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  • Camelshoof Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Askom Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Metal Dome - hike (July 2022)
  • Mount Sproatt - hike (July 2022)
  • Mission Ridge/Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Harris Ridge & Nea Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Three Brothers Mountain - hike (July 2022)
  • Zupjok, Llama & Alpaca Peaks - hike (July 2022)
  • Shulaps Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Sheer & Ben More - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Cathedral Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Penrose - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Caltha Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Beauty Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Markhor-Needle Traverse & Flatiron - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Conway Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Green Mountain/Pk 2200 - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Mount Brew (Whistler) - hike (September 2022)
  • Mount Barbour - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Mount Gillespie - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Cougar Mountain - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Barn Bluff (Red Wing, MN) - hike (October 2022)
  • Mount Steele - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • American Mountain (attempt), Hunter Lookout - hike (November 2022)
  • Belcarra Mountain - hike (November 2022)
  • Oyster Dome - hike (November 2022)
  • Mount Thom & Cilliwack Mountain/Hillkeep - hike (December 2022)
  • Frenchman Mountain (Las Vegas, NV) - hike (January 2023)
  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike (January 2023)
  • Round Mountain - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Blowdown Peak - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Silverdaisy Mountain - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Spearhead Glacier/Husume Coulior - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Cowboy Ridge/Peak 2026 - ski tour (April 2023)
  • Slahanay Peak - hike (April 2023)
  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike (May 2023)
  • Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike (May 2023)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dumbell Mountain - South Face, June 2013



Rising at the head of Phelps Creek Valley, Dumbell Mountain along with Buck, Fortress, Chiwawa, Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Fernow is one of the more prominent peaks accessible from the Chiwawa River Road. Approached via the well-used Phelps Creek Trail, Dumbell is a worthy objective featuring minimal route finding challenges and a short but somewhat loose and exposed scramble along its South Face ramps and ledges. Combined with a camp at scenic Spider Meadow, the peak makes for a pleasant 1.5 day solo outing for those desiring some early-season solitude and a satisfying mosquito-free alpine experience.




Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rat Pack MTB, June 2013

Not much to report here other than my having spent an afternoon riding the newly restored downhill classic near Roslyn known as Rat Pack. Despite some difficulty locating the proper start on my first pass, I found it to be an enjoyable descent on smooth and twisty machine-built singletrack. The ride is littered with well-signed technical features, gap jumps and woodwork, most of which can be avoided by taking short bypass trails (sorry no photos). Perhaps the most noteworthy of the features are the countless steep roll-overs or ?gravity wells? where a dropper seatpost comes particularly handy! The ride ends abruptly at what appears to be a small BMX jump park in Cle Elum. From there, only about two miles along the Coal Mines Trail completes the loop and where a visit to the Roslyn Brewery seems all but mandatory.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Discovery Island kayaking, May 2013

With other plans for a long weekend on Vancouver Island shelved due to the weather forecast, we decided to take advantage of the situation by spending an afternoon exploring the coastal waters near Victoria (BC). As a small marine Provincial Park just off the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, Discovery Island and nearby Chatham Islands make for an excellent kayaking destination with abundant wildlife and expansive views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains. We encountered some rough seas on the ~2 mile crossing to West Chatham and fought a strong current paddling around the south shore of Discovery Island. But otherwise it was a relatively casual affair and well worth the effort especially if one happens to be in the area.




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