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Mount Alice: Eleanor No
More Mount Alice: Eleanor No More  by MarkDidier

We do have a bit of a history, and since I’ve written all of it before in other Trip Reports, I’ll keep this rehash of it brief! 2006 stumbled onto the slopes of Alice on my first ever off trail hike. Wasn’t even considering summiting, and the weather ensured we wouldn’t. 2007 wussed out at the base of Hourglass Ridge. 2014 turned around just before reaching the Alice/Chiefs Head saddle due to my nephew’s altitude sickness. Maybe I’m just not supposed to summit Alice!

I had no plans for trying for Alice again in 2015 but when my son’s travel plans were taking him to Denver the last weekend in August he suggested RMNP for our annual hiking trip, and since I was coming back I figured I’d give Alice another whack.

2009 -
Liathach and An Teallach 2009 - Liathach and An Teallach  by DrJonnie

As we parked up at the pub, Colin had to make a 'phone call home so we left him in the car. We got our beers and were enjoying a first sip when a total stranger tapped me on the shoulder and suggested that I should go out to my car. Apparently he had spotted a strange person jumping up and down in the car, gibbering at passers by, trying to attract attention.

Obviously many people ignored him as he probably appeared deranged but this kind soul took pity on him and listened to his mimed tale of how he got locked inside a car with all its indicators flashing.

As it turned out, by instinct I had locked the car with the remote key, trapping him inside.

Adventure in Fiji Adventure in Fiji  by BLong

First off, let me say that I did not go to Fiji in order to climb or hike. In fact, I literally arrived in Fiji with no plans. That's right, I showed up in Fiji by myself, at night, with no idea where I was going or what I would be doing for the next seven days. I hadn't even made a reservation for the first night's hostel. Some people call the reasoning behind this peculiar lack-of-planning "stupidity"; I call it adventure.

Dome Peak from Downy Creek Dome Peak from Downy Creek  by Mike Lewis

Fletcher Jordan and his friend Rob invited me to join them on the Bachelor Creek/Ilswoot ridge route. We decided to forgo a tent to save weight given the mild temperatures, a theme I had practiced many times already this year. The Downey Creek trail was in good shape with only a few small sections of brush. The day was pleasant until we reached Bachelor Creek. Bachelor Creek trail started out decently as well up to 3500'. We encountered a couple women who were porting some gear left from the scene of an accident on Dome a week earlier. They gave a nearly perfect description of how the rest of the trail would go: Heavy brush, cross creek at 4100 (bad advice BTW), more heavy brush, swamp, down trees, burn area, meadows, steep drop to Cub Lake and then up. Not long after our chat we bumped into to older gents who had just done Sinister which completed their 99th and 98th Bulgers. The glacier was apparently all beat up with an open bergshrund that they had to climb through. They made it sound reasonable but my guess is once you've done that many it's difficult to be phased by anything. We were thinking of possibly adding Sinister but after their account we dropped that idea. Within minutes the trail got super brushy. We filled up on water at our creek crossing. An F-18 buzzed us after crossing it. Heat of the day made the climb into alpine territory very difficult for me until around 5500'. The 700' drop to Cub lake was also unpleasant. We took a break here and briefly considered camping lower but Fletcher had us charge on up the ridge. Once on Ilswoot Ridge, bugs were plentiful as was full moon light. We saw nobody else on the mountain.

There Were
Giants—A Mount Langley Trip Report There Were Giants—A Mount Langley Trip Report  by JM Jelak

Our band of hale and hearty fellows arrived at the Horseshoe Meadow trailhead when the morn was well past nigh on 27 August, 2015 AD for what we anticipated to be a leisurely trek to our intended encampment along the shores of tranquil Long Lake.

Unbeknownst to us at that time, trials and tribulations lurked ‘round every bend of the dusty trail; challenges that would test our very mettle and make us question our sanity.

Today we march—tomorrow we ascend to the Gods!

For tomorrow we attempt our summit of Mount Langley!

Morning on Alta Mountain Early Morning on Alta Mountain  by awilsondc

I had been up the Rocky Run backdoor trail up past Laura and Lillian Lakes towards Rampart Lakes last year with my 1 year old and it was pretty spectacular with fall colors. Since the Rocky Run approach takes about 1.5 miles off the trip each way compared to the Rachel Lake trailhead I decided to head back and take the back door approach to Alta Mountain. I arrived at the trailhead about 6:20 Sunday morning with a half dozen vehicles there, likely backpackers. I hit the trail and made my way up the fairly steep trail. About a half mile in I came across a couple deer prancing through the foliage. Rather than walking through the terrain they were basically jumping over one bush, then another, then another. They heard me and turned to look. I took some video and we stared at each other for a minute or two before I left them in peace. The trail up to Lake Lillian is pretty steep and gets straight to the point. Eventually I reached the lake where there were a couple groups of campers waking up for the morning. A layer of fog was swirling and lifting from the lake. It was a great morning to be in the mountains!

Misadventure on Mallory Misadventure on Mallory  by Ambret

After nine days hiking and summiting mountains in the Bishop Pass and Little Lakes Valley areas, Ruvicha, Jim*, Steve2 and I headed for Lone Pine for our final objective of the August 2015 eastern Sierra trip. We planned to hike to the Meysan Lake area, camp overnight, and summit Mt Mallory. After Mallory, which at 13,850 feet would be our highest peak of the year, we would return to camp, spend a relaxed evening, and hike out the next morning. A nice plan but, as they say in the military, few plans survive contact with the enemy – the enemy in this case being the combination of a strenuous hike, a lapse in good sense, and several small missteps that added up to a big one.

I’ve been to Meysan Lake twice before, and Ruvicha once. It’s a gem, with gorgeous lakes and tarns surrounded on three sides by the likes of Mallory, Irvine and Lone Pine Peak. It’s also relatively empty. We saw fewer than ten other people in the three days we were in the area.

Kang Yatze 2 Kang Yatze 2  by opensea64

Ladakh. What a place. I have wanted to go there for a long time, and it did not disappoint. Some of the worlds most spectacular mountain scenery and matched by a very Tibetan flavoured culture, makes it a place that is unique. Not only is the whole area a high altitude desert, but it has a good share of Himalayan "big peaks" to play with. And so, with a planned trek through the amazing Markha Valley, it was inevitable that I was going to look for another 6000m peak to climb. I do have aspirations for mountains higher than that, but after the success of Island Peak in 2010, I really wanted to see if it was just a lucky break, or did I have the ability to do it all again?

Mountain of
the Gods indeed Mountain of the Gods indeed  by taniagrotter

On the night of July 13-14, my brother and I headed our from Athens on an epic Balkans road trip with the goal of attending a music festival in Montenegro and climbing some mountains on the way. First stop was Mt Olympus. We left the city around 1am, hoping to get to the trailhead by 6am. Little did we know that Google Maps doesn’t really know about regional constructions in Greece, so we ended up at the trailhead in Prionia at 7am. Getting to Prionia was more straightforward than what I expected it to be. We took the Litochoro exit from the E1 highway (at the 422nd km), then drove for 5km into the village, from which we followed green signs pointing towards “Olympus/Όλυμπος” and Prionia. Another 11km of twisted (yet empty at this time of day) roads later, we were at the trailhead.

My First Technical Climbing
My First Technical Climbing  by Wiktoria Plawska

I have been hiking mountains and backpacking for as long as I can remember. My first exposure to “climbing” was in the Tatra Mountains. However this was still pretty much Via Ferrata just without clipping into the metal supports. I have also scrambled class 3 and short class 4 terrain like Old rag Mountain, Longs Peak, and Sunlight Peak. However, I have never truly been technical climbing on a real rock until this past weekend.

I don’t know if the thick plastic rock walls in Outdoor World; or climbing up a rock wall at the YMC at 3 a.m. count as actually climbing. I guess so, but what I mean is I have never been climbing out on an actual mountain. I was ecstatic to be finally doing it, and the week beforehand in which I played Wii Fit for hours at a time could not end any sooner!

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