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Eldorado East Ridge Eldorado East Ridge  by keeganray

I got off of work around 10pm and frantically packed before leaving Seattle. We ended up getting to the trailhead around 2:30am and took our time getting up. We finally started the climb at 10am. The trailhead is pretty hidden. Luckily I had loaded a gps track. To get to the start of the trail, you have to walk back on Cascade River Road about 100 ft. until you reach the sign on your left and the logs to cross the river is on the right. They're pretty slippery, so be careful crossing. The trail started pretty overgrown, but opened up after a short while. It was a lot steeper than I had expected. Eventually the trail lead to a large boulder field. It was pretty slow going.

Daniel in Two Days Mount Daniel in Two Days  by awilsondc

I don’t get the opportunity for overnight trips much anymore, but I wanted to make sure I got one good trip in this year. I had planned on doing Mount Constance on the Olympic Peninsula around Labor Day, but poor weather forced me to cancel those plans. I decided to go the following weekend but for some reason Constance was seeming less appealing for no reason in particular, just a feeling. I was being drawn to another destination on my list… Mt. Daniel in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness! I’ve found that when it comes to the mountains it’s best to listen to your gut instinct, whether it’s turning around due to weather or poor conditions or deciding which line to take when route finding, I’ve never been let down by listening to my gut. This time as no exception!

Mount Cleveland from Glenns
Lake Mount Cleveland from Glenns Lake  by cmajerus

I recently had an opportunity to attempt a summit of Mount Cleveland, and since it was a successful trip I thought I'd share what I learned. I found suprisingly little information about the route when preparing for this trip, so hopefully my report will help fill in some of the gaps. Instead of the typical backpacker-friendly Waterton Lake/Goat Haunt approach, we rode horses up the Belly River from the Chief Mountain trailhead. We also spent a few days fishing and riding near Elizabeth Lake before heading over to Glenns Lake, but I estimate a round trip summit of Mount Cleveland from the Chief Mountain trailhead to take three days, even with horses.

The Struggling Bear on
Blowout Mountain The Struggling Bear on Blowout Mountain  by BearQueen

It had been a long since I have been on a hike with my husband EastKing. This is largely due to the fact I have fibromyalgia and do not do well in the recent surge of extreme heat that has hit the Pacific Northwest this summer. I have deteriorated dramatically in terms of any progress with my weight with it now over a very negative milestone and that has been hard to swallow emotionally. I know I have to take more action to do something about it but I know it is going to be hard to find any hiking partners who are patient enough to go and who would be willing to endure my slowness and current physical limitations. I may struggle now I but I soon hope not to struggle as bad in the future.

Little Bear to Blanca Peak
Traverse Little Bear to Blanca Peak Traverse  by laureljarndt

I had been trying for two years to get my prior 14eener traverse partners to regroup to do this traverse, but to no avail. So this time I asked some rock climbing partners to come along and once they saw the trip reports and the amount of rock to climb/traverse, they were in.

I had been put off by the tails from other experienced climbers that they had partners who did not enjoy this and would not finish the traverse OR that weather came in and shut them out. So I knew having some dependable and adventurous friends would be important (as well as someone who had a bad ass 4x4 to get us up the road). Mission accomplished with Eve and Nestor.

Peak--One Day to Ski, 14 months to Agonize Over Kings Peak--One Day to Ski, 14 months to Agonize Over  by ZeeJay

Every year the Wasatch Mountain Club has a one day ski trip to Kings Peak at the end of March hosted by Larry and Steve Swanson. People drive up the night before, camp out, get up around 4am and are on the trail by 5am.

It had always piqued my interest, but it just seemed too daunting for many reasons. Although I was a good recreational cross country skier, I knew my light weight track gear wouldn't measure up. The length of the trip seemed overwhelming, the drive alone in the dark on an unfamiliar snowy dirt road frightening, and just showing up not knowing anyone seemed too intimidating. I wasn't a seasoned winter camper and the few times I had gone hadn't been too pleasant. It was just one of those trips that you dream about doing, but deep down you know you never will.

The Grand & Moran The Grand & Moran  by rasgoat

We had no plan except to sleep in, recover, and wake up whenever. That was until the whole forest heard Seth yell out, "You bit me! you Bastard!" It was around 6 am and I had no Idea what the hell was going on. I asked Seth if he was all right and he proceeds to tell us that he just got bit on his arm by a marmot! But that wasn't all, the way the story goes is that before he woke up, he felt this warm furry thing licking his arm. Was it a dream, I don't think so. That son of a bitch was going for the salt! Should we bring a salt lick to camp next time! I dunno!

Thankfully, he is alright, but look out, those Moran marmots are tough! and think twice about staying under a tarp, at least here! Maybe CMC means Crazy Marmot Camp!

July Stands
for Idaho III: Heights and Heart of the Summer July Stands for Idaho III: Heights and Heart of the Summer  by Castlereagh

Christmas of 2013 I went home to Boston for a little over a month. I missed home, I missed the simple life, I missed friends and family, and I didn’t want to go back to Utah. I seriously considered not returning, and I accordingly weighed whether I could leave aside the mountains for good. During this time, my one nagging thought was Thompson Peak. It sat atop the forefront of my mind, beckoning me, taunting me, and I knew that I had to go back for it.

Alice: Eleanor No More Mount Alice: Eleanor No More  by MarkDidier

We do have a bit of a history, and since I’ve written all of it before in other Trip Reports, I’ll keep this rehash of it brief! 2006 stumbled onto the slopes of Alice on my first ever off trail hike. Wasn’t even considering summiting, and the weather ensured we wouldn’t. 2007 wussed out at the base of Hourglass Ridge. 2014 turned around just before reaching the Alice/Chiefs Head saddle due to my nephew’s altitude sickness. Maybe I’m just not supposed to summit Alice!

I had no plans for trying for Alice again in 2015 but when my son’s travel plans were taking him to Denver the last weekend in August he suggested RMNP for our annual hiking trip, and since I was coming back I figured I’d give Alice another whack.

2009 -
Liathach and An Teallach 2009 - Liathach and An Teallach  by DrJonnie

As we parked up at the pub, Colin had to make a 'phone call home so we left him in the car. We got our beers and were enjoying a first sip when a total stranger tapped me on the shoulder and suggested that I should go out to my car. Apparently he had spotted a strange person jumping up and down in the car, gibbering at passers by, trying to attract attention.

Obviously many people ignored him as he probably appeared deranged but this kind soul took pity on him and listened to his mimed tale of how he got locked inside a car with all its indicators flashing.

As it turned out, by instinct I had locked the car with the remote key, trapping him inside.

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