Video: Traversing the High Sierra with Kalen Thorien.

What do you do in the off season if you’re a professional skier? In the case of Kalen Thorien, you set out on an 18-day, 270-mile solo traverse across the High Sierra Mountains. In this video, we join Kalen on this adventure as she goes in search of adventure and solitude. She finds all of that, and a lot more, as she makes the hike through some very remote and ruggedly beautiful landscapes.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Traveling to California – The Lost Coast Trail with Tepui Tents.

As we round out the week, just a quick note on blog updates for next week. I’ll be starting the month of May with a quick trip to California where I’ll be testing out a Tepui Tents rooftop tent while spending a couple of days hiking on the Lost Coast Trail. This gives me the opportunity to not only see a place that I’ve heard so much about, but also test out some gear as well. I’ve been wanting to checkout Tepui’s shelters for some time now, and this will be a great chance to do just that.

I depart early on Monday and will be back early on Thursday, so there is a good chance there won’t be any updates until next Friday. But should a big story break, there is a chance I’ll be able to post something to the blog before then. In the meantime, have a great weekend, enjoy the spring weather, and I’ll be back before you know it.

After this trip, I don’t have anything planned for a few weeks, which means I should be around for summit season in the Himalaya. Always an exciting time of year for sure.

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Nat Geo Celebrates National Parks Week With 10 Big Adventures.

This week is National Park Week here in the U.S., which is dedicated to recognizing the amazing places that have been set aside as protected spaces for the public to enjoy. Those locations include iconic destinations like Yosemite and Yellowstone, as well as some lesser known spots like the Dry Tortugas and Isle Royale. To help us celebrate the occasion, National Geographic has posted a list of the top 10 national park adventures, giving readers a seres of challenges and epic activities, all of which take place inside one of the parks.

Some of the adventures that Nat Geo recommends include searching for a great stargazing spot in Death Valley, scuba diving in the Channel Islands, and camping in the backcountry in Denali. Other options include climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and paddling through other top parks in the U.S. system, including some of most famous and popular places that the Park Service oversees. Of course, I won’t spoil them all, and let you find out for yourself, with each adventure paired with an equally great photo from a National Geographic photographer.

As a huge fan of the national parks, I always enjoy reading lists like this one. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a lot of these places, but there are still a few more that I need to get to at some point. If I had to choose a favorite, for me it would probably be Yellowstone. My recommendation for a big adventure there would be to go in winter, when it is peacefully empty, the landscapes are covered in snow, and the wildlife has all come down from altitude. There won’t be any bears, as they’re all in hibernation, but it is time when you can truly enjoy the primal nature of the park.

What is your favorite national park? Do you have any major adventures to share from your time there? I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below!

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Top 10 Adventure Destinations For 2010 (U.S. Edition)

Author : Kraig Becker

A few weeks back I wrote a story for Gadling on my selection for the Top 10 Adventure Destinations for 2010, with places like Antarctica, Mongolia, and Bhutan all making my personal list. But for the passport challenged, or those that don’t enjoy spending 25 hours in transit to the far corners of the world, Outdoorzy has put together a list of their own, giving us their selection for the Top 10 Adventure Destinations in the U.S. for next year.

grand-teton-national-park Grand Teton National Park

Some of the fun, cool, and down right adventurous places to make their list include Leadville, Colorado, home of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the amazing Channel Islands off the coast of California, which offer some great sea kayaking and access to a wilderness area that is little known and seldom visited. The Tetons, Maui, and six other great places all earn a spot on the list as well.

Notable locations missing from the list include Moab and Boulder, which have long been seen as the epicenters for the outdoor community. Those two places belong in the “Adventure Destination Hall of Fame” however, and it’s nice to see other places get recognized. Much like my list however, I’m sure compromises had to be made to pair it down to just ten. In my case, I even cheated, and snuck in two extra! 🙂

So, what other locations should make the list? With the economy still struggling to a degree, I’m sure a lot of people will pass on International travel again this year, and having some suggestions closer to home is always a nice option.

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Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska – highest mountain peak in North America. /Version english and polish/

Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 20,320 feet (6,194 m).[1] It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park.

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Notable features :

Mount McKinley has a larger bulk and rise than Mount Everest. Even though the summit of Everest is about 9,000 feet (2,700 m) higher as measured from sea level, its base sits on the Tibetan Plateau at about 17,000 feet (5,200 m), giving it a real vertical rise of little more than 12,000 feet (3,700 m). The base of Mount McKinley is roughly a 2,000-foot plateau, giving it an actual rise of 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

The mountain is also characterized by extremely cold weather. A thermometer left exposed at an elevation of 15,000 feet on Mount McKinley over 19 years recorded a temperature of −100°F (−73.3°C) at some point during its exposure[citation needed]. There is also an unusually severe risk of altitude illness for climbers, due to not only its high elevation but also its high latitude.[2] At the equator, a mountain as high as Mount McKinley would have 47% as much oxygen available on its summit as there is at sea level,[3] but because of its latitude, the pressure on the summit of McKinley is even lower.[4]

Climbing history :

The first recorded attempt to climb Mount McKinley was by Judge James Wickersham in 1903, via the Peters
Glacier and the North Face, now known as the Wickersham Wall. This route has tremendous avalanche danger and was not successfully climbed until 1963.

Famed explorer Dr. Frederick Cook claimed the first ascent of the mountain in 1906. His claim was regarded with some suspicion from the start, but was also widely believed. It was later proved fraudulent, with some crucial evidence provided by Bradford Washburn when he was sketched on a lower peak.

In 1910, four locals (Tom Lloyd, Peter Anderson, Billy Taylor, and Charles McGonagall), known as the Sourdough expedition, attempted McKinley, despite a complete lack of climbing experience. They spent approximately three months on the mountain. However, their purported summit day was impressive: carrying a bag of doughnuts, a thermos of cocoa each and a 14-foot (4.2 m) spruce pole, two of them reached the North Summit, lower of the two, and erected the pole near the top. According to them, they took a total of 18 hours — a record that has yet to be breached (as of 2006). No one believed their success (partly due to false claims that they had cd climbed both summits) until the true first ascent, in 1913. In 1912, the Parker-Browne expedition nearly reached the summit, turning back within just a few hundred yards of it due to harsh weather. In fact, that probably saved their lives, as a powerful earthquake shattered the glacier they ascended hours after they safely left it.

The first ascent of the main summit of McKinley came on June 7, 1913 by a party led by Hudson Stuck. The first man to reach the summit was Walter Harper, an Alaska Native. Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum also made the summit. Tatum later commented, “The view from the top of Mount McKinley is like looking out the windows of Heaven!”[5] They ascended the Muldrow Glacier route pioneered by the earlier expeditions, which is still often climbed today. Stuck confirmed, via binoculars, the presence of a large pole near the North Summit; this report confirmed the Sourdough ascent, and today it is widely believed that the Sourdoughs did succeed on the North Summit. However, the pole was never seen before or since, so there is still some doubt. Stuck also discovered that the Parker-Browne party were only about 200 feet (61 m) of elevation short of the true summit when they turned back.The peak from the north during sunrise

See the timeline below for more important events in Mount McKinley’s climbing history.

The mountain is regularly climbed today, with just over 50% of the expeditions successful, although it is still a dangerous undertaking. By 2003, the mountain had claimed the lives of nearly 100 mountaineers.[6] The vast majority of climbers use the West Buttress Route, pioneered in 1951 by Bradford Washburn, after an extensive aerial photographic analysis of the mountain. Climbers typically take two to four weeks to ascend the mountain.

Timeline :

  • 1896-1902 Surveys by Robert Muldrow, George Eldridge, Alfred Brooks.
  • 1903. First attempt, by Judge James Wickersham.
  • 1906. Frederick Cook falsely claims the first ascent of McKinley.
  • 1910. The Sourdoughs ascend the North Summit.
  • 1912. The Parker-Browne attempt almost reaches the South Summit.
  • 1913. First ascent by Hudson Stuck, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Robert Tatum.
  • 1932. Second ascent, by Alfred Linley, Harry Liek, Grant Pearson, Erling Strom. (Both peaks were climbed.)
  • 1947. Barbara Washburn becomes the first woman to reach the summit as her husband Bradford Washburn becomes the first to summit twice.
  • 1951. First ascent of the West Buttress Route, led by Bradford Washburn.
  • 1954. First ascent of the very long South Buttress Route.
  • 1959. First ascent of the West Rib, now a popular, mildly technical route to the summit.
  • 1961. First ascent of the Cassin Ridge, the best-known technical route on the mountain. This was a major landmark in Alaskan climbing.
  • 1963. Two teams make first ascents of two different routes on the Wickersham Wall.
  • 1967. First winter ascent, via the West Buttress, by Dave Johnston, Art Davidson, and Ray Genet.
  • 1967. Seven members of Joe Wilcox’s twelve-man expedition perish in a storm near the summit. Up to this time, this was the third worst disaster in mountaineering history in terms of lives lost.
  • 1970. First solo ascent by Naomi Uemura.
  • 1984. Uemura returns to make the first winter solo ascent, but dies after summitting. Tono Križo, František Korl and Blažej Adam from the Slovak Mountaineering Association climb a very direct route to the summit, now known as the Slovak Route, on the south face of the mountain, to the right of the Cassin Ridge.[7]
  • 1988. First solo winter ascent with safe return, by Vern Tejas.
  • 1990. Alaskan Norma Jean Saunders became the first woman to officially document a solo ascent of Mount McKinley. She climbed the West Buttress.

Mt. McKinley in July 2006

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McKinley, Mount McKinley, Mount Denali (6194 m n.p.m.) – najwyższy szczyt Ameryki Północnej, położony w górach Alaska (USA). McKinley zbudowany jest ze skał krystalicznych (głównie granitów i łupków krystalicznych). Jego masyw pokryty jest wiecznym śniegiem i lodowcami, największy z nich, o długości ok. 50 km to lodowiec Muldrow. Względem otaczających go dolin występuje u jego stoków jedna z największych deniwelacji na świecie – ponad 5 kilometrów.

Po raz pierwszy szczyt został zdobyty w 1913. Nazwa na cześć amerykańskiego prezydenta Williama McKinleya, “Denali” to tradycyjna indiańska nazwa góry. Obecnie masyw McKinleya objęty jest parkiem narodowym Denali. Z uwagi na fakt, że jest to najwyższy szczyt Ameryki Północnej, wchodzi on w skład tzw. Korony Ziemi.

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