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 →

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Elkhorn Crest Trail

Date: July 21-23, 2017 Location: Blue Mountains (Eastern Oregon) Start: Marble Pass Trailhead Distance: 27.6 (not including hike up to trailhead) Duration: 3 days Type: Point-to-point References: Backpacking Oregon by Douglas Lorain; Outdoor Project Since Mack and I began backpacking together over two years ago, it's always been just the two of us. Hell, even... 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 →

Oregon Butte and Mount Misery Trail

Date: June 25, 2017 Location: Blue Mountains Start: Teepee Trailhead Distance: 14 miles (according to Mack's Garmin) Duration: 3 hours 24 minutes (breaks not included) Type: Out-and-back References: Washington Trails Association Our first official summer adventure took place in an unlikely, unexpected place in the PNW: the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington. It's rare that... Continue Reading →

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