The lovely lenticular that prevented us from summiting Mount Hood

Climbing Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

I’m out in Washington State for work right now, and a few weeks back me and a couple climbing acquaintances out of Portland penciled in Easter weekend to make an attempt climbing Mount Hood. Things were looking doubtful for awhile there with all the snow that was dumping throughout the Cascades, the avy conditions, and the general weather pattern, but …

2011 Year in Review and Outdoor Adventures

2011 turned out to be a pretty good year for me in terms of time spent in the great outdoors. The beginning of the year didn’t offer much in the way of overnighters—some recent staffing changes left me swamped at work and the paltry snowfall didn’t compel me to get out there like it otherwise would in winter. Things really …

Mount Rainier Kautz Glacier

Mount Rainier Attempt via the Kautz

Just got back to DC after an attempt on Rainier via the Kautz Glacier route with IMG. No summit this time, unfortunately. We got socked in by 40+ mph winds on our intended summit day. If our schedule was +/- one day we would have had it… The Kautz is a more challenging route than the standard Camp Muir / …