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The Pickets

After reading numerous trip reports of climbers in the Pickets being attacked by wasps, getting rained out, lost for days, and even abandoning all their gear to escape th...
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Whitney and Russell

E very once in a while the stars align: the team comes together, schedules open up, the weather cooperates, and the spirit of adventure beckons. Mojo. This was such a tri...
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Precipice Lake

P recipice lake had been on my list of must-do trips for quite a while. I had read accounts of folks saying it was the most beautiful lake in the Sierra, and of course An...
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North Arete of Matterhorn Peak

Let me first start out by saying that this was not an entirely successful or noteworthy trip. No cheers and high-fives on the summit after conquering some big, intimidati...
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Dusy and Palisade Basin

I was looking forward to this trip for months. The famed Dusy and Pallisade Basins would be my destination for a five day adventure. The Palisades make up the most alpine...
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Pioneer Basin and the Mono Recesses

I 'm 44 years old. My wife reminds me of that often. Goodbye youth - middle aged ya know - on the downhill slide. But I won't give it up, I want adventure. With two young...
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