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Featured Trip Reports


A Day of Pure Alpine Excellence

By Josh
"While there is a technical side to mountaineering, a confrontation with the raw power of the mountains that came only to be understood by those who venture into the hills, there is an essential element that everyone is familiar with, and that is the friendship you forge along the way. This is such a pivotal part of the experience, that alpinists have given it is own name: The Fellowship of the rope. Because at the end of the day, you may have made the summit, you might have had to turn around, but regardless of the outcome, you have spent an amazing day with a close friend." - Timb Argast

Ever since the first time I have ever stepped foot on Sahale, it has become my favorite mountain. Each time was a new experience for me, almost as if stepping into another world. This time was...

Rainier in a Day: A Challenging Escapade

By Josh
"Do not wish for easier lives, wish to be stronger men" -John F. Kennedy

This was quite the undertaking. The previous year I climbed Mount Rainier in two days which was a little bit tiring, but not a big deal. This time it was both physically and mentally challenging due to the high altitude. We would be heading up from Sea level to 14,411 feet in about 14 hours which I had never done anything like this. Though out the summer I had been climbing so many mountains that you get to a point where nothing is hard anymore, you find yourself wanting a new challenge, something completely new. On this trip I got more than what I bargained for.

My buddy Eastking introduced me to his friend Jordan who turned out to be a nice guy. Jordan called me up asking if I wanted to...

Walking into a Winter Wonderland on Eldorado Peak

By Josh
"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb." -Greg Child

"It would be a crime not to climb on a day as nice as this one." -Ski Eldorado Peak is perhaps one of the most amazing peaks in the state of Washington. I've seen it from just about every face which it does not cease to impress me. Even when climbing it in what I call "It's finest moments" during winter time I see yet another perspective of the mountains I have not seen before. This is what one would call a Cascade Classic which we had a perfect weather window for the climb. An old Buddy of mine contacted me over the phone from my Mount Shuksan Climb which to my surprise it was Ski. We originally planned to climb the...

No Escaping the Odds: Making an Attempt on Mount Rainier

By Josh
This was quite the interesting trip which I learned a few important things along the way. The weather on Mount Rainier was not looking ideal, in the Seattle area it was very misty and raining in the National Park. Rain or shine, we planning on at least giving it a try. Considering that Bentley and his family came all the way across the country for this, we were not going to back down so easy. But at the same time during this adventure we had a few complications that each one could have made a summit bid impossible.

We had been planning this trip since September of 2010 who I met Bentley from CascadeClimbers. We sent many emails back and forth figuring out what each of us should bring and getting to know each other. I had no way of getting to Rainier which I told him that my...

Featured Mountains


Koppen Mountain

By EastKing
Koppen Mountain located in the Teanaway Region in the Eastern Cascades is one of many wonderful viewpoints of this region. As with all Teanaway Region mountains, Koppen Mountain has the advantage of having a great rainshadow, and often has better weather that it western counterparts.The views on this peak are classicsThe 360 degree panoramic summit is home to spendid views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Hawkins Mountain, and many of the other mountains in the region. Often when the weather is sour in the western Cascades the weather is clearer and prettier on this side of the mountain.From the most direct route, the De Roux Creek trailhead right next to the horse stable and campground this mountain is roughly a 7.5 mile, 2300 feet elevation hike and is mostly a walkup. A fit hiker can usually...

Mount Hood

By EastKing
Mount Hood, otherwise known as Wy'East is the largest peak in Oregon. This active glaciated volcano located 50 miles east of Oregon is one of the most climb glaciated volcanoes in the world. The last eruption of Mount Hood was a minor eruption back in 1877. The volcano though still shows it's active by its many fumoroles on the south side of the volcano. Often these fumoroles, or sulfer steam produce steam that has a strong odor similiar to a rotten egg smell. The smell is not very dangerous unless you were to fall in a hot steamy fumorole in which the heat and the sulfer fumes would overpower your body and would eventually take your life. These fumoroles are best viewed from the Hogsback, which is near Crater Rock, which is the center of the volcanic activity. It should be noted that...

Crystal Mountain (Silver King)

By EastKing
Crystal Mountain is one of the best known ski resorts in Washington State. Nestled just to the east of Mount Rainier, Crystal Mountain is well known for it reliable skiing and snowboarding. It is also a great early season or late season snoclimb when the resort is closed and a good summer hiking destination. The highest peak on the Crystal Mountain Ridge is Silver King. With an elevation just below 7000 feet, it is a great place to start off a great winter. Views from Silver King when clear include Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, Norse Peak, Silver Queen and many of the other summits in the area. Silver King can either approached by the south (summer and fall) from Chinook Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail. Take the Pacific Crest Trail north until once near the ridge. From there head...

South Sister

By EastKing
Located 30 miles west of Bend, Oregons third highest summit is another very popular destination for experenced. With the main bootpath usually free of snow by August, receives a lot of traffic in the summer months. The summit is a special masterpiece. It is presently a dormant volcano which erupted last at 1200 AD. That being said there have been a number of tremers around the volcanos which scientist have been monitoring for activity. Like many of the other volcanoes in the are South Sister is a stratovolcano and is 250 larger then it's older neighbors, North and Middle Sister. It is also the easiest of the three and receives the most traffic. Teardrop Lake which sits inside the crater is the highest exposed lake in Oregon. It's aqua color is a added special treat for anyone who makes the 12...