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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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Lessons in Brutality Lessons in Brutality  by Scott

his is a brief trip report outlining our trip in the Colorado Rockies over Thanksgiving Weekend 2010. Our family climbing party consisted of Kessler (eight years old), Shaylee (six years old), Kimberly and me. A few other friends joined us part way through the trip as well. We had planned to climb several 12,000 and 13,000 foot peaks over a four day period (with the ultimate goal being a climb of Jacque Peak), but instead of camping we would stay at one of the 10th Mountain Division Huts located high in the mountains at timberline. When you have two small children, this makes multi-day mountain trips in winter conditions much easier. The only problem with staying at the cabins is that you must book them well in advance and long before the weather forecast is available, but we had had good luck in the past.

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Return to the Maze District
- May 2010 Return to the Maze District - May 2010  by Matt Lemke

This time when my friends and I went to the Maze, it was May right after school was out and we only had passenger cars. This backpack was to be a part of a much longer two week trip through southern Utah. After going through the permit process at the Hans Flat Ranger Station, we carefully drove our cars to the top of the Fling trail switchbacks where we had to park. Along the way I was able to get some nice panoramas.

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The King Got His Crown The King Got His Crown  by EastKing

Winter in the Pacific Northwest much of the time get depressing with the constant precipitation moving through in the wintertime. But when it is sunny in winter and there is snow in the mountains there is no other place in the world I would rather be then Washington State. I will pick one sunny winter day in western Washington over 30 in other places in the United States because the mountains here can really light up and show their true winter beauty like few other places in the world. Case in point would be Bullion Peak and Crown Point. These two peaks really do give excellent three volcano views of hundreds of peaks on a clear day and make for excellent summits to explore.

It had been almost a year since Gimpilator and I teamed up on a really good summit. Though we nearly combined on many incredible peaks such as Sahale, Glacier Peak and North Ingalls my work schedule never gave me enough time for us to combine on some cool climbs. But with the approach of winter most of the great summer climbs are much harder to get to and now that Gimpilator is back after conquering a ton of incredible South American peaks we could now combine for a good couple summit. I also invited Firestar, an experienced hiker who recently made the move out west to give a shot at true mountaineering. I was very fortunate in that many people showed me the ropes of how to mountaineer out here in the Cascades and I am always very thankful to give another climber at shot. With Gimpilator, who was a former guide and I, I knew she would be OK.

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