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Kolomyia is a magic travel destination 
10:14pm 09/03/2011
   Kolomyia is a magical corner of the natural Carpathian landscape. It is also an important spiritual, cultural, artistic and economic center of the region with a rich and glorious history, which attracts scholars and artists from all over Ukraine and abroad. Tourists from all over the world hurry to see unique collections in museums, visit mountain ski resorts and numerous vacation spots. Kolomyia is located in the southeastern part of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, halfway between Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi, just between mountain ski resorts. Due to its favorable location, the city received from tourists very aptly title of "Gateway to the Carpathians".  

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Six 
11:12am 19/07/2010

The final days of my Iceland roadtrip were spent driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the Western coastline. For the first time on my trip I had a decent amount of rain which thankfully included really nice dramatic clouds [and not blinding swan-dive off road fog like usual].

Driving Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland Photos

Photos by Ian Grant Photography / Facebook

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Five 
12:34pm 15/07/2010

Getting to Seyðisfjörður up in the north-east was way too much of a pain in the butt [mostly because I decided to drive too far in one day, per the usual] but this photo below was basically the end of my day. Mountain pass to get down into the valley. I knew something was up when I started getting ice warnings on my car and then suddenly it was white out conditions with snow on either side and some of the thickest fog I’ve seen in a while. Pretty cool though, wouldn’t want to be doing that drive in the winter however…

Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Four 
03:09pm 12/07/2010

The one place I wish I spent more time in was the Eastern Fjords of Iceland. It happened to be the day that I was going to pull a 6-7 hour drive [more like 9-10] north from Vik to Seyðisfjörður and I found myself stopping and running around every 2 minutes. There were a lot of dirt roads in this stretch, but nothing too bad…you just had to watch out for baby sheep.

Iceland Photography Eastern Fjords Ring Road

Images by Ian Grant Photography // Facebook

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Three 
10:35am 09/07/2010

This part really centers on the eastern area of Iceland’s ring road which is home to many a roadside glacier. It’s funny because as your driving along you pass a bend and are like ‘wow, that’s the most beautiful glacier I’ve ever seen!’ and then you drive a little further ‘Whoa! That one is even better!’ which goes on for a good couple hours. Flocks of swans flying parallel to your car with icecap mountains in the background helps too.

It’s really pretty amazing and at one point you find yourself driving directly towards the biggest glacier you’ve ever seen [literally the biggest in Europe] while 2 other huge ones are on either side of you. If I had a 4×4 I would’ve been able to get closer, but frankly at this point in my journey I wasn’t going to put my car through too much more. Some of the roads to the glaciers were a little too hard core for my little beast of a car. After my car stuck incident my survival instincts [Tanya's voice in my head saying 'Ian bad! Death!'] was in full swing.

Iceland Photography Eastern Ring Road

Images by Ian Grant Photography // Facebook

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Mt. Belford & Oxford advice needed 
04:12pm 07/07/2009
  I'm hiking part of the Colorado Trail next week, and I'm planning to spend an extra day in the Missouri Gulch in order to climb a 14er. This means that I'll be approaching Mt. Oxford and Belford from the south slope. Most people climb the NW slope from the Missouri Gulch trailhead.

Does anyone have any information about this? From what I can see on my topo, and from general information on summitpost.org, I think that Mt. Belford, Oxford and Missouri are the best choices for me. Harvard is also accessible, but I think it would be a longer climb.

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tent advice needed 
01:48pm 01/04/2009
  Hi gang - I'm a veteran backpacker and all around camper. I've had the same 3-person TNF 4-season tent for 14 years, but it's finally time for a new one, 2-person model. I live in Colorado, and mostly backpack in the West - Colorado, UT, NM, WY. Plans for this season include Carlsbad Caverns and the Colorado Trail, with hopefully a trip to UT in there too. So mostly arid regions, with unpredictable weather including high winds.

So here's the question: what do you think about single wall tents? Is the condensation issue a big one, especially here in the arid West?

I think that a single wall tent would be good for me because:

*light weight
*fast setup
*setup can be done from inside if necessary

I've never had a single wall before, and I am a bit concerned about the condensation. I would think it's not a big issue where low humidity is the norm, but I'd like some feedback.

Right now, I'm looking at the REI Ace SW 2, mainly due to cost. If I had the scratch, I'd get a Bibler Eldorado or a Black Diamond HiLight. I'm not particularly interested in a tarp tent or similar; there are times I'll encounter bugs and may be short of tent poles or trees.


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Jetboil Recall 
04:14pm 12/02/2009
  full article: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09126.html

Outdoor Stoves Recalled by Jetboil Due to Burn Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Personal Cooking Systems and Group Cooking Systems

Units: About 15,000

Manufacturer: Jetboil Inc., of Manchester, N.H.

Hazard: A tight valve attached to the stove’s fuel source can allow gas to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Jetboil has received five reports of fires resulting from leaking fuel. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves personal and group cooking stoves often used during outdoor camping. The recalled models include: Personal Cooking Systems in black (PBL075-BLK-(PCS) and camo (PBL075-CAMO-(PCS), Backcountry Gourmet Set (BDLFRY), Personal Cooking System with Companion Cup (BDL001), Personal Cooking System with Pot Support & Stabilizer (BDL002), Personal Cooking System with Coffee Press (BDL003), and Personal Cooking System Java Kit (BDLJAVA) and Group Cooking System (GCS150).

Sold at: Specialty outdoor and general sporting goods stores nationwide and on the Internet from July 2008 through November 2008 for between $100 and $130.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Jetboil for a repair or replacement.


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Zion National Park in Winter 
03:53pm 19/01/2009
  I made a great little trip over to Zion National Park recently after a few years since my last visit. This time around though it was winter and apparently they got a little more snow than they're used to. This made the scenery really gorgeous, my hands significantly colder, and arriving at 3am much more treacherous! Anyway, hope you enjoy the National Park photos and you've got 10 or so days left to enter in the photo contest!

Zion National Park in Winter

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Bryce Canyon National Park 
04:12pm 12/01/2009
  On my most recent little adventure I made a quick little side trip to Bryce National Park. Since it was at such high elevation [I think I was around 9100 feet up] there was snow everywhere and it was insanely cold. I had to make it a quick little trip as I arrived a few hours before sunset. Nevertheless, it was great to visit and the drive back through Zion I'm probably never going to forget. I stayed in Springdale which is at the entrance of Zion so I had to drive back through the park at night and on their 'sort-of-plowed roads'. I'm pretty sure coming back through the tunnel and down the cliffside was one big long slide down a sheet of ice. In the dark. With deer and rabbits jumping in the road.

Don't forget the photo contest! The deadline is January 31st and is coming up fast!

Bryce National Park Photography by Ian Grant iNationalPark.com

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Canyonlands National Park 
10:32am 07/01/2009
  On the second day of our little Utah adventure [for the more detailed version see Tanya's entry] we spent most of the day over in Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is a gorgeous park on the Colorado Plateau and is filled with countless canyons and mesas. It's also very windy. Apparently no one comes in the winter as we pretty much had the place to ourselves, the park rangers almost seemed surprised we came in the visitor center to pay and get our map [the entrance post was closed]. I collect NPS maps, so I had to be able to add it to the huge stack on my bookshelf!

Canyonlands National Park Photography by iNationalPark Ian Grant

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Mustang. Nepal 
02:56pm 16/08/2008
  I want to show photos of my friend Sashi.

"Forbidden kingdom Mustang":


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Charity Walk 
12:34pm 17/07/2008
mood: hopeful
This weekend, I'm taking part in trailwalker 2008 a 100km (62 mile) sponsored walk in aid of oxfam and the Ghurka welfare trust.
I'm part of a team of 4, and we're hoping to finish inside the time limit of 30 hours, but probably well outside the record time of 10 hours! Please sponsor me if you can - you can give online at our team page. Please help!

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10:44pm 03/07/2008
  In a couple of weeks, I'm hoping to take part in Trailwalker 2008. Our aim is to walk 100km (62 miles) in 30 hours or less. It;s in aid of Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare trust. We have a team sponsorship page where you can donate. Our target is 2000 pounds, and we've a ways to go yet. please donate as much as you can.  

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Great Sand Dunes National Park - Alamosa, CO 
03:28pm 14/05/2008
  Last weekend Tanya and I traveled on a Colorado adventure [thanks to my amazing American Airlines travel voucher]. We pulled in roughly 850 miles and visited two different National Parks on my 'to-do' list, all while suffering from high-altitude sickness and non-sleepage. Our first stop was the Great Sand Dunes National Park, containing North America's tallest sand dunes. I think their tag line should be 'the fastest sand carrying winds in North America' or 'don't exfoliate your skin before you come here park'. Enjoy the pics!

About: Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado, United States. Originally designated Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was created by an act of the United States Congress on September 13, 2004. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres. They are likely 12,000 years old.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Let' s go trekking somewhere 
10:00am 22/02/2008
mood: hopeful
HI! I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love mountaineering, trekking and camping. Most of my hike has been in The Andes and the highest mountain I climbed is the Lanin ( a volcano) 3,900 mts. I try to do
some local hikes to train in "Sierra de la Ventana" and "Tandilia" some old hills in my province. I' ve never did trekking or hiking overseas; I  mean Europe or Other country .

I usually go trekking or hiking with a big backpack because I love camping; I do not mean taking with me technical equipment; just the necessary to survive :) cook, sleep and wash.

I am planning go to Europe and travel along it with my backpack. Visit famous mountains and places. I love forests too and knowing aborigines from different parts of the world.

I would say I love adventure. While in the mountains I feel I am what I am; a soul, something ephemeral. I respect nature; it surprises me  every walking minute; I feel I need nothing there but I cannot get conscious  about that while I am  in a city. I use to query myself  about what is that the human being  all over the world is looking for.

My daughter told me about this site. I used to join sites where you know people but it did not accomplished
my desires of finding people to share my feelings. I joined this community because i would like to share experiences, get some advice, and why not invite trekkers to come and visit Argentina, specially "los Andes" range.

I wonder if anyone here has been in Argentina or live in Argentina, has climbed the "Aconcagua" yet or want to do it.

Well, I wrote my profile in Spanish but I speak English too. In fact I am a teacher of English and I teach in state schools to  10 - 17 years old children.

Last year I took a group of adolescents  to  "Bariloche" and made them hike and climb, it was a fascinating experience although I was not alone at all!!!!!
They loved  doing that and want to go again this year and I loved teaching them that there s another Earth/world, different from the city.

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Intro Post 
11:40pm 22/02/2008
    1 Where do you live ? Where do you go hiking, which mountain ranges do you know ?
I live in Vancouver, BC. I try to do as much local hikes around North Vancouver/West Vancouver/Howe Sound as possible but have to say I haven't ventured out too far. Been trekking mostly overseas -- Nepal twice (Annapurna & Everest/Gokyo Region), Peru Inca Trail, Pakistan along the Baltoro Glacier/K2, and the gorgeous national parks in Utah/Arizona -- Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon. Would love to see more though...

2 When do you go in the mountains, with what kind of equipment ?
I'm a minimalist... and since just a hiker so don't typically bring a lot of technical equipment with me. Am trying to get started on climbing/mountaineering so the backpack will likely get heavier =)

3 What is your favorite work of art, book, photograph, etc, related to mountains ?
Everything photographic espcially black/white or something against the blue sky (no, doesn' t have to be Ansel Adam).

4 Would you say that when in the mountains, you lead a different lifestyle, in a broad sense - way of acting, thinking, feeling - ? Would you define it ? Do you feel "different" while in the mountains ? In what way ? 
Hmm.. I feel more 'human'?

5 Why did you join this community ? How did you find it ? What would you like to be discussed or shared here ?
just trying it out.

6 Have you got some good tips, experiences, words of wisdom, story to share with fellow mountaineers ? Some ideas for hiking destinations ?
Not at this point... 
But was wondering -- anyone been up to Mount Ararat yet?

7 Hum ... something else to say ?

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08:23am 04/02/2008
  Some wintery California outdoors shots on Flickr now.


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Ron Kay's Guide to Zion National Park 
04:16pm 22/01/2008

The beauty and magic of Zion National Park - Southwest Utah
Experience it!!



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A legend lost 
05:35pm 11/01/2008
  Sir Edmund Hilary died today at the age of 88. He will always have a place in the history books and in the hearts and imaginations of adventurers who could only dare to be so intrepid.  

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Routes in Switzerland 
04:12pm 23/12/2007
I am now planning a trip to Switzerland this summer. What routes and climbs would you recommend?
My experience as a trekker is good, but the climbing experience is moderate - the highest ascend was Galdhoppigen in Norway (2469m). But still I am quite enthusiastic in this, and feel that a can do better and higher.
The main purpose of the trip is photography, so there will be at least 5kg of equipment in the backpack)
I have not used any climbing gear, so technical climbs say Matterhorn are out of the question.)))) Still I will take crampons etc with me just in case.
I will be traveling by car...
Thank you in advance.

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Climber in your life? Give Alpinist Mag 
09:35am 09/12/2007
  Give the gift of Alpinist this year......
as their warehouse just burned to the ground!!


really sad.....

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11:48am 02/12/2007
  TIBET Тут - http://tober-chell.livejournal.com/44234.html его потрясающий рассказ о Кайлаше.  

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09:28pm 29/11/2007
  Hey, sorry to do two posts in a row but if anybody's interested I just posted the journal I kept on my trip from Calgary to Quebec and back again.

<a href="http://aufte88.livejournal.com/1749.html">Valhalla</a>

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