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- Mountaineering in the Cascades and Beyond-

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What We've Been Up To...

August 21, 2016

Corie: I felt absolutely destroyed after we finished this adventure and I’m pretty sure I drank 4 liters of water before I peed. The gist of the adventure was linking 2 of the Cascades on foot: the crumbly Three Fingered Jack with the slightly-more-solid Mount Washingt...

May 29, 2016

Corie: Andy and I had been talking about heading up Cooper Spur for months. With the weird weather we’ve had in the PNW this year, getting up on a new route on a distant mountain proved challenging so we started looking for new-to-us, less standard routes on one of the...

April 4, 2016

On Sunday, April 3, we left Portland at 2am with our friend Ryan for a quick lap up the Pearly Gates on Mount Hood. It would be Ryan's first time up Hood and we were all psyched to stand on top of Oregon's highest peak together.



Skinning up the Palmer took little time...

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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