Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tre Cima di Lavaredo Trilogy + Les Drus N Couloir Direct Video + C2C Trail Conditions + Ghulam Tower (Pakistan)

Tre Cima di Lavaredo trilogy by Hainz and Kehrer report by Planet Mountain blog
Les Drus - North Couloir Direct Video by Ueli Steck of Switzerland
Cactus to Clouds trail conditions on message board - Pictures by Ellen C
Ghulam Tower and Saws Ridge in Khane Valley - Pakistan - Images by Mustafa Qurshi -- The Cima di Lavaredo trilogy by Hainz and Kehrer -- Ueli Steck in Les Drus - North Couloir Direct - Video -- Ueli Steck -- Switzerland   c2c trail conditions

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Salkantay Trek  --  6 New Ways to explore Peru

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Nepal Winter 2017 Manaslu & Everest + First Khurdopin Winter Climb + Vertainspitze + Zion N.P.

Winter 2017 - Elisabeth Revol heading to Manaslu and Alex Txikon in Nepal for Everest - no oxygen
Climb unclimbed mountain - first Khurdopin winter expedition by Pythom's website
Battling the elements on Vertainspitze and Hoher Angelus trip report with pictures - Summitpost
Observation Point at Zion National Park trip report with pictures byWild Southland -- Raheel Adnan -- Winter 2017 - Elisabeth Revol heading to Manaslu - Alex Txikon in Nepal -- Climb an unclimbed mountain - First Khurdopin Winter expedition -- Lodewijk -- Netherlands -- Battling the elements on Vertainspitze and Hoher Angelus -- Wild Southland -- Observation Point - Zion National Park

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Successful ascent of Telephone Pole Ridge with Robert on 12/25/16: This is a classic sneak route on the northeast side of Mt. San Jacinto which gains over 6,000 ft in about 2.5 miles of distance. The ridge parallels the tram route from the north, eventually intersecting the Upper Plateau just north of the upper station. The entire route took almost 12 hours due to horrible snow conditions which made much of the terrain a nightmare. Near the end it was hours of postholing up 30 degree slopes of waist deep snow.
Difficulty: class 3-4
Stats: ~3 miles 6,500 ft gain
classic sneak rating: S8


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The Supercanaleta, the massive couloir on the west face of Chaltén, was a popular place to spend Christmas Day. @antonkrupicka and I crossed the 'schrund just after 5am, with apparently five parties higher in the couloir. Fortunately the shower of snow and ice crystals wasn't too bad, although we arrived at the start of the technical climbing and discovered a jam of several rope teams. Everyone was friendly and seemed to be getting along well, although it was definitely a bit hectic, and downright scary when a Nomic came tomahawking past me. After a few very busy pitches, Anton and I separated from the crowds to attempt the unrepeated direct variation. There, after a couple very slow pitches, with plentiful aid moves, we decided to abandon our attempt and descend, partly because of our slow progress, partly because the terrain above looked equally slow, and partly because I felt exceptionally cold. Oh well, it was a good day out nonetheless! This photo is of Anton on the direct variation. #nosummitnoparty @lasportivana @petzl_official @patagonia_climb

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