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 …

AIARE Level I Avalanche Safety Course

Avalanche! What to Expect During an AIARE Level I Course

I headed back up to New Hampshire for the third time in the past few months, but this time it was for an AIARE Level 1 avalanche safety course. The course was organized and financially supported by the Potomac Mountain Club, our local climbing club in Washington DC. The course appealed to me because this course was to focus more …

Catskills Ice Climbing: Stoney Clove and Deep Notch

My buddy Sameer and I headed up to New York over the long weekend in search of some Catskills ice climbing opportunities. We made a brief pit stop in New York City on the drive up from Washington D.C. so we could camp out in the living room of his friend’s apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood. After a quick NYC …

Ice Climbing in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

I made my first trip up to New Hampshire over the MLK holiday for a long weekend of ice climbing! There is an amazing amount of ice to be climbed up in the White Mountains and it was an absolute blast: we got on some multipitch water ice climbs and did a long alpine-style gully climb. It was also really, …

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 Baker's North Ridge

Mount Baker via the North Ridge

I’m back in Washington State for work during the Congressional recess, and the weekend before last I managed to work in a quick, two-day climb of Mount Baker’s North Ridge. Two months ago I was out here for a week-long ice climbing course that was to include an ascent of Baker’s North Ridge, but unfortunately we didn’t have a weather …

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 / …

Six-Day Alpine Ice Course on Mount Baker

I just got a back from a six-day Alpine Ice course with the American Alpine Institute (AAI) out of Bellingham, WA. The trip was intended as a warm up run for my Mount Rainier climb next month, and going into it I didn’t really have high expectations for our weather chances in early June. I’m glad my expectations for the weather …