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"
The harness is hung up, the rope is coiled, the tent and sleeping back lie neatly tucked in the corner of my closet. As the snow dominates the Cascades, the fog and cold weather rolls over Seattle, the trails too fragile and snow packed to get very high, it’s a low point in my outdoor […]Read more "Dealing With the Break: How I’m Preparing for an Epic Winter"
I realize that this site has gone quiet, but I haven’t. Lately i’ve been concentrating my time on my trips, my climbing, my contributions to other publications, and less on my writing here. This is where it started, and as my project now goes into its second year, the weather begins to change, the cold […]Read more "Hiatus Over: Thoughts on My First Full Climbing Season"
Seattle is known for many things. It’s mountains, it’s coffee, and especially it’s thriving and unique music scene. It was the Pacific Northwest that bred the great bands of the 90’s, but the city lends itself to an eclectic and unique breed of talent that uses homemade instruments to revive and continue older and traditional songwriting styles. […]Read more "And Now For Something Different: Folklife Festival"
May 20th, 2012 was supposed to be one of the best days of my climbing career. I was poised to summit Rainier, get my first peak, my first snow and ice climb and accomplish a task I had trained long and hard though. Instead it was one of the most terrifying days of my life. […]Read more "One Year After Rainier: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward"
What is truly surprising about Washington state is the diversity of the landscape. The Olympic and Cascade ranges dominate the west with their soaring peaks extending all the way to British Columbia, the beaches in the east are lined with lush, mossy coastal rainforest, and in the east, the gray of the city opens up […]Read more "First Hike of the Year: Ancient Lakes"
Yesterday I celebrated my 27th birthday. It was the first day where I was able to walk around and properly explore my new city. Although I wasn’t able to get any hiking or climbing in just yet, I treated myself to learning to make Dim Sum, enjoying a cappuccino in my favorite cafe, and enjoying […]Read more "My Birthday Wish: How You Can Make It Happen"