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View from 4 Mile trail in Winter

Nothing Routine About It: A Winter Visit to Yosemite’s 4 Mile Trail

Trail Guides

Yosemite is magical any time of year but if you’re lucky enough to make a visit when winter hits the park, you’ll find that the magic rises to a whole other level. Of course, the stunning effects of winter bring a few new challenges to any visit, especially on the trails… and certainly those that climb out of the valley floor like 4-mile! I’ve hiked 4-mile trail to Glacier Point a couple times and while it’s a solid climb in…

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Climbing Lassen Peak in Winter

Never underestimate the mountain: A winter attempt on Lassen Peak

Outdoor Adventures Trail Guides

I don’t imagine I’ll be setting any speed ascent records or making notable first ascents in the alpine world in this life time but after a few years of regular mountain adventures, I’ve become pretty comfortable with a solid day out climbing. So, when the idea of a winter trip to Lassen Peak came up, I figured it would be no big deal. That’s not to say we took it lightly — there was plenty of research, prep, all the…

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Trail Guide: Winter Hiking to Lake Tahoe’s Round Top Mountain (~2,000 / 8 miles / 4-6 hours)

Trail Guides

One of the reasons I’m drawn to big mountains is of course those summit views: the further up you go, the less is in the way and all. While getting above everything else often requires a lot of effort, sometimes we luck out and find an amazing view that’s a lot closer to the road (or at least a lot less uphill.) That brings me to Round Top Mountain, a Tahoe Area hike that tops out at over 10,000′. A…

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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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Life is good from inside the EV 2 tent

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear’s 4-Season EV2 Tent

Gear Reviews

Much as I love light & fast, one day adventures that let me sleep off the climb in a real bed, there’s a lot to be said for longer adventures and certainly for nights under the stars. Of course when it comes to alpine climbing, a night under the stars can be a serious undertaking and a downright freezing one at that. So, when I set out to buy a tent for winter style adventures, finding something solid but also…

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Grivel G12 Crampons in the Snow

Gear Review: Grivel’s G12 Crampons for General Mountaineering – Updated 2018

Gear Reviews

Review updated February 2018. Since I first got into alpine climbing a few years ago I’ve been the proud owner and frequent user of Black Diamond’s Sabertooth crampons and have rented similar sets along the way. However, a few seasons of climbing on mixed terrain routes in the Cascades have taken their toll on my Sabertooths so for the 2017 season, I opted to spoil myself and picked up a pair of Grivel’s classic G12 crampons as my “sharps” for steeper ice & snow routes I…

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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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Helens Winter Ski Mountaineering

My first alpine climb of 2017 at Mount St. Helens

Outdoor Adventures

It seems fitting that I would spend the last day of winter on a climb of Mount St. Helens’ “winter route” essentially marking the start of the Spring alpine season. Of course this really just came down the coincidental timing of weather, avalanche conditions, and my schedule. Whatever, it’s more amusing to think it was all destined to be. Helens is after all the first alpine mountain I ever summited and my most frequented mountain by a longshot. In any…

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La Pine State Park Rustic Cabins Review in Winter

A Cozy Winter Weekend in the Woods at La Pine State Park’s Cabins

Places to Visit

By January, much of Central Oregon’s high desert is covered by a thick blanket of snow pushing many of us to order in a pizza and spend the weekend on the couch. But there is another option, a winter adventure without all the price tag of a mountain resort or all the cold of snow camping: Oregon State Park’s cabins. Located about 30 minutes South of Bend, Oregon, La Pine State Park is a spectacular base for exploring volcanoes and forest landscape…

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Sunset from White River West Sno-Park

Winter Views from One Very Snowy Mount Hood!

Places to Visit

It’s been an incredible winter across the west coast with snowfall of hundreds upon hundreds of inches across the peaks. No surprise this has made it a lot harder to find a clear day to go out and adventure but when conditions have calmed down both in the skies above and the avalanche risk on the slopes, the views have been something else. This week I managed to time things right and enjoyed a day of blue-bird climbing up to…

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