Last Updated: May 21, 2024


Recent content updates are viewable under what's new.

Reports in the queue for posting are coming soon!

Upcoming reports & photos:

Oh my! Quite the backlog here...

  • Grouty/Mortar Peaks - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Pebble-to-North Creek Traverse incl. Pebble, Thiassi, Wesley & Sugus - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Truax - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - hike/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 - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - hike/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) - hike (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 - hike/snowshoe (March 2024)
  • Steep Peak - split tour (March 2024)
  • Ruby Mountain (WA) - hike/snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Blustry Mountain - hike (April 2024)
  • Sowerby Peak (Barr East) - hike (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) - hike (April 2024)
  • Mount Humphreys (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Petrified Forest Nat'l Park (AZ) - (May 2024)
  • Piestewa Peak (AZ) - hike (May 2024)

*As of 05/21/2024


Query the reports database, selecting from criteria which include name, location, type, season etc.

Quick Links

Essential links & whatnot:

Jump To

Select from list below to jump to a specific area on this site.


| Featured Trip Report |

Last Updated: Feb. 27, 2003

The Castle - South Face, February 2003

Having never been out in the Tatoosh Range and motivated to explore the exceptional backcountry ski terrain in the area, I convinced Paul to join me for an outing on The Castle. The climbing wouldn't be very technical or long. But on a day like we had, simply going out there for the views and to soak in some sunshine were reward enough. I have also recently converted my old Burton deck into a splitboard, and finally wanted the opportunity to take it out in what I hoped would be better snow conditions than when I tried it last. We parked at the Narada Falls parking area and went through the usual routine of getting dressed, sorting gear and struggling with my splitboard climbing skins. We followed the icy trail down below the falls and followed the signage directing us towards the Reflection Lakes. Rather than follow the trail however, one can take a shortcut and climb the steep snow slope above the parking area in order to gain the closed-for-the-winter Stevens Canyon Road. Unfortunately, we would make this discovery many hours later.

The "trail" eventually joined the Stevens Canyon Road, which we followed for less than a mile. With the Reflection Lakes to our left, we soon spotted The Castle and Pinnacle Peak above us. We turned to our right, and, leaving the road behind us, followed an obvious boot path heading up through the trees. It wasn't long before we were again out of the trees and presented with up-close views of Mount Rainier. The climbing looked shorter and easier than we anticipated. Having a 60m rope would be overkill for this climb. A 30m rope would probably suffice in winter. Feeling sure of himself, Paul scrambled up the snow-free rock, right of a dihedral, to the ridge crest. Having difficulty following Paul's line with my plastics on, I opted to climb directly up the dihedral while on belay from above. I reached the ridge top and waited while Paul fumbled with the tangled rope for what seemed like an eternity before continuing along the short but exposed summit ridge to the true summit. I slung a couple horns and reached the summit soon thereafter. I descended back down to the obvious rappel anchor and belayed Paul up to the summit. By now, countless parties had skinned or snowshoed up to the saddle below The Castle's South Face. It was a busy day in the Tatoosh indeed! (more...)

Click here to view.
home | email | copyright

All photos and text for are copyright 2002-2024

It would be very much appreciated if you please ask before copying and/or re-publishing content from any part of these pages. To do so, please click here to send a message via feedback form.

Thank You.

2024 |