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Mount King George via SW
Face Mount King George via SW Face  by connoryoung

I wonder if I will ever have the capability to climb that. That was my thinking last August as I stared at the towering, glaciated Mount King George while I traversed the Northover Ridge. Traversing the Northover Ridge in a day was the crowning achievement of my summer last year, but I never imagined what I would find myself doing this year. In June this year, I came to the realization that I had the skills to climb King George and I immediately set aside the August Long weekend to go get it.

I managed to find some interested partners and the trip was on. Unfortunately, on July 27 a conditions report came out that painted a dire picture of the conditions in the Rockies. The trip quickly fell apart and Plan Bs started taking form. Thomas and I decided to climb the South Ridge of Lorette and traverse to McGillivray on Sunday, and Cam and I were going to climb Birdwood on Monday. I drove out to Canmore late Saturday night in a raging thunderstorm and lay awake feeling uneasy about getting on a highline ridge the next morning.

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Cataract Arete Cataract Arete  by hunterslee

The stars finally aligned and a long awaited trip up Mt. Colonel Foster's Cataract Arete successfully took place under perfect conditions July 30/31 2016. I had just been up the West side of Colonel Foster the week before and my body hadn't recovered very much when Andreas and I cracked a plan to climb the classic Cataract Arete the following weekend.

With family and professional obligations behind us we left Nanaimo later on Friday afternoon. By the time we hit the ground and started on the Elk River Trail it was 5:00 PM Friday evening. Such a late start had us pondering a stop at the gravel flats camp ground and a really early get up and go the following morning- fortunately we had wind at our backs and made it all the way to Foster Lake in a record 4 1/2 hours. A quick bite to eat and we were off to bed. Here's the view to the West from Foster lake with Elkhorn Mountain and the night sky.

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Granite
Peak via Froze-to-Death Plateau Granite Peak via Froze-to-Death Plateau  by DK

My Granite trip actually started a few days earlier in Colorado, where my husband Michael and I did some hiking to acclimatize. We live at sea level (in fact, our home is 1/2 mile from the shore), so we definitely needed some practice at altitude before attempting anything serious. We decided to focus on south western Colorado as we hadn’t been there before. Our first hike was going to be Handies peak, an easy 14er, but it turned out our base of Durango, Colorado wasn’t exactly the best place to attempt Handies. The closest trailhead to Handies was on the other side of the mountains 4+ hours’ drive away: definitely too far for a day hike!

We found an alternate hike in Engineer Peak (12,900’), a beautiful mountain that sits on top of Coal Mine Pass, starting at 10,500’. Engineer had an easy approach on one of those nice, nearly-manicured western trails. The trail took us past fields of beautiful wildflowers and coniferous trees. Beautiful views opened up to the reddish colored mountains to the north of us. I was so happy we chose that route! We had intended to hike just a few miles in and turn around, but then the scramble up Engineer Peak looked kind of fun.. we would go up some distance and turn around. We came up to the chimney section at about 12,500’ for some great action shots before we decided to turn around. We really didn’t have the food or water required to continue to the summit. The descent down was very pleasant and easy. After coming back to our car, we decided to drive over to the lake at Molas Pass-it had started thunder storming, so we didn’t linger for too long. Later that afternoon, we decided to drive over to Mesa Verde National Park for some sightseeing. At 99 degrees and super-bright, it was in stark contrast to the conditions we experienced on Engineer Peak.

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Fourmile
Lake Hike, Cherry Cairn Peak Attempt Fourmile Lake Hike, Cherry Cairn Peak Attempt  by nader

Fourmile Lake Trail is a fairly popular hike in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado near the town of Pagosa Springs. A 5.65 mile long trail goes to the lake which sits at an elevation of 11185 ft. A number of 12ers rise above the lake. Of these, only the 12511 ft Cherry Cairn Peak is named. I had planned to hike to the lake and then find my own way to the top of Cherry Cairn Peak. As an added bonus, I had read that the trail gave good views of two big waterfalls as well.

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San Feng - Four Sisters
Range, Sichuan, China San Feng - Four Sisters Range, Sichuan, China  by b.smith

Our trip started from the Chadianzi bus station in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. We wanted to ride a public bus to Rilong, but it was already sold out, so we arranged with a driver to take our crew of four out to Rilong Zhen (Rilong town). Some Chinese language skill was needed to negotiate the price in this instance (as is typical for Southwest China). The ride took about 6 hours.

Upon arrival in Rilong town, we directed the driver to take us 300 meters up the hill to Rilong village. The government is currently making repairs/improvements to the village to further develop it for tourism. We stayed at Kalsong Metok Hostel. The owner, Paulie, helped us out with a guide service and equipment rental (i.e. tents, sleeping bags, gloves, etc.). After a 45 minute meeting with our guide (all in Chinese), we had decided that San Feng (3rd sister) was the peak for us, and we made all the arrangements, such as pack horses, number of guides, and technical equipment rental

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Sahale Mountain - July 25,
2016 Sahale Mountain - July 25, 2016  by Jake Robinson

I haven't done any trip reports here for far too long. In keeping with the tradition of doing TR's for climbs I've done with my family, I've decided to share an account of a climb of Sahale Mountain I did with my mom. Sahale was on my radar for a while but for whatever reason I hadn't gotten around to it yet. After climbing Black Peak two days ago (my first time in the North Cascades), I was bound and determined to return to the area as soon as possible. I had today off and the forecast looked good, so I decided it was a perfect day to go for Sahale. We started hiking the annoyingly long and buggy Cascade Pass trail at 9:30 and made it to the pass in just over an hour. The scenery really started getting good as we ascended Sahale Arm. Exceptional views of Eldorado and Forbidden distracted me from the consistent uphill.

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Where Snowy
Bells ring... Wolverine Day above Singi. Where Snowy Bells ring... Wolverine Day above Singi.  by Tomek Lodowy

On the first day of August 2012 I found myself hiking barren, rocky "fjell" highlands, slippery ravines, passing around a dozen of lakes in constant drizzle, heading blindly east as the path line chosen was hardly noticeable for most of the distance. The aim of the day was to get back to Kungsleden trail area again that would let me continue my long march(started in Kvikkjokk over a week earlier) in a bit more civilized conditions further to the North, not being in the best shape then after the heavy fall on swamps over Sitasjaure the day before and suffering severe pain around ribs which was impeding breathing and resulted in definite loss of joy from hiking.

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Mount Huber
via North Glacier Mount Huber via North Glacier  by connoryoung

Once again, Cam and I were prevented were climbing Skyladder due to weather. In fact, the weather forecast had deteriorated all week and it was starting to look like anything we tried would be a failed attempt. We settled on Mount Huber as our objective a few days prior over beers. We liked the idea of getting and 11,000er and it seemed straightforward. We knew we would have to walk up the O'Hara road, but we hoped to catch the bus on the way out. Without any real expectations of success, we rolled into the Lake O'Hara parking lot at 9pm on Saturday night, prepared our bags and then closed our eyes for 45 minutes.

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Diamond Peak Northwest
Ridge Diamond Peak Northwest Ridge  by apfinley

We chose this route for adventure - trying to avoid standard routes on walk-ups. After studying a map, it was clear that a pretty clean NW ridge would lead to a false summit, and that the actual summit ridge could be accessed from there. There were no reliable trip reports or route descriptions, though a few Ski-Mountaineering sites made me feel like it was doable. People have certainly done this route, they just haven't written about it. We used only a map and compass for our trip - we knew that, once on the ridge, staying ESE would ensure access to a subpeak and a clear route to the top, and that the return would require us to stay WNW or find our path out. This all worked as planned, but we would have preferred the comfort of a few GPS waypoints on descent in order to avoid a circuitous route back.

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Visiting
Hône Pont-Bozet & Champorcher Visiting Hône Pont-Bozet & Champorcher  by OsvaldoCardellina

Other crossings "turn" back to the North back towards the High Comba Tersiva-Clavalité-Fénis, Champdepraz Lakes and high hill above Issogne Commune and then back down to the Dora; on the opposite side other hills leading to the Southeast to the Valley of the Orco and the Plain of Ivrea. Even this valley, as well as the adjacent Cogne, has the specific feature of being disposed not vertically but diagonally across the course of Dora Baltea. This for topographic precision, but we are interested in the path along the valley floor following the Torrent Ayasse that, being born at Lake Miserin nearby Rosa dei Banchi, passes Dondena old Village then gradually reach Ciardonney locality, Champorcher, Pontboset and finally Hône Commons in front of the Forteress of Bard. An ancient journey that in the past was done more in opposite and contrary route to counter armies and armed that, coming from the Valley of Cogne, trying to encircle behind the Aosta Valley coming over the impregnable fort which barred the path along the Dora Baltea. But also a "modern" path that can trace this valley by not only hikers and skiers but also from simple Tourists in search of discoveries and wonders it can offer. We will then have a number of well differentiated proposals ranging from the Artistic-Religious aspect with votive Chapels, Shrines and Churches in the Historic-Civil with remains of towers, castles and Royal Roads. All that remains, therefore, that stop at Hone, in Pontboset or Pontboset and Champorcher adjacent Municipalities, without forgetting the surroundings where you can meet new and beautiful surprises in the field of Nature. As the narrow bridge at the waterfall on wild Gorge of Ratus above Pontboset on the way towards the just above Crest Alp before the Torrent Brenve crosses the raging and impetuous Torrent Ayasse.

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