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What We've Been Up To...

August 1, 2015

Corie: This trip was a series of… unplanned… experiences.  First of all, we rolled into the TH after midnight and were so tired from the week that our desire to beat the heat with a proper “alpine start” was immediately nixed. I’m a bit ashamed to admit it but, we didn...

April 19, 2015

Andy: I was a little unsure heading up Thielsen this time of year. I’ve summited before in early October when very little snow exists and the upper spire is guarantied to be dry. But after getting a little taste of mixed climbing during our last few peaks, I was game t...

March 29, 2015

Corie:  Mt Hood, or Wy’East as it should be called, can be seen as the quintessential “test piece” for PNW mountaineers.  Its prominence on the Portland skyline draws climbers from all around and the popularity of the climb has grown to the point where you can literall...

February 15, 2015

Corie: This was the weekend of mile-reducing short cuts, snow kitchens, early rising, sunburns, and laughing fits. This weekend we drove 8 hours south to meet two friends at Lassen Volcanic National Park and we four had an adventure in the SNOW. This trip was a snowy o...

January 31, 2015

Andy: I first climbed Three Fingered Jack last summer and had a blast, but I was psyched to try this peak in more wintery conditions. The parking lot at the trailhead was completely dry and snow-free, as was the first mile or so of trail. After that, the snow came in p...

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