Buried Sexism

*I originally published this piece on the beautiful website She Explores.  If you have never heard of She Explores check it out, it is an amazing website that aims to highlight creative curious women that inspire.*  “Now, I want to tell you something, and I don’t want you to think of it as a bad […]

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Mazama Ridge, Mt Rainier

The day after we went to Artist Point Kyle and his friend Phil and his friend Ryan drove down to Mt Rainier to snowshoe Mazama Ridge.  I couldn’t go because I was working a double that day.  Sigh.  However, they brought back these beautiful pictures for me to post and said that although it was […]

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It’s a Rainier Kind of Year

This summer has been full of Mt Rainier.  We climbed it and hiked around it, so there was really nothing left for me to do except go and work there. I am three-weeks into an Emergency Hire position out of Carbon River that will last until October.  Really, I am just continuing to round out my […]

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Wonderland Trail: A Long Walking Lord of the Rings Joke

It didn’t hit me until part way through the hike that this was the first extended trip my brothers and I had ever been on, all together, without our parents. When they had both agreed to go I had been over the moon.  Neither of them had done any long backpacking trips and I couldn’t […]

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Wonderland Trail: Part One

Two weeks ago Kyle, my brothers Nelson and Cameron, and I completed the Wonderland Trail in six and a half days.  Since we have now been to the top of Mt Rainier it seems fitting that we took a week out of our lives to walk around it and see it from every side.  Or […]

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The Ironic Proposal

Three and a half years ago when I met Kyle he had just attempted to climbed his first 14er in Colorado, which inspired him to quit his job in Chicago and move to Arizona, seeking a change of pace, adventure, and the future.  Amongst trying a million new things (brussels sprouts and asparagus, for example) […]

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The Belly of the Beast

As I was being lowered, belly flop style, into a crevasse yesterday I couldn’t help but mutter, “Well this is the strangest decision I have ever made.”  In retrospect, strange might not be the perfect word to describe it. Yesterday our team and three other teams (there were a lot of people up on the […]

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Hunting for Unicorns

Last weeks climb to Unicorn Peak, the tallest in the Tatoosh range at 6,971ft, was a huge success.  Honestly there isn’t a lot to tell because it was a rather uneventful climb… uneventful in the sense of no accidents, disasters, near misses… It is strange that I think of a climb as uneventful if nothing […]

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Fresh Powder

FINALLY the Northwest got some fresh snow.  Last Friday Abigail, my mom, my mom’s friend Anita, and I headed up to Paradise in order to snowshoe out to reflection lake.  When we got to the lower lodge we were greeted by a closed gate and the information that they wouldn’t be opening the road to […]

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