Mount Thielsen

Date: May 13, 2018 Start: Mount Thielsen Trailhead Distance: 9-10 miles Duration: 10 hours 4 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back  References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Outdoor Project I laced up my climbing shoes and took a deep breath. Hischokwolas' summit spire loomed high above us, its basaltic andesite rock glinting in the sunlight.... Continue Reading →

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Grand Canyon R2R2R

Date: March 26, 2018 Start: Pipe Creek Vista Distance: 44-45 miles Duration: 14 hours 51 minutes (breaks not included) Elevation gain: 10,780 feet Type: Out-and-back Map: Sky Terrain Trail Maps: Grand Canyon National Park Visions of cheese bagels danced in my delirious head. I searched my pack in vain for something appetizing to eat. Applesauce, Larabar,... Continue Reading →

Prairie Creek & Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks

Date: February 17, 2018 Location: Northern California Start: Prairie Creek Visitor Center; Stout Grove Trailhead Distance: 11.5 miles (Prairie Creek); 5.6 miles (Jedediah Smith) Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes at Prairie Creek (breaks not included); 1 hour 17 minutes at Jedediah Smith (breaks not included) Type: Balloon route (Prairie Creek); out-and-back (Jedediah Smith) References: Redwood... Continue Reading →

Wilson River Trail E2E2E

Date: January 27, 2018 Location: Tillamook State Forest Start: Elk Creek Trailhead Distance: 42 miles (only completed 39-ish) Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes (breaks not included) Elevation gain: 3950 feet (one way) Type: Out-and-back References: Oregon Hikers Stupid. Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. That was the only word (minus a certain descriptive expletive preceding the... Continue Reading →

Artist Point

Date: December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Location: North Cascades Start: Heather Meadows at Mt. Baker Ski Area Distance: 6 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back References: Snowshoe Routes: Washington by Dan A. Nelson; Washington Trails Association The full moon shone brightly, illuminating a vast, snowy landscape crisscrossed with all the paths we'd taken that... Continue Reading →

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