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    Per Jochen Hemmleb's website, at least five...

    Per Jochen Hemmleb's website, at least five people have attempted to climb the second step without using the ladder (not counting the Chinese in 1960 and Mallory/Irvine). All five succeeded.
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    IMG set up a rappel route around the Hillary Step...

    IMG set up a rappel route around the Hillary Step in 2013. Guess it didn't catch on.

    https://www.mountainguides.com/everest-south13-worlds-highest-rappel.shtml
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    Also a little surprising that they didn't include...

    Also a little surprising that they didn't include a description of him.
  4. Thanks! When I tried this two years ago, I took...

    Thanks! When I tried this two years ago, I took nearly 5 hrs to get to Madison, and nearly 7 hrs to get to Adams (albeit with a lot of milling about around the hut deciding whether or not to...
  5. Didn't carry or need snowshoes. We scoped out the...

    Didn't carry or need snowshoes. We scoped out the lower trails the day before (VW and Crawford) and confirmed they were packed out. There were a few very minor drifts up on the ridge, but it was...
  6. Finally Completed the Winter Presi Traverse!

    After countless years boring my non-hiking friends to death talking about it, the stars finally aligned just so this past Saturday, allowing me and a buddy to complete the winter traverse! It was a...
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    Spring Equinox and Winter Summits

    With the Spring Equinox falling late in the day this year (5:58pm EDST), I was wondering about the "rules" for counting a winter summit. Is it enough to reach the summit before the equinox? Or do you...
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    Excellent reference.

    Excellent reference.
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    Poll: I did that very thing once. Survived a night out,...

    I did that very thing once. Survived a night out, low 50's with drizzling rain, with a severe leg injury at the bottom of a cliff face after taking a fall. No one knew where I was and I wasn't missed...
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    North Kinsman Summit

    I was just up there Monday. Like you, I wasn't 100% sure where the true summit was, and somehow didn't notice the boulder until I was on my way down. Being a bit of a purist, I did scramble to the...
  11. Thread: Hard

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    Gannett Peak, WY

    Took my first crack at Gannett Peak in late August. First day was ~16 miles with full pack in unseasonably warm weather for the Wind Rivers. Second day we were tentbound while hail piled up around...
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    Sign

    I climbed Owl's Head in July, 2000. I descended the slide then took the Lincoln Brook trail to 13 Falls. On my way there, I passed two FS personnel who asked if I'd been up Owl's Head and if there...
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    As others have noted, canister stoves are...

    As others have noted, canister stoves are generally poor performers in cold weather. Worse still, expansion of the fuel leaving the canister is an endothermic process, which causes the canister to...
  14. Thread: Rainer Advice

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    A decent class on glacier travel and crevasse...

    A decent class on glacier travel and crevasse rescue is adequate for climbing the standard routes on your own. But its best to have at least three people, many climbers underestimate whats involved...
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    I remember running into a whole group of...

    I remember running into a whole group of thru-hikers a couple years ago heading up Wildcat. As I recall, the conversation went something like this:

    Me: Hello

    Head Hiking Honcho: Hi. We're all...
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    Mt. Washington - March, 1997. As I recall, it was...

    Mt. Washington - March, 1997. As I recall, it was -18F at the bottom of the cone. Didn't checkit at the summit. Winds 40-50 mph and occasionally more. This was my first winter hiking experience, and...
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    Easiest - Tecumseh. Up and back in a flash on a...

    Easiest - Tecumseh. Up and back in a flash on a beautiful winter day.

    Hardest - I would have to say Cannon. I hiked to North Kinsman from the notch, then over to South Kinsman, then to Cannon over...
  18. Thread: Rainer Advice

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    Rainier's not too hard, but not all that easy,...

    Rainier's not too hard, but not all that easy, either. Basically, it's a very long snow slog at altitude. Make sure you are in top cardiovascular condition, and train to maximize your endurance. Read...
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