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by Cy Kaicener (Posted Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:30:14 GMT)
https://altitudepakistan.blogspot.com/2 ... ge_25.html -- Raheel Adnan -- Pakistan -- Summer 2017 : Nanga Parbat Mazeno Ridge attempt, Kinshofer Route summit bid thwarted, Progress in the Karakorum

https://cys-hiking-adventures.blogspot. ... -peak.html -- Cy K -- Updated

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Posted: June 25, 2017, 3:30 pm
by Alpinist (Posted Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:40:57 GMT)
Annual reminder: Please attach any photos of Sierra flowers to the Flowers of the Sierra Nevada album, especially if they are rare or different from the existing ones. I'm trying to build the album into a comprehensive photo library of flowers for the Sierra. Thanks! Have a great summer!

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Posted: June 25, 2017, 2:40 pm
by AceSierra (Posted Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:22:06 GMT)
Another thread resurrected for the season. Planning on heading up to Rock Creek next week to bag "something". Dade is on the short list, does anyone have any recon on the Hourglass? I'm assuming the approach will be some/mostly snow? I know it's been warm in the mountains for a week or so, wonder if conditions are changing rapidly...?

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Posted: June 25, 2017, 2:22 am
by Carbo (Posted Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:17:10 GMT)
How much snow is there by the campground?
Are the mosquitos out yet?

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Posted: June 25, 2017, 12:17 am
by MoapaPk (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:38:58 GMT)
That map suggests lots of prime areas would become inaccessible, e.g.
http://hwstock.org/ram3/

My biased view: the USAF has been dropping stuff (gas drop tanks, radar targets) on that area for years without oversight. They want to change their illegal activities to legal by fiat.

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 10:38 pm
by jedicolin (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:42:35 GMT)
Climbers Gallery

The Climbers Gallery has been updated with a photograph of British climber Jon Gupta on the summit of Mount Everest on the 16th May 2017.

Climbers Gallery

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 6:42 pm
by ExcitableBoy (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:44:04 GMT)
OPHIRTODD wrote:I'd suggest looking a bit deeper than just the face value of the cost from each guide service.

Each provides somewhat different services for their trip fee, such as transportation to/from Talkeetna, some provide lodging in Alaska as part of the cost and some don't provide all your food for the expedition. Those additional costs can add up...

Also, something to consider is the group size and the guide to climber ratio, which can vary from company to company. My point is that the list of costs might not be a straight up apples to apples comparison.

Good luck!


Good post, not all guide services are equal and the difference in cost between the cheapest and the most is expensive Is negligible when you consider the cost of gear, air transportation to Alaska, air transportation from Talkeetna to the glacier (that 30 minute trip was nearly triple the fare of my round trip ticket from Seattle to Anchorage - $550 with TAT, $200 with Alaska Airlines on my last trip to the AK Range in 2005), etc.

I used to work as a guide and have quite a few friends who still work as guides. In my opinion, the best guide services for Denali are AMS, AAI and AAI, simply based on knowing the guides and directors at all of those organizations.

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 3:44 pm
by Lodewijk (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:28:20 GMT)
I reworked mulidivarese's Lyskamm SP Page: http://www.summitpost.org/lyskamm/150274

Image

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 11:28 am
by Scott (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:55:25 GMT)
I am in Huaraz now and several teams have claimed to have climbed Huascaran recently. Supposedly conditions are OK, but not great. Still better than last year.

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 3:55 am
by WyomingSummits (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:02:58 GMT)
Anyone have any recent beta on the Cirque? When/if the approach and most routes are opened up?

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 3:02 am
by chugach mtn boy (Posted Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:51:27 GMT)
I had an avulsion fracture in my knee 20 years ago (ACL torn out by the roots), which took significant chunks of my articular cartilage off the tibial spine. Although I don't think my doc would have predicted it then, I am doing great all these years later. However, I wasn't doing great till I started hiking and mountain racing (uphill power walking, not running) A LOT in 2006. That, including the downhill hiking component, gave me the quad strength needed to really protect the knee. The lesson from my life is that doing 200,000 or 300,000 or more vertical feet a year is the best protection you can give to a damaged knee. This got confirmed when I had a fall that left a small but irritating meniscus tear in 2012--my knee was scoped, and the surgeon was amazed that the articular cartilage lesions weren't getting any worse over time. So, yes, you can keep hiking, and you should.

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Posted: June 24, 2017, 12:51 am
by Quitou (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:39:33 GMT)
Price drop to $200. Anyone???

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:39 pm
by jfrishmanIII (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:08:03 GMT)
Inyo NF is now saying the road is open to the Patriarch Grove turnoff. If there's still snow above that, it's hard to imagine it'll be there long, as hot as it's been around here. I haven't heard that the road's been graded for the year yet, so expect lots of bumps.

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:08 pm
by kylie (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:28:32 GMT)
Steven's wife, Olivia, is asking if there are any climbers with rescue experience who would be able/willing to go to Russia to support the search efforts on Mt. Elbrus. US military can't get clearance to support the rescue. If you know anyone and for more information about logistics please contact Olivia Beare through the Facebook group Search for Steven at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2450851 ... nref=story

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:28 pm
by kylie (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:23:40 GMT)
Steven's wife, Olivia, is asking if there are any climbers with rescue experience who would be able/willing to go to Russia to support the search efforts on Mt. Elbrus. US military can't get clearance to support the rescue. If you know anyone and for more information about logistics please contact Olivia Beare through the Facebook group Search for Steven at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2450851 ... nref=story

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:23 pm
by Tonka (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:28:00 GMT)
I've road tripped through both parks without reservations and always got a site. I'd just recommend getting a site early and then doing whatever activities you choose. These are massive campgrounds if your looking at the main ones. No matter what or where, it's going to be busy but I'm sure you know that.

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:28 pm
by Lgartrell (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:09:57 GMT)
Hello,

I've got week long trip coming up to the french and swiss alps, where i'm praying for weather and hoping I can get up both Mont Blanc (trois monts) and the Matterhorn (honli).

In the interest of space I don't want to take over two sets of boots, so i'm hoping for feedback from anyone who's climbed them, particularly the Matterhorn.

I've recently worn through my pair of summer boots, meaning the only pair I've currently got are Scarpa Phantom Guides.

Could I get up the Honli ridge in a pair of Scarpa Phantom Guides, or are they going to be too stiff? Weight-wise they're as light as many of the B2 boots, but obviously not going to be as good for smearing etc

Or alternatively, if I pick up a set of something lighter like a La sportiva trango, will this be warm enough for the snow plodding up high on Blanc?

thanks in advance!

L

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:09 am
by ScottHanson (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:15:53 GMT)
I will be in Sisters, Oregon next Tuesday (6/27) for a forestry meeting. I am interested in driving from Sisters to Pole Creek Trailhead on 6/28 and hiking/climbing to the Middle Sister/North Sister Col. Does anyone here know if the road is open to the trailhead? And the condition of trail?
Thanks,
Scott

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:15 am
by hailman (Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:07:05 GMT)
I agree...creek-crossings are becoming the biggest issue now. And I know exactly what you mean by the tree moguls, they're the worst!

Made a casual visit to Mt Lola in early May and couldn't for the life of me find a crossing over the Little Truckee River. Afterward did a little more research and realized there was a bridge crossing to the east of the meadows where I started.

Nowadays I try to do a little more research before taking off into the wilderness with just a map+compass....haha

Thanks again all for the input.

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:07 am
by Maverick02 (Posted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:27:00 GMT)
Have checked all the Challenge Participant Lists from 2010-2016, nothing.

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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:27 pm

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