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Category: High Altitude

The Line Between Disorder and Order

Members of the Denali team down climbing into the saddle between Apache Peak (13,441’) and Navajo Peak (13,409’): (from left to right) Chris Schuhmann, Sally Wier, Aaron Sallade, Jim Berryhill, Patrick Hutchinson, September 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

A lot of things about climbing can be viewed as walking a “line between disorder and order.” Admittedly, quite a bit of what we do is a bit out on the edge. That being said, for me personally, climbing is about mitigating risk, not about seeking risk. I’ve written about training as a key component […]

Year of the Mountaineer Hike: Estes Cone

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Estes Cone is a popular destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is fitting that this popular destination would be in the early part of the Year of the Mountaineer hiking series. It is near Estes Park, closer to the eastern entrance to the park near Allen’s Park. The trailhead is shared by Longs Peak […]

Solo Adventures to Chicago Basin: Part 1

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Part 1: The Buildup by Erin Thompson, Denver Group Member I left work on Tuesday the 12th and began my 6.5-hour drive down to Silverton. Most of the time was spent listening to “Denali Howl’s” by Andy Hall. It was a fantastic book, and kept me occupied for the entire drive! When I got to […]

Sharpening the Ax

Sunrise on the Avenue of the Volcanoes: (from left to right) Iliniza Sur, Ilinza Norte, and Corazon from the Northwest flank of Vulcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) Ecuador, December 25, 2012. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

Every big climb starts with fitness. I’m as big into logistics and planning as any climber, probably more so; but in the end, your body must be able to execute the plan. You cannot see sunrises like the one I was fortunate enough to have as my Christmas present while on Cotopaxi if you can’t […]

How Your 95th Summit Can Be Your 1st

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The first thing you hear is a loud grind and then a pop. It’s like the whole of your body vibrates with sound. And then you collapse. That’s what an ACL tear sounds like – at least to you. If you don’t do any damage to your meniscus, then it really doesn’t hurt that much; […]

Gannett Peak: Like Rainier, But Different

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By John Martersteck, HAMS Director For years, the High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) of the Colorado Mountain Club has headed up to the Cascade Range during the week of July 4th to climb one of the standard routes on Mt. Rainier, usually the Emmons Glacier, as a HAMS graduation test piece.  Although only a “14er,” […]

Mt. Rainier Summit Camping

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For more background on this post, please see the July 14 blog entry, “Adams Glacier Success.” The weather had deteriorated rapidly in the days leading up to our trip. Right before we started up Mt. Adams, the long-term forecast for Rainier was sunny, clear and calm. By the morning of our approach, the National Weather […]