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| Wandering through the cliff bands
on Ruby Peak by calebEOC
Top 100 peak #66 I've been working away at the Oregon Top 100 list for about 10 years now, each year usually picking off somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 to 8 peaks. I've really enjoyed the Top 100 list, I've made some great friends and seen most of the state. Oregon has long been my favorite place to hike and climb, and the Eagle Cap Wilderness has become my favorite region in the state. The great thing for me is that the Wallowa Mountains host over 30 Top 100 peaks, and are only a short 3 hour drive from my house just across the border in Washington state. Finding time away from work these last 5 years has been fairly difficult, so as is usually the case I had to shoehorn a climb into a single day trip away from the house. Leaving Kennewick early on a Saturday morning my buddy and I arrived in Enterprise around 7am to nearly clear skies with a few clouds wafting through. We made haste up the mountain in my little Suzuki 4x4 following the directions found here on summitpost, I managed to drive right past the trailhead, up through the quarry, and on up the mountain until I reached a point around 6400 feet in elevation where the road became completely overgrown. Completely lost we pulled the car off the road and packed up for our dayhike. Note to anyone else climbing Ruby Peak, if you've reached the quarry you've gone too far!More
| Kungsleden and Kebnekaise by DiscoStu |
I’ve been climbing, hiking and
skydiving for a few years now, but despite the risks, I have never been around
to see someone badly hurt or killed in an accident. The closest I’ve come was
passing a hiker in Sweden a few hours before he fell off a cliff and died on the
same route I had just taken.
| Panther Gorge-3 New Routes on
Haystack Side by MudRat
Anticipation reached a crux inside; the
snow was gone and the rock was exposed. It was time to venture into Panther
Gorge once again. Adam Crofoot (MaxSuffering) and Allison Rooney were my willing
partners, both expert climbers and eager explore after a winter of backcountry
skiing. The only participant that wasn’t totally agreeable was the weather.
We’d but a small weather window to work within on Saturday, May 30th.
Organ Peak, almost by nader |
Organ Mountains create a small range that
rise to the east of the city of Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. The range
runs north-south and is less than 15 miles long. When viewed from Las Cruces,
the peaks of Organ Mountains appear as needles similar to the pipes of a giant
organ rising 4 to 5000 feet above the desert floor.
| The Kings of Logan Pass, and the
Upshot of Morning Thunder by Bob Sihler |
What compels those who are
allergic to crowds to climb mountains in highly popular areas? Convenient access
certainly plays a role. The fact that such mountains (think of the Maroon Bells,
Mount Sneffels, and Mount Whitney, for example) stand as symbols of their areas
and therefore exert strong emotional pull is surely another. But it's also
because, for me at least, climbing those mountains makes me feel that I have
earned some secret, some intimacy with them that most of the people congesting
the trails in their vicinities never do. So it is for the signature peaks at
Logan Pass in Montana's Glacier National Park.
Gulley by Brad
This winter Sue and I joined up with two friends, Randall and Allan, to climb in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington. We drove down from Canada and stayed at the fabulous School House Motel. The following morning we drove out to the AMC Visitor's Center at Pinkham Notch and followed the trail in to the Harvard Cabin hauling our packs and a small sled each for the ride out. The day was unseasonably hot given the mild winter all over Canada and the US and after two hours we were at the cabin. After claiming our sleeping spots and cutting wood for the evening (you can have a fire between 4-9 PM) we started gearing-up for the next day. Huntington RavineMore
| Winter Ascent of Lassen Peak via
Northwest Ridge by CallMeBrown
My partner Brian and I parked at the ranger station at Manzanita Lake. We were planning on climbing the Northwest Ridge of Lassen Peak with our friends Floyd and Roy who were coming in from another location. Those guys ended up having car trouble and made a separate summit bid. We left the trailhead at noon, snowshoeing up the closed road, past the gate. We snowshoed about 30 minutes up the road before cutting off towards Chaos Crags, more or less drawing a direct line towards the bowl mentioned in the route description. We reached the bowl in another 30 minutes.More
| Snowshoer Thing - Mount Trudee by Stu Brandel |
I have been enjoying snowshoeing for a couple of years now, enjoying how it extends the climbing and hiking year. I have especially been enjoying snowshoeing in the Northwoods of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota). In January this year I was able to head up to Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. I had picked a couple of objectives I thought would be good for my best friend Big Al, who was just starting out on showshoes and looking for an intro into the sport. Unfortunately, his car was ambushed by an ice storm in Cleveland and he could not join me. Fortunately, he thus could not join me and be ambushed by his friend's questionable summit-influenced judgement of what would be a good trail for a beginner. In some respects, it felt like my first real snowshoe trip in terms of mileage, elevation, snow depth, and weather conditions. And while the snow muted the scenery, it was unquestionably wild and beautiful fun. But it's no sure thing snowshoer thing.More
| Crippled Peakbagging IV: Sturm und
drang by Castlereagh |
With daylight hours dwindling by mid-September Greg convinced me to borrow a headlamp from him just in case, though I hoped that I would not need it. The weather forecast was optimistic with just 20% chance of tstorms after noon before serious weather moved in the rest of the week, and I figured that I could sneak in the peak before the storms, if any, and this day trip before a planned Glacier outing and yet another Vegas bachelor party the last weekend of September.More
| Old Dreams Die Hard: An Attempt to
Climb the Highest Volcano on Earth by Scott |
Ojos del Salado is a peak that I have
wanted to climb for a long time. In fact, it became one of my top three "dream
climbs" back in 1984, at age 10, which is when I first read about the mountain.
The other two dream climbs at the time were Muztag Ata and Aconcagua. Unlike
Aconcagua however, Ojos del Salado seemed so mysterious and unknown. Dreams
however, change over time and over the years I focused on other mountains in the
world and never got close to Ojos del Salado.
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