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Featured Trip Reports


It doesn't Get Much Better than this: 4 Days on Mount Logan

By Josh
"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it." -Rosalia de Castro

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

It is mountains like this that makes mountaineering such an exciting part of my life. When I heard that I had an opportunity to climb Mount Logan, I instantly knew that this was something special. My family and friends were telling me that they had never known anyone who wanted to go on as many adventures as me. My feet were still blister from all the...

Having the Time of my Life: A 9 Day Extravaganza through the North Cascades

By Josh
"Getting up is optional, getting down is mandatory" -Ed Viesters

"I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can." -John Muir

"This is just what I needed!" -Sebastian Rosa

"Two Thumbs Way Up! I can never live the adventure of a life time just once!" -Personal Statement

This was an extraordinary adventure, perhaps one of the greatest weeks of my life. Although I had many summit attempts, I certainly was living out the true spirit of mountaineering. Mountaineering to me is about adventure, companionship, and having the time of your life. Every...

Glorious Adventure on Stetattle Ridge

By Josh
"The Training is nothing, the Will is Everything! The Will to act." -Ras Al Ghul

Trip Stats:
Who Came: Joanna, Michael, XDiablox, Josh
Time: 30 hours and 20 minutes
Elevation Gain: 5,300 Feet
December 30-31, 2010
Distance: 10 miles

This is the second time I've been on Stetattle Ridge, the first time was a bit different. Although this trip was certainly worth it, it did not go without suffering. I underestimated the winter temperatures up there on the ridge, and over estimated the ability of my alarm clock.

On December 28, 2010 I hurriedly dashed home from my friend's 18th birthday, a friend of mine offered me some climbing gear which I was excited to get. On the way home in the dark...

Down goes Defiance

By EastKing
Mt. Defiance 10.5 miles roundtrip YDS Class 1 1 hour 45 minutes up 1 hour on the summit 1 hour 30 minutes down I hope everyone has been able to enjoy this amazing October. Fall foliage out here in the northwest has been peak for the past two weeks and the weather has been stellar. Obviously this October 26th, 2008 was no different. Well I was originally suppose to go to Kaleetan Peak but my partner bailed out due to family obligations, so being solo, I decided to try work on my speed and shout for Mount Defiance, a I-90 peak have not done yet. I reached the trailhead with a goal set at making the summit at an hour and a half. This was clearly was just going to be a speed hike. As soon as I hit the trailhead at 11:15 I was ready to roll. I began up the Ira Spring Trail which is...

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...