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An odd request for anyone climbing Wheeler's Peak soon. An odd request for anyone climbing Wheeler's Peak soon.

Hey guys, I was referred to this forum from reddit.com/r/mountaineering. I know this is a long shot and I know it may sound ridiculous but I have been visiting the Taos/Angelfire area for the past few days and today, being my last day before heading back to Austin, climbed Wheeler's Peak. It was my first time doing any sort of major hiking and felt incredibly accomplished getting to write in the registry at the top. ...
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How dumb is my Grand Canyon R2R plan?

Planning to do it in mid-June. The timing isn’t optimal, but it’s the only opportunity I’ll have in the foreseeable future.

* Day 1 — shuttle to North Rim, stay in campground, food at nearby store, use old gear that can be thrown away/given away afterward

* Day 2 — start down the North Kaibab Trail at 3 a.m.
ETA at Roaring Springs (4.7 miles in): 5 a.m. (took less than two hours the last ...
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Grand Canyon North Rim Lodging

My April hike is in the books -- a great day hike up to the summit of Cloud's Rest and back in Yosemite. I began planning a May hike on the flight home and I had the idea that it might be fun to flip the mountain over for a change and do a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon in May. As usual, I am late to the party, as it appears that May ...
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Arc Dome June 6

I am hiking Arc Dome 11,788' in central Nevada on June 6. We have a group of folks meeting up with various fitness levels. I intend to hike a little faster than them, and leave earlier in the morning. Does anyone in the Reno-Tahoe-Sacramento-Bay area want to carpool who has a 4WD who wants to do the hike slightly faster? We'd camp at the trailhead Friday June 5. Drive time is ~3.5-4 hours from Reno. ...
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April high elevation summits? April high elevation summits?


I'm looking for a peak to day hike the third week in April (2015). It's a tough time of year to find high altitude accessible peaks that aren't unreachable due to snow. I had good luck in April 2013 climbing Telescope Peak in Death Valley -- the roads were open and the peak had some snow, but nothing that stopped me from getting to the top and doing it as a day hike. My ...
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Black Velvet Wall, Sour Mash 5.10a, 800ft, Red Rocks Nevada

Infamous Black Velvet Wall, Sour Mash route rated 5.10a with 7 pitches (3 of which are 5.10a). Mostly vertical 800ft classic route! Climbed in late October of 2014 with partner Marc Ripperger. Wall is mostly in the shade during the day and gets cold and windy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-znkap_ ... detailpage
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Weather Conditions Great Basin 2nd Week March


I am looking to plan a backpacking trip through Great Basin National Park from March 16th-19th. As a good backpacker, I am looking to prepare for any adverse weather conditions.

Does anyone have any experience with Backpacking through here during that time? We will reach Elevations as high as 11,000 feet. Possibly storms? Snow? Temperatures?

Any input is appreciated

Thank you!
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Stolen Gear - Fisher Towers

Dear Summit Post users(particularly those climbing in the Fishers and/or Mystery Towers),

Sometime between Labor Day weekend, 2014, and January 16, 2015 a large stash of climbing and camping gear was stolen from what (we thought) was a well hidden location in the area between the Titan and the Mystery Towers. This was not near any of the known bivy spots in this area. The gear included a full desert iron aid rack, a double ...
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Guadalupe Mountains / Big Bend NPs


I have an opportunity to come to Texas as part of a business trip in either late March or late April. I'm hoping this is a good time to visit the NPs in the west of the state. A few questions:
- Will I have any trouble getting camping spots or will it be quite enough as I know many are just walk in? Is it worth ca
- Is it worth backcountry camping ...
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Gear required for winter Humphreys summit

Planning to climb Humphreys in mid-Feburary. Obviously that's a ways out, but in a typical snow year what gear do I need in Feb? I've heard crampons aren't necessary -- which leads me to believe an ice axe isn't either. And is a ski descent worthwhile? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Holmes
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