On the Zigzag Glacier looking towards the Castle Crags and Crater Rock on Mount Hood.
Here is an epic photo I managed to snap after the events described in this recent Shred Hood write up click here. I’m amazed by how peacefully deceptive this landscape can be in the ebb and flow of the mountain’s seasonal cycles. I’ll always go back, the mountain is in my blood.
Here is an excellent write up The Ascending Spiral by the late Ed LaChapelle in which he throws in a quote from Whymper from 1871: “Climb if you will but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step; and from the beginning think what might be the end.”
If you’re finding yourself needing to get a bit more knowledge on how to avoid human factor pitfalls of this ascending spiral get to Seattle’s REI on the 19th, click here to get your ticket through REI to benefit NWAC (Northwest Avalanche Center).
Here’s a short timelapse of the slide below the West Chamber of Illumination Rock.
The other day I was lucky enough to get a Reach and Treat (RAT) Standby for the second day of the Oregon Trail Rally near Hood River, Oregon within the foothills of the northern slope of Mount Hood. We did 209 miles of driving in the RAT rig as a medical chase vehicle behind the Sweep and other safety crews. It was fun getting to really know how well the RAT rig handles on gravel roads with the knowledge that no one would be coming the other way. On the medical front, super glad everyone completed the day with no major injuries.
The only moments I had for photos was the start of the first stage and the start of the fourth stage, I got some video and photos in those area. Ran around through the forest to get different angles of the course, since naturally once the stage starts you can’t be on the road.