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Mount St Helens Summit - Summer

Weekend Dispatches: My 20th Mount St. Helens Summit

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Last Sunday, I topped out on Mount St. Helens for the 20th time. Compared to the search and rescue pros and seasoned volunteers, that’s a drop in the bucket I realize. But for a guy who stepped onto his first glaciated mountain just shy of three years ago, it felt pretty damn good. I’ve gone up with first time climbers, watching their eyes light up as they first catch the rim of the crater walls and some of those seasoned…

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Mount Shasta from Highway 5

Trail Review: Late Season Climbing on Mount Shasta via Clear Creek (16 miles, 7,600′, 1-2 days)

Adventures Trail Guides

Trail details last updated 10/5/2015. Around the start of October my climbing partner shot me a text with the impossible: we both had four days off and the weather was playing nice! After an adventurous year for both of us (our first full alpine season), we were left in a quandary as most of the good climbs were done and dirt or something we’d already been to and then Shasta came up. As a native Northern Californian you’d think I would know…

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[Trail Guide] Climb Mount Adams via the South Climb aka Lunch Counter Route (12 miles / 6,700′ / 1-2 days)

Adventures Trail Guides

Hike details last updated June 2017.  At 12,276′, Mount Adams is one big mountain. The second tallest peak in Washington behind Rainier, Adams appears in many Pacific Northwest trail views and while it seems to get passed over in a lot of discussions, thousands upon thousands make the trek out to climb it every year.  The most common approach to Adams is along the South Climb Route #183 which is nicknamed “Lunch Counter” after the popular mid-point camping stop used by…

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[Trail Guide] Snow Climbing on Oregon’s South Sister (12.5 miles / 4,900′ / 8-12 hours)

Trail Guides

Trail details last updated 3/28/2017. Through winter and much of spring getting to Central Oregon’s peaks like South Sister requires either one heck of a cross-country effort or the help of a snowmobile in. Even as the snow melts out and Cascade Lakes Highway opens in mid to late May, snow tends to still blanket the mountain in true alpine fashion. Whether it’s an early season climb from the Devil’s Creek Trailhead or with the aid of a snowmobile start in…

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Mount Hood Climb via Old Chute / South Side

Adventures Trail Guides

On a clear day, I can see Mount Hood from just outside my front door so given my newly found obsession for mountains, it should be no surprise that Hood has been the subject of many posts over the past year. Yet for as many times as I’ve been to the mountain, stayed at Government Camp, eaten at Charlie’s, and wandered up the snowfield from Timberline, I’ve totally missed on actually trying at a climb. That was until last weekend.…

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RMI's Headquarters at Mt Rainier

Climbing Mt. Rainier with a Guide Service (Rainier with RMI: Part 1)

Adventures

I feel like I’ve always wanted to climb peaks and have amassed a shelf full of books about Everest, K2 and Denali adventures over the years, I even picked up a couple brochures for mountain guides over the years but in all reality, never did much about it. “Big” day hikes and light backpacking were straight forward, accessible and not to mention [relatively] cheap — and then, about a year ago, I drove up to Portland and saw the mountains…

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