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| Orizaba for Rich People by Burchey |
Casey had his one good eyeball on
Pico De Orizaba for a long time. We both had designs on more technical peaks in
the 6000 meter range in the future, but I had never been above 14,500 - thought
it might be wise to do a walk-up or two way above that, and see how my head was.
The Mexican volcanoes turned out to be a perfect way to get a little higher and
see some beautiful scenery. This is the tale of our final peak.
Island Mountain, UT by ZeeJay |
I used to be an elevation snob and
typically only hiked to peaks that were greater than 10,000 feet. Then
listsofjohn came along and I discovered that lower elevation peaks could be more
fun and more challenging because I had to figure out how to get to them. Most
local peaks of significant height have been climbed by thousands of people,
routes are well established, and there are guide books to help you find your
way. This is not the case for the smaller, more obscure peaks on which there is
no information at all.
Consolation Prize by jamesmc2 |
Trips to theWind Rivers have become
an annual tradition for me, my family and friends. Despite growing up in Wyoming
and having an avid interest in rock climbing I was lateto summit my first route
in the Wind River Range. The ascent came in 2011 with a climb of the South
Buttress on Pingora. My partner and I intended to climb the East Ridge of Wolf's
Head the same day but it was not to be. CJ and Jed Wittacker and I returned in
July of 2012 to reclaim our prize, the stunning East Ridge of Wolf's Head.
| Winter Presi Traverse by fitnessrocks |
A winter Presidential Traverse from, South to North. My friend Jeramy and I have done the Presidential traverse several times now, in both the summer and the winter. The last time we tried it, things got hectic with weather and logistics. We decided for another go at it, mainly to try out the new four-season tent we had just thrown down on. What better way than some new england winter mountaineering! We always end up doing the trip south to north to cut down on the drive home at the end. So without futher adu.More
| Spring Break in Mexico...but not on
the beach! by Matt
So if you remember my last trip report about Mount Whitney I said that trip was inspired by a friend of mine. This trip was also inspired by the same person. She posted on Facebook way back in December asking if anyone wanted to do Pico de Orizaba in March. I told her the days I'd be able to go (which is my spring break) and she was all for it. Unfortunately like my last trip, she was unable to come but my roommate joined in and we bought our plane tickets bound for Mexico City. It cost me round trip $600 for the tickets. This was my very first international trip and at first I was a little bit worried about traveling in Mexico but after all was said and done, I felt very safe, and had the time of my life there and met many very nice people along the way.More
| Snowmass Mountain- End of the Road
by Kiefer Thomas |
journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
| Pyramid Peak South Face and
Bushwhack 2013 February 18 by MudRat |
The direction of my interests this winter have taken me on a series of open faces for the most part. Each outing has filled my memory with indelible impressions to draw upon during the week; a respite when I need a mental break from the daily routine. Memories of frigid blasts of the air rushing up a mountainside, views down iced faces--the sound of crampons biting into ice. Thus far, the climbs have been in less than stellar conditions. This climb, however, found me under a deep blue sky and a bright sun that took the edge off the cold temperatures and gusty winds. Our quarry was another expansive face: Pyramid Peak’s South Face (really southeastern). NP had been contemplating this for quite some time, gathering beta last summer.More
| Huascarán: One for two, struggling
with clouds and a learning experience - Four months in Peru, Part
VIII by rgg |
A few hours
after returning to Huaraz, there was a knock on my door. It was Lyngve. I hadn't
met him in person yet, but a while back he had sent me a message after reading
that I was looking for mountaineering partners. He collected country high points
and, right after Chimborazo, he wanted to climb Huascarán Sur.
| Wetterhorn: The Long Way by dandrew |
In August 2011, I had the opportunity
to make the drive from the Wasatch Front to our home in Albuquerque solo,
without kids and without time restraints--so I opted to take the longer, more
scenic route through Grand Junction and on south by way of the Million Dollar
Highway. This longer route gave me a taste of the San Juans and convinced me
that more time was needed to explore them. Flash forward to August 2012, I made
plans to meet up with my buddy, Will, from Utah with whom I had hiked Kings Peak
(UT) and Mt. Elbert (CO) over the past few years. We decided to hike Wetterhorn,
but because we also wanted to climb Mt. Sneffels, we decided to backpack in from
the northwest. This would give us an opportunity to see a side of Wetterhorn not
seen from the standard route to the south. What I didn't realize ahead of time
was just how amazing the surrounding terrain was and how much solitute you can
find even near a popular 14er.
| Life in My Tent - Journal Excerpts
by mountainhare |
In late July 2012, I decided to resign my job and move out of my residence. I did so to fulfill a dream of mine by traveling the United States and living out of my tent. I was not driven to summit as many peaks as I could, or visit as many individual states as I could. It was all to be a spontaneous, wandering journey taken day by day without rigid plans or agendas. Simply stated, when there was a mountain, canyon, desert, forest, beach, or other wilderness area nearby that beckoned to me, I would go there.
My wilderness travels lasted for the better part of three months, until cold winter days and nights eventually chased me indoors. Of the countless wonders I saw along the way, I tried to capture some of the better ones on camera. Of the many thoughts and activities I embraced, I tried to record most of them in my daily journal.More
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