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North Ridge of Mt. Stuart (2006 and 2016) Direct North Ridge of Mt. Stuart (2006 and 2016)  by StephAbegg

Climbing the North Ridge of Stuart poses a bit of a strategy problem. The most nontechincal descent (snow slope in early summer, scree in later summer) is the Cascadian Couloir, which is on the south side of the mountain. But the climb is on the north side of the mountain. So this forces the climber to go half-way around the mountain before or after the climb, which can take several hours and usually necessitates a bivy before or after the climb.

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Tour de Gorge Tour de Gorge  by MudRat

Adam, Allison and I met at 5:00 am in Keene Valley. As we walked under the glow of headlamps he mentioned exiting to the south then climbing Marcy before heading back to the Garden. It sounded great to me and it was easy to reorganize the original route to suit our individual desires. We’d drop down along the Haystack side in the north, cross to the Marcy cliffs and see how things went. Good things rarely come easily, great things sometimes ache a bit afterward...well, we had a great day.

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Skokomish in Spring Skokomish in Spring  by awilsondc

I must have forgotten how steep the Putvin trail is, but I was reminded pretty quick. That Putvin trail doesn't mess around! I managed to find a good pace and with a few photography breaks I reached the first basin. Snow started soon after the pond of false prophets and it was mostly snow travel from then on. Upon reaching Lake of the Angels I could see several groups camping on what little dry ground there was. The lake is just starting to melt out and a good deal of it is still under snow.

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Iroquois/Colden Loop Iroquois/Colden Loop  by CRiedel2

I missed the turn-off trail for Iroquois Peak last year and I only required it to finish off the MacIntyre group, thus, this was my main objective originally. However, I also knew that this wouldn't fill my day and I like to make the most of my days out in the mountains. I studied my map and thought about mileage, terrain and overall elevation gain when I came up with the idea to try a loop hike of the MacIntyres and Mt Colden from ADK Loj. I decided to skip Wright Peak since I had summited it years prior. So I would hike up over Algonquin Peak and on to Iroquois Peak first. Then I would take the trail down to Lake Colden and follow it around to the Mt Colden Trail. Follow the Mt Colden trail to the summit of Mt Colden, then return to the Loj going past Lake Arnold to Marcy Dam and back to the Loj. This was ambitious for me, as I hadn't been to Mt Colden yet and I could find no information about anyone trying this loop before.

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Ice Mountain via the
Refrigerator Couloir Ice Mountain via the Refrigerator Couloir  by jmartersteck

Despite the prevailing warm temps and a "mostly cloudy" overnight forecast, we decided to give the Refrigerator Couloir a shot over a weekend in mid-June. My wife, Debbie, and I drove to the TH on Saturday afternoon (my Subaru Forester was able to navigate the 4WD road without much trouble). We backpacked in a couple of miles on easy trail; a couple of hundred yards before the signed junction of the Apostle Basin / Lake Anne trails, there are a couple of very nice campsites with great views of the Three Apostles (don't ask me why Ice Mtn, one of the Three Apostles, is not named "Middle Apostle").

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Fancy Pemi loop in 2 days Fancy Pemi loop in 2 days  by Gratton89

For the past 2 years, Grant and I planned to do the Pemigewasset (pemi) loop. The loop is achieved by combining the Lincoln woods, Osseo, Franconia ridge, Garfield ridge, twin way and Boncliff trails to make a massive 31.6 mile loop back to your car. This loop was named the second hardest day hike in North America by backpackers magazine. Most Normal people attempt the loop in 3 days, spending the nights at either the Garfield ridge and Guyot campsites or the Greenleaf (a bit out of the way) and Galehead huts. The loop includes 8 4000 footers (Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South twin, Bond and Bondcliff) with an optional 4 side trips to other 4000 footers (Galehead, North twin, Zealand and West bond) ranging in an distance between a mile to 2.8 miles each round trip. Being the smart lads that we are, Grant and I opted the join all 4 side trips to our hike, adding an extra 7.4 miles for a foot aching, knee busting, back breaking total of 39 miles.

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The Two Zions The Two Zions  by Scott

This is the story of two Zions. The first is the very crowded Zion, with many tourists, lone lines at the visitor center and shuttle buses, and on the trails. For the first day of the trip, we experienced all of these. We did however, get to do the technical Echo Canyon, which was away from the crowds.

The second Zion is the backcountry wilderness of Zion. For the next three days and on the holiday weekend proper, we saw no other people until a few feet from the trailhead. We were told that we were the first people this year to complete the technical Right Fork of North Creek, also known as the Great West Canyon (though we found some footprints that appeared to be more recent than that.

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Guadalupe
Peak, El Capitan, Shumard, Bartlett, Bush Mountain, Blue Ridge, Mount Pratt and
Hunter Peak Guadalupe Peak, El Capitan, Shumard, Bartlett, Bush Mountain, Blue Ridge, Mount Pratt and Hunter Peak  by dmckinnerney

I will not even try and explain the route we took to El Capitan other than this. We stayed as far left as possible following a distinct hogback for .8 miles. There are several hogbacks on the left side of the bowl and each will take you to the bottom of the bowl. We utilized two of them. After descending .8 miles, the hogback we were on began to take a less palatable path. We scrambled to our right on yet another hogback, and it took us to the bottom of the bowl with ease. Note: **When you are at the top of Guadalupe Peak getting ready to descend to El Capitan, all points will try and lead you to the right, or to the west rim of the bowl. Don't fall for this trap. That trek is loose and will cause you to lose precious time, energy and ultimately you will end up back at the center of the bowl. I know this because we took that trek last year. Once you descend past the large notch on the right hand side of the west rim you can then work to the rim** The hogbacks we took provided good footing, a great line and served as a point of reference when we started back up to Guadalupe Peak.

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Visiting
Valgrisenche Visiting Valgrisenche  by OsvaldoCardellina

Among these are those who cite the Refuge Epée and the overlying Ravelli Bivouac at the edge of the Glacier of Mount Forciaz Fortchat or, at the foot of the Northern and Western slopes of the Great Rousse, North Point, the most right round up the two Glaciers of th'Invergnaou and Giasson, below the long ridge that reaches from the summit of the same name Becca. Important crossings, such as the Col du Mont, mark the passage over the centuries to France, and to Valley Thuile Pass Planaval at the foot of the Mount Paramont Group, shows a way as high as long that leads to the Refuge Albert Deffeyes, before the Glaciers Rutor. Opposite crossings lead to internal Rhêmes, including the Fenetre de Torrent which bypasses the divider between Grande Rousse and Point of Rab(o)uigne which passes on the Alta Via n° 2 of the Aosta Valley joining Rhêmes Valgrisenche. Other passes combine these two parallel valleys, such as those of Bassac Déré and Bassac easy enough crossing, in the South, while those in the North of Cussuna, Feleumaz and Tzaboc are certainly roughest; then it's all the territory of the hunters more and more "marginalized", fortunately, to the borders of the West P.N.G.P. that arriving until the Dora Rhêmes. To find another way of connecting, you must use the long road leads diagonally from fractions of Rhêmes towards the watershed catching Maison Cou (2219m)​​, under the Mont de l'Ane, before falling to the top of Valgrisa above the Villages of the Pileo, Grand'Haury, with its horrific tower, and Les Combes (1323m), of which we will say just ahead. At the bottom of the head and those of Sassière and of Fond lead in Valdisère, but does require the crossing of glaciers not simple and fairly dangerous. Home to the ancient settlements with magnesite mine, showing his long climb medieval bridges, a chapel in 1400 in the locality of Verconey and many waterfalls including one worth noting is the Miollet, above Céré Village. In recent decades it has been chosen by two Popes John Paul II° or Wojtyla and Benedict XVI° or Ratzinger, who have chosen as the location for their summer vacation home of which made it famous Village of Les Combes, at the foot of North Slopes Becca del Merlo or Chamin (2961m).

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No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top
to Bottom No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top to Bottom  by nader

No Thoroughfare is the largest canyon in Colorado National Monument. Like all other canyons in the park, it starts in Glades Park, a plateau that sits at an elevation of 6800-7000 ft. At the edge of Glades Park, walls drop 300 vertical feet into the bottom of No Thoroughfare Canyon. For the next 8.5 hiking miles, the canyon heads northeast and its bottom slowly loses elevation until it reaches Devils Kitchen Trailhead near the park’s eastern entrance. The mid sections of the canyon are the remotest parts of the park where you are unlikely to see other hikers.

Park map shows two waterfalls in No Thoroughfare Canyon. Bottom to top these are named The First and The Second Waterfall. I actually counted six waterfalls, four of which were smaller than the official 2 waterfalls.

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