My girlfriend and I, along with a few friends, decided to head up to Washington this past weekend to climb Mount Stuart. Mount Stuart is known as being the single greatest mass of exposed granite in the United States and has an elevation of 9,415 feet.
We chose to approach the summit via the Cascadian Couloir route as it is the least technical. The hike did involve some class 3 scrambling, especially as we approached the summit. In order to make the trip a little easier, we decided to camp on top of Long’s Pass. We then woke up early the next morning and made the trip up to the summit. The hike took much longer than we expected (13 hours) due to the loose rock. We ended up camping a second night after we made it down from the summit.
Overall the climb was a ton of fun. The summit has some amazing views and we even ran into a mountain goat along the way. Read More →
One of the benefits to volunteering on Mount St. Helens is I get to assist with guided climbs to the crater rim. The climb I did this past weekend was a Geology on High climb where a geologist leads the climb and talks about the different features of the mountain. I learned a lot of new and interesting things about Mount St. Helens past and also enjoyed seeing the clients make it up the mountain for the first time.
The weather started out really nice but by the top we reached the crater rim the clouds had moved in. We did get small break in the clouds which gave us a small glimpse into the crater. Read More →
Over the past seven weeks I have been taking a mountaineering and climbing course with the Mazamas, a mountaineering organization here in Portland. In order to practice roped glacier travel and snow climbing, we spent the past few days up on Mount Adams in Washington. Camping at 9,000 feet was a lot of fun and offered some amazing views of the Cascade Mountains.
The best part about the trip was summiting on the final morning. The weather was perfect and the view from over 12,000 feet was amazing. It was a great experience and I learned a lot during the practice sessions. Mount Adams is now the highest mountain that I have climbed in the Pacific Northwest. Read More →
Today turned out to be a great day to spend volunteering on Mount St. Helens. The weather was perfect and the views from the crater rim were awesome. There were a lot of people on the mountain today and I got to talk to quite a few different groups.
Despite climbing the mountain a bunch of times this year, it is still my favorite mountain in the Cascades. I am still fascinated by the crater and the view never gets old. Read More →
Here’s an awesome panoramic view of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon:
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I truly love the state of Oregon! The massive trees here blow my mind when I walk by them while hiking. Check out these photos from a recent hike I did out by the coast: Read More →
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A few months ago I completed my goal to climb to the top of Mt. St. Helens. It was an amazing experience but the one thing it didn’t do was give me a close up view of the blast zone located on the opposite side of the mountain. So the other day I took a friend up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory and we did a nice 9 mile hike down to Spirit Lake.