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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View from the Top
I took advantage of the great weather we had this weekend and went out for a hike. Decided to hike up to Munra Point, which is now one of my favorite hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.
It’s a steep scramble to the top and the hike felt a lot longer than it actually was. I even used my hands a few times trying to get up the rocky sections. The view at the top made the climb well worth it. Read More →
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 →
A few days ago I went out and did my first snowshoe of the year. It’s a great workout and offers a fun alternative to traditional hiking.
Here’s a few photos from the trip up to Mt. Hood in Oregon:
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When it comes to eating, I have always tried my best to eat as healthy as possible. Almost two years ago a I switched to a natural food diet where I eliminated all the processed stuff and focused my diet on meat, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. It was a great transition and I felt better after making the switch.
However, I’ve taken it one step further since then and have removed all grains from my diet. Why would I do such a thing? Well, I’ve been doing a lot of reading regarding health and fitness lately and one of the books I read was The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I’ve followed Mark’s blog for a few years now and have always considered giving his diet a try.
I also read Gary Taubes book Good Calories, Bad Calories, which was a very interesting read about the science behind our diets. It digs deep into the studies that have been performed and challenges the conventional wisdom about what we should eat.
It turns out that a lot of the foods we think are bad (saturated fat, bacon, beef, etc.) are not actually bad for us. It’s the high amount of carbohydrates we typically consume that cause most of our health problems. Read More →