April 11, 2017

Where Has The Time Gone?

It has been a year and a half since I last posted here. It’s crazy how fast time has been flying by.

A lot has happened since I last posted about working at Mount Rainier National Park. I finished my degree at Oregon State, landed some new jobs, and moved from Portland to Denver. So far, I love Colorado!

Perhaps the biggest news is my girlfriend and I are traveling to Bolivia in June to climb Huayna Potos√≠ and Illimani. This will be our first time attempting to climb above 6000 meters. We’ve been spending most of our time training, climbing 14ers here in Colorado, and getting the gear ready for the trip. We started a new blog to track our training and summits. Hopefully our training will be sufficient and we will have a successful trip. I guess we’ll find out soon…

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June 23, 2015

Mount Baker: Easton Glacier

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Third times a charm. After failing to reach the summit twice last year due to weather and a weak snow bridge, I finally made it on Sunday. The weather was perfect and we had clear skies throughout the night and into the morning. We left the trailhead around 10 am on Saturday and made it to camp in the early afternoon. I managed to get more sleep than I thought I would and woke up at 1 am to get ready for the climb. We were on our way up towards the glacier a little after 2 am.

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May 15, 2015

Water Quality Monitoring at Tryon Creek Watershed

Monthly E.coli results by station
As a volunteer with the Tryon Creek water quality monitoring program, I recently had the opportunity to go through and analyze the data that has been collected. With the help of a few fellow volunteers, we created a poster summarizing the data and presented it at the 2015 State of the Watershed event held at the Tryon Creek State Park Visitor Center. Below is a summary of the information that we presented at the event.

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May 11, 2015

Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015

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For the third year in a row, I spent Mother’s Day volunteering on Mount St. Helens. This year was a bit different since Climber’s Bivouac opened early and we were able to go up the Monitor Ridge summer route. Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain.

The Worm Flows winter route was also available and roughly 200 climbers were on each trail which helped split up the crowd. Lots of people had dresses and costumes on and we even saw a unicorn riding an inflatable shark down a glissade chute.

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April 29, 2015

Who Owns Water Film Review

I recently attended the Water Research Symposium at Oregon State University. The event featured a lot of great presentations and also included a screening of the film Who Owns Water. The full film can be purchased from Vimeo here.

In the documentary Who Owns Water, David and Michael Hanson set off on a month long canoe trip through the entire Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint (ACF) river basin located in the southeastern United States. David, who was born and raised in the Atlanta area, is a photographer and film producer that wanted to raise awareness about the water issues that are currently facing the ACF river basin. Unlike other documentaries focused on water related issues, the film did a great job of staying balanced. The film did not appear to have a specific agenda other than to raise awareness about water resources and to get people to start paying more attention to where their water comes from.

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