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Anyone Else Into Mountain Adventurism?  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Hey,

One of my biggest interests besides aviation is mountain adventurism...stuff like hiking/backpacking to summits, rock climbing, and mountaineering...even though I don't get to do it often...I also have a bookshelf loaded with mountaineering books of all sorts...I was just wondering if anybody else on a.net has a similar interest??

Greg


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User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

I've done my fare share of mountaineering and love going away for weekends and spending time far from the madding crowd.

I'm scheduled to go at the end of the month, but often work commitments and domestic chores take precedence.

The biggest problem that I have experienced when going into the mountains for the weekend is to get your buddies to "get active". All they seem to want to do is sleep late and laze around next to the rock pools!

There should be some photos that I can post here, but I'll have to dig them out and scan them first.



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

When I was younger, I used to do a lot of "peak-bagging." But now I'm more into mountain biking. Most of my high school years were spent in pursuit of good powder skiing, but now I'm content to cruise the blue runs at high speed. I'd love to get back into backpacking, if only I could find someone to do it with. I've rock climbed a few times, but each time I recall thinking that it was the stupidest thing I've ever done.

Something mountian related that I'd really like to get into is soaring. We get mountain waves quite frequently out here, and there is a lot of lift to be had. (In fact, I got a Katana to 14,000 with no trouble - it would have kept going up, but I had no oxygen.) And the views and sensations are beyond compare. Anyway, I'm about a month and 1/2 away from finishing my CFI. I'd like to get my CFI-G next summer.

'Speed


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

PS - My highest summit that I can claim is Mt. Delano in southern Utah. It's just a teeny bit over 12,000.

'Speed


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1353 times:

I am interested in that stuff too. Unfortunately, I only have time to do it in the summer.

"longer, higher, stronger"- REI bag.

blink



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Glad to see that there is others out there with similar interests...I only get to do it over the summers as well though...my summits are as follows:

1. The Thumb, 9787 ft., Italian Peaks, southwest Montana on the Idaho border and the Divide, July 7, 2000...the most grueling experience of my life to this point...an experience which I will truly never forget...it was the day from hell but very worth it...this is where the first half of my email address (TheThumb14410) comes from...

2. Cerro Chirripo, 12530 ft., Cordillera de Talamanca, central Costa Rica, highest point in Costa Rica...June 29-July 1, 2002...this truly is the most grueling experience Ive ever had...13 miles and 8,000+ vertical feet one way, but by far the most rewarding experience ever...

Thats my meager list now...my eventual aspiration is to climb Denali and then an 8,000 meter peak at some point in life...

My biggest failure was on Mount Rainier in July of 2000, less than 2 weeks after "The Thumb"...I made it up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet fine, but summit day just wasnt my day and at 11,100 ft. the guides had me turn back...it was a very very disappointing experience and I will be going back sometime soon to get my revenge...

Greg



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1333 times:

Here's some good links for you:

Mount Timpanogos, 11,750 ft., 18 miles round trip. I've been to the summit four times, but, living as close as I do, I should have been much more. As I said earlier, though, most of my efforts have been concentrated on biking around it, rather than climbing to the top of it. There is some of the sweetest, purest singletrack in American Fork Canyon--on the lower slopes of Timp, and in the other parts of the canyon. Too bad it's snow-covered now. Oh well, almost time for skiing.

http://utahpictures.com/Timpanogos.html

Here's a great soaring website.

http://utahsoaring.org

And I will have my own soaring website up soon.

'Speed


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