A collection of Adam's photos, videos, and trip reports.

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A collection of Adam's photos, videos, and trip reports.

SOTA Report: Sierra Solo and Mazourka

Under 13 lbs… This is going to be a nice pack weight, I said to myself Thursday night as I weighed-in my new 15L ultralight pack, stuffed with the bare necessities for a weekend in the mountains, along with some extra items for fun. About a year ago, I started this game called “Summits On The Air” or “SOTA” which draws amateur radio enthusiasts to operate from mountain tops in order to gather points. I had a grand plan of activating seven SOTA summits to the West of Onion Valley in the Eastern Sierra. It would require two days of effort and a daunting amount of off-trail hiking and scrambling, but I was ready. Stuffed in my pack was

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SOTA Video Report: Cuyamaca Challenge

The challenge? Activate all 4 SOTA summits in Cuyamaca in a day. I did it via the scenic route, running 21 miles for the first 3 summits, then drove up North Peak (with the landowner).

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Video: Ralph's Arete

My hardest boulder problem send - a FA at Jasper. No repeats to date...

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SOTA Video Report: El Cajon Mountain

On 8-Dec-2013, I activated El Cajon Mountain (W6/SC-115) for Summits on the Air. Here's the video report:

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Trip Report: Sun-Less Ribbon Arete (an oldie, but goodie)

Robb ascending the talus field to the base of the route

"Whose hair-brained idea was this anyway?" I asked Robb as we scrambled up the snowy talus field past Dark Star just as the sun crept close enough to the horizon to see without a headlamp. We were making good time despite the trail conditions on the approach. Sections of ice on the trail combined with plenty of postholing up the switchbacks below First Lake had slowed us down a bit, but we were still making decent time and felt good. It was only 6:30am, but already 5 hours earlier, my cell phone’s alarm had awoken us from our warm slumber in the parking lot. “You sure you don’t want to do Dark Star?” I asked jokingly.

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