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Hidden Lake Lookout by keeganray |
Two of my friends and I headed
out of Seattle at 5am and reached Cascade River Rd. around 8am. The snow plow
had stopped plowing about 2 miles before the Sibley Creek trail at 1200 ft. We
attempted to drive through the snow, but we got stuck and decided to turn back
and park. A half a mile down the road, two cars had gotten stuck. Glad we didn't
| Siyeh Glacier-- Alive and Cracking
by Bob Sihler |
glaciers of Glacier National Park are melting. This is no secret. In fact, the
glaciers have been melting for about 150 years. In the past few decades, though,
the melting rate has increased remarkably.
| A Return to the Himalaya by Scott |
This is the story of a return to my favorite place in the world; the Himalaya. It was good to be back, even if it wasn’t my first choice for the year end trip.
I always dream of climbing the big peaks in the Himalaya, but as for now I have to be contented with just looking at them.
My first trip to the Himalaya was from late November 2001 to early January 2002. On that trip my beautiful wife and I were planning on climbing Naya Kanga in the Langtang. Just after we got our (non-refundable) plane tickets, it was found out that she was pregnant. In the end we decided to go anyway, but stuck to strictly trekking. We did a modified version of the Annapurna Circuit, taking in the Annapurna Basecamp south as well. We completed 216 miles/348 kilometers over a 22 day trek, but we never could go that high. The journey was great though and the mountains absolutely spectacular.
I had been saving for another trip to the Himalaya to do one of my dream climbs; Ama Dablam, which I hoped to climb in the next year or two. When my son (10 year old Kessler) heard that I wanted to go back to the Himalaya, he begged and begged for me to take him with me to the Himalaya. I actually wanted to do Ama Dablam and alas, he was too young, but I told him that if he did really well in school, I would allow him to pick one of our trips.More
Contrasts in Ozarks & Wichitas by mountainhare |
The following is two summaries of two different trips I made inside Arkansas & Oklahoma. The most significant contrast between these vacations lies with me. In the first, centered in Arkansas, I was a novice who was more comfortable in a hotel than a tent. I entered the trip habitually confined to the indoors and left it wanting even more of the wilderness. Three years later, on travels centered in Oklahoma, the outdoors were much more within my element. I was comfortable doing anything and I was not intimidated even by a brutal summer heat wave. However, I left this wilderness in bad shape. In the following weeks, my only desire was the indoors and a cool place to rest.More
| Winter on Gothics West Face and
Saddleback's Catastrophic Chaos Slide by MudRat |
It’s hard to know where to begin when
an outing is as exciting as this was. Big plans sometimes change--the best laid
routes thwarted by things one can’t consider ahead of time. Occasionally, this
leads to an even better outcome. This was one of those times. Our itinerary was
ambitious, but subjectively realistic: a bushwhack of Saddleback and Basin
Mountains via the NE Catastrophic Chaos tributary of the old Back in the Saddle
Slide and Basin's East Face. Gothics West Face would eventually replace Basin as
the second climb, but this was for the best. It was also something that NP had
been discussing for months. Gothics West Face is the series of open faces to the
right of the cable route on Gothics western shoulder. Its true exposure is
actually southwest rather than due west. The combination of both slides and good
company led to a spectacular day.
West Pawnee Butte (#3) by Brian C |
Third anniversary climb of the West
Pawnee Butte?? Noah and Stewart and I had been plotting another ascent by
putting up a new route, but unfortunately had not yet been able to arrange a
time to head out east. I had posted on CC.org to see if anybody else was
interested and came up with a smattering of interest. With Noah still in
Patagonia and facing a beautiful forecast, I thought it would be an excellent
idea to head out to the Buttes to scope out possible lines and potentially
climb. Mike was easily convinced and Jen, Teresa and Sue wanted to come along
for the show and climb the East Butte. Not wanting to deal with ladder
shenanigans again, I chose to go for the old pin route that Noah and I had
climbed two years prior. The route had been a frightening ordeal, but I figured
I had gained lots of aid experience and thought that if armed with a few nails,
the route would go easier than last time.
| From A Prologue To An Index by Redwic |
On June 19, 2011, my friend Gimpilator
and I attempted to summit Mount Index (5991') as a single-day trip. We had hoped
to take advantage of snow consolidation known locally as "Cascade Concrete" but
we had not anticipated several other factors which would ultimately delay our
| From a vanished trail on
Chopicalqui to a freeway on Pisco - Four months in Peru, Part VII
by rgg |
From a vanished trail on Chopiqualqui to a freeway on Pisco - Four months in Peru, Part VII.
In a few days, Lyngve would join me in Huaraz. He was on a long trip around the world, and on his South American leg he wanted to bag the high points of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. He had sent me a message in response to my post in SP's Plan & Partners section and we agreed to try Huascarán together. But before he would arrive, I had a few days to kill. Thinking I would go hiking or go on a solo climb, but without knowing where just yet, I went shopping. I had already bought all the supplies I needed when I started talking about my options with Edward.
I mentioned Copa, but he said the glacier was very crevasses, so that ruled it out for a solo attempt. Somehow we started discussing Chopicalqui. It had been on my mind earlier, and I would like to climb it, but from what I heard and read earlier, it wasn't suitable for soloing either. I was hoping to find someone later to climb it with, but now I started thinking...More
| Heights & Borders of Texas by mountainhare |
Months away from the summer desert heat, I pictured myself thoroughly enjoying a pleasant week of hiking and climbing the cool and arid mountains of West Texas, on a drifting course across the state to the ocean shores. I nearly departed over winter break, and then I postponed, and then I hastily embarked over the last week of January. My expectations were optimistic for this border-to-border crossing of Texas, but the lofty conditions in my imagination would differ mightily from those on the actual ground.
First, I was going to spend a day in New Mexico en route to the western tip of Texas. My tendency of getting a head start on the eve was in play again here, although on this trip, I took it to another level. I was slowed by a Missouri weather front of freezing rain and ice, and I compensated by powering through an Oklahoma highway system devoid of open rest areas. In the Texas panhandle, I finally relented for a short break, but the frozen plains were not accommodating. When the skies were glowing an hour after I parked, I was ready to warm up with the heater. So after just that hour, I carried on into New Mexico. The drive through these high plains was relatively featureless until I reached the Lincoln National Forest. Within the Smokey Bear Ranger District, the spruce forests of the Sacramento Mountains stretched high above the surrounding scrubland. I did have some interest in spontaneous activity here, but without a relevant map, I carried on to my destination within White Sands National Monument.More
| Ilha de Madeira, December 2012 by Gangolf Haub |
It is October and I am just
about to book a rental car for our Christmas vacation to Madeira. Before I do so
I browse my Pad and happen to come across a brand new news message: “Dengue
Fever Outbreak on Madeira – more than 1300 cases”. It looks like the
Dengue Mosquito has been introduced to the island and now ravages the
inhabitants. All cases so far have been mild ones and almost all affected
locals. But about 40 cases have been reported in different countries, tourists
who returned with the disease in their bodies.
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