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High camp on El Castillo High camp on El Castillo  by andre hangaard

It took a while until Chimborazo revealed itself to us. It was not until a sudden 10 second- window opened up in the thick fog, while approaching El Castillo at around 7:00 am in the morning, when we could see the Veintimilla summit surrounded by white smoke of snow, violently blowing across the top. This reminded me of pictures I’ve seen of the famous jet streams blowing on top of Everest. The sight was tremendous and very powerful. This was a very big mountain, no doubt about that!

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Sampling Seneca Sampling Seneca  by Bob Sihler

In general, I find Facebook to be pretty lame. While it's been useful as a way to communicate with people I haven't seen for many years, I mostly find the site annoying and don't go there unless I want to post some pictures or unless I get an email notification of a message someone has sent me. Somehow, it saddens me to see people eagerly announcing the utterly mundane details of their lives on a serial basis. And then there are the unwanted invitations. And the "Liking" and being a "fan" of something or someone, mere invitations to join a herd. And the people collecting friends-- I'm sure I'm not the only one who has received a friend request from someone he doesn't know, someone who apparently is friending him because he is a friend of a friend, or something like that. Sad.

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Going for
the Gold Going for the Gold  by Josh Lewis

After having a few mountaineering attempts that week I decided it was time to stay low in the mountains, with a clear day I figured Gold Mountain would be a good choice. Fortunately I was right on this call, although sadly we did not make the summit. I took the bus to Arlington which Chris then drove us to Darrington which is right next to Gold Mountain. The road started off with semi deep snow (certainly too much for my mom's car). As we got higher up on the road the snow got deeper which at times we started loosing speed. Chris was persistent with wanting to get as far up the road as possible. Pretty soon there was a tree in the road which I figured would be the end of the line. Nope, sure enough Chris pulls out his chain saw and has me depressurize the tires so that going through the snow is better. Praire Mountain from Gold Mountain

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Saintgrizzly: An
Extraordinary Life Saintgrizzly: An Extraordinary Life  by Saintgrizzly

My wonderful friend and great climbing partner, Vernon Garner, passed away on March 1, 2011. Known as Saintgrizzly here at SummitPost, his life has been made legendary by his stellar submissions, regarded by many to be the best work on this entire, massive web site.

Vern joined SP a few years after I had joined, having been introduced to it by me and becoming enamoured with this place that would ultimately serve as an outlet for his amazing writing talent and testment to his passion for the natural world. Vern's participation on SP exceeded my expectations from the inception of his activities. I knew he would be a shining star and set the bar high for submission quality (I have yet to see it matched by anyone), and I knew his presence would be a real blessing to SP's community.

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Winter
Ascent of the Full East Ridge of Mt Humphreys Winter Ascent of the Full East Ridge of Mt Humphreys  by PellucidWombat

“I need to piss . . . it is warm, I WANT TO DRINK IT!”

Such were the mutterings from Vitaliy as we tried to force ourselves to sleep in the frigid icebox that was our snow cave bivy at 13,600 ft on the summit plateau of Mt. Humphreys. Such sayings, while both masochistic and depraved, also seemed to embody the spirit of our intended winter objective. I’ve wanted to climb the East Arete of Mount Humphreys for years now as a mixed snow and rock climb, and I’ve twice gotten high on the route without success. But this time I fully understood what climbing the route in those conditions would entail, and I had a partner with the resolve to see things through with me.

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Peakbagging
South America: Bolivia, Chile, Argentina Peakbagging South America: Bolivia, Chile, Argentina  by gimpilator

Wait a minute! Greg Slayden, the creator of PeakBagger.com, was inviting me to join an expedition to South America? No way! It would be a climb of Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado, the world's highest volcano. I was just excited to meet Greg for the first time, but now he was posing this question and it was a bit of a shock. They were leaving in two months. I was later told that of all the people they had considered, I had been selected for two reasons, my experience with travel in third-world countries, and also the fact that I had been to high altitude before and done well with it.

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Rescue on
Rosalie Peak – 2/19/2011 Rescue on Rosalie Peak – 2/19/2011  by maverick

There was little to indicate that the day would head down the path that it eventually took. We coincidentally ran into Kevin at the TH. He had the same goal and decided to join our party. We started at 6:30AM greeted by blue skies and zero winds. We made quick work of the trail in the forest using a previously established snowshoe trail for most of the way. The trail stopped abruptly and I continued breaking trail up beyond tree line. We broke for a meal shortly after tree line and talked about everything from mountains to meditation, about J.B.’s human voice and how he liked his pepperoni crisp.

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Third time
is a charm - Brazilian persistence on Cotopaxi Third time is a charm - Brazilian persistence on Cotopaxi  by PAROFES

I tried it once and the weather didn’t help, making me go back at 5.240 meters. Tried a second time with perfect weather forecast, but the weather “did not follow the protocol” of the forecast I saw and at this second time I could not even leave the hut because it was snowing outside and there was a layer of verglas outside the refuge. Again, anyone who dared to try got back and no one summited the volcano. Some days later I decided to return because I could not return to my country without seeing its crater!

For my readers here in Brazil I kept secret about that third attempt until today. I bet all the readers thought that i have not tried, and also thought i missed the climb, and therefore the summit, but in January 14th i was willing to take my chances even with a bad cold and a serious case of sore throat. The hell with it i did it anyway!

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7 Peaks + 7
Miles = 1 Great Day 7 Peaks + 7 Miles = 1 Great Day  by mtybumpo

Perhaps one of the best ways to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument is by snowshoe in the winter. Entrance is free and there's fewer people and more places to go.

Last winter Zach and I set out on a quest to climb as many of the named peaks within the monument as we could. In our 2010 trip we were only able to get 3 of the 10 peaks we wanted and the trip had nearly ended in disaster when my snowshoe broke in the middle of nowhere.

This year, however, everything turned out perfectly and we were able to knock off 7 peaks within 7 miles and 6.5 hours.

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Coyote Couloir Coyote Couloir  by Deltaoperator17

Here it is February and I have not been out yet. I love the winter stuff. Too many excuses and not enough time.

Enter two of the most unlikely climbing partners I could have ever predicated. Being part of Idaho’s hiking and mountaineering community is like that. We have all kinds (yes which includes me).

John and Dylan (Father / Son) come into the outdoor retail store where I work, often we joke that Dylan’s feet are growing at a rate that equals the National Deficit. They buy a lot of climbing shoes and hiking boots for him, not to mention other great stuff. You couldn’t find two nicer gentlemen (Credit to John and Mrs. John for raising the kid right)

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