This week marks five years to the day of my first attempt on Rainier. I was a rookie. Completely out of my element. Completely unprepared for what I was going to go up against. It was my first peak, my first glacial climb, and my first time using an ice axe. I wanted to do […]Read more "The Photo"
“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"
After six months of training and preparation I finally flew out west to test my skill and my evolution as a climber on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. It was a week that served as my introduction to mountaineering, climbing on snow, and ultimately having to make a difficult decision. Although our early morning climb […]Read more "That Didn’t Go As Planned: I Didn’t Summit Rainier, But I Didn’t Fail Either"
Tomorrow I set off for the mountain i’ve been training six months to climb. I’m flying out to Washington to take on Mt. Rainier, the queen of the Cascades. At 14,400 ft she is the highest mountain in the Pacific Northwest and the 4th highest peak in the lower 48 states. It’s the culmination of […]Read more "Chasing My Highest Dreams: A Preview of My Climb to Mt. Rainier"
From the time I was a child, my dreams were the adventurers and the mountaineers, thousands of feet up, taking their last steps towards the summit and holding their ice axes high in the air in triumph. Climbing has become a passion, and a pursuit in life, offering a challenge, and in adventure, for a […]Read more "Destination: Mt. Rainier"