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Post #142: Summiting Yale 14,197' with my Versatile Granite Rocx Pack

Post #142: Summiting Yale 14,197' with my Versatile Granite Rocx Pack -- August 22, 2014













FIRST SNOWSTORM OF THE YEAR!

It was true as I descended the from the Top of Mt. Yale, 14,197' in the Sawatch Range of Colorado, I was pelted by snowflakes and it was then that I felt the oncoming chill of an early fall.


Barely late August and this white stuff already?   Above 13,500' on the West Ridge of the peak I paused to savor the moment.  It was only 8am and the skies were white and grey with clouds engulfing me in all directions.

Post #141: Back to the Pacific Northwest for Rainier and Adams

Post #141:  Back to the Pacific Northwest for Rainier and Adams

From Aug 2-10 I was out on some fun trips back to the PNW!

I did some reconnaissance on the Tahoma Glacier for Mt. Rainier (14,411'), Summitted Rainier on August 7th for the 17th summit of my career, and also Summitted Adams Volcano (12,276') with some great friends on August 9th for the 7th time of my Career and Spent the night on the Top for Sleeping on the Summits 2!  It was a gorgeous night on Adams with no wind!

Post #140 - Grand Trunk Double Hammock proves invaluable for Summer Camping!

Post #140 - Grand Trunk Double Hammock proves invaluable for Summer Camping!
I just LOVE my new double hammock from Grand Trunk (http://www.grandtrunkgoods.com).  I have been sporting the Navy Blue and Bright Blue Double Hammock on my back porch for the better part of a month now.  I also spend about 200 days a year on the road, and so I decided to bring it along on my last camping trip and I wasn't disappointed.








Here are the dimensions of this awesome piece of gear:
It is even mildew and water resistant, and the hammock is so large that you can wrap yourself up in it like a real burrito or share the hammock with your favorite lady-friend.

Post #139: Happy 4th of July! UPDATE: Strong Team on Kilimanjaro, Everyone to the Top! June 26, 2014.

Post #139: Kilimanjaro Recap: Happy 4th of July!
To everyone who has been trying to follow my blog, thanks and I hope we were able to at least provide some information about our team's progress as we summitted Kilimanjaro last week.  Please realize that this was Africa, not the United States.  Sometimes internet access and ability to post was spotty at best.  IN Africa, the saying is "No Hurry Mon", and with all processes, it can take forever to get things done.


Kilimanjaro from the Barranco Camp at 13,000' on Night 3 of the trek to the summit.

Post #137: Successful Summit!

Got word from Leonard Madrid that everyone made the summit successfully 19,341ft!


Post #136: Summit Day

June 26 is summit day for the Team.  Weatherwise, they'll see a mix of clouds and sunshine with some fog possible as well.  It'll be an early start and long, hard day to the summit, Uhuru Peak, then back down to Millineum Camp for the night.  
The Summit is 19,340ft and the team will hike in between various glaciers including the Kibo Crater.  Yes, Kili is a volcano.
On June 27 they'll descend to Park Gate A and to the hotel for the night.
























Post #135: Shira Camp at 12,000ft

The Barranco Wall on KilimanjaroA little fog and some drizzle moved in across Kili last night and gradually burned away today.  The group got their first true view of Kilimanjaro.  
I talked with Jon this afternoon and everyone is feeling good at their Shira camp, which sits at 12,000feet on the mountain.  Dunston is their local guide and is making everyone feel at home.
Jon said the food consists of pastas, chicken, and even some desserts.  
I informed Jon that week weather front will swing across Kilimanjaro on Wednesday with an increase in cloud cover, some fog, but no real precip.

Post #134: Detour in Ethiopia

 
Big news and just a bump on the road.  The airlines overbooked our flight and made one of our members not have a boarding pass.  Instead of leaving a client behind, I sent the entire group forward and they will have arrived by now to the airport as usual.   I will be leaving  from Addis Ababa Ethiopia at 2240 on flight arriving sometime very late to JRO. about 130 or.  I hope that Dunstan, our local leader in tanzania has picked up the members at JRO who I sent on the last flight this morning.

Post #133: AFRICA or Bust! #Africaisawesome Friday June 20, 2014.

Post #133: AFRICA or Bust! #Africaisawesome Friday June 20, 2014.

Here we begin a new chapter, a new continent, a new trip.  Summer is arriving and I get to travel to Africa for the first time and I’m heading there as a leader of  12 members in my group.  We will attempt a climb of Kilimanjaro and then finish the two week trip with four days of safaris to three different parts of Tanzania.   (Once we are in Africa or about to get there I will talk ore about the country and the climb….

Post #132: 20 Peaks in 30 Days Volcanoes Tour Wrap-Up

Post #132: 20 Peaks in 30 Days Volcanoes Tour Wrap-Up: Project Summary

Sitting back in Colorado, I have had some time to reflect on May....and what a fine month it was!



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I've had some fun and want to thank Avery Stonich for the recent post on National Geographic Adventure: 
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