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Becoming a Part of Mexico's
Star Mountain Becoming a Part of Mexico's Star Mountain  by centrifuge

On January 24th of this year I read a Trip Report on 14ers.com by Jesse (JB99) about an attempt on Pico de Orizaba made earlier that month. It ended with an invitation to message him if anyone was interested in joining him and his fiancée, Jessica, for another attempt this year. I responded, and before I knew it was training and planning for my first major international climb. Nearly 2 months of planning and training later I was heading to the airport for one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

Six-Shooter & Elephant Butte: Two Utah Desert Gems South Six-Shooter & Elephant Butte: Two Utah Desert Gems  by shknbke

After an exhilirating, challenging, and exhausting two days of scrambling on The West Temple & The Watchman in Zion, we set out sights on a desert tower climb in the Indian Creek area near Canyonlands N.P. Also on the agenda was the highly coveted (at least by me) highpoint of Arches N.P., mighty Elephant Butte.

I'll have to admit I wasn't too confident I could pull off South Six-Shooter (SSS) when Sarah said she was interested in climbing it, but after doing some research it seemed like a reasonable climb. This would be the first desert tower for all of us and was my first multi-pitch climb and would be a fine challenge. This is supposedly the easiest tower to climb in the Moab area. Indian Creek is known for its plethora of world class big wall climbs. The southern Six Shooter is a 5.6 climb by its easiest route, with two pitchs of 5.6and one of 5.4.

Summitpost Snow Creek Climb
March 2009 Summitpost Snow Creek Climb March 2009  by Alex Wood

When I first started to get into hiking and climbing, my only experiences had been up on Mt. San Jacinto, which I had done quite a few times. I would always look down to the many rock carved gullies and crevasses that carved Mt. San Jacinto's north face and would think to myself that it was impossible to climb something that sheer and steep.

When I fist joined Summitpost, I started browsing through different pictures and routes (which I still do wayyy to much) and came upon a route named Snow Creek that climbed up that steep north face of San Jacinto. I started checking it out and thought it would be a cool idea. It seemed like an objective way out of my grasp, but I thought that I would try to give it a shot and see what happens. On my first route page, an Sp'er named TacoDelRio suggested that I try and go up with Sp'er forjan. So I sent him a pm and hoped for the best. Miguel (as I later found out) said that he was going to take a group in in March 2009 and said that I could tag along, which made me real happy.

Back For More Back For More  by rpc

We had such a good time climbing Turkeys two weeks prior – especially with my wife providing me with a TR on the crux pitches – that we found ourselves once again in the beautiful Red Rocks of Nevada on a partly sunny Thursday not-too-early-of-a-morning. Given that Shirley seemed to be eating up leading the thin sandstone edges of Red Rocks, I figured I would ride that gravy train and try and tick off a couple of routes from the list over the course of four days.

Slow 'n Heavy on the West
Butt Slow 'n Heavy on the West Butt  by mattyj

"Squeeze tubes," I think. "I'm going to screwed on summit day because of a pair of plastic squeeze tubes." I'll be in Anchorage in 24 hours, on the glacier in just over 48, and instead of being packed and ready to go, I'm standing in the Berkeley REI with a list of success-critical items: plastic squeeze tubes, pee bottle, underwear. Somehow, they're out of stock on the plastic tubes I need to hold gel for summit day. Just an hour ago, surrounded by mountains of packaged meals in Joe's (lessthanjoey) kitchen, I'd given away my entire collection for lunch and dinner condiments. "I'd like them all, but I can probably get by with you keeping one or two." I'd looked at them longingly for a moment, paused, and then replied "nah, I can pick more up at REI."

And so it was with so much of our planning and gear. Despite the months of preparation we'd put in, it was only on the previous weekend that I'd managed to break in my boots in the mountains of South Tahoe; they were already a measure of last resort, and if I developed serious blisters or pressure points the only option left was wearing my Koflachs with overboots and praying for warm weather. I'd also spent the weekend testing a solar panel and 12V camera battery charger, and wound up shorting the charger beyond repair. With a deadline looming, I had another express shipped from Adorama and crossed my fingers that the incident wouldn't repeat. My personal food was still only partially sorted, awaiting an agonizing hour of fine-tuning the final calorie count and dessert-to-energy bar-to-dried fruit ratio. I wasn't even sure if my bags would fit under the 50lb weight limit; for all I knew, I might have to wear my boots onto the plane.

Twice in a row, and a fall
to the void! Twice in a row, and a fall to the void!  by Boriss Andean

After guiding Antonio and Raquel (Spain) up to the summit of Illiniza Norte (5,126 m/16,818 ft), I continued guiding Stephanie and Andrew, a very friendly couple from the USA. It was great to spent an awesome time with them in Cotopaxi's refuge.

On Tuesday, I drove down from Cotopaxis's parking lot to Hosteria Cuello de luna, where Antonio and Raquel were waiting to be taken to Cotopaxi's refuge. We all had lunch and drove up to the refuge. Couldn't believed it, but Raquel was still complaining about everything, this time about being in Cotopaxi. It was clear she didn't like anything about outdoors and this time we were right in one of the hardest place to be at when you are looking for some rest and relax.

Canyoneering the Middle Fork
of Lytle Creek Canyoneering the Middle Fork of Lytle Creek  by Augie Medina

When I decided to join a group to descend a tributary in the Middle Fork of Lytle Creek in the Cucamonga Wilderness area of the eastern San Gabriel Mounains, pleasant memories were not the first thing that popped into my head. I had my first outing to the mountains somewhere in this area when I was 8 years old. My favorite uncle took me to a camping/picnic area so that I could use the BB gun he had bought me and to enjoy the outdoors. For whatever reason, I was barefoot and carelessly ran through a pile of white-hot barbecue coals some reckless picnickers had spread on the ground. The bottoms of my feet immediately turned into a horrendous, solitary blister from heel to toe. I had a miserable time recovering from the episode.

It’s Good
to be Back It’s Good to be Back  by AJones

2008 was a memorable year for me; unfortunately, not always in a good way. The beginning of the year started off great, with some really good ice climbing trips; culminating in an ascent of Polar Circus – a long time goal of mine and Greg’s. Even spring started off good, with some fun local rock climbing. However, it all went horribly wrong in April with just one awkward move on a relatively easy rock climb I’d done many times before. Something very bad had happened to my left shoulder.

3rd Times a Charm - The Real
Direct Finish 3rd Times a Charm - The Real Direct Finish  by jonmeek16

3rd times a charm, what does that mean? It’s often an expression used in common passing. In this case, it was my jaunt up San Jacinto’s North Face route Snow Creek. I had my first attempt at Snow Creek about a year ago with a whole gaggle of people (see Taco’s trip report here) but was unsuccessful due to packing way to much stuff, and my knee was giving me problems. During this trip, I was so exhausted coming back down off the hike that I decided, screw the caretaker, and I walked right by his house, and yes, I’m still alive today to tell the story. My second attempt was about two weeks ago with two of my buddies. We made great time, but once we got on top of the Isthmus, we got lost and didn’t find the tunnel to get us into the gully. We ended up dropping down way to low into the wrong canyon. Time was not on our side so we turned around. Being that Miguel Forgan is a Snow Creek expert, I talked him into doing the route 10days before he’s going back to do it again with a large group of people. So Miguel, Tony and I set out at 3:50am from Tony’s house in Rancho towards the Power Utility Station…

4 days - 4
summits ... round trip from Milan 4 days - 4 summits ... round trip from Milan  by Gabriele Roth

25 years ago I decided I had to see the Jungfrau group !!! I had only few days free so I studied a route that could optimize the time : 1 summit a day even for the travel days ... so : 4 days = 4 summits : 3 higher than 4000m, the 4th one a little lower.

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