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Successful summit of Mt. Constance (7,756 ft). An epic day in the mountains with a fantastic team. That’s me- sunburn, smile, and all. To the south The Brothers surrounded by low land clouds accompanied by the rest of the Olympic range continuing westerly. Photo courtesy of Sue Shih.

Successful summit of Mt. Constance (7,756 ft). An epic day in the mountains with a fantastic team. That’s me- sunburn, smile, and all. To the south The Brothers surrounded by low land clouds accompanied by the rest of the Olympic range continuing westerly. Photo courtesy of Sue Shih.

Colchuck Lake from above the clouds.
Great trip less the crap weather. Spring time in the Cascades pulled a fast one on us all. My camera kept fogging up and/or blured from the sideways snow and rain. The results varied, but in this photo I was excited by nature’s mysterious distortion.
Also, reflecting upon Semi-Rad’s recent post "Are you ready for your summit photo", I’ve concluded that I was indeed ready as always. But sadly the backdrop of near zero visibility made for a less desirable scene. Sometimes the only summit views are one another’s smiles. And that’s fine by me.
Example of said summit smiles here and more photos here.

Colchuck Lake from above the clouds.

Great trip less the crap weather. Spring time in the Cascades pulled a fast one on us all. My camera kept fogging up and/or blured from the sideways snow and rain. The results varied, but in this photo I was excited by nature’s mysterious distortion.

Also, reflecting upon Semi-Rad’s recent post "Are you ready for your summit photo", I’ve concluded that I was indeed ready as always. But sadly the backdrop of near zero visibility made for a less desirable scene. Sometimes the only summit views are one another’s smiles. And that’s fine by me.

Example of said summit smiles here and more photos here.

Dear Mt. Constance, you will be mine come Saturday.

Dear Mt. Constance, you will be mine come Saturday.

The south eastern slopes of Round Mountain.
Despite it’s uninspiring name and relatively low elevation (5320 ft) this peak boasts some spectacular views. This is due in part because of its western positioning from the cascade crest, but more so it’s 4,780 ft of prominence. It fact it ranks 8th most prominent in the state of Washington. Sadly, intermittent cloud cover obstructed most of our views. Yet still, the south Peugeot Sound and San Juan Islands to the west were in view below the cloud band at the summit. Also, the north aspect of the three peak crest of Higgins look most impressive from above. Most exciting was the front row seat of White Horse which reveal herself upon our decent.
More photos can be found here.

The south eastern slopes of Round Mountain.

Despite it’s uninspiring name and relatively low elevation (5320 ft) this peak boasts some spectacular views. This is due in part because of its western positioning from the cascade crest, but more so it’s 4,780 ft of prominence. It fact it ranks 8th most prominent in the state of Washington. Sadly, intermittent cloud cover obstructed most of our views. Yet still, the south Peugeot Sound and San Juan Islands to the west were in view below the cloud band at the summit. Also, the north aspect of the three peak crest of Higgins look most impressive from above. Most exciting was the front row seat of White Horse which reveal herself upon our decent.

More photos can be found here.

Agent Cooper Mastiff.

Agent Cooper Mastiff.


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Mt. Triumph and yours truly from unnamed peak 5072 near Trappers Peak & Thornton Lake. Approximate scramble route can be found here. 

Mt. Triumph and yours truly from unnamed peak 5072 near Trappers Peak & Thornton Lake. Approximate scramble route can be found here

2012 Trip List

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” - Krakauer

While scrambling Guye Peak this past Saturday, I was reminded of the the trip list I created around the new year which I meant to share here and neglected to do so. Please do not mistake this post as gloating, but rather a reflection and acknowledgment of how blessed I am to enjoy the companionship of wilderness. 2012 was a terrific year making tread with friends new and old, I spent a total of 37 days in the backcountry. All trips listed are single day outings unless otherwise noted and “X” = unsuccessful summits.

  • Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe
  • Snoquera Falls
  • Artist Point Snowshoe
  • Mercer Slough Naturalist Hike
  • Boulder River
  • Hex Mountain Snowshoe
  • Government Springs Cabin Snowshoe (3 Days)
  • Shriner Peak Scramble
  • Umtanum Canyon
  • Earl Peak Scramble
  • Pratt Mountain Scramble X
  • Hemlock Peak Scramble X
  • Mt Townsend
  • Mt St Helens Scramble (2 Days)
  • Hawkins Peak  Scramble
  • Long Pass/ Ingalls Pass Loop
  • Iron Peak Naturalist Hike
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Summerland Naturalist Hike
  • Bryant Peak Scramble
  • Gothic Basin Backpack (2 Days)
  • Coldwater Lake
  • North Star Mountain (2 Days)
  • American & Cougar Lakes (3 Days)
  • Chiwaukum Scramble (2 Days)
  • Gothic Peak Scramble
  • Merchant Peak Scramble
  • Mt. Ann Scramble
  • Surprise Creek Snowshoe

As for 2013, a recent change of scenery on the home front has already revealed it’s beauty. Happy to report cohabitation with Suza was a wise route to take. And when I look toward the horizon of this year’s planned trips I am elated. Many will transpire here in the Northwest, climbing, scrambling, and hiking. While others will happen abroad in Switzerland… tall tales of these adventures to follow.

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Stop, drop, and log roll.

Stop, drop, and log roll.

Descending the open slopes of Silver Peak above Annette Lake. In the background, Rainier and Abiel observe our exit. An epic day in the cascades. Tagged the summits of Humpback, Abiel, & Silver via a counter clockwise traverse with Mountaineers. Approximately 10 Miles and 5K Feet of total gain. AND yes, the sun was really that bright. I was in a t-shirt all day. More photos here.

Descending the open slopes of Silver Peak above Annette Lake. In the background, Rainier and Abiel observe our exit. An epic day in the cascades. Tagged the summits of Humpback, Abiel, & Silver via a counter clockwise traverse with Mountaineers. Approximately 10 Miles and 5K Feet of total gain. AND yes, the sun was really that bright. I was in a t-shirt all day. More photos here.

A snow covered blow down stair case. Surprise Creek, WA. From a nice snowshoe with Suza and Domino last December.

A snow covered blow down stair case. Surprise Creek, WA. From a nice snowshoe with Suza and Domino last December.

Holga 2Xposure courtesy of Suza. Me gazing across Ingalls Creek drainage at Mt. Stuart from Longs Pass. Note: Domino/my angel in the clouds.

Holga 2Xposure courtesy of Suza. Me gazing across Ingalls Creek drainage at Mt. Stuart from Longs Pass. Note: Domino/my angel in the clouds.

Snail & Twine

Snail & Twine

Annual rainfall

Annual rainfall