In this last photo, you can see the wind still cranking off the ridge!
Friday, January 1, 2016
Adventure beckoned. On a Thursday Evening Epic Run, Jesse, E. Marquez, and I ascended point 3655 (AKA Dickey Bird Peak) through a combination of trail, bushwhacking, route-finding, and ridge scrambling. We had bonus rain, ice, and very high winds! This was the perfect way to prepare for the new year!
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Adventure beckoned. Sometimes it's nice just to walk through the woods. No heavy backpack, no hill repeats, no heart rate monitor, no objective--the simple act of movement and breathing in fresh air.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Adventure beckoned. On Saturday, August 8th, Dan, Mark, and I headed out to Seward to climb Mt. Alice. We were optimistic despite a poor weather forecast, obvious fog, and intermittent visibility. Nonetheless, we carried on in hopes for a window of opportunity to summit. After multiple hours of hiking, climbing, and negoitating challenging rock and ridges, we decided to turn around at about 4,400 feet. The mountain was socked in with clouds and the weather deteriorating quickly. The desire is always to summit but the goal is to get down safely. All in all, we had an unbelievable 8 hours of adventure. Epic!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Adventure beckoned. On Saturday, May 16th, 2015, Todd Kasteler and I climbed and summitted Bashful Peak, the highest mountain in the Chugach State Park, at 8,005 feet. We were blessed with a blue sky day, which made the peak's height, remoteness, and exposure a bit more comfortable. Our adventure started at 4:45 a.m. and finished close to 11:45 p.m.--almost 19 hours of fun. Thank you God for a wonderful outing!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Adventure beckoned. As part of my "Denali Prep" I participated in an RMI winter expedition seminar on Mt. Rainier, March 8-13, 2015. Despite not reaching the summit due to high winds, I would categorize the experience as a success--great climbing, hands-on instruction, spectacular views, making new friends, and one step closer to a May 2016 Denali attempt. Thank you God!