Spring Adventure Series: BOEALPS

One of the reasons I have written so little as of late (this is a lame excuse but I am going to use it anyway) is because of the mountaineering course that Kyle and I taught again this spring with BOEALPS. For anyone who is wondering what that conglomeration of capitol letters is: BOEALPS is […]

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2017: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

I’ll be the first to admit, when I look back on this year I am reminded of some of the best memories I have ever had mixed with some of the deepest emotions of despair I have ever felt. Standing in the middle of a circle of friends and family as they pronounced Kyle and […]

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Summer Scrambles

On weekends when Kyle and I had commitments (see work camping trips and fundraising events) we tried to find scrambles that we could accomplish in a day. They don’t quite deserve a blog post all on their own so I am going to squish two of them together into one. Hibox Mountain: We went out […]

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Glacier Peak: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Right after the euphoria of summiting I always experience the slightest tinge of dread in my stomach. Now we have to go down. And someone once said, some crazy percentages of climbing accidents happen on the way down. Time to put my guard back up and practice that CONSTANT VIGILANCE that Mad Eye was always […]

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Glacier Peak: The Final Summit

I woke up and looked at the phone: 11pm, still plenty of time for sleeping. Outside the mesh and cuben fiber a crimson orb hung in the air. All I could think was, “A red moon rises, blood has been spilled this night.” Seemed like a pretty freakin’ bad omen to me, even if it […]

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Glacier Peak: The Big In

Glacier Peak was to be our final volcano in Washington – there are five of them: Baker, Adams, Rainier and Helens (climbed in that order) and Glacier would be our last. It would also be Kyle’s and my first peak as a married couple, which is an important milestone when you’re something of an addicted-to-adventure […]

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Sahale Peak

*Quick side note – this one is pretty short and sweet and right to the nitty gritty, because Sahale was so beautiful that I would have to work for hours to write the prose worthy of describing it. So I wrote about the climb and left the details up to the pictures. Often times climbing […]

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1 Pitch + 1 Pitch = Multi-pitch!

For us, a 5am start was leisurely. The sky was already starting to brighten as we rolled out of our car tent and onto the mile road walk to the Ingalls Peak Trailhead. With us was Carl, who had agreed to lead the rock pitches that would eventually stand between us and the summit. We […]

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How much snow can a Colchuck chuck…

Years ago Kyle and I thought we were going to go climb Colchuck Peak, right after we finished Boealps. But instead we suckered ourselves into a thru hike of the Enchantments which I still think was the right call. The Enchantments are basically shuttered to everyone who isn’t lucky enough to pull a permit – […]

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