South Early Winters Spire: South Arete

Trip Details

Elevation: 7,807 Feet

Elevation Gain: 2,600 Feet

Distance: 6 Miles

Difficulty: Technical Rock Climb (5.5)

Gear: Rope, alpine rock rack

We have always wanted to do this climb and we had the opportunity to do it with our friends before moving to Colorado. The climb was pretty easy climbing but we did get a bit off route at one point. We were glad to have a rope and alpine rock for the 5th class climbing since there are a few 5.5 moves along the way.

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Mount Baker: Easton Glacier

Trip Details

Elevation: 10,778 Feet

Elevation Gain: 7,500 Feet

Distance: 14 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate glacier climb

Gear: Rope, pickets, crampons, ice axe

Third times a charm. After failing to reach the summit twice last year due to weather and a weak snow bridge, I finally made it on Sunday. The weather was perfect and we had clear skies throughout the night and into the morning. We left the trailhead around 10 am on Saturday and made it to camp in the early afternoon. I managed to get more sleep than I thought I would and woke up at 1 am to get ready for the climb. We were on our way up towards the glacier a little after 2 am.

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Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015

Trip Details

Elevation: 8,366 Feet

Elevation Gain: 4,500 Feet

Distance: 10 Miles

Difficulty: Easy snow climb

Gear: Ice axe

For the third year in a row, I spent Mother’s Day volunteering on Mount St. Helens. This year was a bit different since Climber’s Bivouac opened early and we were able to go up the Monitor Ridge summer route. Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain.

The Worm Flows winter route was also available and roughly 200 climbers were on each trail which helped split up the crowd. Lots of people had dresses and costumes on and we even saw a unicorn riding an inflatable shark down a glissade chute.
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Mount Baker: Easton Glacier Attempt

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For the second time this year, my girlfriend and I along with one of my good friends tried to climb Mount Baker. This time we attempted via the Easton Glacier route. Unlike last time, the weather cooperated but unfortunately it was a bit late in the season. After navigating around tons of crevasses in the dark, we ended up turning back at 9,100 feet due to a sketchy snow bridge.
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The Castle and Pinnacle Peak

Trip Details

Elevation: 6,460 Feet

Elevation Gain: N/A Feet

Distance: N/A Miles

Difficulty: Technical Rock Climb (5.0)

Gear: Rope, alpine rock rack, ice axe

The weather did not cooperate this weekend on Mount Baker. We hiked up to camp around 6,500 feet and it rained all night long. The conditions did not look great for trying to summit so we decided to hike out early in the morning.

The weather looked much better to the south so we decided to go to Mount Rainier National Park to climb The Castle and Pinnacle Peak. Both climbs were a ton of fun and offered some great views of the Cascade Volcanoes.
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