Whitehorse Mountain 2021

On Sunday, May 2nd, with the weather forecast looking like 60-50% clouds and a high of about 61 in Darrington and maybe around 36 at the summit, we had our hopes up for stable snow conditions, not too much soft snow, and some good views! Stats Started at 2:55 AM, back at 3:55 PM (13hrs…

Yodelin Feb 2021

WOW! It was fantastic! 20″ of new light powder, soooo perfect! Highway 2 was closed for avy control till 8:20 AM, we got in the line at around 8:35 and it started moving at 8:40 so got there a bit later than planned, but still plenty of parking when we arrived. Only 1 hour up,…

Cliffed out on Martini Bowl

The Beacon Guidebooks backcountry ski book mentions nothing about cliffs on this route or the key direction to exit right after Martini Bowl, and lists the max slope angle as 35 degrees. Yet we ended up cliffed out above a cliff that was probably about 80 feet of 50-60 degree ice and rock. Here’s the…

Moby Dick

I was unsure about Cochise’s runout climbs, but Moby Dick seemed like the best choice overall, without any crazy traverses. It turned out being amazing! The first pitch was a bit at my comfort zone (5.8 and probably PG13), but overall quite good and it all eases after that! Timeline 7:25 AM – Hiking 8:05…

Utah 2020

We left home around 8 PM Saturday night, hoping to get a good campsite around 3-4 PM in Indian Creek. We found a great dispersed site right near Hamburger Rock Campground! Monday, Oct 19th – Selfish Wall We started off the trip at Selfish Wall as per a recommendation from a blog for best beginner…

Castleton Tower - North Chimney - 2020

On our last day in Utah, we decided we had to end the trip on a classic tower climb! Castleton sounded like the best tower route. We knew it’d be busy, so we got to the trailhead at 6:30 AM (dusk was at 7:15 AM), but despite that, there were already groups over 2/3rds of…

Mile High Club (and Redlining attempt) 2020

We left the car at 5:10 AM in the dark. Partway up, we saw some headlamps up in the valley, but they were oddly spaced apart and there was only one car at the trailhead… later we saw more “lights”, turns out it was just moonlight reflecting off the wet rocks! We got to the…

Orbit 2020

Gear 60m rope Doubles of #0.3-1, and a single #0.2 and single #2… I actually meant to bring doubles of #2 and a single #3, but I’m glad I didn’t, this gear was perfect!! No reason to bring those other two cams! Nuts with doubles of two of the medium-small ones Radios! Useful! Basically each…

Elephant's Perch - Mountaineer's Route 2020

Due to COVID, we chose to skip taking the boat and hike all the way in. But we first started off our morning with baked goods from the bakery, the fresh warm chocolate croissant was soooo good! The hike in is loooooong. Once you get near the end of the lake, the views start to…