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In this guest feature from the American Alpine Journal, Antoine Girard documents an experiment that utilized paragliders to approach peaks in Nepal's Langtang Himal that tend to be inaccessible because of difficult approaches or objective hazards. Girard and his partner, Julien Dusserre, landed at 6200 meters on Shalbachum (6707m), where they planned to climb alpine-style to the summit, but storms forced them to retreat. Weather patterns also prevented them from landing on their main objective--Langtang Lirung (7227m)--but they gained enough experience to prove to themselves that approaching peaks with paragliders could work.
Alpinist 60 completes our two-part Mountain Profile of la Meije--a mountain often referred to as the Matterhorn of the Dauphine Alps. In this article, we interview Erin Smart, the author of the Mountain Profile, about the process and the quirky stories she encountered from the mountain's slopes.
Whitney Clark takes the Sterling Fusion Nano IX along for some rugged granite adventures in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains. The 9mm rope can be used as a thick half-rope or a skinny single rope, and features Sterling's new DryXP treatment, which exceeds the UIAA certification of less than 5 percent water absorption, keeping the rope light and durable in even the wettest conditions. Clark put those claims to the test and awarded the Fusion Nano IX five stars. 5 out of 5 stars
#alpinistcommunityproject Quinn Brett

Quinn Brett

From August 6-12, 2017, Quinn Brett shared some stories and photos for the #alpinistcommunityproject. Based out of Estes Park, Colorado, Quinn is a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park and has become known for her big-wall speed and free climbs in Zion and Yosemite in recent years. In her original bio for this series, she described herself as someone who "enjoys challenging others to handstand contests and swigging a frosty IPA." She said she snorts when she laughs and her inability to sit still is probably the largest driving force for attempting any of her endeavors.

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#alpinistcommunityproject Jackie Niles

On September 25-31, 2016, Jackie Niles and her friends Adam Reke, Chris Snobeck, Wade Morris and a few others shared stories and photos with the #alpinistcommunityproject about their climbing days in Rocky Mountain National Park.

On August 7-13, 2016, filmmaker, author and longtime Alpinist contributor Pete Takeda shared some images and stories with the #alpinistcommunityproject about ice climbing in Quebec, which you can now see here. He wrote an article about the trip for Alpinist 55 titled "The Country of Winter," and also produced a short documentary called "Northern Soul."

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