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Mt Agassiz via Bishop Pass Mt Agassiz via Bishop Pass  by Ambret

Ruvicha, Brian, Steve and I met in Bishop on August 11 for our annual visit to the Sierra Nevada. We dubbed this year’s hike series the 2014 TWT – Terror and Whining Tour. Terror, because that’s the feeling each of us gets when peering over the edge of a lot of exposure (yes, a strange affliction for guys who enjoy hiking high mountains). Whining, because that’s something we are really, really good at, be it over sore feet, false summits or the closure of Bishop’s Whiskey Creek, our favored restaurant for victory dinners – whether or not we had victories to celebrate.

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5 Days and
10 Routes in Zion 5 Days and 10 Routes in Zion  by StephAbegg

It had been over two months since I packed my Subaru full of climbing and photography gear and drove south out of Bellingham. My first destination had been City of Rocks in Idaho, and I had no plans after that other than to find good rock, good partners, and good weather. And hopefully make a good summer out of it. It turned out to be a great summer. Over the course of the summer, I strung together a series of climbing adventures: from the City of Rocks I drove down to Salt Lake City to climb for a few days in Lone Peak Cirque, then it was back up to Idaho for a week at Elephant's Perch, then to wild Wyoming for a week in the Cirque of the Towers followed by a few days at Devil's Tower, then an impromptu trip to Colorado to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park and Eldorado Canyon, and then back to Wyoming to climb some harder routes in the Cirque of the Towers. By the time this trip ended, it was late August. I had a few weeks before I needed to be home to start teaching. But I had no partner or trip lined up. My most recent climbing partner Dow was headed home to the St. George area (southwest Utah) afterward, and invited me to come down and join him for some desert climbing. How could I resist? Let the summer climbing adventures continue!

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Job Peak, the lonely
mountain - Nevada Job Peak, the lonely mountain - Nevada  by Dean

The do wop group called the Silhouettes put out a song called "Get a Job" back in 1957 and for some reason I found myself humming this oldie but a goodie as I made the drive from Cleaver Peak that Richard Carey and I had climbed earlier in the day. Job Peak was really a mountain that I was hoping to get and would be a primary objective for this trip since it has over 3900' of prominence and was the highest ranking peak in prominence on my Nevada to do list.

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Peaks,
Passes and Glaciers OR How I Learned to Start Worrying and Avoid Rockfall. Peaks, Passes and Glaciers OR How I Learned to Start Worrying and Avoid Rockfall.  by Rapparee

I'm in the Alps for the first time. I'm 19. I'm climbing with another guy just as inexperienced as myself. We've been here maybe a week and a half. It's been a great time so far. I've led on L'Index, Cosmiques Arete, Petit Vert, seconded Chéré Couloir, plodded around the Valle Blanche, sprained my ankle and gotten really really drunk. I'm living the dream but we've sorta been intimidated by the huge amount of routes on offer. Conor who's one of the senior lads in the group has been patient the first week with us, he's taken us out under his tutelage, looked after us but it's time for us to spread our wings a little. So me being bored and flicking through the guidebook at PD/AD level, stumble across something called the "Whymper Route". It's a bit further north near Argentiere, I was there a couple of days ago on Petit Vert.

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Sloan Peak Sloan Peak  by Jeb

So I plan on filling in the missing reports from the last few months when I can find the time, but I can't wait to post about this last climb . I joined the rest of the Tacoma Mountaineers group at the Sloan Peak climbing trailhead along Road 49 late Friday night and slept in the truck. We were on the trail by 5:10 am. The first few creek crossings were minor, but the last one proved a fair obstacle. The long tree across the creek was somewhat twisted and pretty slick, so we butt-scooted slowly across one-by-one. All was going well until the final person to cross slipped and rolled under the log. Somehow Raphi was able to hold on and with a little help from Tim righted himself atop the log and made it across dry!

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Scottish
Highlands December 2013: A long walk with Jake Scottish Highlands December 2013: A long walk with Jake  by markhallam

I set my sights on a tent based expedition including a traverse of the Grey Corries range – starting from the top of Ben Nevis, at 4406ft, the highest mountain in the UK. This range is currently a blank on the map on SP. I had written up the neighbouring Mamore Range from a summer and a winter visit 2010-11. I fancied given good conditions I would traverse the entire range and have enough photos and memories to put together another ‘areas and ranges’ page...

My plan was optimistic to say the least. I had been phenomenally lucky when I visited the Mamores in nearly the same week in 2010 – fortuitously coinciding with the coldest snap in the UK for 80 years. I spent three days completely alone in a winter wonderland, bathed in rosy pink light when it wasn’t golden, with abundant snow – and with temperatures down in the minus 20’s. The chances of being so lucky in 2013 were slim. Most likely I’d be battling with high winds, rain and sleet – and with the additional handicap of a 16 hour night to contend with. December in the Scottish Highlands is not normally the most attractive option for a ‘camping holiday’...

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Ararat &
Musala, August 13-27, 2014 Ararat & Musala, August 13-27, 2014  by belexes

We visited Turkey and Bulgaria as part of a Colorado Mountain Club adventure travel trip. There were 8 of us: Steve, our leader, Sarah, Jon, Tom, Mike, Pat, Tara and myself. Tara had climbed Musala, so she would be joining the rest of us for the Ararat climb only. We climbed Mount Ararat first, then flew up to Bulgaria to hike up Mount Musala. Ararat and Musala are both national highpoints. Ararat was the tougher peak, so we would spend 5 days on the mountain, going up and down. Musala would be a leisurely walk-up later on the same week.

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Mt Gimli South Ridge Mt Gimli South Ridge  by hunterslee

Henrik and I were able to start a week long peak bagging trip off with a memorable climb up Mt. Gimli's imposing South ridge. We opted, due to our late arrival at the trail head, to sleep in the truck and simply day trip Gimli. With the alarms firing off @3:45 we found ourselves geared up and moving @4:30. The hike in is straight forward, and we soon found ourselves starring at the day's climbing objective: the imposing South Ridge of Mt. Gimli.

For those who arrive a little earlier there's a fantastic bivy/camp site minutes away from the start of the climb. At 6:15 we found ourselves gearing up at the col. Gimli does see traffic on the weekends, fortunately there was just one other party climbing the route. After meeting several of the local goats, we found ourselves behind a party of two.

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RMNP 2014:
Third Time Will Have to be the Charm RMNP 2014: Third Time Will Have to be the Charm  by MarkDidier

It took me a little while to get my head around this trip. When I got home and people asked how it went, no matter how I tried to spin it, they all noticed the lack of excitement in my voice. Maybe it was the weather; maybe it was the compressed time schedule; maybe it was Dave’s altitude sickness; or maybe it was the failure to reach a single objective? So no, unfortunately the trip did not go as planned. And when you spend a year waiting for said event, and said event is the only scheduled trip to the mountains for the year, it is easy to be disappointed when things don’t go your way.

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A Majestic
Lone Eagle A Majestic Lone Eagle  by swm88er

My eyes popped open a few minutes before 6am and I stepped outside to look at the weather. The rain had stopped, but the clouds seemed socked in as they scudded across the high cliffs surrounding the Lone Eagle Cirque. Lone Eagle seems even more intimidating in person as the fog shrouded the mountain's high flanks in secrecy. I figured that as long as the rain wasn’t falling it was worth at least starting up Solo Flight. We (3 of us total) gathered our things that had hastily been stuffed under a tarp the night before during the downpour. We had a quick group prayer and were on the trail by 7am.

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