Solo Mountaineering Years

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
on May 12, 2009 12:04 am
Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing
Image ID: 513113


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lcarreau - May 12, 2009 9:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Marc ...?

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.)


Marcsoltan - May 12, 2009 10:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Marc ...?

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,


Branko - May 13, 2009 2:21 am - Voted 10/10


...on your photo of the day!

Brgds, Branko.


Marcsoltan - May 13, 2009 2:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations...

Thank you so much Brgds,
Looking forward to all your photos,
Happy climbing,


yatsek - May 13, 2009 3:48 am - Voted 10/10


BTW Mark, in peak season, is the Palisades area less/much less crowded than Mt Whitney?


Marcsoltan - May 13, 2009 9:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations

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,


Charles - May 13, 2009 7:16 am - Voted 10/10

What a

hero picture Marc! You look good! Like it indeed!
Thanks for that


Marcsoltan - May 13, 2009 9:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: What a

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.


Charles - May 13, 2009 9:52 am - Voted 10/10

Re: What a

yes it´s a real one - quirky, heavy, great optics and I love the feel of it.


Boydie - May 13, 2009 11:34 am - Voted 10/10

Kicking back and

enjoying the moment Marc. Sums it all up really.


Marcsoltan - May 13, 2009 12:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Kicking back and

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,


Deltaoperator17 - May 13, 2009 2:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Handsome Duck

Look at you! 50 how much at the time of this photo?


Marcsoltan - May 13, 2009 3:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Handsome Duck

Hey Steve, Stevo, Stephan...
Never been called a duck before, but I'll take it.
Thanks for dropping by and the compliment.


Marcsoltan - May 26, 2009 9:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Handsome Duck

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.


Marcsoltan - May 26, 2009 9:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Happy SP anniversary!

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


imontop - Jun 4, 2009 11:37 pm - Voted 10/10

The dude!

You look tough man!


Marcsoltan - Jun 4, 2009 11:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: The dude!

Well, I used to be. I'm a little softer now, but still bite and claw at the slopes.
Thanks Eric,


RayMondo - Nov 2, 2009 10:45 am - Voted 10/10

Re: The dude!

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

Just keep on believing.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Feb 5, 2010 5:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Back in the day


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!




Marcsoltan - Feb 5, 2010 6:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Back in the day

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.

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