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Sahale Mountain - July 25,
2016 Sahale Mountain - July 25, 2016  by Jake Robinson

I haven't done any trip reports here for far too long. In keeping with the tradition of doing TR's for climbs I've done with my family, I've decided to share an account of a climb of Sahale Mountain I did with my mom. Sahale was on my radar for a while but for whatever reason I hadn't gotten around to it yet. After climbing Black Peak two days ago (my first time in the North Cascades), I was bound and determined to return to the area as soon as possible. I had today off and the forecast looked good, so I decided it was a perfect day to go for Sahale. We started hiking the annoyingly long and buggy Cascade Pass trail at 9:30 and made it to the pass in just over an hour. The scenery really started getting good as we ascended Sahale Arm. Exceptional views of Eldorado and Forbidden distracted me from the consistent uphill.

Where Snowy
Bells ring... Wolverine Day above Singi. Where Snowy Bells ring... Wolverine Day above Singi.  by Tomek Lodowy

On the first day of August 2012 I found myself hiking barren, rocky "fjell" highlands, slippery ravines, passing around a dozen of lakes in constant drizzle, heading blindly east as the path line chosen was hardly noticeable for most of the distance. The aim of the day was to get back to Kungsleden trail area again that would let me continue my long march(started in Kvikkjokk over a week earlier) in a bit more civilized conditions further to the North, not being in the best shape then after the heavy fall on swamps over Sitasjaure the day before and suffering severe pain around ribs which was impeding breathing and resulted in definite loss of joy from hiking.

Mount Huber
via North Glacier Mount Huber via North Glacier  by connoryoung

Once again, Cam and I were prevented were climbing Skyladder due to weather. In fact, the weather forecast had deteriorated all week and it was starting to look like anything we tried would be a failed attempt. We settled on Mount Huber as our objective a few days prior over beers. We liked the idea of getting and 11,000er and it seemed straightforward. We knew we would have to walk up the O'Hara road, but we hoped to catch the bus on the way out. Without any real expectations of success, we rolled into the Lake O'Hara parking lot at 9pm on Saturday night, prepared our bags and then closed our eyes for 45 minutes.

Diamond Peak Northwest
Ridge Diamond Peak Northwest Ridge  by apfinley

We chose this route for adventure - trying to avoid standard routes on walk-ups. After studying a map, it was clear that a pretty clean NW ridge would lead to a false summit, and that the actual summit ridge could be accessed from there. There were no reliable trip reports or route descriptions, though a few Ski-Mountaineering sites made me feel like it was doable. People have certainly done this route, they just haven't written about it. We used only a map and compass for our trip - we knew that, once on the ridge, staying ESE would ensure access to a subpeak and a clear route to the top, and that the return would require us to stay WNW or find our path out. This all worked as planned, but we would have preferred the comfort of a few GPS waypoints on descent in order to avoid a circuitous route back.

Hône Pont-Bozet & Champorcher Visiting Hône Pont-Bozet & Champorcher  by OsvaldoCardellina

Other crossings "turn" back to the North back towards the High Comba Tersiva-Clavalité-Fénis, Champdepraz Lakes and high hill above Issogne Commune and then back down to the Dora; on the opposite side other hills leading to the Southeast to the Valley of the Orco and the Plain of Ivrea. Even this valley, as well as the adjacent Cogne, has the specific feature of being disposed not vertically but diagonally across the course of Dora Baltea. This for topographic precision, but we are interested in the path along the valley floor following the Torrent Ayasse that, being born at Lake Miserin nearby Rosa dei Banchi, passes Dondena old Village then gradually reach Ciardonney locality, Champorcher, Pontboset and finally Hône Commons in front of the Forteress of Bard. An ancient journey that in the past was done more in opposite and contrary route to counter armies and armed that, coming from the Valley of Cogne, trying to encircle behind the Aosta Valley coming over the impregnable fort which barred the path along the Dora Baltea. But also a "modern" path that can trace this valley by not only hikers and skiers but also from simple Tourists in search of discoveries and wonders it can offer. We will then have a number of well differentiated proposals ranging from the Artistic-Religious aspect with votive Chapels, Shrines and Churches in the Historic-Civil with remains of towers, castles and Royal Roads. All that remains, therefore, that stop at Hone, in Pontboset or Pontboset and Champorcher adjacent Municipalities, without forgetting the surroundings where you can meet new and beautiful surprises in the field of Nature. As the narrow bridge at the waterfall on wild Gorge of Ratus above Pontboset on the way towards the just above Crest Alp before the Torrent Brenve crosses the raging and impetuous Torrent Ayasse.

12er's, Glacier Peak and Mount Villard and Aero Lakes Beartooth 12er's, Glacier Peak and Mount Villard and Aero Lakes  by hyalite01

This trip report is more of a photo album record of my backpacking and climbing experience to Aero Lakes, Glacier Peak and Mount Villard. Glacier at 12,351 ft and Villard at 12,345 ft are Montana's 10th and 13th highest peaks, depending on which list you go by. Glacier is tied with two other peaks, Beartooth Mountain and Bowback Mountain for 10th highest. Granite Peak, Montana's highest at 12,799 ft is a little more than a mile to the Northeast of Villard.

The First Descent of Hog
Canyon The First Descent of Hog Canyon  by Scott

Hog Canyon is an impressively rugged gorge cutting through thick sandstone layers in Dinosaur National Monument. It also guards its secrets well and most of the canyon is seemingly inaccessible. The lower end of the canyon is a gentle and friendly place with a crystal clear stream gurgling through ambient grassy meadows. A century ago, Josie Morris homesteaded the area and kept the lower part of the canyon as a corral since animals couldn’t go very far up the canyon.

Although I had been hiking in Dinosaur National Monument since at least the early 1980’s, Hog Canyon was the earliest of the technical canyons that I attempted in the Monument. This was in April 2003. It took four tries over a 13 year period to finally descend the canyon. As mentioned, the very bottom of Hog Canyon is warm and inviting, but with big scenic walls, but the upper end of the canyon has a huge headwall. What lay between these two locations was a big question mark. I knew that it wasn't a tight and classic slot canyon, but I still wanted to descend the canyon and it is an impressively deep gorge.

2016 - The
English Lake District 2016 - The English Lake District  by DrJonnie

Our planned annual trip was originally to visit Scotland, camp in Glen Nevis and do Tower Ridge on the Ben. However, 2016 was proving to be a weird year weather wise with excessive snow and rainfall. Having been rained on heavily on our last Scottish trip we were not too keen on our camping plan and all the hut accommodation in the Fort William area appeared to be fully booked. Also, our plan to do Tower Ridge seemed to be a non-starter as with all the fresh snowfall, what would have been a mainly reasonably graded rock climb had become a much more serious winter route. After some deliberation, Ken and I agreed that an alternative venue would be more suitable so we decided that the Lake District would be our target. Having had a previous enjoyable stay in Great Langdale in May 1997 with Colin at the National Trust campsite we decide to head there.

Along various Dora & Baltea
(Southern Side) Along various Dora & Baltea (Southern Side)  by OsvaldoCardellina

Always taking into account, as in the seven previous analytical work, the course clockwise we have tried to summarize what are the characteristics and the particular features of the Valleys and the torrents, starting from the South, or from the little Town of Pont Saint Martin, at Eastern Valley of Aosta, coming from Piedmont, to the famous Tourist Resort of Courmayeur, at the foot of Mount Blanc. Hence our work is split, as at the end of the Vény Valley is the starting that area which is the orographic and hydrographic or right side of the Northern Valley of Aosta. This leaves the border with France at Mount Dolent (3819m) to begin the next with Switzerland starting from Ferret Hills at the end of the two, same name for both sides, long valleys. From this point on the border ridge walks in the opposite direction toward reaching the Eastern Group of the Grand Golliaz and the much larger and more important of the Mount Velan. Leaving to North the majestic Group of Combins, entirely in Swiss territory, even if considered a little "valdotain" so that there is a Community of Grand Combin, reaches the Col Fenêtre Durand and Mount Gelé. Then "down" with an endless series of summits to Dent de Bouquetins, Dent d' Hérens, the Matterhorn to the great Mountain Chain of Monte Rosa. From Signalkuppe of this last, leaving even here in the North Point Dufour higher (4633/4m), starts the watershed between the Regions of Aosta Valley and Piedmont, again to the small Mombarone above Pont Saint Martin. It closes in such a way the circle of mountains, valleys and torrents belonging to this region, but this second section, highlighting what has already been exposed, will be part of a subsequent job summarizing the most Northern part.

A Week of Idyllic Bliss in
the Dolomites A Week of Idyllic Bliss in the Dolomites  by hhsilleck

Looking back, it seems like quite a number of years since I’ve been actively participating here on SummitPost. Things have gotten quite busy, what with having two kiddos now, so I haven’t had many spare moments to dedicate to writing up ever so important trip reports for the internets. I figured I’d write up a quick account of the hiking/ferrata trip to the Dolomites that my wife and I took to celebrate our 10-year anniversary before I forget too many of the details.

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