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Saturday
Oct032009

Passing of a legend, K2 pioneer, Charlie S. Houston

Photo courtesy of Alpinist magazine

Charles S Houston, 96, died last week at his home in Burlington VT.

His amazing life was full of too many extraordinary events for me to start listing.  He is a true inspiration and a legend of alpine climbing as well as medicine.   Strong work Charlie!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/02/AR2009100205273.html

Thursday
Oct012009

Laila Peak 6,000 meters

Laila Peak in Pakistan is a ski mountaineers dream come true.  It is 1 long day hike from the nearest village and offers incredible exposure and steep skiing.  The height of the peak is the source of much controversy.  It has been measured several times and is said to be anywhere from 6096 meters to as much as 6600 meters.

Wednesday
Sep302009

Summer, it was a fun one.

As summer winds down here in the Twin Cities, and the good temps for rock climbing are now here.  I thought I would put up this picture as a last shot of summer.  This little thermometer hangs in my base camp tent.  On days were there is no wind and few clouds in the sky, it can get really hot inside here.  It has gotten to 100F a few times, but this is the hottest I remember seeing it.  Outside the tent, it was maybe 50 degrees F.

Tuesday
Sep292009

The future of freeride

The future of freeriding.

First climbing walls like this, because helicopters can't fly this high.  Then slaying a spine, managing slough and ice all while being above 22,000 ft.  The realization is almost here.

Monday
Sep282009

Home Sweet Home

Nothing is quite like the happiness of returning home after being in the mountains for 2 months.  Here, Ibrahim Munna reunites with his daughter and newest son after his return from K2.   Munna was with Dave for the past 2 summers taking care of the guys, cooking, running base camp and being a great friend.