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Climbing the Direct North Ridge of Mount Stuart in Washington (5.9+ | 2,900ft)

In the summer of last year (2017), we attempted the Direct North Ridge on Mount Stuart, but retreated once we reached the notch about 1,500ft up the route. Storm clouds had completely covered the peak above, and without sufficient rain gear, we were afraid we would become hypothermic if we got wet. We figured our best choice was to rappel and find shelter under some of the large boulders at the base of the route. We ended up "sleeping" on the ... Read more

Climbing Lightbulb Tower (AKA James Tower) 5.10 | A1

Kirk and I recently took our first trip to The San Rafael Swell in southern Utah. On that trip we just cragged and found some awesome single pitch routes. However, we wanted to return and try out the more adventurous side of climbing in The Swell. We looked up a bunch of routes on Mountain Project and found a cool looking tower call the Lightbulb. It was 3 pitches rated 5.10 and A1. With that grade we'd be pushing our free ... Read more

The Upper Exum of the Grand Teton in a Day

We pulled into the Antelope Flats National Forest camping area at 7:30pm. Running a bit behind schedule, we'd still have about 3 hours of sleep if we set up camp and fell asleep immediately. The sky was clear despite the torrential downpour that occurred about an hour earlier as Wes and I sat eating breakfast for dinner in a small diner in Alpine, just outside of Jackson, WY. Fortunately, we left the clouds behind us as we began winding our way through ... Read more

Canyoneering Birch Hollow in Zion and How to Check If Anchors are Safe for Rappelling

I recently went down to Zion with my good friend Wes and his two friends Jason and Martha. We headed down with the mission to canyoneer down Birch Hollow. This canyon is "technical," meaning it requires rope to get to the bottom of it. This particular canyon requires 12 rappels. Wes and I had gone down to Zion about a month and a half earlier to try out a defining ridge on the Zion skyline called "Cowboy Ridge." This ridge is an ... Read more

A Story of a Climb up Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier has stood out in my mind the same way it stands alone on the Seattle skyline.  It was a landmark climb before my attempt and remains a landmark climb as I move forward in my adventures. As we prepared for our climb, gathering last bits of gear and practicing knots, we sat in a restaurant talking about what the future held for us. Nerves were stretched thin as we talked about preparation and consequences of this climb that would start ... Read more

Standing on the Summit of Granite Peak: Montana’s State High Point

This summer has been filled with a lot adventures, but my trip to Montana and the hike to Granite Peak was a highlight that sits near the top of my list. The trip was meant to be a short weekend trip, and we left in the early afternoon on a Friday. The drive took longer than expected and we ended up arriving at the West Rosebud Lake trailhead around 2am. My friend, Tyson and I had a plan to wake around 4am ... Read more

Day Hiking into the Depths of a Lava Tube near Flagstaff, Arizona

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