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| First ascent - Kumdobe peak by Rusnborg |
Every year, the world around us becomes smaller. Airliners, Internet, satellites have significantly reduced its size. In the past it would’ve taken a year to get to a place that now can be reached in a day. There are very few places on earth not studied thoroughly by inquisitive man. Once the images of the Earth's surface from space became available to anyone pioneering spirit slowly began to fade. Now people, traveling on the earth's surface and having accurate information, are no longer surprised by new horizons. They know what to expect – the novelty effect disappeared. However, there are still places on our beautiful planet not reached by the ubiquitous satellite lenses. In March 2016, micro-expedition out of two adventurous risk takers climbers headed to one of these places.More
Valtournanche-Breuil-Cervinia & Surroundings by OsvaldoCardellina |
For every trip in each of them presents this trio almost unbreakable, because it represents the history, culture and traditions in the Centuries and Millennia to the firsts, and Eternity for the latest. When we think of a valley, immediately it comes to mind its highest mountain, or more beautiful that inevitably stands as a symbol of that. So for the Mont Blanc or the Grandes Jorasses in the renowned Cormayeur-Resort, Mont Velan and Grand Combins into Great St. Bernard, Cervino or Matterhorn in Valtournanche, Lyskamm Ayas, Monte Rosa in Lys Valley, Grand Paradis in Cogne and Valsavarenche, Grande Rousse to Val de Rhêmes, Sassière to Valgrisa and Rutor in La Thuile. But even those "minor" flaunt their favorite mountain as the Grand Golliaz, Mont-de Berrio, Punte Fiorio Gorret, Arolletta, Becca de Luseney, Viou, Faroma, Aver, Zerbion, Torché, Glacier, Rosa dei Banchi, Tersiva and Monte Emilius. A combination that becomes even more distinctive if we add a Church, a Tower or a Castle that represent in terms Religious or what heraldic, chanting the History and the Life of the Population. One aspect that the Mountaineers, "hasty" to reach the goal and yet ignore the Hikers preferring to leave out the majesty of the views or the exclusive admiration for Nature. Fall in this way into oblivion if not in total anything despite the remaining observations that these may be the key to understand the uses and customs of a place, always a bit different from each other. A total disregard for all that has kept alive a mountain, a valley or just a country. An oversight almost incomprehensible as unforgivable that we think to regain at least part of reviving the life of the mountains, always inscrutably still in place, with that of theMore
| Kawaikini and Rain Gauge In One Day by zoink |
If you are not on a very well maintained
trail after the Koaie Camp [N22.11270 W159.56204] you are on the wrong trail.
There are a set of pink and faded pink flags that take you in the wrong
direction (To the left). Logs have been laid to function as steps and stop
erosion. There is even a metal ladder in one part with some webbing to grab on
We had to hop the fence twice. The second hop occurs after one of the steep
climbs along the fence. There seems to be a new fence, at least twice as tall as
what you’ve encountered so far. Plastic netting is used to give it its
increased height. The new fence goes off to the right. Currently there is a
bright orange shirt tied up high. We climbed around the new fence which involved
hoping over and the old fence twice as to keep it on our left.
Mount Sill 2015 by Diesel |
Mount Sill - elevation 14,154' / 4,314 m - was on my list for a couple of years. The class 4 section alone was enough to discourage me from going, especially since the only way I was going to get to the top of this mountain was alone, without any climbing experience. Everything I hiked up to this year was mostly class 2, with a little bit of class 3 on Mt Muir and Mt Russel. As a matter of fact, only 3 days before I got to the top of Sill, I was on top of Mt Agassiz. From up there, looking at the Palisades, Mt Sill stands out very well. It looked so impressive, mean and hard to summit, I actually decided not to go. Hiking back on Bishop Pass trail to South Lake, I made the decision to postpone Mt Sill indefinitely, opting for Mt Conness instead. Hiking Mt Conness for half the day and taking part in an interesting tour at Mono Lake for the rest of that day, seemed a more responsible approach. In the 11th hour however, the plan turned 180 degrees around and Mt Sill came into total focus.More
| Love, Bombshells, Heartbreak and
Mount Shasta by Scott |
trip report is the summary of a Mount Shasta Trip which took place between
August 11 and 16 2010. My wife Kimberly and I ended up on this trip from what I
would consider to be unusual circumstances. Little did we know that the
beginnings of this trip would shake us to the core and would change our lives
Peak by nader |
Baylor Peak (7721
ft) is the northern-most peak of Organ Mountains, a small range that rises to
the east of the city of Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. A trail starts at
Baylor Canyon Road Trailhead (4880 ft) on the west side of the mountains and
goes to the 6390 ft Baylor Pass and then descends to Aguirre Spring Trailhead
(5660 ft) on the east side of the mountains. From Baylor Pass, a beaten path can
be followed to the summit of Baylor Peak.
| Mont Blanc in November by trova |
I like it when it's quite and only few
people are around. That's when I feel most comfortable.
| Mount Seorak 5604 ft / 1708 m by ljbailey |
When I traveled to Korea, I wasn't
intending on hiking in the winter. I admit, I first was surprised that it was
even cold there in the winter! I was actually doing some volunteer work there.
When my friend proposed a winter hike on South Korea's third highest peak, I was
bummed that I had not brought ANY of my gear! I asked for crampons, Ice ax,
insulated boots....you know the bear minimum!
by Scott |
This is the story of
a three day trip taken with my 11 year old daughter Shaylee, my 13 year old son
Kessler, and me during Presidents Day Weekend 2016. Unfortunately, Presidents
Day weekend fell on Valentines Day this year. Since my wife didn't want to go to
Skinner Hut, and to avoid guilt, I made sure to take her out twice before and
after the weekend. It would be just the kids and I making the trip.
| White Sands, 23 Years Later by nader |
Back in May of 1993, I had spent 90 minutes
in White Sands National Monument. At the time, I had driven the park’s main
road and walked on some of the sand dunes near the road. This time, I wanted to
spend more time exploring the area. The park advertises five hiking trails. Four
of these are short hikes, between a few hundred yards to 1.5 miles long. Only
Alkali Flat Trail is of moderate length creating a 4.6 mile long loop hike.
Actual “trails” obviously cannot be created over the sand. Park service has
posted markers that can be followed along the length of the hikes.
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