Post #106: An October Full of Adventure....On to November, Snow and SKIING!!!!
As the snow continues to fall and the powder piles up for this coming season, priming the peaks for some awesome ski descents, I finally found some time to check in and update with a post.
First of all, thanks to my sponsors, Silver Oak Cellars, Vail Vitality Center, and my newest partners: ZEAL OPTICS out of Boulder, and Six Nutrition out of SLC. Looking forward to really #exploremore this winter with you guys on board!
Post #105: Go-Scope adds a sharper dimension to GoPro Hero3 & My Sierra Bivys Project
After having spent the night on the Summit of 9 of the 14 Sierra Nevada 14,000' Peaks for this latest edition of "Sleeping on the Summits" and having climbed six 14,000' peaks in both Colorado and California in the past ten days, I arrived home to download my photos and noticed that some of the shots were better than ever. The reason? My new Toys! TheGoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
Post #104: A Great week for Sleeping on the Summits II in the Sierras Sept 27-Oct 5
It was a long set of days that turned out to be highly productive in terms of making progress on my next book "Sleeping on the Summits" II: California Fourteeners and Cascade Volcanoes. I Explored many drainages and studied routes to 14,000'-foot peaks that I had never previously seen or climbed before.
To sleep directly on a summit or very near a summit is a very difficult proposition....
White Mountain 14,245' (#7 Sierra Bivy, Sept 30-OCT 1)
I battled strong winds at times on a clear and stunning evening just east of the Eastern Sierras to get halfway through the Sierra Nevada portion of Sleeping on the Summits II: CA 14ers and Cascade Volcanoes.
Was very cool to travel up through some of the oldest trees on earth, the bristle cone pines. The 7 mile one way journey to the summit passes the UCLA high altitude research station. Views east into the Sierra Nevada range and then west into Nevada were awesome.
Post #102: Sleeping on the Summits II: Sierra Bivys For the next week. (Sept 27)
After delaying this trip and project for the month of September due to the fires in Yosemite, I finally arrived in the great Owens Valley CA via Las Vegas and Death Valley last night. I passed the southern edge of the Sierras where I had rattled off 6 14,000' peaks and spent the night on top of Mt. Whitney and 5 additional summits in week back in late May earlier this year. It felt good to be back and I was ready to tackle these peaks again.
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Buffalo Mountain 12,800', Quandary Peak 14,265', Holy Cross 14,005'. I had a blast Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sept 6-8 as I have carried over my climbing from my return from Pakistan's Gasherbrums (8000m) less than a month ago.
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Post #100: Longs Peak via Kieners and Down the Loft. Aug 23, 2013
It's good to be Back! Less than a week after my return from Pakistan on the other side of the planet, it didn't take me long to find myself back on my home mountains and back above 14,000' From being at heights of up to 25,000'/7600m less than a month ago, I was definitely feeling great with so many red blood cells in my body.
Chris Tomer Joined me for a "Sherpa Start" as we arrived at the crowded trailhead parking lot for Longs peak around 630am.
POST #99: Pakistan
Gasherbrum Expedition Wrap-up…Going Home
I sat comfortably on my plane in seat 25A as the aircraft
went airborne. The potent scent of BO
permeated the cabin from Skardu to Islamabad that day. When I thought I couldn’t take the terrible
smells anymore, the flight was over and I was out and into the sweltering heat
of a rainy and tropical Islamabad. I
really couldn’t decide which was worse: sustaining the disgusting smell of the
guy seated next to me as he picked his ear wax and wouldn’t stop putting his
arms over his head in flight, nearly assassinating me with armpit odor, or the
muggy smoggy wreaking stink of Islamabad.
Post #98: Jhula to
Askole to Skardu. Last Day of the Trek
Out.....but lots of complications!
Aug 15, 2013. (A10)
‘basket’ in Balti. Thats because at our
campsite, there used to be a river crossing that was on old cables via a
basket. The basket crossing no longer
exists. Now you have to hike a mile up
the river and a mile back down in the side-valley. It is more time consuming (and tough on the
tired body when you’ve been trekking now for 4 days in a row), but at least now
there is a bridge over the raging torrent of a river that comes down from
Post #97: Irdupayu to Payu to Jhula, Another 10 hour
Day and 20 Miles.! Aug 14, 2013. (A9).
Today is Pakistani Independence Day……….A National Holiday. Interesting……..
AND…..It was the third day in a row trekking down the
Baltoro. Another long day to get out of
the Karakoram on the way home…..but I continued to savor Every minute of
it. After All, I have kind of decided
that this is probably my favorite mountain ramge (ranks right up there with the
Elks in COLO)
I woke again before 6am, actually it was 5am, and getting light