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Spectacular Fall Adventuring in the North Cascades

By On October 8, 2014

October has quickly become my favorite month for getting outdoors and I think the North Cascades put on the best fall show in the state. Huckleberries turn orange, blueberries turn red, and the spectacular… Read More

Gear Reviews

Big Agnus Q-Core SL sleeping pad

By On September 22, 2014

Upgrading gear is fun! The Big Agnus Q-Core SL pad is a great compromise of weight, cost, and warmth.… Read More

The views from the top of the boulder field below the Beehive Peak buttress

Beehive Basin… with a surprise. Welcome to Montana!

By On September 21, 2014

Beehive Basin in Big Sky, Montana is truly spectacular! Hiking solo though I had bears on my mind...… Read More

The lower geyser basin was such an amazing place to visit

Visiting Yellowstone

By On September 12, 2014

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”… Read More


Sahale Mountain

By On September 8, 2014

Sahale: a Northwest Native American word meaning "high lofty place", "falcon", "sacred".… Read More

My dad and stepmom Diana doing what they love!

Trail angels are real

By On September 2, 2014

Over Labor Day weekend my dad and stepmom Diana were hiking down a peak in the Sierras when a boulder rolled loose and crushed Diana's foot and ankle. They were assisted by… Read More

Coming over the top of Earl Peak, wow! Stuart and the Enchantments were amazing!

Earl Peak and adventures in solo (non) backpacking

By On September 1, 2014

Playing gear Tetris on a Friday night, sleeping in my Jeep with my dog during a rainstorm.. just your normal Labor Day weekend outing!… Read More

After 12 years I finally checked the mail again, successfully scrambled to DirtyBox AND  narrowly avoided a lightning storm on the summit, fun!

Checking the mail and getting Dirty!

By On August 25, 2014

After 12 years I finally checked the mail again, successfully scrambled to Dirtybox AND narrowly avoided a lightning storm on the summit, I'd say that's a win!… Read More

Beautiful day to head up the Mountain!

High Altitude Camping

By On August 11, 2014

Earlier this year my friend Annette signed up to lead a charity climb on Rainier in July and asked if I’d be interested in playing sherpa. A high altitude camping adventure on… Read More


Catching Up

By On August 5, 2014

It’s been almost 4 months since my last blog post. So much has happened that I’m a little lost as to where to start. I guess I’ll start with the Squak Mountain… Read More