise directly out of the sea to an elevation of up to 800m. The westernmost peninsula, Gramvoussa is a good example as Geroskinos, its highest summit, achieves 762m. The peninsula – like the rest of Crete – is based on limestone rock, hard but brittle, which gives the area a somewhat Dolomites-like appearance. In fact, both Judith and I were reminded of the northern group of the Dolomiti di Brenta, in particular of the Via Ferrata Gustavo Vidi – minus all the iron.

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5 Peaks in the Seven Devils 5 Peaks in the Seven Devils  by SawtoothSean

I started out from Boise basically after the Boise State - Oregon game that we attended the night before. I was on the road by 1:30am and I arrived at the trailhead at 6:30am. In the dark it was difficult to find the unofficial trail from the Seven Devils Campground toward Seven Devils Lake and the Pass above it. I just headed in the general direction in the dark and soon enough found the trail. For an unofficial trail, it's very defined. It climbs steeply to the pass on a well defined east flank of ridge and rock. At this point the sun was coming up and I had nice morning light on the Tower of Babel's north face.

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Mount
Olympus North Ridge (5.4) Mount Olympus North Ridge (5.4)  by Mike Lewis

Olympus seems like one of the mountains of legend that I've heard about all my life. When I was a kid in the boy scouts I would hear about it in native folk lore as like the guardian of the great waters. The name is certainly lent from Greek mythology and conjures God-like proportions. The 18 mile approach alone requires warrior-like stamina. This is where the gods do battle. Its walls are sheathed in titans of ice. But words alone don't do it justice...

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A Well-Rounded Summitpost
Gathering A Well-Rounded Summitpost Gathering  by PellucidWombat

Round Top had been a focus of mine for over a year by the time I climbed it. I first saw The Sisters while skiing at Kirkwood the previous spring and thought that they would make a nice short but interesting snow climb. On the internet these peaks were often listed with Round Top, so I turned my search to this peak. It was then that I stumbled across Bob Burd’s trip report on the peak, which was by far the highest quality of info that I had found about the peak on the internet. I e-mailed Bob, and he referred me to the Summitpost.com webpage for more info – that was when I joined the SP community.

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10 Peaks in Nevada 10 Peaks in Nevada  by Castlereagh

Back in 2012 I had hiked several peaks with Brett, including Ibapah out in the West Desert. Since then he had finished most of his Utah 2000 foot prominence peaks, but back issues put him out of commission for a bit. Now, he wanted to get as many P2K’s out west as possible before moving to North Carolina in the fall for grad school. Schooling parts aside I was in the same boat, and we made plans to tentatively go for a 3 peak day in Northeast Nevada.

Tentative because it would depend entirely on the Bruins' Playoff scheduling. I would be out for long multi-peak days if they had beaten Montreal during the week and advanced to the ECF, but alas after a spineless and disappointing Game 7 effort, there I was meeting Brett at the Flying J in Wells early on a Saturday morning, so that he could park his minivan and we started our carpool up to Tabor which, as the highest point of the small Snake Range north of Wells (not to be confused with the one down in Great Basin National Park), served as the first goal of the day.

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Climbing
and trekking around Minya Konka (Gongga Shan) Climbing and trekking around Minya Konka (Gongga Shan)  by pijiu

Our plan was very simple: backpack our way from Beijing to Bangkok with climbing gear, trying to climb a few 6000ers here and there in the eastern reaches of the Himalaya. It turned out to be much more difficult than we had anticipated and we weren’t very successful with the climbing part, but we had nonetheless a wonderful time among the mighty mountains of Sichuan. That’s how my friends Ben, Martin, and I spent our 2002 summer vacation.

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Astonishing
Journey through the Glacier Peak Wilderness Astonishing Journey through the Glacier Peak Wilderness  by Josh Lewis

"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes " -Marcel Proust

This was the longest adventure of the year, but at the same time a very rewarding one. This is the sequel of the Glacier Peak Adventure. Gimpilator and Redwic had wanted to climb this peak for a while. They knew that I recently did the standard route and wanted someone to guide the way, so they hired me. I suppose one could say "I am never finished".

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