Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mt. Alice (attempt)

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

Rendezvous Peak...stroll.

Rendezvous Peak--summit. Beautiful day, cloudy, light winds, solitude in the hills, and wonderful views. Amen!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bashful Peak

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

Mt. Rainier

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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mexico Volcanoes

Adventure beckoned. The Mexico Volcanoes were calling my name. A team of RMI climbers and I summited three volcanoes from November 8-16, 2014: La Malinche, 14,640, Ixtaccihuatl, 17,340 and El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701. It was amazing to stand on the highest point in Mexico and 3rd highest peak in North America. Unforgettable. Thank you God!