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A traverse of King Ortler: Hintergrat & Normal route by Lodewijk

“King Ortler”… The highest mountain in (both Austrian and Italian) Tyrol is often referred to as the King. And as we would experience later, it truly is a king. The Ortler is a massive mountain and dwarfs all other mountains surrounding it. As Maarten and me were making plans for the summer it didn’t take long before our eye fell on the Ortler region. I wanted to go there already for quite some years, but until now it never came to it. The Hintergrat route was already on my mind for some years as well, so I showed Maarten some photos from SP and from my guidebook. Just looking at the dazzling photos we soon decided: This is it! Graded AD and with climbing up to grade IV (UIAA-scale) this route is quite challenging but awesome at the same time..We couldn’t wait to go the alps!

After driving all night from the Netherlands we arrived at the Rechensee lake early in the morning and made a quick stop at the "drowned church" in the lake. Here we had our first view of our ultimate goal for the week: the mighty Ortler. (see photo above). After arriving in Trafoi am Ortler an hour later we first climbed Monte Scorluzzo (3089m) and Roetlspitz (3024m) to acclimatize a bit on our first day. There we had our second view on Ortler (photo above, right). After that we went to the Düsseldorfer Hut and climbed both Hoher Angelus (3527m) and Vertainspitze (3545m) (also see this Trip Report about that climb). We were now fully acclimatized and ready for the Hintergrat on Ortler (3905m). The plan was to climb the Hintergrat up to the summit and descend down along the normal route, creating a full traverse of the Ortler, the true king (and highest mountain) of Tirol/Tyrol. Since we didn’t climb any routes in the AD gradation yet, we decided to take a guide with us: Veit Bertagnolli, a local guide from South Tirol.

The Guadarrama Diary, June 2017 - Part 2 by Gangolf Haub

After a week of exploring Sierra de Guadarrama, which is covered in the first part we had understood the geography of the range by hiking in almost all of its part. The centre, Siete Picos was still missing but we had no intention of missing it. We'd seen a lot of the range's flora and fauna but more was yet to come. We didn't know we were to meet some of Europe's rarest animals up close.

What we knew, however, was that we had to brace for an incredibly hot week. Temperatures had been hovering about the 30° C range but the forcasts called for cloudless skies with temperatures up to 38° C. We knew we had to escape to areas above 2000m otherwise we would dry up from inside. Stocking up on table water we prepared to be slowly cooked.

A Taste of the High Uintas - South Ridge by Rocky Alps

My first time driving along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway starting just east of the town of Kamas, upon seeing the first few visible peaks rising above the tree line, I thought to myself that they looked rather docile, rising up slowly above the surrounding terrain. Once we crested the top of Bald Mountain Pass and were able to catch our first glimpse of the westernmost peaks of the High Uintas however, my gaze was immediately drawn to Hayden Peak. It was the clear high point of a rather abrupt ridgeline jutting up above the trees, and it seemed to lord over the entire area. This was one peak I knew I just had to try, especially since it was one of the more rugged peaks in the entire Uinta Range, and perhaps the best place to obtain a summit over 12,000 feet on a half-day hike within the Salt Lake City area.

Throughout the years, I’d done several easy trail hikes with my family along the Mirror Lake Highway, mainly to see the many scenic lakes in the area, with nearby Hayden Peak always teasing me in the back of my mind. One place we visited several times was Ruth Lake, mainly due to the fact that it probably offers one of the best lake views for the least amount of effort. The views of Hayden Peak reflecting in Ruth Lake and other smaller un-named lakes/ponds nearby only served to increase my interest in the peak even more.

When Your Plans Go Up In Smoke! by EastKing

I had big plans for this day. I was looking at doing Trappers and X Mountain but after hearing more dangerous heat warning and potential smoke issues I decided to scrap plans....well not exactly. See throughout August and early September more than 5 of my hikes have either been altered or cancelled due to heat and smoke issues. I was getting a little upset about this fact. Though I do light hikes on the weekend before work, I have not been able to really get into any kind of consistency with hiking and peakbagging on my days off. I saw some pictures from Winchester Mountain from just two days before and I was left drooling in front of my computer. I had to go and give this peak a chance.

I woke up the next morning and saw ash falling on all the cars. I was sorely tempted to cancel but I had a group I was going to leading and knowing that Winchester Mountain was pretty far from any wildfire I decided to take a chance here. I rented a truck and met up with up with Dave, Randy and Praveen at the Lynnwood Transit Center. The drive up to the trailhead from Lynnwood was extremely bizarre. There was nothing to see and you could not see the mountains at all. And while driving it would be raining sah on the car. I have never seen anything like it. The final road is a high clearance vehicle road especially passed Yellow Aster Butte. Don't let anyone fool you here and tell you anything otherwise. I was glad to beat up the rented SUV and not my own car here. We were a little shocked to see someone bring a sedan but they were a little afraid of all the damage to the bottom of their car.

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As each mountain area, also Kamnik and Savinja Alps have many heroes, but there's no doubt that in the pioneering times Valentin Slatnar - Bôs was the most legendary son of those mountains.

The mountains of Fashion in times past in the Aosta Valley The mountains of Fashion in times past in the Aosta Valley by OsvaldoCardellina

We do not care how it is started the History of Mountaineering, with its renowned tops like Gran Paradiso, Mont Blanc Jorasses, Velan, Combins & Matterhorn. Instead, we want to take a look to see what's going on around there, without disturbing the Great Climbing Era but trying to figure out what were the Mode of former times.

Kulshan Cabin Kulshan Cabin by Norman

The first time I saw the Kulshan Cabin was in 1968, I think. I was part of a Seattle Mountaineer's trip climbing my first Volcano, Mt. Baker, via the Coleman/Demming Glaciers. I was finishing my "Basic Climbing Course" at 15 years old with my brother and sister who were also on this climb.

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