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15 Feb 14
A failed attempt to climb Mt. Isolation (4003 ft) in winter
[Deutsch siehe unten] Climbing a mountain that is far, far away not only from Boston but also far away from the trailhead (14 miles round trip), in winter, after aptly named snowstorm "Pax" pacified the region by dropping 18 inches (50 cm) of snow? Well it might not have been the best idea, but at least it was a very...
Published by felixbavaria 19 February 2014, 01h30 (Photos:4)
↑600 m↓600 m   PD+  
12 Feb 14
Echo Peak - Backcountry Skiing in the Desolation Wilderness
When I left the house in the morning my plan was to do a ski tour to Ralston Peak. However, on site the avalanche conditions on the Northern slopes of Ralston Peak seemed unsafe. Therefore, I decided to visit Echo Peak instead. The danger for avalanches was predicted to be "Moderate", but after I saw a small avalanche, it didn't...
Published by 360 14 February 2014, 04h57 (Photos:16 | Geodata:1)
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5 Feb 14
Silver- and Poulsen Peak - Snowshoe Hike near the Olympic Valley
Squaw Valley was the host site of the Winter Olympics in 1960 (click). Today it's one of the largest ski resorts in the USA. If you're willing to pay a whopping 114$ for a day pass you can enjoy about 3600 acres of ski areas. If you're not really into those things like me, there is also the possibility to climb mountains in the...
Published by 360 6 February 2014, 20h59 (Photos:10 | Geodata:1)
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1 Feb 14
Mt. Cabot (4160ft / 1268m) - the northernmost 4000 footer in New Hampshire
[Deutsch siehe unten] Mt. Cabot is the northernmost 4000-footer in New Hampshire. Despite its relative remoteness and the restricted views, it seems to be a rather popular destination. Admittedly, it is an ideal winter hike peak that can be climbed even in unfavourable weather conditions because the trail is sheltered by trees...
Published by felixbavaria 3 February 2014, 00h21 (Photos:7)
29 Jan 14
Walking "in" Folsom Lake - Granite Bay
Folsom damn was built in 1955. The resulting lake was part of the "Folsom Project" for flood control, hydroelectricity, drinking water and water for irrigation. Most of what was "drowned" in 1955, has been submerged since then. Due to the present extreme drought in California, Folsom Lake is at a historically low level - about 100...
Published by 360 31 January 2014, 04h01 (Photos:4)
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26 Jan 14
Middlesex Fells Reservation, Skyline Trail
What to do if the weather forecast is -60° windchill on the White Mountain summits? One can explore the (more or less) hidden jewels of the Greater Boston area, such as the Middlesex Fells Reservation. The Skyline Trail is not remotely as popular as its namesake in the Blue Hills, although it offers more or less the same type of...
Published by felixbavaria 18 February 2014, 00h24 (Photos:1)
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19 Jan 14
Robinson Peak and Sawmill Ridge - more snow than expected
My plan on this day was to climb Sawmill Ridge and Robinson Peak, they are both north of Twin Lakes (Mono County). I chose these peaks due to the fact, that they have steep south facing flanks, where the little snow which the Sierra got this season should have melted away again in order to allow the ascent without any 'snow-toys'....
Published by 360 21 January 2014, 19h32 (Photos:15 | Geodata:1)
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18 Jan 14
Mono Lake and Panum Crater - visiting a truly unique place in the Sierra Nevada
As Delta showed not too long ago the Mono Lake Basin is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in California. It was on my to-do list even before I moved here. As a "local" it is now "just around the corner" (for US standards only!). On this weekend I combined the trip to Mono Lake with a hike to the nearby Robinson Peak and...
Published by 360 21 January 2014, 19h31 (Photos:17 | Comments:6 | Geodata:2)
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15 Jan 14
Thunder Mountain and some other peaks and ridges northeast of Silver Lake
When I drove to Carson Pass for this adventure, I knew I would be back soon again. Not only because I liked my snowshoe hike a lot then, but also because I saw many other potential and interesting goals in this area. The view of Thunder Mountain and in fact the whole ridge northeast of Silver Lake made such a good impression to me...
Published by 360 17 January 2014, 20h20 (Photos:17 | Geodata:1)
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8 Jan 14
Mount Saint Helena - an interesting trip to the Napa Valley
A good hikr-buddy of mine gave me a hiking book as a farewell present before I left Switzerland. The book was written by no one less then Daniel Anker himself and is called "Wanderungen in Kaliforniern". It covers 54 hikes (ranging from very easy to serious expeditions) all over the state of California. It has been out of print...
Published by 360 10 January 2014, 04h26 (Photos:13 | Geodata:1)