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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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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fortress Mountain - East Ridge, July 2012



Deep in the heart of the Glacier Peak Wilderness, 8760-ft Fortress Mountain is one of the highest non-volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades. Fortress is an imposing massif with a distinct pyramidal shape, particularly when viewed from the south. At least that is the impression I got when gazing upon it from the summit of Buck Mountain last summer. And for a peak once considered “unscalable from any angle”, first impressions were incentive enough for me to go take a closer look. This closer look entailed a one-day (drive incl.) ascent via the East Ridge and descent via South Slope with a camp at Buck Creek Pass later that evening. Basically a carry-over and camp with merely a 9-mile hike out the following day, returning to the same trailhead we started from the day before. A pleasant outing somewhere in-between a day-trip suffer-fest and weekend-long lollygag…





Friday, September 14, 2012

Plains of Abraham MTB, July 2012

Plains of Abraham, Ape Canyon…whatever you choose to call it, this is a standout among the classic rides our state has to offer. Without question, the highlight entails venturing out onto the surreal pumice plateau (or plains) left behind after the cataclysmic 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. Like “riding on the surface of the moon” is a common expression used to describe this otherworldly journey through the blast zone. If the scenery isn’t enough to satiate, the ripping Ape Canyon descent will whet your appetite for speed with excellent downhill over smooth and flowy pine needle single-track. And should you prefer loop rides over OAB’s like I do, might I suggest going clockwise with a descent into Smith Creek rather than the other way around? Two to three miles of tedious hike-a-bike up an endless pumice trail is enough to ruin even the best of days. Or you could just ignore my advice and go counter-clockwise starting from Windy Ridge only to turn back 3/4 of the way up Smith and needlessly make a 35+ mile epic out of it as I did.



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