Mount St. Helens

Date: December 10, 2017 Start: Marble Mountain Sno Park Distance: 12 miles Duration: 9 hours 12 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back Map: Green Trails Map 332S: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Washington Trails Association "1...2...3...4..." I counted my steps silently to myself as I trudged up the steep... Continue Reading →

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Mount Rainier

Date: August 9-10, 2017 Start: Paradise Distance: 17 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; National Park Service; Mount Rainier Climbing blog Being a Washingtonian who grew up less than an hour and a half from Mount Rainier National Park, you'd think Rainier would've represented something significant in... Continue Reading →

Glacier Peak

Date: July 15-18, 2017 Start: Sloan Creek Campground Distance: 36.5 miles Duration: 4 days Type: Out-and-back Map: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated: Glacier Peak Wilderness References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; The Mountaineers I first laid eyes on Glacier Peak during a NOLS Trip Leader Seminar back in 2015. At the time, it was only... Continue Reading →

South Sister

Date: July 4, 2017 Start: Devils Lake Trailhead Distance: 12.5 miles Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back Map: Adventure Maps: Three Sisters Wilderness References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Outdoor Project Although we were still pretty beat from a long Sunday on Middle Sister (and lots of driving before and... Continue Reading →

Middle Sister

Date: July 2, 2017 Start: Pole Creek Trailhead Duration: 14 hours 25 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back Map: Adventures Maps: Three Sisters Wilderness References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Outdoor Project After thorough review and practice of glacier travel and crevasse rescue with Timberline Mountain Guides back in June, we wanted to put... Continue Reading →

Mount Shasta

Date: May 29, 2017 Start: Bunny Flat Trailhead Duration: 17 hours 5 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Mount Shasta Avalanche Center After months of anticipation, Mack and I stood atop our fifth Cascade volcano this past Memorial Day! Although our adventure wasn't without mishaps (I mean, what... Continue Reading →

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