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Larch and Burn Mania Larch and Burn Mania  by EastKing

Fall is a special time in the North Cascades. Everything from berry bushes to cool larches change color and make this state have some of the best color in the United States. Cool, crisp nights and warm sunny days make this season a special time to get out and enjoy the mountains. It was good to see fall come in after the record breaking warmth in the Seattle Metro Area along with all the terrible forest fires that did serious damage to this state.

Luckily I took of the right day from work and seemed to have nailed the perfect time for a trip into larch nation. CascadeCohen and I decided to head out to the mountains just east of Winthrop in order to see the great larch color. The ultimate goal of the trip was to head out to the Tiffany Mountain area in order to tackle some very cool summits. Though things on this trip did not go completely perfect we were able to tackle three very cool summits along with taking some good pictures of the nice larches.

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the Northern Hill above the City of Aosta Visiting the Northern Hill above the City of Aosta  by OsvaldoCardellina

Even this area includes five adjacent municipalities from East to West. It forms the Northern edge of the hill above the City of Aosta, and offers a varied possibility of walking, hiking or simply cultural visits at the foot of the Subgroups of Tsaat Etsena (2974/5m) to the East and to the West of Mount Fallère (3059/61m). An area that deserves to be explored in its surroundings, which offer great views towards the South "embracing" in a large panoramic Graian Alps from Monte Avìc Subgroup until the Rutor Chain and partly the whole Pennine from Grand Golliat up to Monte Rosa Range. From the valley floor and close to all municipalities rise beautiful trails or mule tracks, sometimes fallen into oblivion, which date from the low and medium hill reaching some small basins and a few small valley suspended above the City of Aosta and content between the Commons of St. Christophe to the East and to the West Sarre. With a small digression to the North with the Municipalities Roisan (to the East) and Gignod (West), both "perched" above the tail of the Torrent Buthier before reaching the Dora Baltea, now belonging to the entry into the Grand San Bernardo Valley. An important "welding", that also follow the meeting and the passage of different millenary cultures that see evolution history of the Valley of Aosta from the Neolithic to the People of Celtic Salassi and since the arrival of the Romans until the present day with the Salassian Route horizontally halfway up the hill and with continued vertically at first with the military Way for the Helvetia and Gaul and later with the commercial and religious with the ancient Alps Road and Via Francigena. But also, and more simply, a diverse base day for easy trips and excursions. But do not forget the lower middle hill that offers, wandering amongst these, many and varied beautiful walks to be combined with historical, cultural visits ...

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Cordon del
Plata Expedition 2016 Cordon del Plata Expedition 2016  by markhallam

I am in a tent at 4923m (16,150ft) poised for a summit attempt in the High Andes of Argentina. The dim ghostly light of a full moon is filtering through the tent walls as we wait for the appointed hour to start moving. With me in the tent is Jon, my old climbing partner from the 1980’s, who had precipitated this renaissance 29 years after our last expedition together, through a phone-call nearly two years ago. We have had an absolute ball thus far and our objective today is to make a big ascent and then traverse both Pico Plata 5827m and the star prize in this range, Cerro Plata 5962m. But at 1am – about an hour ago – strong winds sprang up out of nowhere. The tent is now flexing and shaking – and the noise is frightening. The wind seems to be threatening to tear our little home from the narrow col to which it is fixed, the so called Portezuelo Lomas Amarillas.

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Once Upon a Time on
Lafayette Once Upon a Time on Lafayette  by BearQueen

I guess tonight is the proper night to finally write up my trip report on this special time up Mount Lafayette. Seeing my husband advance to almost beyond his dreams probably was the biggest motivator of writing this trip report. It is strange to think that I was almost on even hiking level with him considering that now he has climbed both Rainier and Hood and is now in the mist of making plans for South America. In the meantime I have struggled through terrible and continuous health problems ranging from fibromyalgia to pseudo-tumor and have gained tremendous weight from this special trip. As a result I have barely climbed three dozen peaks since and none anywhere near the difficulty of Mount Lafayette.

But there was once a time when his highest and most difficult mountain was my highest and most difficult mountain and we were getting close to being on an even hiking level. My pace going up mountains was always a little slower than his but I had developed a good enough pace to beat book times. I had just come off of losing nearly a hundred pounds the year before and I was staying stable through this time in the weight area. The week before we had hiked up to the summit of North Pack Monadnock and though my knee was aching a little as we were coming down, I had talked my husband into sending me up his then beloved peak, the treeless Mount Lafayette. I felt confident in my hiking abilities, especially after hiking up Hunter Mountain so easily with my father and EastKing the autumn before. Now I wanted to try them now on my husband’s then ultimate peak, Mount Lafayette.

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Spring Break Aventure Spring Break Aventure  by Scott

This is the story of a Spring Break adventure which took places on the islands of Grenada and Saint Vincent in the Caribbean. Beautiful Kimberly and I wanted to go somewhere to celebrate the anniversary of out engagement, which was 23 years ago. We decided to have fun in the Caribbean and to do many hikes and to climb some mountains. The kids tried to tell us that Spring Break was supposed to be for the kids, but we dropped them off with their grandparents and cousins in order to go on the trip. They went backpacking with my Dad in Zion National Park for much of the time.

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The Weird Snowshoe Breaker The Weird Snowshoe Breaker  by EastKing

After going nearly two years without putting on a pair of snowshoes I can finally say that I finally got my chance this past February. Unfortunately despite summiting two summits, I did lose a very good pair of snowshoes in the process. Maybe that was the reason it took two years? I don't know but this trip with my friend Nathan was one my bigger trips of the winter 2016 season.

Despite all the warnings that Seattle was going into an El Nino drought, the season turned out to be quiet the opposite. This was the rainiest winter in the city of Seattle and many other areas in western Washington were in similar territory. Of course a rainy winter is not very good for hiking and snowshoeing. Yes there was plenty of snow but the avalanche danger was constantly high and the weather itself was downright nasty. I had at least 10 snowshoe trips that were either cancelled or modified into none-snowshoe trip due to the weather. Even on this day the weather was frightful until 20 minutes before the hike. Luckily though we were able to get this hike off without any bad weather.

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Snow-Free Winter Hike Snow-Free Winter Hike  by Rocky Alps

Most years in the Salt Lake area, it’s still too cold in early March to do any snow-free hiking to the top of a nearby peak. With a nice weather window causing the snow to at least melt from the lower elevations for a short time, we decided to give Fray Peak a try on my birthday. It ended up offering some unique scenery, and is one that will definitely be added to the list of our family’s favorite local hikes.

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Mount
Jefferson - Movin' On Up To The South Side Mount Jefferson - Movin' On Up To The South Side  by Redwic

Standing at 10497' elevation, Mount Jefferson is the highest point of Jefferson County & Linn County as well as second-highest peak in Oregon. This was a great summit trip and is one of my favorite trips of the year. I was accompanied by Josh & Michael. They were each on their "A" games for this trip and I was really impressed. They both have gained so much experience and skill during the past 6-1/2 years I have known them. Everyone on our team was very laid-back and easy-going throughout the trip, and that made the experience even more enjoyable.

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ascent - Kumdobe peak First ascent - Kumdobe peak  by Rusnborg

Every year, the world around us becomes smaller. Airliners, Internet, satellites have significantly reduced its size. In the past it would’ve taken a year to get to a place that now can be reached in a day. There are very few places on earth not studied thoroughly by inquisitive man. Once the images of the Earth's surface from space became available to anyone pioneering spirit slowly began to fade. Now people, traveling on the earth's surface and having accurate information, are no longer surprised by new horizons. They know what to expect – the novelty effect disappeared. However, there are still places on our beautiful planet not reached by the ubiquitous satellite lenses. In March 2016, micro-expedition out of two adventurous risk takers climbers headed to one of these places.

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Valtournanche-Breuil-Cervinia & Surroundings Visiting Valtournanche-Breuil-Cervinia & Surroundings  by OsvaldoCardellina

For every trip in each of them presents this trio almost unbreakable, because it represents the history, culture and traditions in the Centuries and Millennia to the firsts, and Eternity for the latest. When we think of a valley, immediately it comes to mind its highest mountain, or more beautiful that inevitably stands as a symbol of that. So for the Mont Blanc or the Grandes Jorasses in the renowned Cormayeur-Resort, Mont Velan and Grand Combins into Great St. Bernard, Cervino or Matterhorn in Valtournanche, Lyskamm Ayas, Monte Rosa in Lys Valley, Grand Paradis in Cogne and Valsavarenche, Grande Rousse to Val de Rhêmes, Sassière to Valgrisa and Rutor in La Thuile. But even those "minor" flaunt their favorite mountain as the Grand Golliaz, Mont-de Berrio, Punte Fiorio Gorret, Arolletta, Becca de Luseney, Viou, Faroma, Aver, Zerbion, Torché, Glacier, Rosa dei Banchi, Tersiva and Monte Emilius. A combination that becomes even more distinctive if we add a Church, a Tower or a Castle that represent in terms Religious or what heraldic, chanting the History and the Life of the Population. One aspect that the Mountaineers, "hasty" to reach the goal and yet ignore the Hikers preferring to leave out the majesty of the views or the exclusive admiration for Nature. Fall in this way into oblivion if not in total anything despite the remaining observations that these may be the key to understand the uses and customs of a place, always a bit different from each other. A total disregard for all that has kept alive a mountain, a valley or just a country. An oversight almost incomprehensible as unforgivable that we think to regain at least part of reviving the life of the mountains, always inscrutably still in place, with that of the

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