Others

Bucket List

Seven Summits

North America

South America

Africa

  • Kilimanjaro summit climb (Preferably full moon)

Europe

  • Iceland

Asia

  • Scuba diving in Indonesia

These look cool but I don’t think I am ready yet :

 

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Nikhil Navali

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Lakes trail hike at Mt Rainier NP

An amazing combination of lakes, mountains, meadows and water falls hike around the Mt Rainier. The falls colors were beautiful and Mt Rainier somehow looked more tall this time. May be due to the many non-snow patches on the mountain. We started from Paradise visitor center and reached Reflection lake where Rainier appeared in the lake. Then we reached a ridge to overlook Steven’s canyon. From there on meadows kept surprising us all the way till the visitor center. It got cloudy during the last part of the hike  but Rainier looked amazing as usual. It was a different feeling hiking around the mountain and felt good about the summit. The fall colors were on full swing especially on the last stretch of the trail. We drove in Dodge Charger – loved the car – and it was a fun drive.

Photos here

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Hike to Excelsior Pass

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A moderate hike and I tried pushing my timings. I had covered 4 miles with around 3200ft elevation in around 1hr 45 minutes and was very happy with my performance. After reaching the pass, we took left and reached a small summit but once the rest of the group came, we realized that we had to take a right and reach to a higher summit. The last part was on snow and steep. We could get only a glimpse of mountains but according to others the views are spectacular from the summit.

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Hike to Sourdough Mountain

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I had first attempted this mountain with few inters on 4th of July – 2015 and this was my first hike in the Pacific North West region. We were hardly prepared for this hike and couldn’t summit that day.

Someone recently posted on the meetup about this hike and I took it as an opportunity to take another shot and glad I did. We summited it quite comfortably(cold was a slight issue) this time but clouds blocked the views at the summit. It was amazing that I could remember the trail from my previous attempt so much and I enjoyed retracing it. The trail gains 3000ft elevation in the first 2 miles and that was what we had completed during the first attempt. We had done the steepest and toughest part but it was still 3 miles more to the summit.

While coming down, at places I could slide just on my shoes which was fun. There was a creek to be crossed and I was almost crushed by the loose stones while stepping on the bank. It didn’t take too long for the descent and it was a good hike.

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Kaleetan peak summit attempt via lake Melakwa

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This was one of the most intense meetups I have attended till now. It was a combination of a dangerous summit attempt, brave and selfless people and beautiful scenery.

It was a hot day and the hike till Lake Melakwa was tiring by itself. We rested till everyone caught up and started for Kaleetan peak. There were some steep sections till the first peak. The views were spectacular as usual with great visibility. We had to descend a bit to get to base of Kaleetan and then had to scramble to reach the peak. There was a steep section with snow which we had to cut across to reach the base. An experienced guy was ahead and was making some steps for us to make it easier. The second in the line guy slipped after some steps and slid down 100 – 150 feet before hitting and rolling over a bunch of rocks. I still remember the slide he took, a fellow hiker shouting at him to brake and his roll on the rocks. The guy who was in the front soon took a slide down with his ice axe and went to help him. It was very brave and selfless of him. The organizer called it for the day and we turned back. The whole incident hit me after some time and I was glad that everyone was safe.

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