Mount Adams: South Side Weekend

Trip Details

Elevation: 12,276 Feet

Elevation Gain: 6,700 Feet

Distance: 12 Miles

Gear: Ice Axe, crampons

Over the past seven weeks I have been taking a mountaineering and climbing course with the Mazamas, a mountaineering organization here in Portland. In order to practice roped glacier travel and snow climbing, we spent the past few days up on Mount Adams in Washington. Camping at 9,000 feet was a lot of fun and offered some amazing views of the Cascade Mountains.
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Mount Saint Helens: Monitor Ridge

Trip Details

Elevation: 8,366 Feet

Elevation Gain: 4,500 Feet

Distance: 10 Miles

Gear: Ice axe

Today turned out to be a great day to spend volunteering on Mount St. Helens. The weather was perfect and the views from the crater rim were awesome. There were a lot of people on the mountain today and I got to talk to quite a few different groups.

Despite climbing the mountain a bunch of times this year, it is still my favorite mountain in the Cascades. I am still fascinated by the crater and the view never gets old. Here are a few photos from the hike that turned out really well:
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Mount Saint Helens: Worm Flows

Trip Details

Elevation: 8,366 Feet

Elevation Gain: 5,700 Feet

Distance: 12 Miles

Gear: Ice axe, crampons

After weeks of anticipation, I finally got to accomplish my goal of climbing to the top of Mt St Helens. At 8,365 ft, it’s the second tallest mountain I’ve ever climbed. The trip was a success and everyone in our group made it up to the top. Here’s a full trip report of the days events:

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Mount Mitchell

Trip Details

Elevation: 6,684 Feet

Elevation Gain: 3,700 Feet

Distance: 11.4 Miles

Gear: Basic hiking gear

After spending 5 days and 4 nights hanging out in Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, I can honestly say it’s one of my favorites places in the country (so far). The mountains are unlike any of the mountains I’ve seen out west and have a mystic feel to them, especially when the clouds surround them.

The hiking was incredible, especially when the trails were surrounded by moss covered trees and rocks. There were even a few waterfalls we came across that were much larger than I would have expected to see.

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Browns Peak: Scree Chute

Trip Details

Elevation: 7,657 Feet

Elevation Gain: N/A Feet

Distance: N/A Miles

Gear: None

This weekend we took another shot at climbing to the top of Brown’s Peak. It is the tallest of the Four Peaks with are located outside of Phoenix. It is also the highest point in Maricopa county with an elevation of 7,657 feet.

It was an awesome experience and the hike was really cool and challenging at the same time. I managed to get by with a scraped up thumb and a sore ass. My girlfriend on the other hand, ended up with a decent size cut on her wrist and a black and blue knee.

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Humphreys Peak

Trip Details

Elevation: 12,635 Feet

Elevation Gain: 3,400 Feet

Distance: 9.5 Miles

Gear: None

This weekend, my girlfriend and I managed to accomplish one of the hardest things we have ever done. We made the 9 mile round trip hike to the top of Humphreys Peak. Humphreys Peak has an elevation of 12,633 feet, which is the highest point in the state of Arizona. The peak is located near Flagstaff, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

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