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North Ingalls Climb via South RIdge

By Matt Lemke
Prologue Who: Greg, Rob, Fletcher and I What: Climb of North Ingalls via its Class 5.4 south ridge When: On the last sunny day of 2012 Why: I wanted to get just one more technical climb before the wet season started The idea for this trip actually started over a week ago when Greg got a bunch of people together to climb North Ingalls Thursday Oct 4th however that trip fell through so he rescheduled it for the next Thursday. I had mentioned I may be interested to Greg but I didn't plan to go until just a couple days before when I knew I could get off work. This was perfect since everyone needed someone to be able to lead the climb and with Josh climbing Columbia Peak that day, North Ingalls wouldn't have happened of I didn't jump on at the last minute....

Booyah! Having a Ball on the Ptarmigan Traverse

By Josh Lewis
"You can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man" -Gary Paulsen This was the most exciting adventure of the year. I had been wanting to do the Ptarmigan Traverse for a very long time. From having an attempt on this route and climbing Dome Peak the previous year I knew both ends of the traverse quite well. But hidden within a fortress of mountains lied a handful of surprises. The traverse included miles of glacier travel, white out conditions, steep snow climbing, rappelling off a cornice, navigation, and one of the worst bush whacks I have ever done. By the end of the adventure my feet were the most shredded they ever have been in my entire life! I'm still taking antibiotics and taking it easy. The trip began when Eric Darsow...

Father-Son Ascent of Mount Constance

By Jake Robinson
  Planning a successful trip As a 17 year old kid, it's often very difficult to find people to go into the mountains with me. Luckily both my parents enjoy hiking, and my dad has some mountaineering experience. Over the years we've done a few peaks here and there, but nothing to the caliber of Mount Constance. So when my dad mentioned that he might be interested in climbing Constance, I jumped on the idea. He had climbed it a few times, the last being around 1990, so he was somewhat familiar with the route. The forecast looked OK, he was able to find some time off work, and with some insistence we got my mom's permission to go. Everything seemed to be in our favor. The worst part of the climb: The approach We arrived at the washout in the early afternoon, shouldered...

Little Bear Peak SW Ridge in Winter

By Matt Lemke
Little Peak Peak in Winter Peak: Little Bear Peak - 14,037’, South Little Bear Peak – 14,020’  TH/Route: SW Ridge from Tobin Creek  Distance: 8mi  Elev Gain: 5800'  Time: 13:30 (4:45am - 6:15pm)  Technical Gear: Microspikes  Travelers: Jed, Matt Lemke, Josh, Sarah  So this was it! This would be my 2012 finale and what a way to end a dynamic year in the mountains for me than climbing Little Bear Peak in calendar winter. I had made the 1,400 mile drive from Seattle to do this climb. The day after I arrived in Denver I met with Josh around noon and we drove down to Fort Garland and got there just before the sun set. I had been in contact with...

Featured Mountains


South Sister

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...

Kyes Peak

Kyes and Columbia Peak
Kyes peak is the highest summit in the Monte Cristo Group and is very isolated from civilization. When the weather is good this peak offers views of the many famous peaks in Washington including Sloan Peak, Mount Pugh, Baker, Rainier, Glacier Peak and many more. This peak is pretty much in the middle of the Cascade Range. This peak gets much of its fame from the well known Blanca Lake which may be considered by some folks to be one of the most bluish green lakes in the state of Washington. Just getting to the lake along by many is worth the visit to this mountain. This takes most people at least most of a day and is not very often climbed. But considering that it is considered a challenge, it makes sense. But for the die hard fans, its no problem....

Mount Sneffels

Overview Sneffels is often said to be Colorado's best and most beautiful mountain. Viewed from Dallas Divide, Mount Sneffels really looks like a "mountain" and has all the good features of one including symmetry, spires, pinnacles, rugged ridges and beautiful slopes of aspens and flowers. Mountaineers cringe at the climbing possibilities, Nature enthusiasts glory at its beauty and generic travelers are awed upon viewing this gorgeous mountain. Second in elevation only to Uncompahgre Peak in the San Juan range, Sneffels is affectionately known as the “Queen of the San Juans.” You will find photos of Mount Sneffels in stores, calenders, postcards and wallets! (Yes, I have a photo of it in mine). Sneffels has also made appearances in a number of westerns, notably...

Forbidden Peak

Excited on the Summit Forbidden Peak is one of a kind and is tucked away from view in the Cascade Valley. It's listed on the Washington Top 100, located in the North Cascades National Park, and is on Washington's 100 steepest list.

The peak has been likened to a "great obelisk of rock", a classic horn created by the merging of several glacial cirques. Three remarkable ridges radiate from the summit (N, W, and E), Alpine Grade II-III and 5.2-5.8 (depending upon route and which guide you survey). The icefield and valley views, the alpine approches, the rock quality, the shear majesty and position of the peak combine to make this a memorable and magnificent ascent by any route. Fred Beckey has a great account of the first ascent in a chapter of his Challenge of the North...