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Solo Mountaineering Years
Thunderbolt Peak over my left shoulder, U-Notch and Polemonium Peak to my right,
North Palisades Peak behind my head. North Palisades Crest, Eastern Sierras,
Early 1990s


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lcarreauMarc ...?


Voted 10/10

Hope you don't mind being asked, but WHICH
peak is your most special, as far as
memories go?

If a person could visit ONE peak in the
Sierra Nevada, which one would it be ??? ??

(Don't mean to imply "limitations," but some
of us don't have a whole lotta time.)
Posted May 12, 2009 9:38 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Marc ...?


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Oh, God, Larry, you are asking a very difficult question. I have some very special memories of so many mountains, and no one had ever asked me this question before. If you have just enough time for one mountain, I would recommend Mount Whitney. This photo is in the Palisades, some forty miles north of Mount Whitney. If you don't mind the crowds you can do Mt.Whitney starting in May through November. If you want to avoid the crowds, bring winter stuff and do the mountain in March or April, these are my favorite months for any Sierra Peaks. The snow is consolidated and the trails are still buried. Pick your own route.

I have many memorable solo climbs of the Sierra peaks as well. Hard to pick one.

Thanks for the visit, Larry,
Posted May 12, 2009 10:36 pm



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...on your photo of the day!

Brgds, Branko.
Posted May 13, 2009 2:21 am

MarcsoltanRe: Congratulations...


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Thank you so much Brgds,
Looking forward to all your photos,
Happy climbing,
Posted May 13, 2009 2:25 am



Voted 10/10

BTW Mark, in peak season, is the Palisades area less/much less crowded than Mt Whitney?
Posted May 13, 2009 3:48 am

MarcsoltanRe: Congratulations


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Hi Jacek,

Yes, absolutely. On many of my trips into the Palisades, I was all by myself, or shared the whole area with two or four other people. In 2008 my wife and I did a long loop of all the lakes there in peak season. We saw only a dozen people in many miles.
Thanks for the visit,
Posted May 13, 2009 9:37 am

CharlesWhat a


Voted 10/10

hero picture Marc! You look good! Like it indeed!
Thanks for that
Posted May 13, 2009 7:16 am

MarcsoltanRe: What a


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Thank you Charles. I was solo climbing and put the camera on a rock and took the shot. I am surprised it came out okay.
BTW, love your camera.
Posted May 13, 2009 9:32 am

CharlesRe: What a


Voted 10/10

yes it´s a real one - quirky, heavy, great optics and I love the feel of it.
Posted May 13, 2009 9:52 am

BoydieKicking back and


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enjoying the moment Marc. Sums it all up really.
Posted May 13, 2009 11:34 am

MarcsoltanRe: Kicking back and


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You said it better than I could. It's true, you make the summit, it's sunny, you're not pressed for time. The only thing left to do is to kick back and enjoy the view.

Thank you Stephen,
Posted May 13, 2009 12:22 pm

Deltaoperator17Handsome Duck


Voted 10/10

Look at you! 50 how much at the time of this photo?
Posted May 13, 2009 2:47 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Handsome Duck


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Hey Steve, Stevo, Stephan...
Never been called a duck before, but I'll take it.
Thanks for dropping by and the compliment.
Posted May 13, 2009 3:08 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Handsome Duck


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It's 2009 now, I took this shot, let's say in 1993.
2009-1993=16 years
I am 63 now, so 63-16=47
I guess I was about 46-48 years old then.
Posted May 26, 2009 9:15 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Happy SP anniversary!


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Thank you Borut. I remember becoming a member in mid July of 08, not mid May. I think I have about two more months before my first anniversary.
I hope you had a great weekend,
Cheers, Marc
Posted May 26, 2009 9:15 am

imontopThe dude!


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You look tough man!
Posted Jun 4, 2009 11:37 pm

MarcsoltanRe: The dude!


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Well, I used to be. I'm a little softer now, but still bite and claw at the slopes.
Thanks Eric,
Posted Jun 4, 2009 11:58 pm

RayMondoRe: The dude!


Voted 10/10

They say, "We are what eat". I say, "We are what we do and what we think".

Just keep on believing.
Posted Nov 2, 2009 10:45 am

Sarah SimonBack in the day

Sarah Simon

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I've attached this image to my "Back in the Day" album.


If you prefer, you can detach your picture from this album. However, I actually, instead, encourage you to post more "historical" photos of yourself in your earlier climbing years!


Posted Feb 5, 2010 5:41 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Back in the day


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Sarah, I love the idea, and I wouldn't dream of detaching this pic from your album. But, what happened to my twin brother, Burt Reynolds' pic? You know, Burt has a bad temper and he hates to be ignored. Just kidding, of course, Burt's a sweetheart.
BTW, did you say "The more embarassing, the more incriminating, the more ancient, the worse the outdoor fashion - the better!"? I have some doozies, but I'll spare your album. I hate to see it catch on fire.
Posted Feb 5, 2010 6:03 pm

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