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Carpathian adventure 2013 Carpathian adventure 2013  by LukZem

On a night train from Budapest with an Australian traveller looking forward to seeing the legendary Dracula’s castle. Listening to his stories about his incredible Uzbekistan/Tajikistan adventures. In no time the train pulls up at my favourite :-D railway station at Brasov, where I leave my heavy (30 kg) backpack. I walk through the second biggest city in Romania to the coach station in its eastern part, connected with the town of Săcele.

Disappointment: No long-distance buses at all. The first conversations with some locals. I try to hitchhike but without success. A horse drawn wagon! A dream! Two horses, three kids and a man. The youngest baby (no more than 2 years old) sleeps like a log, jolted all the way on an extremely hot summer day. They help me to get as far as Brădet – the last village. I walk along the road for about 3 km. Some Christian missionaries (Adventists) give me directions helping me to get closer to the foothills of the Ciucaş Mts. But to my surprise, they haven’t heard of Bratocea Pass. I take the wrong exit at a rest place. A spring of water at a zigzag. At first, I think this is Bratocea Pass. I notice some red lines on the tree trunks. What a stupid mistake to follow them.

I miss my way. An ascent through broadleaved woodland. A beautiful glade with an abandoned chalet. No marked routes in sight. A traverse of a wooded summit. Navigation becomes precarious. A difficult ascent through evergreen forest dotted with small crags. Dense carpets of bilberries and junipers at timberline. People picking berries. What a relief. Finally, after three hours of trudging along unmarked routes, I find a trail marked with red stripes:-)

4 Days & 4
Climbs in Lone Peak Cirque 4 Days & 4 Climbs in Lone Peak Cirque  by StephAbegg

When I had been on a job search in the spring (2014) and was having difficulty securing a teaching job in northwest Washington (I eventually did, though), I had targeted the Salt Lake area as a place I might want to live. Thinking it might be a good idea to visit the Salt Lake area before moving down, I made some climbing partner posts on MountainProject.com about potential June trips in the Salt Lake area. Charlie Stoker emailed me and invited me along on a 4-day climbing trip he and some friends were planning to Lone Peak Cirque. I'd never heard of Lone Peak, but according to summitpost.org, Lone Peak is the monarch of the Wasatch Mountains. This rugged 11,000+ foot summit is clearly visible from North Salt Lake to Provo. It rises abruptly above the valley floor and affords one the luxury of sitting in a glacial, alpine cirque just miles from the city. The cirque is ringed with near vertical granite walls and offers climbing ranging from Class 3 to 5.10 YDS. Lone Peak is considered by many to be the "hardest" 11,000 foot peak in the Wasatch due to the mileage and elevation gain required to sit atop it's summit. Needless to say, I was intrigued! Sure, I told Charlie, I'll join, thanks!

Friends in
High Places, on the Longest Day of the Year Friends in High Places, on the Longest Day of the Year  by MountainGazer

It was a long day at work delivering pizzas, and the manager finally gave me the okay to go at about 8:50. I rushed home, threw on nylon clothes, and grabbed my pack so I was ready to go when Nate showed up soon after 9. Thus equipped did we set out on the most dangerous part of our journey: crossing the Cascades at night on Highway 2.g

We only exposed ourselves to this stupid danger for one thing: the West Route of Dragontail Peak, the second highest peak in the Stuart Range, second only to the magnificent Mount Stuart itself(Long may he reign).

After that terrifying experience, we arrived at the Stuart/Colchuck Lake trailhead a little past midnight, immediately threw our sleeping bags and pads in the back of Nate's truck, and did our best to sleep for our big push the next day. Unfortunately, the sleep was poor, but at least the glittering, cloudless sky of stars overhead reminded me why I was here in the mountains.

Taking a Call to Turn Back
– A Tough One Taking a Call to Turn Back – A Tough One  by lingana

With such a situation at hand, and Tergaiz telling me that the weather is unpredictable,today was the ONLY day we probably could take a summit attempt. He also assured me of one thing – he said – Sir, you walked pretty fast the last few days. Your speed matched ours, so don’t worry. We will summit and we will be back at the campsite by 2 pm, max. I felt so bad that, due to the weather and logistical problems, I was almost getting cornered into accepting the compromising situation of attempting a 6622 m high Himalayan peak in broad daylight – I mean, who leaves for the summit at 8!? Realizing that there was nothing we could do about it, I accepted the proposal and we started for the summit at 8 am in the morning. It was decided that the horseman will take the horses to camp 1. And, he will take the extra stuff (kitchen tent, stove, kerosene, and extra food) with them. While coming to Peldo, we had filled 1 litre bottle with petrol, which could be used for my MSR stove, in case of emergency. And, here we were – an emergency had come. There was no way that the horses could comeback to get the stuff from the summit camp, and there was absolutely no way that we could carry it down. We were left with no option but to agree with the horse owner, and make do with my tent, my stove, 1 litre petrol (which could last for a max of 2 days), and our personal gear. We clicked a few pics, and started for the summit.

Misty Mountains Cold -
Beatout Misty Mountains Cold - Beatout  by Rocky Alps

There are few, if any, hikes I had undertaken before this one that I could justifiably label as “perfect”, but this is one hike that I most certainly could. On this particular day, I was blessed with great hiking partners, perfect weather, and some of the most impressive terrain I have yet to encounter in the mountains. The Wasatch, while providing easy access from a sizeable city, wasn’t a range I’d often mention in the same breath as other great mountain ranges, but this day single-handedly forced me to change my opinion. While my experience in the Alps, Tetons, and Glacier National Park is limited, each new view we encountered during the Beatout hike couldn’t help but remind me of those places. Ironically, this was the first big hike on which I forgot to bring my camera (and hence, had to resort to a lower quality phone camera). Even with it, though, I don’t think the pictures would have done justice to just how amazing it was to be there in person, scrambling across a gauntlet of serrated ridges as a steady stream of dew-filled clouds revealed one impressive granite monolith after another, all the while basking in the serenity that only an alpine environment can provide. The bottom line is that if anyone asks me why it is that I like to hike or climb, I can simply direct them to this trip report as a prime example.

Rainier, Tahoma Glacier, 6/20/14 to 6/25/14 Mount Rainier, Tahoma Glacier, 6/20/14 to 6/25/14  by Jdstylos

My sister Melissa and I left our car at the road closure on the Westside road at 7:15am. We had got our permits and climbing passes the day before and then camped near the park in order to get an early start. I would recommend doing something similar to this since having to drive to Paradise and back would make it very hard to start at a reasonable time (made that mistake last year). It took an hour and a half to reach reach round pass where we left the road. We made a brief stop and the South Puyallup Campsite to take advantage of the last privy before being in bluebag territory. From there we started the long ascent on the Wonderland trail. Around 11:00am we hit the snow line at 5,200 feet. Switching into our boots we lost the Wonderland Trail and followed tracks that lead straight up the slope to the ridge at 5,900 feet. From here we decided to continue up the ridge instead of going to Saint Andrews Lake and gaining the ridge from there as we did last year. This ended up being a good decision, but might not be later in the season when there is less snowpack. We skirted by Andrew (6,716’) by traversing a steepish (45°) snowfield on its south side. Visibility had been declining for a while now and was down to around 100 feet. Not long after passing Andrew we came up on large dropoff in the fog where we didn’t think there should be a dropoff. It was only 3:00pm but we set camp (6,700’ish) in the lee of a clump of trees hoping that it would be clear in the morning and we could see where to go.

Denali's West Buttress 2014 Denali's West Buttress 2014  by vanman798

It was back in 2010 when I first got the itch to climb North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley (aka Denali) at 20,320 feet, but it wasn’t until 2014 when I finally got the chance to do so. Over those four years I practiced sled hauling, did a lot of winter camping, and climbed a lot of mountains (including 18,490 foot Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, and 14,411 foot Mount Rainier in Washington). I also improved my rock and ice climbing skills as well as my glacier travel skills, so as to be ready for Denali when the opportunity arrived and in March 2014 the opportunity arrived.

March 16, 2014 I contacted thirteen people on Summitpost.org in regards to climbing Denali, and I ended up getting a positive reply from Art D of Texas. Art informed me that a team of three he was on for the end of May was in need of a fourth. I responded immediately that I was interested and Art passed the word along to his team lead, Calvin H of Colorado. By March 19 Calvin invited me to join his “Kicking Buttress” team and I accepted. In addition to Art and Calvin the other team member was Donald T also of Colorado. None of the four of us knew each other, so that was a slight concern, but we all had good climbing resumes and so it was worth the gamble.

Why Not
Me!! Hikes and Summits of Winter/Spring 2014!! Why Not Me!! Hikes and Summits of Winter/Spring 2014!!  by BearQueen

This now going to be my new motivational trip report. As I hike throughout the winter and spring I will be constantly adding to this trip report. This trip report will be similar to my "Peakbagging for Weight Loss" Albums. They will mostly include summits, but I also love waterfall hikes and lake hikes as well. I hope that there will be great progress here and I am hoping to do larger summits in the summer. I have been grateful for everyone's support throughout the years and I hope to make this trip report interesting as I fight off my 100 pound backpack to enjoy what my husband has enjoyed for so long.

I realized that back in 2013 I did not have one of these threads. Hopefully by starting this thread I will be able to stay motivated throughout the year and turn this year into a good hiking and climbing year. I hope everyone truly enjoys this trip report. I hope to make much more interesting than in years past.

shadows in Nevada Chasing shadows in Nevada  by Dean

Sometimes finding a way to a mountain in Nevada is like chasing a shadow. It just seems futile when the mountain you are after is so far out in the "boonies" and is seldom visited by anyone that hardly any information exists. Stewart Benchmark Peak is one of those "shadows" since there just isn't really any information on it anywhere. It is the 73rd most prominent peak in the state with almost 2900 feet of prominence. That alone makes it a worthy goal for those who are chasing the prominence peaks. The most information was on peakbagger and Dennis Poulin had visited it but he encouraged the reader to do the necessary mapping research as he just couldn't take responsibility for helping you get lost in the absolute middle of nowhere. To quote Dennis: " Rather than detail the directions, I prefer that anyone following my route should do the proper research to get to the trailhead. This is a very remote area of Nevada and unless you have a dependable vehicle with high clearance, 4WD, good tires, and lots of gas you may become stranded for a very long time. I was the 12th person to sign the register since it was placed in 1999. The first since 2009." He had visited this one in July of 2012 so it was 3 years of loneliness for the summit of this one.

Mt McLoughlin Soltice Mt McLoughlin Soltice  by theoglick

I drove to the trailhead Friday after work for my first ever Mount McLoughlin climb as part of my I’m-Not-That-Damn-Old-Yet Summer Tour and Solstice Celebration™. As I went through Central Point and White City and headed east on highway 140, I got my first look at the mountain and was surprised to see very little snow on its western slope. I had never seen McLoughlin when it was not covered with snow. I guess it has been a dry year...

I continued past Fish Lake and turned up Fourmile Lake Road to the trailhead, and not finding an out-of-the-way flat spot to park there (and wanting to avoid bothering, or being bothered by others), I backtracked a bit and found a quiet little spot in the woods about a quarter-mile away where I could park well off the road and bed down in my car.

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