Posts Tagged ‘climbing’

Portland Ice Comp 2014

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


The Portland Ice Comp of 2014 was well organized and the competition event started rather quick.  I believe the event is coming of age as this year it was combined with the Portland Alpine Festival put on by the local legendary group known as the Mazamas.  The Mazamas have over a hundred years of history in the area’s climbing Community.

This year, yours truly fell off the 5th hold of the Prelim route.  The hold gave me a bit of a unique twist, I almost recovered by hooking one tool onto the other.  But, I peeled off.  Last year I had a much better performance on the prelim route.  The year before that, well I fell flat on my back from the third hold…with none other than John Frieh holding the belay….still a bit embarrassed about that one.

Huge thanks to the Portland Rock Gym monkeys, mainly Sean, for setting the routes and for the gym itself hosting the unique event.



Mount Hood Old Chute

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Had work on Friday and then met up with my brother for his first alpine snow climb on Mount Hood. Naturally he became my main photography subject.

20130512-221705.jpgIllumination Rock

20130512-221749.jpgLooking back towards White River Canyon.

20130512-221911.jpg Ian climbing up the Old Chute.

20130512-222006.jpgIan along the Summit Ridge.

20130512-222052.jpgIan approaching the Summit!

And the following shot is one Ian snapped of me climbing.


Mount Hood

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Skiing up the Mile at Timberline for some fresh snow!

The Palmer Lift house getting plastered....the ski down was awesome. But I was alone, no photos...

Afterwards I went to check out where my giant print of Hood will be displayed.

On the stairwell leading to the Raven's Nest near the Mount Hood and Jefferson rooms will soon be home to my Hood Panoramic.

Thank you Plywerk!

Here's an image of what will be on a Plywerk at the Night Lodge of Timberline soon!

There is one left of my previous print run from 2008 of the above image in the Gift Shop of the Night Lodge at T-line.  Go check  it out!

The previous few weeks…Colorado

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Somewhere in the Never Summer Range

Near Thunder Pass

Looking back at Thunder Pass on the second trip.

Approaching Thunder Pass

Self portrait at Thunder Pass

The random knoll I thought connected to Static Peak.

Self Portrait on random point between Thunder Pass and Static Peak

Static Peak and Norku Crags

The day's benefit of not going much further than Thunder Pass on the first trip

Second trip: Richthofen from Static's summit ridge

This was about as far as I went.  The next week I went to the Tetons.


Teewinot from the Apex

The first snow field and my turn around.

Well, so to get to this spot on at the time I was trying…I had worked a 12 hour shift in Boulder from 0700 to 1900 hrs, drove through the night to the trailhead.  I arrived at the trailhead by 0800 hrs, I then walked back and forth in the parking lot to find the Apex Trail.  Then grunted up to the snowfield.  There, I realized I may be too tired to safely down climb from the summit.  Next time…I try it on more sleep.

The next two weeks worth of weekends I spent in the Ten Mile Range.  The first traverse ended up being an extremely long day…mainly because I was working out the route finding.  However, my friend Katie was game to give it a whirl.

The terrain

Looking towards Peak 4

Self Portrait on Peak 3

North Ridge of Peak 4, the best climbing of the traverse

Peak 3 and 2 from 4

The grind South of Peak 4, this trip we dropped to Breck from Peak 6

Storms start to the South as night falls and we still have a long walk.

The next week I went back solo and did the first 5 peaks.  This time I dropped down to Cooper Mountain Resort for the bus back to Frisco where I enjoyed David’s Food Hedz Cafe.  If you’re ever in Frisco hit his spot for great food.  But here’s some shots from the last trip.

The trail down from Peak 5 to Cooper Mountain

Frisco to Cooper Mountain 10.7 miles with over 5500 feet of climbing and a bit over 1800 of loss  total time was 7.5 hrs.  Might be able to do it faster with out the self portraits….

An afternoon through the Evening

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The afternoon started with a swim in the snow up a hill by Frisco, CO

The swim afforded me this shot peering into the Gore Range.

From a near by vantage, I snagged up this shot. Then, called it a day after a few hours of snow groveling.

Then, this evening or not really, almost this morning I got a few shots of the Flatirons.

I got a total of four shots in about 45 minutes.

The Full Moon to my back was a wonderful fill.