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Mount Muir Mount Muir  by Diesel

After my first hike to the top of Mount Whitney in 2013 I found out that there is such a "club" of the 14ners. On one hand I liked the idea of having an added purpose to my hikes but on the other hand I was sorry I did not get to the top of Mount Muir while going up or down from Whitney. I knew Mount Muir was in the vicinity of Whitney but I had no clear idea where.

Therefore I decided to do my research and hike Mount Muir as a designated hike, rather than adding it to my bag as a nice, minimal effort addition to Mount Whitney hike, as many hikers rightly do. I have to admit that, in retrospect, I am very surprised that given the location of Mount Muir, every hiker who tops Whitney passes by it and yet, not many have any idea where it is. There is not even a small sign to tell folks "to your right - Mt. Muir." As a matter of fact, if I did not have my phone to locate me and show me on the map where the summit was I would not have been able to climb it. None of the hikers I met, all of us with the maps in our hands, were able to precisely point to it.

Wandering in the Himalaya Wandering in the Himalaya  by lingana

After many successful and memorable road-trips in the Himalaya, both my family as well as Om’s family were looking for something new – a new experience.

The Apte Family... The Apte Family...He himself is an adventure junkie, with many treks and the MLK (Manali – Leh – KhardungLa) successfully under his belt. His wife, Shruti regularly works out, and has developed a liking for marathons. His son is a good friend of Yuvaan’s, so they had company for each other.

Juniper Mountain (NV)- West
Approach Juniper Mountain (NV)- West Approach  by Dean

Richard and I had finished up the Hannan range Highpoint and with half a day left of good sunlight, we decided to go down and find our way to the top of Juniper Mountain. In studying Dennis Poulin's information that he posted on peakbagger, it looked like we could do it nicely from the west side. The summitpost page only discussed the east side but the author did mention that it looked like a shorter route was possible from the west side utilizing a jeep road that led up to South Juniper Springs. That turned out to be the way Dennis had gone and so with the hopes of getting a second peak in the same day, off we went in pursuit of Juniper Mountain with his information in our hands.

Crater Lake National Park
Rim Traverse Crater Lake National Park Rim Traverse  by shknbke

I figured August would be the best month to try it when all the snow and mosquitoes were gone. I booked a flight for late August and hoped for the best with the weather. A quick Google search on the Crater Lake traverse turned up very little information, which is surprising considering this is a national park! There was some information on Summitpost on some of the peaks, but not on a full rim traverse. I guess this isn’t popular because a fit hiker could hit all the summits in a day via individual hikes moving your car from one “trailhead” to the next. I did read a few reports of skiers who skin the road in winter, which would be a heck of a death march! About 16 miles of the traverse was on trail or road, or 44%. Most of this was on the second day.

Mount Russell, East Ridge,
Rockwell Variation Mount Russell, East Ridge, Rockwell Variation  by climb395

Mike and I, on our glacial quest for California's fourteener's decided on Mount Russell for our tenth summit. We were joined by my son, Spencer, who flew in from Flagstaff for the trip. Researching the approach routes, and being data/beta geeks, we found the descriptions of the Rockwell Variation sorely lacking. This is our attempt to help. Hopefully it does, minus the amusing and entertaining personal notes of most of the other descriptions.

Mountains, Australia Blue Mountains, Australia  by Baarb

This is something of a trip report, something of an album, with background info thrown in so as for there to be at least something on the impressive Blue Mountains in Australia. Hopefully there will be a proper Area or Mountain page in future with some better photos, was using an inexpensive film camera at the time and trying to not use too much of the stuff. Rather unusually I didn’t keep any maps or souvenirs from the time either so this is what I can offer. The trip report section was originally written in 2002 after the events described, more as a record to myself than as a letter to anyone else, so it may have an unusual style about it and a lot of youthful enthusiasm. A few amendments have been made for clarity though unfortunately I can't remember much beyond what's written here (guess I've aged a lot in 10 years).

Rainy Week
on Kilimanjaro Rainy Week on Kilimanjaro  by wellhope

I climbed Kilimanjaro with Explore in December 2012, and found the trip inspiring but brutal. Over the last week I have read innumerable accounts on climbing Kilimanjaro written by happy folk who seem to have spent a week at 15,000 ft above sea level having a transcendentally trippy time Heidi couldn't have bettered. My week there was hard on the soul. Make no mistake, if you climb Kilimanjaro in the conditions we had you will have to dig deep!

This is my
America! This is my America!  by Josh Lewis

After climbing Mount Pugh I wondered to myself "what do I want to do for my birthday?". Of course what would any alpinist want to do for their birthday? Go for an epic adventure! For a long time I've wanted to bike to Sahale Mountain considering that it's one of my favorite mountains. The word Sahale is a Native American word meaning high place, which fits the description well. It's mountains like these that I consider to be the most beautiful of places in the world. The adventure consisted of about 40 miles of traveling, the first part would be biking from the road closure half way though the valley to the trailhead. After that then to the pass, up Sahale Arm, and to the summit and back.

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.

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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