Monday, October 13, 2014

Timelapse of a Glacier Published on MSR Summit Register

I recently finished another summer of work as a Climbing Ranger for the USFS in the Mount Baker Wilderness. After dozens of trips to the same glaciers, routes, and trails throughout the season, I had an interesting perspectives to share. Today I published an article on the MSR Summit Register that explores some of the seasonal changes I witnessed. The article is titled Timelapse of a Glacier: A Climbing Ranger's Perspective on Mount Baker. Here is a direct link to the article: http://thesummitregister.com/timelapse-glacier-climbing-rangers-perspective-mt-baker/#more-3504  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paddling the Path of Light

Freya Fennwood and I went on a five-day kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands a few months ago with our close friends Chris and Anna. I wrote a story about the adventure and it is now up on The Seismic Thread, a website devoted to northwest storytelling. Check it out!

http://theseismicthread.com/kayaking-the-path-of-light/

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ode to the Shoulder Season on MSR Summit Register

I recently published a somewhat lyrical piece of writing on MSR's Summit Register about a recent skiing and rock climbing trip to Washington Pass. The article is titled "Ode to the Shoulder Season." I think all you Northwesterners will appreciate it. Some great photos as well! http://thesummitregister.com/ode-shoulder-season-skiing-rock-climbing-washington-pass/#more-2747

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wapta Traverse Photos at Pacific Alpine Guides Blog

From March 15th to March 20th, Freya Fennwood and I accompanied Tyler Reid of Pacific Alpine Guides on a ski tour of the Wapta Traverse in the Canadian Rockies. Commonly known as the "Haute Route of North America," the Wapta is a legendary hut-to-hut traverse that follows the Continental Divide for approximately 45km. We had challenging weather and dangerous avalanche conditions for most of the trip, but we managed to pull it off nonetheless thanks to some excellent guidance on Tyler's part. Along the way, we reached the summit of Mount Gordon, had some beautiful powder turns on the Diableret Glacier, and crossed the Balfour High Col in a whiteout. A brief writeup and some excellent photographs are available on the Pacific Alpine Guides blog: http://www.pacificalpineguides.com/winter-wapta-traverse

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sign the Petition for 7-day Acess to Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is where I learned to ski powder with local enthusiasts who have devoted many years of their lives to this wonderful place. In recent years, road access to Hurricane Ridge has been reduced to weekends only, limiting the number of people that are able to visit this diverse alpine zone. Hurricane Ridge is literally the only place to ski on the Olympic Peninsula and it is extremely important to the local citizens, as well as anyone visiting the region. I helped to draft a petition in support of seven-day access to the Ridge. Follow this link to learn more about Hurricane Ridge and to sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/sarah-creachbaum-keep-the-hurricane-ridge-road-in-olympic-national-park-open-7-days-a-week-throughout-the-winter 

Thank you! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Blog Posts on the MSR Summit Register

I recently wrote a few articles for the MSR Summit Register and published some great photographs there.

In the first piece I was asked if climbing is a right or a privilege. This is how I responded: http://thesummitregister.com/leif-whittaker-privilege-climbing-mountains/

The second piece is about dog etiquette while backcountry skiing. It includes some entertaining shots of a friend and his puppy: http://thesummitregister.com/backcountry-dog-etiquette/

I hope to be posting more blogs on the Summit Register in the future. Enjoy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Waste Management on Mount Baker

I recently helped to produce a short video segment for the USFS about proper waste management on Mount Baker. There are a few cool shots from the National Forest and some good information for visitors. Thanks to Ian Couch and Brandon Helmstetter for their work on this.


Waste Management on Mt. Baker from Ian Couch on Vimeo.