“14,000 ft!” My friend, Mick called back to us as we crossed the upper reaches of the mountain. This was it. This was the moment I’d been waiting over two years for. It was 7:45 AM, we’d been climbing since 12:30, having rustled out of our tents under gray skies at 11:30 the night before. […]Read more "I Summited Rainier"
Where the hell is my ice axe? That was my first reaction when I saw the empty slot on my pack. It was two AM, we had just come running down the glacier, past a treacherous snowfield of boulders and ice ready to let loose, and we were preparing to make our way up the […]Read more "Forbidden Remains Forbidden – But I Got To Climb Something Just As Spectacular"
As the alpinists and ice climbers sharpen their tools and snowboards and skis are waxed, GORE-TEX® in conjunction with the American Alpine Club held a launch event Thursday night in Seattle to showcase how the manufacturers are making winter shells softer, lighter, and more waterproof than ever before. It was a chance to connect with climbers […]Read more "Winter Preview: GORE-TEX® and The American Alpine Club Get Climbers Excited On New Gear"
SUMMIT!! As we cleared the slabby final pitch on the Beckey Route of Liberty Bell, I couldn’t help but be overcome by a swell of emotion. This was a dream realized. I moved out to Washington to climb alpine routes, and this was my first. At 7,720 ft we stood above the Liberty Bell group, […]Read more "North Cascades Trip Report: My Biggest Climb So Far"
When I was 11 years old, my mother took me to see “Everest”, the extravagant IMAX film which followed a group of climbers as they scaled the peak in the face of overwhelming tragedy. As I walked out of that theater, with images of triumph and conquest in my head, I knew I wanted to […]Read more "Everest Through My Eyes: Why The Mountain Still Matters"