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Kilimanjaro Mama Tembo Climbs Kilimanjaro  by Nelson

In selecting an outfitter while researching our trip to Tanzania we received several recommendations for either the Western Breach or the Rongai routes. The argument was generally that these routes were less crowded than Machame (or Marangu) and that you didn't have to wake up at midnight for the summit day. One outfitter told us that the Western Breach was only slightly harder than Machame. However, I stuck with Machame and am happy for that decision. Coming down the Mweka trail we spoke with more than a dozen people who did the Western Breach. They all said it was miserable. Our guide told us that the rockfall danger was very high, and he didn't like leading it. (Note that I wrote this paragraph before SP member kilimanjaro1 posted his Western Breach route page, but I still offer the above).

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Reminiscing Three Reminiscing Three  by Scott

Originally on this weekend, my son and I were going to do a climb of Horseshoe Mountain in Colorado, but a big snowstorm was forecasted.

We decided to go to Utah, but the weather forecast was iffy for slot canyons as well. After some brainstorming we decided on Three Canyon, south of Green River. It only had one rappel at the top and then a 5.6 exit at the end, with lots of pretty canyon between that would be fairly low risk for flash floods.

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Glen Canyon NRA Glen Canyon NRA  by goofball

Been taking advantage of my 3 day weekends since they started, and lately been going to Glen Canyon to enjoy them while the temps are reasonable. The colorful cliffs north of Wahweap Bay have always piqued my interest so it was finally time to go see what was back there. I wanted to wander the canyons and cliffs south of the road leading out to Alstrom Point road, as well as a lower tributary of Warm Creek. Stopping along the Croton road at the heads of the various canyons a week prior I found they all start shallow, gradually cutting down thru sandstone to come to impassable falls sooner or later. And some are more scenic than others. But all are interesting and were absolutely worth the jaunts. One in particular had the bottom fall out in spectacular fashion so I wanted to bring canyoning gear to descend.

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Highpointin' and
Roadtrippin' New England Highpointin' and Roadtrippin' New England  by Jimmy Rivers

After my first Highpointing excursion in the Southern Appalachians in the Spring, it became apparent that i wanted to hike all 48 state high points, and maybe beyond. We had such a great time there, that we figured we would give New England a shot before summer's end. Along with a hiking buddy, Travis, we arranged flights from sunny FL to the northeast to briefly see our families. After spending a couple days on Long Island, i took the ferry over to lower CT to meet up with Travis, and begin our second highpointing mission. This time, we had 7 states planned, including New York, and all of New England. From our research, the Northeastern high points seemed to be harder than southeastern Appalachia. Also, on Marcy, Washington, and Katahdin, we had planned on taking difficult routes. 7 states over the next 8 days, with a bit of hiking also in Acadia Natl Park at the end of the trip. Here are the details........

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St. Patty's Day Exorcism on
Humphreys Peak St. Patty's Day Exorcism on Humphreys Peak  by Castlereagh

As is usual I planned my trip with an overly ambitious peak list. With four days to cavort in the SW before a bachelor party in Las Vegas, my preliminary plans involved Mt. Taylor Monday, Pastora Peak Tuesday, Humphreys Wednesday, and Hualapai on Thursday. As my departure date approached I noted that while snow was forecasted for Taylor on Monday, Pastora Peak was bluebird clear. Already stretched for time, with a little more than two days to drive from Boston to New Mexico, I now faced the prospect of tacking on an extra 3 hours in order to hit Pastora Monday, then returning to Taylor Tuesday. I raced across the country over the weekend and, cruising through Eastern New Mexico on Sunday evening I was on pace to arrive in Grants or Gallup at a reasonable time. Then it started to snow. Thick, furious, white-out snow, winds blowing at my windshield 20-30 mph. I-40 soon became an undriveable sheet of slush a foot deep, but yet it was 50 miles before the first exit with accommodations: Moriarty, NM. Or so I thought.

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Getting
Getting "Lost" on Kyes: An Unexpected Overnight Stay  by Josh Lewis

Often times when heading out to the mountains on a nice clear sunshiny day I don't expect things to go wrong. But every now and then I get one of those trips where adventure finds me. This was another round of exciting fun with bush whacking, getting lost in the dark, sliding on slippery shrubs, and everyone's favorite! Sleeping out on a steep slope. But hey, who said I wanted a tame adventure? Sometimes going through all the troubles in the end become worth while, especially when you learn from it.

The adventure started out as the usual bus ride to the city of Gold Bar to meet my partner for the trip. On the way there the sunrise was looking quite beautiful, especially the golden sun beams on Mount Zekes and the red colors I saw on Mount Rainier. I was in for some stellar weather. In Gold Bar I met up with my partner Scott to head out to the trailhead. "I'm the kind of guy who isn't so much worried about where we are going, so long as were having an adventure" Scott announced.

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Mountaineering Mount Tukuhnikivatz Mountaineering Mount Tukuhnikivatz  by allisondianee

I’m finding that, more often than not, things do not always go according to plan. Plans formulate, chaos intervenes and then the plans change. This isn’t always a bad thing though; sometimes I enjoy how things turn out differently than planned.

In short, here’s what the weekend turned into:
1. Friday, Car broke down in Cedar City, Utah. Got a rental car and made it to Moab late Friday.
2. Saturday, summit 1 peak (Mount Tukuhnikivatz)
3. Sunday, Arch Madness (hiking to a ton of arches in Arches National Park)
4. Monday, Climbing at Pocket Rocks in Cedar City, Utah until car was fixed and head home

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Hut to Hut in the White
Mountains Hut to Hut in the White Mountains  by jimegan

When my wife and I first heard about the hut to hut hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it sounded like a great way to see some fall colors in New England. Having done some backpacking in Glacier National Park in Montana as well as on trips to climb Mt Rainier, Granite Peak and Gannett Peak and soggy fiascos in Alaska, the alternative of a light day pack with breakfast and supper provided along with a bunk was enticing. Having done a lot of hikes in the western US, we expected the portions of the Appalachian trail to be rather straightforward and easy to follow. This was not a good assumption. There was a lot of rock hopping and some route finding required and a map was quickly determined to be a useful addition. We joined the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) and the membership benefits quickly equaled the annual cost due to special rates at the huts and on the shuttle bus. We hiked nearly 50 miles during our journey which was a loop from Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch hiking to Layfayette Place and catching the shuttle bus back.

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Fun and
Adventure in St. Lucia Fun and Adventure in St. Lucia  by Scott

This is the story of an adventure I did with my beautiful wife in April. It had been quite a while since we ditched the kids and went on our own vacation, so it was about time we did so! April 11 was also the 22nd anniversary of our engagement, so a celebration was in order.

We planned our trip in advance and had been excited for quite a while. The trip wasn't quite the adventure that most of our previous trips have been, but the purpose of the trip was to grow closer together and to get some relaxing time in as well. Of course, we still made plenty of time for adventures too!

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Waddington
via the Bravo Glacier Waddington via the Bravo Glacier  by hunterslee

After 7 months of anticipation and planning, a dozen or so people coming then not coming, Shawn, Chris, Henrik and I landed on the Tiedemann glacier late Saturday night July the 14'th 2012. The drive from Vancouver, with stops took roughly 11 hours- if one was determined they could do it faster. We were lucky that a helicopter was available shortly after we arrived- Summer fires in BC lure the White Saddle helicopters away from climbers for hours at a time. Mike and Audrey King at the White Saddle ranch on Bluff lake are super helpful, they'll get ya in there, best to show up ready to go cause things happen fast around there.

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