The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

John Muir once said “the mountains are calling and I must go” since they called to him so… The saying has almost become a cliche slogan these days, but I must say it certainly rings true to me every time I hear it. It’s something that feels burned into my spirit, especially when I look at Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier …

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Seven Days in the North Cascades: Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership 2

I recently met up with Chad Cochran with the American Alpine Institute (AAI) for a shortened, 1:1 version of AAI’s Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership 2 (AMTL2) course. The AMTL course is a 4-part series, with the primary goal of Part 2 to make you a qualified rope team leader on rock and glacier routes. My seven days in the …

Torment-Forbidden Traverse

Torment-Forbidden Traverse

This past weekend I met up with Kel Rossiter of Adventure Spirit Guides for a two-day run at the classic Torment-Forbidden Traverse (Grade IV, 5.6) in Washington’s Boston Basin. The traverse was an absolutely outstanding route in one of the most spectacular and wild settings I’ve ever seen. The traverse is not particularly difficult climbing but it is long, committing, and features …