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Ice Mountain via the
Refrigerator Couloir Ice Mountain via the Refrigerator Couloir  by jmartersteck

Despite the prevailing warm temps and a "mostly cloudy" overnight forecast, we decided to give the Refrigerator Couloir a shot over a weekend in mid-June. My wife, Debbie, and I drove to the TH on Saturday afternoon (my Subaru Forester was able to navigate the 4WD road without much trouble). We backpacked in a couple of miles on easy trail; a couple of hundred yards before the signed junction of the Apostle Basin / Lake Anne trails, there are a couple of very nice campsites with great views of the Three Apostles (don't ask me why Ice Mtn, one of the Three Apostles, is not named "Middle Apostle").

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Fancy Pemi loop in 2 days Fancy Pemi loop in 2 days  by Gratton89

For the past 2 years, Grant and I planned to do the Pemigewasset (pemi) loop. The loop is achieved by combining the Lincoln woods, Osseo, Franconia ridge, Garfield ridge, twin way and Boncliff trails to make a massive 31.6 mile loop back to your car. This loop was named the second hardest day hike in North America by backpackers magazine. Most Normal people attempt the loop in 3 days, spending the nights at either the Garfield ridge and Guyot campsites or the Greenleaf (a bit out of the way) and Galehead huts. The loop includes 8 4000 footers (Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South twin, Bond and Bondcliff) with an optional 4 side trips to other 4000 footers (Galehead, North twin, Zealand and West bond) ranging in an distance between a mile to 2.8 miles each round trip. Being the smart lads that we are, Grant and I opted the join all 4 side trips to our hike, adding an extra 7.4 miles for a foot aching, knee busting, back breaking total of 39 miles.

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The Two Zions The Two Zions  by Scott

This is the story of two Zions. The first is the very crowded Zion, with many tourists, lone lines at the visitor center and shuttle buses, and on the trails. For the first day of the trip, we experienced all of these. We did however, get to do the technical Echo Canyon, which was away from the crowds.

The second Zion is the backcountry wilderness of Zion. For the next three days and on the holiday weekend proper, we saw no other people until a few feet from the trailhead. We were told that we were the first people this year to complete the technical Right Fork of North Creek, also known as the Great West Canyon (though we found some footprints that appeared to be more recent than that.

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Guadalupe
Peak, El Capitan, Shumard, Bartlett, Bush Mountain, Blue Ridge, Mount Pratt and
Hunter Peak Guadalupe Peak, El Capitan, Shumard, Bartlett, Bush Mountain, Blue Ridge, Mount Pratt and Hunter Peak  by dmckinnerney

I will not even try and explain the route we took to El Capitan other than this. We stayed as far left as possible following a distinct hogback for .8 miles. There are several hogbacks on the left side of the bowl and each will take you to the bottom of the bowl. We utilized two of them. After descending .8 miles, the hogback we were on began to take a less palatable path. We scrambled to our right on yet another hogback, and it took us to the bottom of the bowl with ease. Note: **When you are at the top of Guadalupe Peak getting ready to descend to El Capitan, all points will try and lead you to the right, or to the west rim of the bowl. Don't fall for this trap. That trek is loose and will cause you to lose precious time, energy and ultimately you will end up back at the center of the bowl. I know this because we took that trek last year. Once you descend past the large notch on the right hand side of the west rim you can then work to the rim** The hogbacks we took provided good footing, a great line and served as a point of reference when we started back up to Guadalupe Peak.

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Visiting
Valgrisenche Visiting Valgrisenche  by OsvaldoCardellina

Among these are those who cite the Refuge Epée and the overlying Ravelli Bivouac at the edge of the Glacier of Mount Forciaz Fortchat or, at the foot of the Northern and Western slopes of the Great Rousse, North Point, the most right round up the two Glaciers of th'Invergnaou and Giasson, below the long ridge that reaches from the summit of the same name Becca. Important crossings, such as the Col du Mont, mark the passage over the centuries to France, and to Valley Thuile Pass Planaval at the foot of the Mount Paramont Group, shows a way as high as long that leads to the Refuge Albert Deffeyes, before the Glaciers Rutor. Opposite crossings lead to internal Rhêmes, including the Fenetre de Torrent which bypasses the divider between Grande Rousse and Point of Rab(o)uigne which passes on the Alta Via n° 2 of the Aosta Valley joining Rhêmes Valgrisenche. Other passes combine these two parallel valleys, such as those of Bassac Déré and Bassac easy enough crossing, in the South, while those in the North of Cussuna, Feleumaz and Tzaboc are certainly roughest; then it's all the territory of the hunters more and more "marginalized", fortunately, to the borders of the West P.N.G.P. that arriving until the Dora Rhêmes. To find another way of connecting, you must use the long road leads diagonally from fractions of Rhêmes towards the watershed catching Maison Cou (2219m)​​, under the Mont de l'Ane, before falling to the top of Valgrisa above the Villages of the Pileo, Grand'Haury, with its horrific tower, and Les Combes (1323m), of which we will say just ahead. At the bottom of the head and those of Sassière and of Fond lead in Valdisère, but does require the crossing of glaciers not simple and fairly dangerous. Home to the ancient settlements with magnesite mine, showing his long climb medieval bridges, a chapel in 1400 in the locality of Verconey and many waterfalls including one worth noting is the Miollet, above Céré Village. In recent decades it has been chosen by two Popes John Paul II° or Wojtyla and Benedict XVI° or Ratzinger, who have chosen as the location for their summer vacation home of which made it famous Village of Les Combes, at the foot of North Slopes Becca del Merlo or Chamin (2961m).

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No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top
to Bottom No Thoroughfare Canyon, Top to Bottom  by nader

No Thoroughfare is the largest canyon in Colorado National Monument. Like all other canyons in the park, it starts in Glades Park, a plateau that sits at an elevation of 6800-7000 ft. At the edge of Glades Park, walls drop 300 vertical feet into the bottom of No Thoroughfare Canyon. For the next 8.5 hiking miles, the canyon heads northeast and its bottom slowly loses elevation until it reaches Devils Kitchen Trailhead near the park’s eastern entrance. The mid sections of the canyon are the remotest parts of the park where you are unlikely to see other hikers.

Park map shows two waterfalls in No Thoroughfare Canyon. Bottom to top these are named The First and The Second Waterfall. I actually counted six waterfalls, four of which were smaller than the official 2 waterfalls.

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Oklahoma &
Arkansas Highpointing on Easter Weekend Oklahoma & Arkansas Highpointing on Easter Weekend  by Redwic

Since Paul M. started living in the middle of Oklahoma several months back, he has found it to not be a mecca of peakbagging. I was hoping to change that. I put together a plan to get easy peaks and county highpoints in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas over Easter weekend. We not only reached the goals for what could be considered an aggressive itinerary, we even were able to visit some other sites along the way.

We left OKC early on Saturday morning, heading east. Our first stop was Buffalo Mountain, which is a CoHP, P1K, and existing fire lookout site. We passed several hang-glider camps along the way, and Paul made sure to take care of his geocache fix while on the peak. We then continued east, visiting other former fire lookout sites along the way. We also visited multiple contenders for the LeFlore CoHP, during which our readings showing a rocky spine above a thorny briar patch being the highest point in the county. We continued east into Arkansas, where we stopped at the highest point of Polk County, Rich Mountain. It is a CoHP, P1K, and existing fire lookout site.

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Basic-ly
Northwest: PNW Coda Basic-ly Northwest: PNW Coda  by Castlereagh

One of the more memorable books I read from my childhood The Talisman by Stephen King which, stripped of its fantastic and supernatural quantities, amounts to basically your classic young male adolescent coming of age tale. It follows the protagonist from the then rustic seacoast of New Hampshire across the country and ending in a dystopian mansion overlooking California’s Redwood Coast. Despite the fantastic brushes King painted his landscapes with, his descriptions of this lost coast, a place out west similar to, perhaps in some ways acting as a bizarro New England, left an indelible impression on me. That and the Oregon Coast became somewhat of a holy grail for me, and throughout my three years out west I yearned to explore this land whose mysticism grew by the day as it festered in my imagination.

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Sleeping Giant Dream Sleeping Giant Dream  by Stu Brandel

A mountain I never heard of. That no one I knew had heard of. In a remote region I had never even thought of, on a peninsula on the north side of Lake Superior. It was for discovering places like these that made Summitpost (what my daughter calls 'MountainBook') so addictive. This mountain was cool.

But this wasn't just cool and remote, it was paradoxically somewhat accessible - less than 12 hours drive away from my Chicagoland home. Hovering just out of reach for a desk-bound family man with 3 kids. I could bring my tolerant families to National Park destinations that had more family options, but this was not something you could center a family a vacation on, I thought. I bided my time...

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Agrihan -
2015 summit attempt Agrihan - 2015 summit attempt  by clintkaul

The US Highpointers Club works to help its members climb the 50 US state summits. Several members have completed this goal and are looking to climb the US territories and US commonwealths. Starting in early 2015 a few members started organizing a trip to climb Agrihan - at 3166 feet / 965 meters it is the highest point of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This trip report details their efforts to climb the peak during May 28 - June 4, 2015.

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