I 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.Read More →
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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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Climbing the Tooth in Washington has been on my list of climbs for some time now. My friend and I decided to climb it yesterday and we had a lot of fun. We climbed it via the South Face route which is rated 5.4 and has a pitch or two of 4th class along the way.Read More →
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My friend and I had a few climbs planned this week and the first one on our list was Ingalls Peak. We chose to do the South Ridge which has a few 5.4 pitches along with some class 3/4 scrambling. The climbing was really good except for the serpentine which was a bit slippery. The best part about this climb is the scenery. The view of Mount Stuart in the background was amazing and we even had a few mountain goats hanging out at our camp.
After running into a traffic jam on Three Fingered Jack a few weeks ago, we decided to return to finish the last 200 or so feet of the climb. We ran into a large group of climbers on the way up but after waiting near the base of the summit block we eventually got to make our way up. The Crawl was a fun traverse with a lot of exposure. Luckily the rock felt pretty solid under my feet and most of the loose stuff has been kicked off already. The final chimney was a lot of fun and was easy climbing on somewhat solid rock.Read More →