• Hinkhouse Peak - Difficulty 4 (snow and rock skills)

    Ash Way Park & Ride

    What better way to celebrate opening weekend of the North Cascades Highway than by climbing the guardian of the hairpin, the sentinel of Washington Pass, the center jewel on the crown of the North Cascades Scenic Byway! Hinkhouse peak is a 7560' mountain situated directly above the iconic hairpin turn that marks the highpoint of the North Cascades Scenic Byway (US Route 20) Centrally located in the most impressive mountain range in the Pacific North West the views from the summit will be jaw dropping. Weather forecast calls for sunny with a chance of sunshine. Let's go to the mountains! -----The nitty gritty----- The route is moderately strenuous gaining 2800' over 4-5 miles The difficulty is 3 because of variable/unknown snow conditions and one tricky class 4 move before the summit. This spot can be downclimbed, rappelled, jumped, or levitated depending on preference. -----Gear list----- Helmet Ice Axe Food and water for a short day layers for mild spring weather Crampons or Microspikes Helmet Snowshoes or skis Sun Protection Sturdy waterproof boots Gaiters -----Optional gear----- Harness Rappel device and locking carabiner Camera Bourbon -----Useful links----- https://www.summitpost.org/hinkhouse-peak/213477 https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Hinkhouse-Peak/forecasts/2304 https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/trip-reports/hinkhouse-peak-south-route

  • Rainier Prep:Conditioning Boot Camp at the Slough

    Mercer Slough Nature Park

    Rainier trips are right around the corner. Time to get focused, fit, and muddy!!! Ok, hopefully not so muddy. This is a one hour bootcamp. Be prepared to have me yell at you like a military recruit, motivating you to get one more rep in. What to expect: We will run, do interval training, burpees, pushups, squats.....the list goes on as long as you are thirsty for punishment. No pain no gain!!!

  • Rainier Prep: Ruth Mountain via Ruth Glacier Difficulty 4-5

    Ash Way Park and Ride

    This is a glacier travel training trip in the North Cascades. We will climb Ruth Mountain by its standard route. We will meet up, approach and camp on Saturday and wake up early for a summit and return to the car on Sunday. Preference will be given to individuals attending the Perspectives in Mountaineering class. What to expect: This trip is designed for those who want an introduction to glacier travel in a non-technical environment. We will cover roughly 12 miles with 4000 ft of elevation gain. This is a great conditioning trip as well as an opportunity to get a great backcountry ski run in! Bring your board or skis if you want to make a quick descent. Required Equipment: 10 Essentials (If you don't know what these are come to my class wed!) Sturdy sleeping shelter, minimum 32 degree bag, and sleeping pad Mountaineering boots Adequate Clothing Snowshoes Harness and Ice Ax Full Alpine Climbing Kit Crampons Suggested Equipment: Stove Trekking Poles Snow shovel Gaiters Extra Gloves Hot Cocoa Skis or Snowboard

  • Climbing/Glacier Skills Review On Snow from Hyak Ski Area

    Issaquah Transit Center Parking Garage

    Please read thoroughly. YOU MUST ALREADY BE ICE AXE TRAINED TO GO ON THIS COURSE!!! THIS IS MANDATORY FOR DIFFICULTY 6 PROVIDED YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY RECEIVED THE ALL CLEAR FROM PREVIOUS OUTINGS OR ON THE OTHER TWO GLACIER REVIEWS!! If you haven't attended meetups with this group before but you have any kind of climbing experience please come! It's a great way to connect with possible climbing partners and if you have the confidence and skills already then you're definitely someone we want on the list for big climbs this summer, so come introduce yourself and show us what you got! • What we'll do We will be practicing the basics in Glacier Travel including tying in, traveling as a group, ascending a rope, Z-pulleys, running belays, and rappeling. You will be walking up to the top of Hyak Ski Area roped up. Please bring all the gear that you have including your ice axe for practice and a climbing rope if you have one. Please take the time to study all the knots before you show up. The more you prep beforehand the smoother this prep will be. ( The "Freedom of The Hills" book is an amazing resource to learn or review knots). • Important to know Hopefully we will be able to cover the majority of the skills listed here, however, even though beginners and climbers new to the group are welcome this is still primarily a skills practice not a comprehensive introductory course. So if you are quite new to glacier travel or climbing of any kind (like for example if you don't own an ice axe) please message me beforehand so I have an idea of who needs to practice which skills. • What to bring All gear including the backpack you plan to use for climbs EXCEPT for crampons, mountaineering tent, gaitors, extra clothes and stove, sleeping bag/pad (any overnight/backpacking gear). https://www.rei.com/blog/travel/mount-rainier-climbing-gear-list Ideally you'd have at least 3-5 locking carabiners, 3-5 non locking carabiners, 4 prusiks (1 texas/foot prusik, 1 waist/chest prusik, 1 regular prusik, and one hero loop, OR 35 feet of 5mm cord), an ATC style belay device, a crevasse rescue pulley (the SMC crevasse rescue pulley is the standard), 1 Oval shaped non locking carabiner, 1-3 single length sewn slings (or 11 feet of tubular webbing anywhere from 5/8" to 1" thick), 1-3 double length slings (one to serve as a Personal Anchor, one for a chest harness, and one for anchor building, OR 28.5 ft of tubular webbing 5/8" to 1" thick), and an Ice axe. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT GEAR YOU HAVE OR GEAR TO BUY PLEASE CONTACT ME. IF YOU HAVE A CLIMBING ROPE PLEASE BRING IT (Any climbing rope is great, it doesn't have to be a Glacier rope)

  • Climbing/Glacier Skills Review On Snow from Snoqualmie West Ski Area

    Issaquah Transit Center Parking Garage

    Please read thoroughly. YOU MUST ALREADY BE ICE AXE TRAINED TO GO ON THIS COURSE!!! THIS IS MANDATORY FOR DIFFICULTY 6 PROVIDED YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY RECEIVED THE ALL CLEAR FROM PREVIOUS OUTINGS OR ON THE OTHER TWO GLACIER REVIEWS!! If you haven't attended meetups with this group before but you have any kind of climbing experience please come! It's a great way to connect with possible climbing partners and if you have the confidence and skills already then you're definitely someone we want on the list for big climbs this summer, so come introduce yourself and show us what you got! • What we'll do We will be practicing the basics in Glacier Travel including tying in, traveling as a group, ascending a rope, Z-pulleys, running belays, and rappeling. You will be walking up to the top of Hyak Ski Area roped up. Please bring all the gear that you have including your ice axe for practice and a climbing rope if you have one. Please take the time to study all the knots before you show up. The more you prep beforehand the smoother this prep will be. ( The "Freedom of The Hills" book is an amazing resource to learn or review knots). • Important to know Hopefully we will be able to cover the majority of the skills listed here, however, even though beginners and climbers new to the group are welcome this is still primarily a skills practice not a comprehensive introductory course. So if you are quite new to glacier travel or climbing of any kind (like for example if you don't own an ice axe) please message me beforehand so I have an idea of who needs to practice which skills. • What to bring All gear including the backpack you plan to use for climbs EXCEPT for crampons, mountaineering tent, gaitors, extra clothes and stove, sleeping bag/pad (any overnight/backpacking gear). https://www.rei.com/blog/travel/mount-rainier-climbing-gear-list Ideally you'd have at least 3-5 locking carabiners, 3-5 non locking carabiners, 4 prusiks (1 texas/foot prusik, 1 waist/chest prusik, 1 regular prusik, and one hero loop, OR 35 feet of 5mm cord), an ATC style belay device, a crevasse rescue pulley (the SMC crevasse rescue pulley is the standard), 1 Oval shaped non locking carabiner, 1-3 single length sewn slings (or 11 feet of tubular webbing anywhere from 5/8" to 1" thick), 1-3 double length slings (one to serve as a Personal Anchor, one for a chest harness, and one for anchor building, OR 28.5 ft of tubular webbing 5/8" to 1" thick), and an Ice axe. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT GEAR YOU HAVE OR GEAR TO BUY PLEASE CONTACT ME. IF YOU HAVE A CLIMBING ROPE PLEASE BRING IT (Any climbing rope is great, it doesn't have to be a Glacier rope)

  • Colchuck Peak Via North Buttress Couloir - Level 6

    Issaquah Transit Center Parking Garage

    Let's climb Colchuck Peak the fun way! This is a technical route on the North side of the peak. We will approach on skis Tuesday morning and camp at the far end of the lake and maybe ski a lap of the glacier or Asgard pass before bed if time allows. We will alpine start at 4:00 AM hoping to get through the couloir before the sun hits it too badly. We can free solo the couloir or rock the running belay depending on snow conditions and party comfort levels. Where the couloir gains the summit ridge we will transition onto 5th class rock and climb to the summit. If we are not incapacitated by the summit views we will continue down the other side on our skis and descend via the standard route. Team gear for this climb: 60m rope Rock pro Snow pro Shovel Personal gear for this climb: Overnight gear good to 15* Layers good to 15* AT skis or splitboard harness crampons ice axe eye protection sun screen

  • Mount Bailey - Difficulty Level 4

    Federal Way Transit Center

    *SNOWSHOES OR SKIS, ICE AXE, HELMET, CRAMPONS MANDATORY!!! MUST BE A GOLD MOUNTAINEER AND ICE AXE TRAINED. This not a glacier climb so no need for rope or harness! *It is going to be a 6-7 hour drive but remember we are escaping the bad weather all over Washington to climb to a 8400 foot volcano (the highest in southern Oregon) and glissade 2000 feet. *An Oregon Sno-Park pass is required which we can pick up at Dicks Sporting Goods or REI Let's go for Bailey. It's going to be a long drive but the peak is 9455 feet and has a killer glissade. Let’s get her done! • The plan: Tuesday: 1. Drive down to pick up an Oregon sno park permit. If all goes well we will get there by 3 pm. 2. Either stay at the hotel or setup camp at the trailhead. Wednesday: 3. Wake up early and start climbing at 3 am. We will be taking the southeast face. 4. Get to the summit between 9 and 11 am with noon being our turn around time. 5. We will be back to the car by 4 pm or hopefully much early. You need to be competent with snowshoes, crampons and ice axe. 9 miles, roundtrip ELEVATION Gain: 3500 ft. Highest Point:8400 ft. Pace: SLOW TO MODERATE • What to bring Must have: 10 essentials, ice ax (and know how to arrest), helmet, crampons, snowshoes, poles with snow baskets, headlamp with extra batteries, warm glove system, shell pants and jacket and all other winter hiking clothing and accessories to keep you warm, hydrated and protected from the sun. Attendance will be taken at every event and like most other major groups we will have a two no-shows and you are out of the group policy. You will be responsible for your own safety. Every Organizer and Event Planners are volunteers and are not professional guides.

  • Rainier Prep: Conditioning at Stadium Stairs Tacoma

    Stadium High School

    Rainier trips start this month. I wanna climb some stairs. T-town has this gem, Stadium High where the hardcore hop the fence in the morning and run laps up and down the concrete bleacher stairs. But we gotta do it when its dark, so 530 hehehehehe. We also beat traffic that way. I used to do this with the Tacoma fire department so it is tolerated but not encouraged. What to expect: We will do a lap of the bleacher stairs. Takes around an hour to do. You may vomit. You may cry for your mama. You may crawl the last few flights. Any of that is a sign of good training.

  • Perspectives in Mountaineering Class 5: Belaying, Rappelling, and Anchors

    This is a hands on learning class. Please bring a climbing harness, shoes, locking carabiner, and an ATC or other type of belay device. One of my favorite things about mountain climbing is the rappel! We will discuss safe technique, various methods of belaying, and anchor building. While not a skill required on Rainier, it is important to open other doors of possibility in the mountains. Recommended Reading for the class is Mountaineering:Freedom of the Hills Chap 10,11,12.

  • Rainier Prep: Conditioning Evening Hike Dirty Harry's Peak- Difficulty 3

    Issaquah Transit Center Parking Garage

    Lets do Dirty Harry light and fast! I wanna shoot for under 3 hours. What to expect: We will keep a fast pace, sweat a little and be back to the parking lot before sunset. Bring your game face and lets pound out 7.6 miles What to bring: Bare 10 essentials and light pack Hiking boots or trail running shoes Trekking poles Can of whoop @$$ Resources: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dirty-harrys-peak