Category Archives: Climbing

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 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 1, 2015

NOLS Wilderness First Responder Course

wmi_logo1I recently spent nine long days taking the Wilderness First Responder course offered by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. In addition to the classes, we also had two evening sessions including a mock rescue scenario.

After the first few days of the course, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to keep up with the amount of information that was being thrown at us. We covered everything from shock to mid-shaft femur fractures. Our instructor did a good job of summarizing the course by saying that it’s like drinking water from a fire hose.

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March 9, 2015

Mount St. Helens: 2015 Snowpack Comparison

The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August.

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