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What's New in the Midwest...

Postby dwhike » Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:43 pm

I find that Midwest submissions tend to get easily missed on SummitPost. Truthfully, climbs our region have a hard time stacking up with more vertically favored regions to the east and west. Therefore you won't likely find any of our peaks making Photo of the Week. Nonetheless, Midwesterners have carved themselves a nice little niche here on SP and I thought it would be helpful to create a central point where we can share the hidden gems located across our region...

Here's a few of my most recent additions, please list yours!

Trap Hills
Little Mountain
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Postby Alpinist » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:10 pm

I just added Jackson Falls this week, and the Mississippi Palisades a few months ago. The Mountains and Rocks of Illinois listing is up to 3 now. WooHoo! :lol:
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Postby Arthur Digbee » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:18 pm

I've leaving for the Smokies this afternoon, does that count as "Midwest"? :)

But a more serious issue: parts of the Midwest are a great place to hike, not to climb. Most of the people are a sucker for pictures of crags. I've suggested that the elves feature some of dwhike's great pages -- hey, elves, feature some of dwhike's great pages -- but no success so far.

I'd love to see a significant Midwest hiking community here. Obviously we're a minority and will remain so, but SP has a great infrastructure and community where we can find a niche.
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Postby dwhike » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:34 pm

Thanks Arthur, I appreciate the shout-out! :lol: I just enjoy having a place to share all the cool places there are to visit in the "boring part of the country :roll: ." I know there's other flatlanders out there like me who miss the mountains but have learned to appreciate what there is to see nearer to home!
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Postby bluffview » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:46 pm

Thank you for your contributions 'fellas.
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Postby dwhike » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:49 pm

Just added a trip report for an overnight hike in the McCormick Tract Wilderness of the Huron Mountains. Guess what? Winter's arrived in the upper midwest :D
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Postby dwhike » Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:08 am

Added Deadman's Hill

If you're looking for vertical in Lower Michigan it's about the best you can hope for. Also included info on the Jordan River Pathway which is a great overnight option.
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Postby Arthur Digbee » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:01 am

dwhike wrote:I just enjoy having a place to share all the cool places there are to visit in the "boring part of the country :roll: ." I know there's other flatlanders out there like me who miss the mountains but have learned to appreciate what there is to see nearer to home!


While in the Smokies last weekend, I decided on the following analogies to spices:

Scenery in the mountain West is like hot peppers (serranos are best!) -- obvious, showy, and it hits you on the side of your head.

The East (like the Smokies) is like saffron -- an interesting spice, more subtle, and too darned expensive.

Scenery in the Midwest is like oregano -- nice in its own way but not really unusual, and I'm glad it's there, even though you can often substitute basil.

In fact, I substituted fresh basil in tonight's lasagne, yumyum.... :)
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Postby dwhike » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:21 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: That's awesome, I just have no way to respond to that....perfect.
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Postby breagen » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:22 pm

I just added a page on Blue Mounds, MN... And am about to embark on a crags of Iowa quest... which of course means like 3... so it wont take long I guess
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Postby drjohnso1182 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:48 pm

Working on a page for Starved Rock State Park in IL:
http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=391308
Suggestions welcome. If anyone has pictures or information about Ottawa Canyon, let me know.
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Postby csmcgranahan » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:14 pm

Quite some time ago I added four Missouri pages. Three are mountain pages and one is a range page. They are all in southeast Missouri which is a really nice area where I spent many weekends from 2001 to 2003 while living in the St. Louis area.

The range page includes topozone links to several other small peaks I summited but don't feel I have enough pictures to do a summitpost page justice. Please let me know if anyone has any photos of these. The page also includes several shut-ins I visited. Shut-ins are the local term for creeks pinched in by rock that form rapids, cascades, swim holes, etc. These are great to escape the summer heat and humidity in the region.

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Postby dwhike » Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:18 pm

Just finished a trip report for a hike I did in the Grand Sable Dunes area of Pictured Rocks.

I've been hiking Pictured Rocks for over 15 years and never got around to this trip until now. It was pretty cool so I thought I'd share...
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Postby Arthur Digbee » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:46 pm

Great page, dwhike. Go, flatlanders!
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Postby samh » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:02 pm

I put a lot of work into a page about the Sawtooth Range, located along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. There is only one peak that falls within this range featured on Summit Post at this time which leaves at least four or five pages that need to be built.

I have filled out a lot of information on the range page - enough to qualify it as being complete, but I plan to continue adding information in the form of stuff that isn't necessary but is valuable. Please visit, read, vote and comment accordingly because, to quote the first post in this thread, "I find that Midwest submissions tend to get easily missed on SummitPost."

http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/43 ... e-mn-.html
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