A Change of Pace

November 20th, 2015
Stephen Schutts checking out the snowpack on the lower slopes of Rainier.

Stephen Schutts checking out the snowpack on the lower slopes of Rainier.

 

Went to a side of Rainier I had not visited for an enjoyable early season ski tour.

Castle Crags Mount Hood

November 16th, 2015
On the Zigzag Glacier looking towards the Castle Crags and Crater Rock on Mount Hood.

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.

Zig Zag Ravens

November 16th, 2015

 

Two Ravens on the way to a recent Illumination Rock attempt.  These two were an eerie foreshadowing for event to come.

Two Ravens on the way to a recent Illumination Rock attempt. These two were an eerie foreshadowing for an event to come.

 

Zigzag Ravens

On approach to the Zigzag Glacier

We were paused for a moment’s rest.

On our way to the West Chamber

A pair of ravens came near, as if by some behest.

Do they think we’re going to die?”

No, they protect us.”

They are the souls of past mountaineers.”

As I shoulder my pack

They vanished as they arrived

With a blink of an eye.

 

 

Whoa, 4 months without a post.

September 1st, 2015

That time flew by for sure, from the new house and family fun.  The new house has certainly taken most of my time away for the last few months.

 

I’ve been busy with the Reach and Treat training as well.  Here’s a look at the most recent one, I was part of the training on the first day and the second day I went back out to get some video clips:

 

 

 

I’ve also added an new gallery for the images I get while on Reach and Treat training days around Mount Hood and it’s rivers.  You can find the new gallery on the sidebar under sports and also click here .  Some of the photos in the new Rescue gallery are from the start of my Reach and Treat training nearly 2 years ago and some are as recent as last week’s Swift water training near the Carter Bridge on the Clackamas River.

 

 

 

Oregon Trail Rally 2015 Day 2

April 29th, 2015

 

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.

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You can see more images in the Gallery.

 

Check out the following related links:

Oregon Trail Rally

Subaru Rally

Rally America