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Mount Cleveland from Glenns
Lake Mount Cleveland from Glenns Lake  by cmajerus

I recently had an opportunity to attempt a summit of Mount Cleveland, and since it was a successful trip I thought I'd share what I learned. I found suprisingly little information about the route when preparing for this trip, so hopefully my report will help fill in some of the gaps. Instead of the typical backpacker-friendly Waterton Lake/Goat Haunt approach, we rode horses up the Belly River from the Chief Mountain trailhead. We also spent a few days fishing and riding near Elizabeth Lake before heading over to Glenns Lake, but I estimate a round trip summit of Mount Cleveland from the Chief Mountain trailhead to take three days, even with horses.

The Struggling Bear on
Blowout Mountain The Struggling Bear on Blowout Mountain  by BearQueen

It had been a long since I have been on a hike with my husband EastKing. This is largely due to the fact I have fibromyalgia and do not do well in the recent surge of extreme heat that has hit the Pacific Northwest this summer. I have deteriorated dramatically in terms of any progress with my weight with it now over a very negative milestone and that has been hard to swallow emotionally. I know I have to take more action to do something about it but I know it is going to be hard to find any hiking partners who are patient enough to go and who would be willing to endure my slowness and current physical limitations. I may struggle now I but I soon hope not to struggle as bad in the future.

Little Bear to Blanca Peak
Traverse Little Bear to Blanca Peak Traverse  by laureljarndt

I had been trying for two years to get my prior 14eener traverse partners to regroup to do this traverse, but to no avail. So this time I asked some rock climbing partners to come along and once they saw the trip reports and the amount of rock to climb/traverse, they were in.

I had been put off by the tails from other experienced climbers that they had partners who did not enjoy this and would not finish the traverse OR that weather came in and shut them out. So I knew having some dependable and adventurous friends would be important (as well as someone who had a bad ass 4x4 to get us up the road). Mission accomplished with Eve and Nestor.

Peak--One Day to Ski, 14 months to Agonize Over Kings Peak--One Day to Ski, 14 months to Agonize Over  by ZeeJay

Every year the Wasatch Mountain Club has a one day ski trip to Kings Peak at the end of March hosted by Larry and Steve Swanson. People drive up the night before, camp out, get up around 4am and are on the trail by 5am.

It had always piqued my interest, but it just seemed too daunting for many reasons. Although I was a good recreational cross country skier, I knew my light weight track gear wouldn't measure up. The length of the trip seemed overwhelming, the drive alone in the dark on an unfamiliar snowy dirt road frightening, and just showing up not knowing anyone seemed too intimidating. I wasn't a seasoned winter camper and the few times I had gone hadn't been too pleasant. It was just one of those trips that you dream about doing, but deep down you know you never will.

The Grand & Moran The Grand & Moran  by rasgoat

We had no plan except to sleep in, recover, and wake up whenever. That was until the whole forest heard Seth yell out, "You bit me! you Bastard!" It was around 6 am and I had no Idea what the hell was going on. I asked Seth if he was all right and he proceeds to tell us that he just got bit on his arm by a marmot! But that wasn't all, the way the story goes is that before he woke up, he felt this warm furry thing licking his arm. Was it a dream, I don't think so. That son of a bitch was going for the salt! Should we bring a salt lick to camp next time! I dunno!

Thankfully, he is alright, but look out, those Moran marmots are tough! and think twice about staying under a tarp, at least here! Maybe CMC means Crazy Marmot Camp!

July Stands
for Idaho III: Heights and Heart of the Summer July Stands for Idaho III: Heights and Heart of the Summer  by Castlereagh

Christmas of 2013 I went home to Boston for a little over a month. I missed home, I missed the simple life, I missed friends and family, and I didn’t want to go back to Utah. I seriously considered not returning, and I accordingly weighed whether I could leave aside the mountains for good. During this time, my one nagging thought was Thompson Peak. It sat atop the forefront of my mind, beckoning me, taunting me, and I knew that I had to go back for it.

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.

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