My cousin Josh and I were looking for a training climb for our upcoming trip to Mt Waddington. We decided to go for True Grit, a 5.8 route on Mt Vesper. Josh had done The Ragged Edge earlier and raved about it. We headed out fairly early to avoid the hot sun and made it… [Continue Reading]

I went out climbing at the Upper Town Wall at Index the other day. When I pulled my gear out of my pack to rack up, I discovered that a trigger wire had slipped off the trigger bar on my #3 BD Ultralight cam. This is not the first time this has happened but it… [Continue Reading]

This winter has been absolutely amazing. I have some of the best days of skiing of my life. Every year, I take a ski vacation to chase snow, and this year ended up doing more of a staycation in the PNW, as Washington was suppose to get blasted with snow. My first visit was Mt… [Continue Reading]

You’ve just finished a sweaty six hour approach to the edge of the glacier. You drop your pack, flake the rope and throw on your harness. You reach inside your pack for your sunglasses… NOOO! You realize that you left your sunglasses on the dashboard of the car. You can’t go on without them. If… [Continue Reading]

I love almost everything about my Dynafit TLT 5 boots. They’re comfortable, lightweight, they’re easy to walk in, climb, and ski well. The one thing that I hate is the lower buckle. Because the buckle portion is exposed on the lower outside portion of the boot, every time I walk in snow, the buckle flips… [Continue Reading]

Alpental Sidecountry 3-8-2017

This winter has been absolutely amazing. I have some of the best days of skiing of my life. Every year, I take a ski vacation to chase snow, and this year ended up doing more of a staycation in the PNW, as Washington was suppose to get blasted with snow. My first visit was Mt Baker, which had more than 3 ft of new snow in the previous 48hrs! Unfortunately, my go pro didn’t work for most the good runs or got covered in snow, but it was definitely something I will remember, as Dave and I skied waist deep powder all day long. The next storm I targeted was for the 8th of March and ended up being one of the best days I’ve ever had at Alpental this year. Unfortunately, I had to ski solo in the sidecountry this day so my skiing was very conservative*. The powder was heavy but amazing for the steep Alpental sidecountry, that IMHO rivals many bigger resorts. Hats off the the Alpental ski patrol for working to open the backcountry gates as quick as they did! You guys are awesome!

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*Yes I had shovel, probe and an avy becon on so ski patrol could find my body