🇺🇸 No-summit days should also be documented and celebrated (no matter how frustrating and disappointing they are). So here is our Mt Hood journey: after a not-so-exciting approach along ski slopes, we reached out the crux of the climb bright and early, saw the bergschrund and the Pearly Gates from afar, suddenly got engulfed in clouds and decided to turn around. It’s not always the easy decision when you are so close; but the mountain will still be there and I am hoping for better views next time we get up there. On the bright side, we got some training done so that must count for something.
🇫🇷 Les jours sans sommets doivent aussi être célébrés; même s’ils sont décevants et frustrants. Notre aventure au Mt Hood peut se résumer en: après une marche assez peu intéressante le long de pistes de ski nous sommes arrivés au passage clé de la voie tôt et en forme. Nous avons pu voir la rimaye et les pearly gates de loin quand tout à coup nous nous sommes retrouvés dans le brouillard et avons décidé de faire demi-tour. Ce n’est pas la solution la plus facile à prendre aussi près du sommet; mais la montagne sera toujours la et je compte sur de meilleures vues la prochaine fois. Et puis au moins on a pu s’entraîner.
There are caves and then there are caves. I have visited a couple before but this cave system was completely stunning. Possibly one of my favourite National Park visits, this place is a cool, moist fairytale.
Everyone, tell @disputedcaa he needs to remove his mud flaps 🤣
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Two of my favorite things, fully-semi automatic assault rocket blasters and off-road vehicles.
@drewhopkins showing off his well used battle axe with the FJ in the back repping America. 🇺🇸: Small American Flag Magnet
May 27, 1997: 1ST ALL FEMALE TEAM reach the North Pole
A group of 20 British women decided to make the trek to the North Pole. Why? You might ask, just as did I, and the answer is simple: just because they could. The group decided to prove to the world that anyone could do it, female or not. But the fact that it was an all female group of amateurs made it much more interesting. And impressive.
It all started when Caroline Hamilton was talking with a friend, who happened to be a polar explorer, and got inspired thinking that if he could do it, so could she. And she said so to a friend, Rose Eveleth, and the duo started on planning, discovering very soon that the mounting expedition was quite expensive, costing around half a millions dollars. .
That's when they came up with a plan that would drum up publicity and sponsorship money: to organize the first all-women expedition to the North Pole, wich would appeal and include any woman who was fit enough to participate. .
A few months later, they posted an ad on The Telegraph: “Applications are invited from women of any age, background and occupation, but they will have to prove fitness and commitment. They will have to put up with real pain and discomfort. They will wonder every ten steps what they are doing but they have the opportunity in an epic endeavor.” 200 applications answered the ad, and 20 amateur explorers were chosen to attempt to ski from Arctic Canada to the top of the world.
The team was then divided into five groups of four adventurers, each of which would tackle one leg of the 416-mile slog over the ice from Arctic Canada to the Pole, pulling their gear behind them on sledges, while facing temperatures of almost -50 degrees (Fahrenheit), blasting winds and ever-changing ice that could (and occasionally did) crumble into open water. The women carried on and on several occasions the plucky but inexperienced explorers came close to freezing to death.
This week we're revealing our staff's top picks of gear on and off the trail. For a good lengthy day hike, we recommend @thenorthface Borealis pack, seen here in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It has comfortable venting for hot days, and tons of storage for water and nutrition.
• "My favorite part is that once my summer was over I was able to use it for school and classes as well. It's super functional." - @wehr.li •
Come check it out in store today.