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Sharkfin Tower Day Climb Sharkfin Tower Day Climb  by madelynn_7

My fiance and I have been itching to get out to Boston Basin, and we are so incredibly happy that we did! Although it was a little bit clouded when we got there, the clouds rolled away quite quickly and we had a beautiful sunny day in the Cascades. Starting off, the parking lot/turn-off for the basin is fairly obvious and had a good amount of parking space (we got there around 9:30 on a sunny Saturday and found a spot!) The parking lot is at mile 22 of the road, and the end of the road is at mile 23, so if you feel uncertain about the pull-off, just go to the end and backtrack a mile! The entrance to the trail is on the north end of the pull-off, and the climbers trail is very obvious up until the basin. The trail is around 3 miles in length, a little bit over 2,000ft of elevation gain, and does have a few minor creek/river crossings that weren't anything crazy.

The Sounds of Music Moment The Sounds of Music Moment  by EastKing

Anyone who has ever seen the movie the "Sounds of Music" will always remember the final scene where the family climbs over the Alps to escape and head on over to Switzerland. People tend to forget it was to escape from Germany and remember it more for the stunning scenery that they saw in the movie. The stunning waterfalls and the breathtaking mountains lways put us at awe.

Well the North Cascades have many areas that are like that movie. One place that is especially beautiful is around Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Back in 2014 when I climbed Ruth Mountain I was especially with the area of Hannegan Pass. The original trip was to knock off both Ruth and Hannegan but I was way too blasted to do both and it was an extremely hot day that time. Learning from that experience I decided to hike up Hannegan Peak on a little cooler day. The peak itself has been on my list for a very long time. I originally setup the trip on my hiking group but I had no takers so I decided to do it myself and solo. This is a peak I have been trying to do for a very long time and wanted to get this peak before the weather turns again.

Lakes 2017:
The Langdales by triathlon Lakes 2017: The Langdales by triathlon  by markhallam

The Langdale Pikes are a collection of four summits in one of the most beautiful and famous parts of the English Lake District. The classic skyline features in many a photo and in paintings dating back for literally centuries. My parents (sadly long dead) had a treasured painting, by an artist of modest renown, which I came to realise was of the Langdales, back in the 1960's. Then I remember walking the Pikes back in the 1980’s and rock-climbing in the Langdale valley in the 1970's, on Gimmer Crag...

Browsing ‘Scrambles in the Lake District’ Cicerone guide by Brian Evans, inspired me to go back again in 2017. I particularly liked the look of Jack’s Rake – a mere grade 1 scramble, but slashing its way up across the otherwise strictly rock-climbing territory of the south-east face of Pavey Ark. In my early explorations I somehow missed this out. I also liked the look of Stickle Ghyll – less dramatic, but nevertheless a more sporting way of reaching Jack’s Rake than the boring foot-path. My interest stepped up a further notch: between the two scrambles lies the attractive mountain lake of Stickle Tarn. Normal procedure would be to walk round this 500 meter diameter water feature. Having recently taken up wild swimming, I started to like the idea of swimming across it – thus creating an eccentric scramble-swim-scramble combination… and with the possibility of going on to traverse the rest of ‘The Pikes’ after that… making it a scramble-swim-scramble-walk! (which I felt should give me the right to say I have done a triathlon ; )

Barra Honda Caves, Costa
Rica Barra Honda Caves, Costa Rica  by nader

When my wife said her company was sending her and a guest to an all-expense paid resort in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica, at first I did not want to go. I simply did not want to take more time off work but of course, very quickly, I came to my senses and decided to go. Like any self-respecting Summitpost member, I did not want to go on a “sit by the pool” vacation. I needed to hike/climb something. The obvious choice was to hike to the summit of the 1895 m (6217 ft) Rincon de la Vieja Volcano a 90 minute drive away. It turned out that due to volcanic activity, the trail to the summit of Rincon had been closed for the past many years. I contacted a couple of guides about Orosi and Miravalles Volcanoes but they did not seem to know much about them. One of the guides suggested a visit to Barra Honda National Park where you could go down a very long ladder to the bottom of a cave 70 meters (230 ft) deep. When I googled Barra Honda, I found that for safety, park officials rope you down the ladder and you should expect to get very muddy. Google Maps showed a nearby 550 m high Barra Honda Peak but I found no information about climbing it. You could however, apparently hike to a viewpoint to get good views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

Back Into the Swing of Things: Triple Couloirs Car to Car Getting Back Into the Swing of Things: Triple Couloirs Car to Car  by Josh Lewis

Due to serious head aches, pain, and getting busy I haven't written a climbing report in a long time. Fortunately things have gotten better, been working out, going on 5 mile runs, eating healthier, losing weight, becoming a lightweight-aholic (gear wise), and am back on the road to alpinism. January Will and I climbed the North Buttress Couloir of Colchuck as a starter kit for the year. Avalanches, bad weather, sickness, and extreme pain had it's vengeance February through April. Rather than throwing my hands up I kept training, stayed motivated, and sought after the opportune moment to get my first multi pitch ice lead in. Triple Couloirs has been on my to do list for a long time, definitely a great route. With 6840 feet of gain, 20 miles, 18.5 hours of hiking & climbing, 4 pitches, and a lot of kicking in steps it made for a good work out.

On the Roda
di Vael On the Roda di Vael  by MikeLJ

“Are we going up that mountain”? Marie pointed to the huge camel hump – shaped rock face in front of us.

“No, that’s not it” I replied quickly.

We were sitting side by side on the chairlift travelling from the Alpenrose Hotel up to the Rifugio Paolina. It was a fine, sunny morning in early July. We had caught an early bus from Campitello, down the valley to Pera to change buses for the Bolzano bus which took us over the Costalunga pass and on to the Alpenrose stop.

A 50 State Highpoint
Completion on Denali A 50 State Highpoint Completion on Denali  by Puma concolor

"And down the stretch they come," I announced just a couple of weeks after thoroughbred American Pharaoh had ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in America's Sport of Kings. "22 years of chasing state highpoints is about to come to an end."

But American Alpine Institute's Team 6 wasn't in the lowlands of Belmont Race Track on Long Island, New York. Instead we were nearly 20,000 feet higher making our way across Denali's "football field" with the summit of North America's highest peak seemingly close enough to touch. Less than two hours later, I found myself choking back tears as I took those final steps onto my 50th and final highpoint. "Yo Adrian, I did it!"

And what a journey it had been. Not just on this breathtaking world-class peak, but starting on Mount Marcy in July 1993 long before I had entertained any kind of thought of traveling all across the United States in pursuit of high places. At just nine days shy of my 46th birthday, my state highpointing journey had stretched across nearly half of my life, often taking a back seat to the more pressing concerns of every day life. But it was never far from my thoughts and always close to my heart.

Return to Form Return to Form  by Castlereagh

The first week of my trip was plagued by worry and anger about being sick and losing my wallet on the first day of my climbing vacation stumbling down from Crazy Peak. Physically weakened by a throat infection/inflammation and an intense hacking cough, I kept Sam waiting a-plenty on our hikes of Francs and Windy in the Absarokas. The lost wallet meant I had to divert my Montana/Idaho/Wyoming trip with a one day detour to Salt Lake to grab a credit card I had my bank send to Greg’s address.

Honaker Trail to San Juan
River Honaker Trail to San Juan River  by nader

San Juan River originates in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. On its way to join Colorado River, San Juan River carves a 1300 ft deep canyon in southeastern Utah. The canyon is best seen at Utah’s Goosenecks of San Juan River State Park. Parallel bands of cliffs separated by steep slopes go down all the way from the rim to the bottom of the canyon making it appear impossible to reach the river. Honaker Trail is a well-defined but unmarked trail that sits a few miles to the northwest of the Goosenecks. It somehow takes you down through the cliffs to reach the river.

Pico de Orizaba Pico de Orizaba  by MishaCZ

A group of friends from Colorado decided to climb Pico de Orizaba (18,491'), the highest volcano in Mexico, at the end of March 2017. I got recommended a local company (Nómada) who can set us up with logistics and I have to admit we lucked out - they took care of everything and made the trip a huge success.

We left Denver on Friday afternoon (took only 1/2 day off), got to Mexico Intl' Airport at 11:30 PM. Nómada set us up with a van and drove us to Tlachichuca. We stayed at Canchola House and after breakfast, took jeeps (already waiting for us) to drive up the 4x4 road to Piedra Grande Hut Base Camp that is located at an elevation of 4,270 m (14,010 ft).

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