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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Torment-Forbidden Traverse, July 2013



Tod and I climbed the classic Torment-Forbidden traverse on what was forecasted to be a marginal weekend in early July. Yet despite some cloudiness, we were fortunate not to experience any precipitation and enjoyed great climbing conditions in somewhat cooler temperatures. The unavailability of camping permits in the Boston Basin alpine zone caused us to get a jump on the route with plans for overnighting somewhere in the Torment zone instead. Having made good progress up Torment, we decided to continue past the first camp opportunity high on Forbidden Glacier confident that we could make it to the next camp before dark. Thanks to the long days and continued speedy progress, we reached an incredible bivy at the routeís midpoint by dusk on our first day out. All that remained the following day was the remaining scramble to the West Ridge Notch and climb of Forbidden Peak.

Beta on the TFT abounds, so Iíll simply point out that we avoided the infamous snow/ice traverse by making a single rappel down the south-side and climbing a gully back up to the crest. From here some exposed scrambling or a short bit of down-climbing on snow leads to the saddle on the east end of the aforementioned snow traverse. Lastly, the rappel line down the rib just (skierís) right of the West Ridge Couloir makes for a much safer and worry-free alternative to rappelling and down-climbing the couloir itself. All told, I found the TFT a thoroughly enjoyable outing in a superb setting with what amounted to long sections of scrambling and some steep snow traversing bookended with short pitches of technical climbing on Torment and Forbidden proper.







Monday, September 16, 2013

Harbor & Jetty Islands kayaking, June/July 2013

We had a couple sunny Sunday afternoons in late June and July to burn and came up with these two island circumnavigations to pass the time. The artificial island at the mouth of the Duwamish Waterway known as Harbor Island makes for a short, but fun loop through the heart of the bustling Port of Seattle. Paddling along the islandís east-side was easily the highlight of the trip thanks to the enormous container cranes towering overhead on both sides of the channel Ė a place we dubbed "Valley of the Giraffes".




Our next paddle around Jetty Island in Everett however wasnít nearly as pleasant. While the water was calm where we put in at the marina just opposite the islandís east shore, it was quite a different scene on the other side. Lo and behold, the kiters were out in full force, doing circles around us while we struggled through the chop. It was quite a sight, though not so fun for a kayaker; with miscalculated tides and winds, this turned out to be our first portage ever. Wonít do that again!


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