Climbing Mount Stuart via the Upper North Ridge

Classic–one of the select routes chosen for inclusion in the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, one of just six in the Pacific Northwest. The Upper North Ride of Mount Stuart (9,415′, Grade IV, 5.9) is widely considered to be one of the premiere alpine rock routes in Washington State. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3I1jkztA2MVideo can’t be loaded: North Country Alpine: Climbing Mount Stuart’s …

A storm rises over Bodie, California, a small ghost town located in the hills of the Sierra Nevadas.

Visiting the Ghost Town of Bodie California

Bodie California is a small ghost town located in the hills of the Sierra Nevadas, not too far from the incredible Mono Lake. What was once a thriving mining town with a few thousand residents and around 2,000 standing structures has since been reduced to a city of standing decaying. At its peak there were more than 64 saloons that …

Mount Rainier Kautz Glacier Climb

Climbing Mount Rainier via the Kautz Glacier Route

The Mountain. It’s a peak that looms large–both figuratively and literally–over the identity and psyche of the Northwest. I was born and raised in the Puget Sound area; I spent the first 23 years of my life there. I have no explicit memory of first seeing or learning about the Mountain, it was just always there. Like the water, salmon, …