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Mount St. Helens Summit View in Spring

Spring Adventures: Photos from Climbing Mount St. Helens

Adventures

After a late winter, Spring has most certainly rolled into the Pacific Northwest and things look great! Actually, it may be a little too nice out there, at least for those of us who like alpine climbs as the recent warm temps have the snow melting down fast so get to the mountains now. But for now there’s still snow up high and great conditions for adventures. (For more on climbing Mount St Helens in Winter & Spring, see my trail…

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Sunrise from Camp Muir

Weekend Dispatches: Sunrise Hike to Camp Muir (Mount Rainier)

Outdoor Adventures

Climbing Mt. Rainier alpine style, I’ve caught a couple incredible sunrises along the upper slopes of the mountain over the years but never had the chance to sit down and enjoy the view. This weekend after getting shut out on permits, I decided to fix that and set out in the dead of night on Sunday morning to make the 4,680′ hike up to Camp Muir (elevation approx. 10,100′). Even heading up  in the darkness, it was obvious just how…

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Standing by the Side of Lake Ingalls

Trail Guide: Hiking Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (11 miles / 2,500’++ / 5-6+ hours)

Trail Guides

An up close view of the mighty Mount Stuart, distant glances to Rainier and Adams, hills covered in wildflowers, streams cutting through grass valleys, rocky scrambles, regular mountain goat appearances, and a massive alpine lake? I suppose it should come as no surprise that it only took a few days from the time I saw a photo of Lake Ingalls until I was on my way to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to check it out for myself. If you’re reading this…

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Mount St Helens Summit - Summer

Weekend Dispatches: My 20th Mount St. Helens Summit

Travel Talk

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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Climbing the Coleman in the early morning

Trail Guide: Climbing Mount Baker via the Colemen-Deming Route (11 miles / 7,000′ / 1-2 days)

Trail Guides

Rising to a height of 10,781′, Mount Baker clocks in as Washington’s third highest peak behind Rainier and Adams (4th if you count Little Tahoma). While the fairly modest elevation makes it easy to discount Baker, there is nothing tame, small, or otherwise modest about this mountain. With ten large glaciers concentrated around the upper slopes and the record for the most snowfall in a single season, Baker is an incredible sight to behold and an amazing mountain to climb.…

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Exploring the Frozen Wonders of the Guler Ice Caves (Mount Adams / Trout Lake)

Outdoor Adventures

After several years of consistently exploring around the Pacific Northwest, I’d like to think I’m aware of most of the major local sights or at least know where to turn for new ideas (hello Instagram!) but sometimes things just manage to pass under the radar. For whatever reasons that’s exactly what happened with the Guler Ice Caves, an incredible place that I completely missed. In fact, it wasn’t until I was flipping through a Washington State tourism brochure that I even heard of…

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Mount St. Helens from Coldwater Trail

Dispatches from the weekend: Waterfalls, hot springs, sunset views, and snowy summits on a no sleep, 3 tanks of gas kind of weekend.

Travel Talk

I’ve always struggled with posting stories here rather than more specific articles like trail guides and gear reviews. However, as my adventures have grown over the years, I’ve come to realize that without the regular updates you’re only getting a small part of my world. So, as we roll into summer, I’ve decided to take a page from a few of my friend’s blog and try my hand at sharing the journey…  This weekend has had a little bit of everything. On one hand, it…

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Wildflowers in Bloom at Dog Mountain, 2017 Update

Wildflower Season Has Arrived at Washington’s Dog Mountain (2017)

Outdoor Adventures

There is no shortage of incredible experiences to be found in the Columbia River Gorge at any point of the year. From hikes to snowcapped mountain views to roaring waterfalls, the Gorge has something to offer for each season and in late Spring the draw is wildflowers, lots and lots of wildflowers. While there are many places to see the flowers, Dog Mountain’s expansive blooms and scenic hills make it one of the most frequented spots year after year. After…

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Portland Bridges at Sunset

Spring is finally here and now summer adventures await

Travel Talk

This weekend the sun came out in full force and temps across the Northwest broke the 80 degree mark for the first time this year I believe. Coming down from the 20 degree slopes of Mount Rainier it was quite a shock to suddenly find myself in need a pair of shorts (and a tan) but as I’ve begun to acclimate to warmer days it’s time to solidify summer plans! At the top of my dream list are a few ambitious goals…

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Mount Rainier covered in snow, April 2017

Photos from Mount Rainier’s never ending winter

Travel Talk

It’s almost time to turn the calendar page to May (if you actually still have one of those printed calendar things) but apparently the Northwest missed the memo. Tonight’s forecast alone is calling for another foot of snow on the upper slopes of Rainier and Helens with another system on the way just shortly behind it as well. Crazy! Amazing as the endless snowfall is, it has also made this winter challenging and at times simply frustrating. After all, without many breaks it’s…

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