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In the end,
life is just another bowl of pasta In the end, life is just another bowl of pasta  by rgg

It so happens that, a couple of years earlier, I saw another beautiful ice face just around the corner from our objectives: the Brunegghorn North Face. That sight made a deep impression, but I didn't think I would ever climb it; finding the right partner for something like that isn't easy, and I didn't know Jan yet. However, I had not forgotten. And it had two key selling points to make it an ideal acclimatization goal: it was a bit lower, and the steep part of the face was relatively short.

Explorations Grand Explorations  by Scott

We couldn’t do any narrow canyons, but I suggested that we hike another section of Grand Gulch since it would be safe during rains. I hadn’t hiked the section of Grand Gulch between Bullet Canyon and Government Trail, but I wanted to. The recent rains should mean that there would be some wildflowers out, and water sources should be plentiful. There are many ruins that are 800-2000 years old (some of the pictographs are even much older than this) and it is an interesting and beautiful place. Not many people hike Grand Gulch below Bullet Canyon.

Winter Ascent of Wasatch BM Winter Ascent of Wasatch BM  by ZeeJay

After my trip to Tokewanna, the next logical step in my quest for winter ascents of Utah's 13,000 footers was another peak accessed from the East Fork Blacks Fork guard station. However, it was so unseasonably warm, that I couldn't bear the thought of slogging down the potentially muddy road for 11 miles to the cabin. First the weather seemed too hot, then it seemed too unsettled. Finally, a week after a 2' snow dump, it was just right.

I would try for either Mount Lovenia (13219') or Wasatch Benchmark (13156'). Wasatch Benchmark was a little closer but still would be almost 20 miles round trip from the cabin. Lovenia probably had an easier ascent once I dropped my skis. I say probably, because as far as I knew no one had ever climbed Lovenia in the winter or near winter.

Gathering on Gardners Gathering on Gardners  by Mike Lewis

Fletcher Jordan picked me up at Lynnwood at 6:30am and we drove to the trail head with few stops watching the clouds disappear and sunshine prevail while going through the North Cascades arriving at Wolf Creek sometime around 11am. We were warned of the 10.3 mile approach. Even though there is only a 2,500' difference of elevation, the true gain is closer to 3,000' due to over a dozen rises that bump up and down. I was a bit worried about my knee so I brought a brace that gimpilator lent me which turned out to be a good investment. We took it slow on the way in and it was alright. We noticed that the creeks were swollen and silty. About a mile after the trail forks right we heard what we assume was a bear. The Gardner Meadows were snow-free and had deer and rabbit roaming. We arrived at camp early around 4pm and just took the rest of the afternoon to just relax. I had a chilimac supper with unfiltered water listening to birds.

From the
steep to the deep - Gunung Agung Crossover Route From the steep to the deep - Gunung Agung Crossover Route  by rockymountaindiva

We had signed up for a 9-day dive 'safari' around Bali and discovered some trip reports to Mt. Agung on some other web sites, so thought it would be a fun thing to do. In order to avoid risk of decompression injury, we needed to either wait 24 hours after diving, or climb prior to the start of the dive trip. So we booked our flight a few days early and planned an early bicycle ride for the warm-up activity, to be followed by the climb of Mt. Agung.

We found the Great Mountain Views (GMV) Bali lodge online, reserved a room, and wrote to them about getting a guide for the crossover route on the mountain. Normally the trips leave at midnight but we all live in Colorado at high altitude and were in good shape so requested a 2 am departure. They agreed and found us an excellent guide, a retired schoolteacher named Wayan Tegteg. In Bali, Hindus are named for the order of their birth. Wayan (plus 2 other names that I can't remember) is the first born, then Made (plus 2 other names, etc) and so forth. So it is easy to have just a few names to remember.

Corcoran-LeConte Springtime
Traverse Corcoran-LeConte Springtime Traverse  by PellucidWombat

“Hhuuuuggggghh!!” I groaned as I hoisted my pack onto my shoulders. The pack was larger than my torso, and Joel estimated that it was somewhere around 70lbs. I could tell that the 3,400 ft gain to our campsite was going to be a little tough with such a heavy pack. Joel and I had come up to Lone Pine with ambitious plans – camp at Meyson Lakes and the following day climb Mt LeConte, traverse to Corcoran, and bag Mts Mallory & Irvine on our way back to camp.

Normally I don’t pack so heavily, but this trip involved a lot of unknowns, and we brought enough gear to deal with every one that concerned us. Most of our concerns were regarding the waterfall pitch. Every report on SP stated that its class 3 rating was underrated, and someone on the site had mentioned that it would probably be even worse with snow cover. I couldn’t tell from the photos how hard it was, how high it was, or how exposed it was. In response, I decided to bring a rope and a little bit of pro, in case we wanted to protect the pitch. Since we had no idea how much it would be covered with snow and ice, Joel and I also brought our ice tools in addition to our crampons, helmet, rope, pro etc. and whatever gear we thought we’d need for two days of snow camping.

Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness  by goofball

As a last minute alternate to a Picket Range traverse due to a partner injury, I was able to find another trip to tag along on and headed to the eastern North Cascades. Along with being dry n' dusty n' hot, it was also buggy. What a perfect quad-fecta of conditions ! But good company and nice scenery more than made up for it. The flowers were incredible ! Lots of marmots were observed, whistling as they scampered for their lairs amid the rocks. We also got some fine views of some various fowl, more than a couple hummingbirds, and an attractive little woodpecker eating bugs from a burned snag. all in all an A+.

Last Few Forays in Utah Last Few Forays in Utah  by Castlereagh

I wanted to keep working on my Utah Prominence Top 100, but I also wanted to catch Saturday’s crucial Game 2 matchup between the Bruins and the hated Habs. The problem was that the game was at 1 PM Eastern time, which meant I needed to be in front of a TV by around 11 AM out west. Which meant that not only would I need a quick, short morning peak, but the peak has to be close enough to a town with TV’s and whatnot. Indian Peaks in the west desert was a short peak on my short list, but for that reason (the long drive back to SLC from the peak) I was out.

Mama Tembo Climbs
Kilimanjaro Mama Tembo Climbs Kilimanjaro  by Nelson

In selecting an outfitter while researching our trip to Tanzania we received several recommendations for either the Western Breach or the Rongai routes. The argument was generally that these routes were less crowded than Machame (or Marangu) and that you didn't have to wake up at midnight for the summit day. One outfitter told us that the Western Breach was only slightly harder than Machame. However, I stuck with Machame and am happy for that decision. Coming down the Mweka trail we spoke with more than a dozen people who did the Western Breach. They all said it was miserable. Our guide told us that the rockfall danger was very high, and he didn't like leading it. (Note that I wrote this paragraph before SP member kilimanjaro1 posted his Western Breach route page, but I still offer the above).

Reminiscing Three Reminiscing Three  by Scott

Originally on this weekend, my son and I were going to do a climb of Horseshoe Mountain in Colorado, but a big snowstorm was forecasted.

We decided to go to Utah, but the weather forecast was iffy for slot canyons as well. After some brainstorming we decided on Three Canyon, south of Green River. It only had one rappel at the top and then a 5.6 exit at the end, with lots of pretty canyon between that would be fairly low risk for flash floods.

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