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East Ridge (SE Face) - In the Rain by Klenke
As we walked the old road up Goodell
Creek I could not help but wonder how long this road had been around and how
long it had been in disuse. It seemed kind of improbable to me that a road would
have gone up this valley at all, but it only made it four miles to Terror Creek.
The Goodell Creek valley extends northward into some of the meanest Cascades
around and for a lot farther than where tributary Terror Creek comes in. I asked
John Roper what he remembers about the road from his Newhalem childhood and he
said it existed when he was a kid and was probably built in the 1930s. In the
winters he used to sled down its initial incline out of town. And he also would
fish (generally unsuccessfully) in Goodell Creek up the road a ways at fishing
spots they called “Little Hole” and “Big Hole.” In the 1960s you could
drive to “Straight Shot Creek” about two miles up the valley. After that the
road was overgrown back then (already in the span of 20 years). But today this
road facilitates easy access to the footings of the Southern Pickets because,
although it starts out brush-encroached, it has a good trail along it. Without
the road, it would be a horrid nightmare trying to hike the denseness of it. I
suppose a trail might have been built instead. Or a route up and over Mt. Ross
and “The Roost” might have been the standardized approach.
| "This area makes me nervous" by Dean |
Time is flying my friends, really flying.
While looking through my pictures the other night, I came across the album of
pics that brought back vivid memories of one of the highlight hikes of 2003.
While not much has changed on Mt. Adams, a lot has changed for me. Of course I
am now 7 years older (and hopefully wiser) but I have since retired from a
dental practice in Kennewick Washington and moved across several states to the
state of Utah where I am now involved in the education of dental hygiene
students, a wonderful way to share my knowledge and experience with up and
coming professionals. I am also living in a state that is loaded with mountains
and things to do. As I approach my 70th year, I still feel young and vibrant and
much of this I owe to my friends who I have developed over the past 7 years.
Lucky is the man who has friends like Bob, Dennis, Rick, Bill, Kadee, Greg,
Mike, Eric and the list could go on and on. No need to put last names here, you
know who you are. Many many thanks. I dedicate this trip report to the guy who
started it all, Bob Bolton. To you Bob, I offer my finest salute and thanks. And
of course, a special thanks and salute to my wife, without whose understanding
and support of my mountain passion, none of this could have happened.
| Gun Shots Fired, But Still A
Success On Mt Larrabee & Winchester Mountain by beaudaddy85 |
Our plan was to meet Saturday
evening at the Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. This is found just off of the Mt
Baker Highway 542. Even though Gimpilator’s Suzuki Bandit has 1,200cc of
muscle, it wouldn’t be a good match for the rugged road that climbs up to Twin
Lakes at (5,200’). So I planned to taxi him up the last couple miles. We
planned to bivy at the lakes for the night and hit the trail early Sunday
morning for the southwest gully ascent to Mt Larrabee. A possible Winchester
Mountain (6,521’) summit was thrown into the plans for an added bonus.
The Holly Sawtooth by Holk |
Papa Smashy (aka my Subaru) has just swerved sideways off the road and into a ditch, taking out a vertical road reflector, but I’m only half startled for a second or two before losing consciousness again. This occurrence took place one year ago, after my friend Isaiah and I climbed Thielsen - I guess pushing the limits on a thirty-six hour day was our way of having a post climb celebration. The plan was to camp at the Thielsen trail and head out early, but to our surprise the full days work and five hour drive south hadn’t hindered our enthusiasm to begin climbing, so without delay off we went into a moonless night where the stars never seemed so bright! Pre dawn light began to emerge behind the Sawtooth range at four o-clock, silhouetting Howlock and Thielsen. Isaiah and I arrived below the summit pinnacle at five forty five, just in time to see the sun rise over the horizon. This trip revealed to me the Sawtooth ridge (Howlock) to the north and Hollys ridge leading off to the east. I knew I’d be back sooner or later to check these areas out, namely Thielsen East Peak.More
| 6th Time’s the Charm: Persistence
Pays Off on Thunderbolt Peak by PellucidWombat |
I stemmed hard against
the chimney to take the weight off my hands. Trying my hardest to fight the
pain, I shoved my hands into the warmth of my jacket as another wave of
spindrift blew up the Palisade Glacier and into my face. Soon the snow crystals
passed and the pain in my hands had subsided enough for me to continue working
at setting and clipping into my latest piece of pro. This was my first pitch of
technical climbing in snowy conditions and it was more than I had bargained for.
The awkwardness of boots and a pack weren’t so bad, but I was beginning to
discover how poorly suited my hands are to climbing in the cold, even with
| Russian Impressions - Elbrus by Liba Kopeckova |
Russia is and always was
an amazing country - sad and rich, unfair and strong, so different from the rest
of the Europe. I had some mixed feelings about this trip, first I was in the
process of changing jobs, moving to a different state in USA, selling a house
etc. I kept changing my plans, and at the end I made no real plans, I just
| Almost Ultimate Utah Ridge Run by ZeeJay |
It was on my mind for over two years.
Start at Henrys Fork Trailhead on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains, hike
to Kings Peak, Utah's high point, hike the whole ridge from Kings to Emmons, hit
South Emmons and then Owl, and exit some place on the south slope of the Uintas.
The hike would be in the 30 mile range with over 8000' of elevation gain, 5000'
of which would be above 12500'. I would climb eight 13000 footers and one 12000
footer. I was planning to do it in a day.
| The Rwenzori Mountains by donidave |
You can be forgiven for not having
heard of this mountain range because it seems few people have. But I don't know
why not. It is the highest mountain range in Africa, containing Africa's third
highest peak, and has the biggest ice caps left on the continent.
West Wall Warmup by mvs |
looking forward to climbing with Jesse for months, and I knew we'd immediately
hit it off. His previous aggressive trips to the Dolomites had succeeded in
bagging all kinds of routes I wanted to do, and the attitude he projects in
photos and writings was the absolute best kind. Basically always happy and ready
for more climbing. So I picked him up at Hauptbahnhof, and after a nice farewell
dinner at my home, we loaded the car and headed south. It was great for Kris and
the boys to get to meet Jesse, I could tell Kris liked him because he made her
| Grabbin' Some Afternoon Delight in
Yosemite (Photo Trip Report) by marauders |
It's 6:00 a.m. and I've been
driving for seven and a half hours. Surprisingly, I've felt alert the entire
time, allowing my buddies to sleep the night away. Driving west from Benton,
California, dawn arrives and I finally begin to feel the first wave of
exhaustion. I fiddle with the iPod, trying to find some music to give me a
spark. But to no avail; all my music blends together in monotones. I then plug
in my buddy's iPod and a musical delight teases my ears. Not just any musical
delight mind you, this is "Afternoon Delight". I've never heard this song before
and my first thought is "What the devil is this crap?" But after a few minutes,
the songs wins me over and a smile spreads over my face:
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