When I lived In Seattle, Nelson and Potterfield’s ‘Selected Climbs in the Cascades’ was essentially my climbing bible. So many magnificent climbs, summits, and remote approaches that made the North Cascades this mythical wonderland of relatively unknown and great ascents. I flipped through some of my favorites, Early Winters Spire, Washington Pass, The Pickets, Glacier […]Read more "Eldorado Peak: The East Ridge"
For my entire climbing career, I wanted to climb Castleton. That was my tower, it was my goal. Castleton Tower is a majestic 400-foot spire of magnificent Wingate Sandstone that sits proudly on a 1,000-foot cone of loose, rotten, decaying boulders. When I first came to Moab in 2011, my first time climbing outside, I […]Read more "Castleton Tower: The North Chimney"
Admittedly, as a child, I had very little personal interest in the outdoors. It’s shocking to look back on but growing up, I was very much an introvert and a homebody. Until I was 11 years old, I was so used to creature comforts like electricity, hot food, and a warm bed. Looking back today […]Read more "Reuniting Family In the National Parks"
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"
Tonight I am proud to be a guest of In Ice Axe We Trust, a mountaineering podcast where i’m telling my story of our Mt. Elbert winter attempt in which we faced wolves, freezing temperatures, and snow which resulted in a turn around just 1,000 feet under it’s 14,400 ft summit. As a companion piece […]Read more "Mt. Elbert: A Climb Told In Photographs"
I am a constant, ceaseless, and sudden traveller. I like planning trips on a whim, I don’t like to wait too long between ideas and action, and if I see an opportunity i’ll take it at any cost. My recent jaunt through the Northwest from conception to execution was planned out in the span of a few […]Read more "Travel Cheap and Travel Often: The Laws to Traveling On A Whim"
The long hot lazy days of summer are over and while work and school influence a majority of the day, it doesn’t mean that the outdoors isn’t still calling. In fact, fall time is the perfect season to venture outside and enjoy some spectacular scenery. Foliage turns to yellow and gold, animals are out in […]Read more "Make the Most of Fall: Why Autumn is Adventure Season"
The town of Fayetteville, West Virginia is like any other small town in America. It has one main street, a couple small cafes, a local art gallery for the cultural type, and it sits in the picturesque New River Gorge, spanned by the 2nd highest arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. However this town has […]Read more "New River Gorge: Discovering One of America’s East Coast Climbing Capitols"
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"