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Proclaimed Peak Bagger Achieves Goal of 100 Peaks Self Proclaimed Peak Bagger Achieves Goal of 100 Peaks  by Travis_

It is December 31th, 2007 and I am standing on top of Circle Mountain with my beautiful family. This is my 100th peak (explanation follows in next section). There are other reasons to celebrate too, this is my daughter Farrah's first peak, my daughter Kenzie's 9th peak and my wife's 6th. I had set a goal early this year to hike 100 peaks prior to the end of the year, and I have just barely managed to meet this goal. It is nice to be able to share this experince with my family, and I am really enjoying the time on the summit. My daughter and I sign the summit register, I take a short video, have a short play session in a small patch of remaining snow, and head on our way. I have promised my daughter a parfait (as Kenzie says, that is a fancy way of saying Sundae) at a restaurant in Wrightwood and we are all hungry. Circle Mountain is an easy peak, other than a few very steep sections the hike up and down is uneventful. I am carrying my 3 year old daughter on my back and my wife is carrying our 3.5 month old in a carrier on her chest. Since I accidentally parked at the wrong location the hike was a little longer than necessary, 4 miles and 1200 ft gain. Long enough for both mine and my wife’s back to get sore hauling our precious cargo.

Climbing Peru Offseason Climbing Peru  by gregoryv

I arrived in Lima tired after the red-eye from Miami. I used frequent flyer miles so I had to fly from San Francisco to Miami via Dallas the previous day. Despite being tired, I was anxious to get going. This trip, for me was a solo adventure. I was going exploring on my own. As a result, I didn't have much of an itinerary. After arriving in Lima, I immediately booked a flight to Cusco. I desperately wanted to head north to Huaraz to get into the Cordellia Blanca, but felt that the obligatory excursion to Macchu Picchu was a required stopover. I spent most of the first morning sitting in the airport waiting for the air traffic controller strike to end. After several hours, my plane departed and I made it to Cusco. I immediately found a taxi, explored a few nearby villages very quickly and hopped on the last train to Aguas Callientes, the dropping off point to Macchu Picchu.

One on San Gorgonio Stealing One on San Gorgonio  by shknbke

I was out in CA for the third straight year for a short work trip and decided to take advantage of it again by hitting another county highpoint. San Gorgonio is high on many highpointer lists as it not only is the highest mountain in the L.A. area, but also in all of southern California. It checks in at #6 on the lower 48 prominence list, bested only by Rainier, Whitney, Shasta, Elbert, and San Jacinto. My dad's family lived in Redlands & San Bernadino at the base of this monarch, so this peak had some family ties for me. My friend Bruno Lucidarme from summitpost hiked mighty Baldy with me last Dec and had hoped to join me for San Gorgonio, but work demands kept him from joining me on a Monday. We decided to do a warmup hike in the San Gabriels on Sunday after I arrived, so ranked 8er Waterman was on the agenda as it is a short hike with good views.

A GPS can
be helpful (if batteries are powerful) A GPS can be helpful (if batteries are powerful)  by Nikman

It snowed a lot during week nr. 50 and when I checked the weather forecast on Wednesday a high pressure zone was proposed for northern Europe. The result was very low temperatures right after fresh snowfall. Fog, mist and clouds built up in lower areas, but blue skies could be found in the mountains.

Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge Mount Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge  by Schuetzenweber

Holtgrefe Ridge runs up the Northeastern approach to Mount Harwood via Stockton Flat and Lytle Creek. The total elevation gain was approximately 3,472 feet to the Summit elevation of 9,552 feet over a horizontal distance of just under 2 miles. In the thumbnail image above you can clearly see it rising up to the North of the Devil's Backbone Trail.

Damavand - South Face - July
2007 Damavand - South Face - July 2007  by werner31

I took a guide, named Hussein (I can really recommend him, he has climbed Damavand more that 500 times and seems to know everything about the mountain and everybody passing by en route) via "Araz", a Teheran-based operator. Hussein picked me up at 4 am. in the morning from Khomenei Intl. Airport in Tehran. After stocking-up food for the next 5 days in Tehran, we set out for Damavand. With Hussein's adventureous (but average Iranian) driving style, which was in fact more dangerous than the entire climb, it took us about 3 hours to reach Reyneh, the village on the south side of the mountain. From the village a gravel road turns left and it is another 30 min. drive up to the base camp at Goosfand Sara (2.900 mts.). Goosfand Sara consists of a mosque, a concrete shelter without any glass in the windows (gets quite chilly at night) and some tents from local shepards. A USD 50 charge is levied there by the Iranian Mountaineering Association for climbing Damavand (most people are not aware of this). As the weather on the first day was quite foggy and cold, we didn't do much more than hanging around in the tent of a sheperd.


The program was arranged by the Iranian Alpine club. Like most other trips Ive had we were not quite sure that this one would happen. Just two days before the program my friend called and said it was fixed. All three of us from Tonekabon were so busy at the time, doing the harvest season job beside all other daily works. But nothing can keep you home when there is a good program arranged,right? So we left Tonekabon and met the rest of the team in Tehran. We were on a trip now!

Marooned in
The Annapurna Wilderness Marooned in The Annapurna Wilderness  by vancouver islander

Sunday, October 21, at about 12.15pm. The group is climbing steep but routine terrain. Without warning, without a slip or a misstep, pain like a knife blade in my left knee and I collapse in agony on the ground.

I knew immediately what had happened. I’d torn my medial meniscus. I couldn’t walk; I could barely even stand. Based on previous experience I was going to need surgery.

Just another case of Murphy’s law? Rather more than that I’m afraid. This particular dose of merde had chosen to make itself manifest at 4,300 metres halfway up to one of the most remote passes in the Himalaya, almost five days travel from the nearest village over some 5,500 metres of total ascent. There was no running away from the fact that this was a serious situation.

Canyoneering in Great Falls
of the Fox Canyoneering in Great Falls of the Fox  by Augie Medina

Eight of us gathered on a clear Monday morning at a trailhead off Big Tujunga Road, ½ mile southwest of the junction with Angeles Forest Highway. We sorted and inventoried needed gear and were off by 7:30 a.m. We hiked down into Big Tujunga Canyon along the Fall Creek Fire Road hitting the canyon bottom in less than 2 miles. There was lots more fire road before we hit our jump-off point from the fire road, an intermittent use trail snaking down and up through the dry San Gabriel chaparral.

Tour de Southwest Tour de Southwest  by breagen

As a student at Iowa State University I don't many opportunities to get on anything that could be considered a mountain without a lot of effort. This tends to create difficulties due to the fact that being outside climbing a mountain is absolutely my favorite thing in the world to do. Even climbing in the midwest is hard for me to do. The closest thing I have is a small limestone crag 2 hours away. So almost every weekend I am on the road with my climbing partners, heading for Minnesota, Arkansas or South Dakota. Long drives through the night, lots of money for gas and the constant threat of not getting my school work done. All this I do just for a day or two on the rock. Its how I am living my life right now, and I'm content at least. But as the end of the school year in 2007 came around I wanted to get out and see mountains that I haven't yet seen. Thus the Tour de SW was conceived. It would be an epic tour starting in Phoenix, traveling south to north up the Sierra Nevada and ending in Salt Lake. I was joined by two close friends who are more hikers than climbers but our team was strong, our moral was high, and we were heading west to live free for three weeks in our new home of the mountains.

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