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Introduction and Novice advice?

Hello All,

My name is Justin, I am a novice climber returning to the fun after almost 15 years away. My limited experience was gained in the Marine Corps in the years before 9/11 when I would spend my spare time hiking and climbing SoCal. I was trained as an assault climber by the Corps and also a HRST master, but that was many moons ago. I want to get active again and get back ...
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Rock Climbing Proficiency for Mountaineering

Hello all!

My girlfriend and I are new to the world of mountaineering, but incredibly excited to learn. We've signed up for a few classes this winter on snow camping, glacier travel, and ice axe/crampon use, and we're hoping to test our mettle this spring and summer on a couple of snow-covered mountains in California, hopefully culminating in a guided climb of Shasta in the summer.

However, while she is also a very capable rock ...
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Help identify a desert find?

I came across this object in the Dead Mtns along the Colorado River recently and was somewhat taken aback. At first it looked like old mining equipment, a pipe perhaps when it was half-buried. I nudged it out with my foot and it suddenly looked like an unexploded ordnance. After more thought, I'm not so sure, but I'm rather curious. Anyone know more about this than my half-ass guess?
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Complete Newbie, is this an achievable goal or am I crazy?

Hi all,

As the headline states, I'm a complete newbie to mountain climbing - I've done quite a bit of hiking through some rough Australian terrain and a little easy climbing (never needed any gear) but otherwise have no experience.

As some back story, I'm a 23 hr old female, with a pretty low fitness level in general (also about 10-15 kg over my ideal weight). I live in North Queensland, Australia and I'd like ...
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Winter Peakbagging, Summer Conditions (USA)

I’m interested in a warm-weather location for peakbagging this winter – a place where I can use a single hotel as my base and dayhike numerous local peaks in an approximately week-long winter peakbagging vacation. The Phoenix area looks like a good candidate. Any better ideas?
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Mammut Project 360

Just thought I'd share Mammut's Project 360 since it's pretty amazing.


360 technology is pretty amazing and will change the way we share experiences from the trips we take. This site has 360 photos and videos from major climbs like the North Face of The Eiger, The Matterhorn, The Nose (El Capitan) and a few others. The locations are limited, but what they do have so far is really cool. You can follow the ...
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Non permit climbs

Hi fellow mountaineers, I'm new to climbing and was wondering what it the highest summit you can climb that does not require a permit and if anyone could recommend some good climbs.
Dave Butters
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Where would you go if you could go any place in the world?

Hi all,

I am a long time lurker, and finally decided to make an account. I have been thinking about making a trip in the next year or two, so I am trying to narrow down some places. I saw on a thread a while back about going to western China, and that has really stuck in my head since it would be more in my budget.

I saw Salewa is doing a lot of ...
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Risk as a Parent

Just was wondering about others perceptions

So as a single father of two girls this question goes through my head, especially as climbing partners have kids.

Is avoiding risk good or bad,.

Just some background. So, I've climbed for 42 years around the world, and have never had an accident that I needed to see the doctor. I've taken falls onto a rope upwards of 60ft, spent 2 yrs just doing R/X climbs, climbed in ...
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Ice climbing equipment ?

First time Ice climbing, can I wear snowboarding boots for ice climbing or any hiking boots does it matter ? does it matter what kind of helmet I wear also ? How about ice climbing axe's I see straight ones and curved ones ?
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