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4 full days in Mexico 4 full days in Mexico  by xDoogiex

I was wanting to go down to Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccíhuatl for awhile. Especially after my failed attempt on Cayambe the year before. I didn't have much time or any time to acclimatize on that trip and just wanted the experience. I wasn't even sure if I would make this trip till 2 days before. I went through All Climbing Colorado up here and they went through Cumbre 7 expeditions. Since I fly standby the first issue was making it on a Sunday. One of the worst days to fly. Houston was all booked so I flew to San Francisco at sea level. I hungout with two co workers as they traveled to Japan for a bit. Due to flow control into SFO my 4hr layover ended up turning into 7hrs. After a huge delay I was on my way and I texted Alex to know I was going to make it. I arrived to Mexico City about 10:30pm. That was my first time flying international with my own equipment. I met my guide Luis for the week and we drove down to Amecameca. There I met Ruben and we talked for a bit and I slept in a hotel.

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Death Looms A Foot Away Death Looms A Foot Away  by EastKing

This trip was a mere foot or less from ending so differently from the terrific success that it did. It often is a reminder of how much one should cherish all of ther experiences and not take thing for granted. It is also a reminder that hiking and climbing has its inherit dangers even on the easiest of trails. Thankfully though, this was a great success and the near tragedy did not happen.

This trip formed largely because I was getting very depressed over having a very poor summer. As some of you may know, my health is really beginning to fail me in many ways. I have been dramatically slowed from having constantly swollen feet to sleeping issues and serious weight gain linked to a serious case of hypothyroidism. On top of this, this was another very stressful summer working and the result was yet another summer let down. I look to be going into the winter having to accomplish the least amount of hikes and climbs since 2007, the year I moved to Washington State. Also, we had a very rainy October when I was finally going to get out and enjoy danger and you can see how frustrated I became. Add on that I took off three in November only to find out that they were going to be rainy as well, and I flew out to California.

So, on the last minute I decided to book myself a flight to Los Angeles with the goal of doing Mount San Antonio and whatever other peak I could find in the region. My friend, Josh Lewis, was having a number of issues going on so I decided to bring him along as well. I figured I needed him due to the fact my health is not what it once was and I may need some help and encouragement along the way.

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A Short Walk in the Grand
Canyon-Rim to Rim A Short Walk in the Grand Canyon-Rim to Rim  by Bill Reed

Rim to Rim has a cool sound to it, no doubt. Though it’s somewhat commonplace today, not all that long ago the idea of hiking across the Grand Canyon was anything but and it’s not something I even considered until an opportunity to go back to the Canyon came up recently. My brother-in-law from England was retiring in May of 2014 and he fancied a trip into the Canyon to knock off one of the first things on his “Bucket List”. After some initial discussions on the idea in September of 2013, we decided to apply for a permit for September of 2014. As we hammered out our plans via e-mail over the next couple months, the trip morphed from a simple down and back from the South Rim to a north to south Rim to Rim. Since I’d done the down and back thing a couple times and had never been to the North Rim, I suggested it and Steve, being Steve readily agreed to it. When I spoke of the trip to my buddy, Nelson, he expressed an interest in accompanying us. The more the merrier Steve said, “He can help you carry me out of the Canyon if I can’t make it!”. So be it. All that was left was to get our permit, make the necessary reservations, and to get in shape! As it turned out, getting in shape would arguably be the easiest part.

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McClellan
Peak Larches McClellan Peak Larches  by Mike Lewis

So my friend Marty and his friend Ben invited me to join them for an overnight photo feast at Perfection lake. The offer would receive a resounding Hell Yeah!! from most hikers. Alas, the peakbagger inside me hasn't quite died yet. I told them it sounded nice but that I was really gunning for Three Fingers. They were very insistent and when my plan became unreasonable (no extra bike for my potential partner - and if you're reading this, sorry man I just didn't feel like going all that ways on foot) I decided that McClellan would make a fine consolation prize and given the beta on larches around lake Vivian, we were in for a show.

Marty came by to pick me up at 6am and leaving Ben's house in Mukilteo at 6:30 am, we drove along US 2 in the fog and through the always majestic Tumwater canyon and hit the Snow Lakes trail at around 9:30am. It was surprisingly cool which was great for sweating up-hill. We passed a few parties and really just took our time. For my friends it would be one of the more difficult things they've done so we monitored our pace. Lake Nada was a great first sight and although we agreed not to stop any place too long, I had to have a prolonged lunch there.

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Mount
McAdie and Mount Irvine 2016 Mount McAdie and Mount Irvine 2016  by Diesel

I have no idea what made me add Mount McAdie to my list of summits for 2016. Probably it was a suggestion from Summit Post. I am glad I took that suggestion and looked into it. My research revealed that most of the hikers that go up to McAdie also bag Mt. Irvine in the same trip. I actually planed to be even more achieving and also bag Mt. Mallory in the same trip. But that did not materialize. Maybe next year.

A few things I had to consider before the hike. One was the hiking permit. Since the trail to Mt. McAdie goes through the blessed Whitney Zone, I needed a permit to hike that portion of the trail (6 miles from Whitney Portal to Consultation Lake.) (I could go on and on about the Whitney Zone permit hassle, but it would be too much drama and take away from describing the hike.) I was thinking I could just go without a permit since, at that very early starting time, nobody is there to check permits. I could just go up to Consultation Lake, veer left (South) to Arc Pass, go up to McAdie, than come down to Arc Pass, go up to Mt Irvine and from there hike over to Mallory and than straight down to Meysan Lake, on the other side of the mountain (area which is not in the Whitney Zone) and continue down the Meysan Trail to Whitney Portal. I have to apologize here to everyone that doesn't understand what the hell I'm saying here. For the folks that know that area, this loop I just described is easy to understand. Anyway, I ended up getting a permit and avoid any future possible interaction with the law.

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An Autumn
Trip Through Hell Canyon An Autumn Trip Through Hell Canyon  by panhandletrails

For a long time, I have been intrigued by Hell Canyon, one of the largest and most rugged canyons in the Black Hills. The last time I did any hiking and exploring there was in October of 2013. However, a large and swift-moving thunderstorm forced me to cut short my hike and hurry out of the canyon ahead of a small flash flood that developed shortly after I left. Though I wanted to go back, circumstances have kept me from making that trip until this year (2016).

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Fear and
Loathing Back West: Hazy Descent to a Dark Place Fear and Loathing Back West: Hazy Descent to a Dark Place  by Castlereagh

Climbing Holland and Snowshoe Peaks after hibernating for a year is no joke. I was hurt and hurter after getting those two peaks back to back with Greg and Sam, and took a rest day Tuesday on McGuire Peak north of Libby while Greg got South Selkirk Crest in Idaho. Wednesday I planned another rest day, this one rejoining Greg on Northwest Peak in the far, well, northwest of Montana. Greg wanted an early start around 7, but I ended up being late by attrition, having taken a bit longer to pack up from the motel, then taking the wrong highway for several miles before noticing on my way from Bonners Ferry back to Montana, then having underestimated the long paved but windy drive towards Yaak, then the equally windy but passenger car friendly gravel road into the Northwest Peak Scenic Area.

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Hiking in
the Hochschwab Hiking in the Hochschwab  by Pajahoral

The weather forecast had promised a quite nice weather for the next three days and so we decided for a small round hiking in the eastern part of Hochschwab Mountains. Our main aims were: the highest point with the same name as the whole massif - Hochschwab and crossing of the far stretching flat ridge between the summit of Hochschwab and eastern part of the massif called Aflenzer Staritzen. The massif of Hochschwab belongs to eastern part of the North Limestone Alps. I was very captivated by the beauty of the picturesque alpine meadows which were suddenly broken by the jagged vertical limestone walls and karst holes. This part of Hochschwab Mountains is really worth seeing.

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Trap Dike with my Son (and
some other stuff) Trap Dike with my Son (and some other stuff)  by Autoxfil

This has been a very special summer for me. My oldest (Noah) is now 7, and he’s turning into quite the outdoors enthusiast. We’ve done a bunch of day trips, but this was the first summer that I took him up to our place in the Daks for a weekend without his mom coming along as well. When he was 5, our whole family went for the week, and Noah and I did the Kilburn/Monument slide. Then in 2015 I stuck with local day trips. But 2016 was our summer for the Daks.

Our first trip was Chapel Pond Slab. We took his uncle, to provide me with a belay, and I allotted all day. We got an early start to miss the chance of afternoon storms, but I didn’t need to worry – Noah literally ran up the slab and we were back at the car by 10am.

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Thunderbolt
to Sill Traverse 2016 Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse 2016  by Greenman

It has been suggested that this route can be done in a car-to-car day trip. Beware the sandbagger. In truth, a car-to-car attempt at T-bolt to Sill is only for extremely talented and über-fit athletes who have no problem soloing 5th-class. Even those climbers who attempt the traverse in a day from a base camp high up next to the Palisade Glacier often have to exit the ridge before completing the whole traverse. The trip reports tell the real story. I knew that the traverse-in-a-day style was out of reach for me, so I sought an alternative. I got some good beta by checking out what the guide services offer: a four-day trek with two nights at base camp and one night at 14,000 feet below the summit of North Pal. (Sierra Mountain Guides website: (http://www.sierramtnguides.com/program/palisades-traverse-thunderbolt-to-sill/). This is the slow-but-steady approach; one which requires a larger climbing pack but carries a greater chance of success.

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