Starting a New Trad(ition)

We are staring up a human sized hole in the rock and Carl is looking at me, holding a piece of trad gear in his outstretched hand. “Do you want to lead this first pitch?” I responded, taking the piece and clipping it to my harness, “Sure, but what do I do? I mean I […]

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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: 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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Mountain Marathon – Part 2: Mount Shasta

Kyle and I binge listened to “The Push” by Tommy Caldwell on the way to Northern California. We couldn’t get enough. Neither one of us has gotten deeply into rock climbing, craggin’, bouldering, big walls, or any of that (yet?) and so we devoured his words and his experiences with gusto. He fascinated us. One […]

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Mountain Marathon – Part 1: Mount Hood

The Mountain Marathon, a scheme Kyle and I had conceived of while we were on the PCT, walking past ultra prominent giants in Northern California and Oregon. We were in great shape and itching to climb mountains, so what better to day dream about than long slogs up snowy slopes. The original concept was to […]

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