Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Latest Trip Reports Worldwide

Huascaran from the North
Peaks in Afghanistan
These trip reports contain some first ascents on the lower post

Climbing Huascaran by the Shield -- albino -- Peru ... eld/741407 -- Trip report in Spanish, English and German -- Ambo Upe -- Indonesia
New addition to -- German mountain climbers missing in Afghanistan -- QT Luong -- California -- Jimmy Chin -- California
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Re: Personal Websites

Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:19 pm
Americans bag the World's 2nd Highest Unclimbed Peak (The East Peak of Saser Kangri 2 in the Eastern Karakorum of India's Kashmir Region) -- Steve Swenson -- Washington ... mbed_peak/ -- Trip Report -- Bas van der Smeede -- The Dutch in Kyrgyzstan ... tch-firsts -- Unclimbed peaks in Krgyzstan -- Trip Report -- Dane 1 -- Denmark -- Charlie Boscoe -- France -- Updated -- La Meije Traverse, Massif des Ecrins
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mt San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek on Sept 3

Mt San Gorgonio

Mt. San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek Trailhead
will happen on Saturday, September 3, 2011
When: Where: RSVP:
Saturday, September 3, 2011
7:00 AM
Mill Creek Ranger Station
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
Who's going:
12 Wilderness Lovers
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( This Meetup is full. There are 11 people on the waiting list. )
ABOUT THE HIKING TRAIL: San Gorgonio is the highest peak in southern California at 11,503' above sea level. Hike is 16 miles out & back with 5600 ft net elevation gain/loss. ABOUT THE ROUTES: We're hiking up the Vivian Creek Trailhead, whic...
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I will not be going on this hike.  I am saving my energy for Mt Baldy two days later on Labor Day.  I will not be running but will walk leisurely from Icehouse Canyon via Manker Flats as close to 5.30 am as I can get there.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sierra Challenge - 14 Peaks in 14 Days and Eiger Video

Bob Burd has updated his website with 14 great trip reports of some difficult peaks in the High Sierra.  Also a trip report from the French Alps by guide Charlie Boscoe

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:27 pm
Bob Burd has updated his website with the Peaks climbed on the annual Sierra Challenge -- Bob Burd -- California ... du-fu.html -- Charlie Boscoe -- France -- Updated on the Aiguille de la Vanoise and Mont du Fu
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Great links under Banner Exchange

Ueli Steck on the Eiger video

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beautiful time lapse video of the Alps

This is a spectacular video

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6 Peaks along the PCT (Desert Divide) Aug 26) -- 15 days on the JMT -Aug 27

Upcoming trips on the Desert Divide and 15 days on the John Muir Trail  - See Below

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When: Where: RSVP:
Friday, August 26, 2011
7:00 PM
Fobes Trailhead
Fobes Ranch rd 6SO5
Mountain Center, 92561, CA 92561
Description : The PCT winds northward through the San Jacinto Mountain Range; making its way from the oaken forests, chaparral, yucca, and cacti desert highland and eventually sub-alpine forests of pine and fir. This southern section of the San ...
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Aspen Grove XCTRY Loop: 9971',10K Ridge, Carmen, Lake, Grinnell ~15 ML~4500 G/L
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RSVP if you're GOING. I have the group permit. NOTE: strenuous hike, undulating route almost all xctry . XCTRY/TRAIL Route : Start Aspen Grove Th (7410') 2 miles 500' G to Fish Creek trail junction (7980') then xctry… MORE

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JMT in 15 days - More or Less
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We have 2-3 permits available for the capable and experienced backpackers who are really committed for the trip. You will have to carry all necessary gears, including the bear can, if you are unable to pair up some gears with

New Route in Afghanistan and more Sierra Peak updates

Patricia Deavoll of New Zealand has climbed a new route in Afghanistan and further Sierra updates from Kurt Wedberg and Seano (drdirtbag)

Postby Cy Kaicener » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:24 pm
New route on Koh-e-Baba-Tangi in Afghanistan by Patricia Deavoll ... fghanistan -- Patricia Deavoll -- New Zealand -- Wayne Wallace -- Washington -- Updated on Johannesburg Mt -- Seano -- Updated on Lone Pine Pk N Ridge, Marsh and McAdie --  Kurt Wedberg  --  California  --  Updated on Starlight Peak
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Cy Kaicener - The early days

I found this complement paid to me on the San Jacinto board.
I cant believe this old register page is still there

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Awesome photography by Jon on Mont Blanc

Click on to the first link for pictures taken by Jon Griffith

Postby Cy Kaicener » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:23 pm

Great photography by Jonathan Griffith on the Innominata Ridge on Mont Blanc ... mont-blanc -- Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner -- Austria -- In C4 on K2 North Pillar -- Seano -- Latest update from the Sierra Challenge
The Sierra Challenge is over.  Bob Burd will post trip reports as soon as he gets home

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ellen's Awesome Tip Report from the JMT

Here is Ellen's anxiously awaited trip report from the John Muir Trail

Sierra Challenge Updates

Seano has just climbed Thunderbolt and Gigamike has summited Arrow in the Sierra Challenge
Ellen has just completed the the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt Whitney.  Trip report soon
The Mt Baldy Race is on Labor Day ... 44_B6c6QBQ -- Gigamike -- California -- Updated on Arrow Peak -- Ralph Slawinski team -- Canada -- Simon 33 -- France -- Recent Member -- In French (great photography)
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sierra Nevada California Video

This is the easy way to see the Range of Light

Antarctica Video

Rock climbing on Cornell

Sierra Challenge updated on Summitpost

Seano has updated his blog with his fifth peak in the Sierra Challenge and Ellen has just finished hiking two weeks on the John Muir Trail (trip report and pictures when she gets back home)

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:18 pm
Seano is currently on Bob Burd's Sierra Challenge -- Seano -- Updated on Matthes Peak -- Sandy Allen -- UK -- Updated on Mt Blanc -- Kristoffer Szilas -- Denmark -- New Routes in Kyrgyzstan
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Link to Ellen's thread

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Follow up to previous post from Peninsula (Greg)

Follow up to previous post from Peninsula

Greg whose site is wanted feed back about his website.  I recommended complimentary links and trip reports and showed him my links to Summitpost members.

Below are links to our current posts:

Postby Cy Kaicener » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:28 pm
Greg - Most of these links on my Banner Exchange are from Summitpost members

The meetup group has trips all over the country

The Sierra Challenge has started and Bob will post trip reports when he gets back -- William Finley -- Alaska -- Updated on Ptarmigan Peak


This is the North Face of San Jacinto which can compare to challenges in the Sierra Challenge.

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which has just been updated
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Personal Websites thread on Summitpost updated

I just received a reply on my Personal Websites thread which I started in 2006
Reply from Peninsula of San Diego

I just finished redesigning my website; not sure if you ever saw the original. The original was designed using iWeb. Although somewhat limited in its application, iWeb is a relatively easy-to-use designing software geared towards Mac users with little or no knowledge of html and css. I fell into that category until I finally bit the bullet and learned Dreamweaver. It was not easy for the likes of me! I came up with a very simple design for the sake of my sanity. Check it out, I'd appreciate your feedback and any constructive criticism:
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Re: Personal Websites

Postby Cy Kaicener » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:02 pm
Nice photography Peninsula. I also liked MY STORY. You would get more visitors with trip reports and additional links to other complementary websites. I have had my website revamped and added a blog

Follow Bob Burd's Sierra Challenge which I will update as soon as he does
Seano is there and here is his update
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Icehouse Canyon to Saddle and two T's - Aug 17

Where: RSVP:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
7:30 AM
Ice House Canyon Parking Lot (USFS Pass Required)
Ice House Canyon Road
Mt. Baldy, CA 91737
Who's going:
3 Outdoor Adventurers
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( This Meetup is full. )
Here is how I run the RSVPs for my hikes. I set the number to 1 so that you sign up for the Waiting List. If I have hiked with you or know you are capable of completing this hike I will change your RSVP to YES. If you establish a history of changing to NO just prior to the event date then you will no longer get changed to YES on future events.
We are scheduled to start at 7:30 am on a workday. I have a long drive so I am at risk of traffic jams/incidents on the way. I want to start on time but there is no guarantee.

This is a training/conditioning hike prior to the big grind up San G on Saturday.

The ascent up Icehouse Cyn is a good challenge. The lower portion of the trail is mostly broken rocks with lots of steps so my pace is limited. After that I plan to go as fast (aerobic heart rate) as I can up the switchbacks to the saddle. We will have a short break at the saddle and then go explore a few of the T's.

This hike is for hikers who have hiked with me before.

The length of the hike is uncertain but it is about 7 miles R/T to the saddle so we will hike about 10 miles.

Make sure to bring plenty of water, at least 3L and trail snacks. I am not one to stop for a half hour lunch.

Wear good trail shoes or boots. Also, bring a hat.


Heading east on the 210, exit Base Line. Turn left at the signal and right at the signal at the base of the freeway overpass. Head uphill.

When you reach the signal, t
urn right on Mt. Baldy Road and follow it for about 8 miles.

Drive through Mt. Baldy Village.

About a mile past the village you will come to Ice House Canyon, there is a sign. It's just before a sharp left turn that is the beginning of the hair pin switch-backs. Drive straight and park in the lot.


A USFS Adventure Pass or day pass is required to park at the canyon.


Groups are limited to 15 and are required to have a wilderness permit, which Robert will pick up the day before.


This is an "at your own risk" event on lands accessible by the general public.

By joining this event: you are responsible for your conduct and safety and agree to free the event organizer, Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Club, any other organizers and agents associated with the club and this website from any and all liability.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mt Baldy via Bear Canyon - Sat Aug 20

Mount Baldy - Via Bear Canyon
will happen on Saturday, August 20, 2011
When: Where: RSVP:
Saturday, August 20, 2011
7:00 AM
Mount Baldy Visitor Center
Mount Baldy Rd
Mount Baldy Village, CA
Who's going:
2 Hiking Enthusiasts
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( 8 more spots left! )
The hike will start at the Mount Baldy Visitor Center in Mount Baldy Village. We'll go up the Bear Canyon Trail (6.4 miles; 5700 feet elevation gain), down the Devil's Backbone Trail to the Ski Lodge at Baldy Notch (3.2 miles; decrease in elevation of 2200 feet), and then down the service road to Manker Flats (3.5 miles; decrease in elevation of 1700 feet).
We'll meet at the visitor center at 7am, shuttle a couple of cars up to Manker Flats, return to the visitor center, and then begin the hike. When we're done with the hike, we'll shuttle back down to the visitor center.
Depending on the air quality, there could be great views of the San Gabriel mountains and the valley to the west going up Bear Canyon, then nice views of the high desert and the San Bernadino Mountains/San Gorgonio Mountain up on top of Baldy and down the Backbone.
Bring plenty of water for the hike up (food and water will be available at the Ski Lodge), sunscreen, an extra layer for up on Baldy (it can be colder/windy up there), and your other normal hiking essentials.
I have one Wilderness Parking Permit to use for Manker Flats. We'll need one for each car parked up at Manker (you can buy a single day use permit or annual pass at the visitor center).
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Latest trip reports of Summitpost and San Gabriel forum members

Josh Lewis on Mt Logan and Gigamike in Holcmb Valley and Mt Baldy

4 Days on Mt Logan by Josh Lewis -- Josh Lewis -- Washington ... gan/736442 -- Gigamike -- California -- Updated at Holcomb Valley and Mt Baldy -- benjamincharles -- Idaho -- New Member

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim Oct 7 to 10

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Announcing a new Meetup!
Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Club
When: Where: RSVP:
Friday, October 7, 2011
5:00 PM
North Rim Campground, Grand Canyon National Park
South of Highway 67
Grand Canyon, AZ
Join us for an early Fall outing in the spectacular Grand Canyon, where we will hike over 40 miles in two days. Our R2R2R route will make a "lollipop" semi-loop, so that we can experience three different trails: North Kaibab, South Kaibab and...
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This Meetup repeats every week on Friday until October 7, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Upcoming hikes in Southern California

Skyline/Cactus to Clouds  thread on including the Mt Baldy race
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Updated mountaineering newsblogs

Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:33 pm
South Face of Piramide (5850m) in the Cordillera Blanca (Andes) -- Gil -- California -- Updated -- Raphael Slawinski team -- Canada -- Updated -- dirtisbeautiful -- California -- New Member -- Vid Pogacnic -- Slovenia -- Updated
Vids trip reports