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- Mountaineering in the Cascades and Beyond-

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What We've Been Up To...

June 27, 2016

Corie: After a grueling drive out of Portland, we finally rolled into the TH at 830pm on Friday night. With a dry night forecasted, we sat down, made dinner, and blew up our sleeping pads. Soon after, fat rain drops began falling. We’d elected to not bring an extra ten...

May 8, 2016

Corie: When the forecast for Mount Baker rolled around early in the week, Andy and I were psyched. For the first time, we were being presented with a weather window, however small, to climb our first “new to us” mountain since January. We were incredibly psyched. The o...

February 8, 2016

Compared with our climb at the end of March, this trip up Mount Hood was a different beast altogether.  The old chute has formed completely differently this year and we were both left wishing we had two tools with us during the descent.  It was shockingly warm and we m...

January 18, 2016


Corie: Man alive did I underestimate this mountain- both in its sheer beauty and its overall difficulty.  We had the smallest sliver of a weather window and we bolted at the chance to try to climb this mountain after being foiled during our previous attempt by horrend...

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