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  • Mount Truax - scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2023)
  • Dolomites (Italy) - snowboarding (December 2023)
  • Red Rock Canyon (NV) - scramble (January 2024)
  • Flute & Oboe - split tour (February 2024)
  • Whistler misc. (Train Wreck, Loggers Lake, Shadow Lake etc.) - hike (February 2024)
  • Mount Underhill - hike (March 2024)
  • Bombtram Mountain - snowshoe (March 2024)
  • Steep Peak - split tour (March 2024)
  • Ruby Mountain (WA) - snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Blustry Mountain - hike (April 2024)
  • Sowerby Peak (Barr East) - snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Picacho Peak (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Kitt Peak Observatory (AZ) - (April 2024)
  • Mount Wrightson (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Saguaro Nat'l Park (AZ) - April 2024)
  • Superstition Peak/Benchmark (AZ) - scramble (April 2024)
  • Mount Humphreys (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Petrified Forest Nat'l Park (AZ) - (May 2024)
  • Piestewa Peak (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Channeled Scablands (Columbia Gorge, Ancient Lakes, Potholes Lake, Palouse Falls etc.) - hike/bike (May 2024)
  • Rhododendron Mountain ("Pk. 2220") - snowshoe (June 2024)
  • Flora Peak - hike (June 2024)
  • Gibson Peak - snowshoe (June 2024)
  • Mount Urquhart - scramble (June 2024)
  • Rock Mountain (WA) - hike (July 2024)
  • Ladies Pass Quartet (Cape Horn, Ladies Peak, Snowgrass Mtn. NE Peak, Snowgrass Mtn.) - scramble (July 2024)
  • Old Snowy (WA) - scramble (July 2024)
  • Dog Mountain (WA) - hike (July 2024)
  • Mount Ratney & Mount Bardean - scramble (July 2024)
  • Torrent Peak - scramble (July 2024)

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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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