Vesper Peak – Ragged Edge – 5.7- 7/4/2015

Aaron planned to climb Vesper Peak over the 4th of July weekend. Most people do this climb car to car in one day, but we decided to camp at a lake and enjoy more time out in that area. We started hiking around 5pm, which was a great idea looking at how hot it was that day and the trail was in…

North Early Winter Spire – West Face – 5.11A – 6/27/2015

Jadwiga and I headed to Washington Pass this weekend with this route as major goal. This was the first time we climbed together. Picking a 5.11A was maybe ambitious, but the crux on this route is very short, and the climbing is 5.8-5.9 for the most part. This hike to NEWS took us about 1.5…

Bullethead East – 5.10C – 6/7/2015

Nathan and I climbed “Bullethead East”, a 4-pitch climb on the Chief, Campground Wall. Getting to the start of the climb takes literally 10 minutes from the Chief campground, just above the cooking area. We started the climb a bit before 9am, hoping to be early enough to avoid the sun. It was supposed to…

Davis Holland Route – 5.10B/C – 5/29/2015

After getting beat up on the Lower Town wall on first, “City Park, pitch 2”, and second, the beginning of “Sloe Children”, I came back home really defeated and covered with bruises. Sam and I had planned to climb at Index the following day. I told her before I wanted to try “Davis Holland”, but suddenly…

Garibaldi Lake to the Black Tusk – 5/23/15 – 5/24/2015

Sue, my friend Mark’s wife had told me about this worthy hike to the Black Tusk. I love climbing and could have done more of it after two days, but it’s also nice to switch it up and hike. I honestly haven’t been hiking much this past two years, besides hiking to the base of…

Birds of Prey – 5.10B – 5/21/2015

Finally out in Squamish for a little vacation! The weather looked warm, with potential showers. Aaron and I headed to the Squaw (Slahanay), with “Birds of Prey” as goal for the day. The hike up is short but steep. We missed the trailhead but joined it onroute after a little of bushwacking and finding some sacrifice…

Bale-Kramar – 5.10B – April 2015

I convinced Andreas to climb the “Bale Kramar” route with me. Climbing with Andreas is easy: he is always up for anything, always in a good mood, always encouraging, and he has good stories. On top of that he is a strong boulderer which is why I wanted to do the “Bale Kramar” route with…

Rattletale – 5.10b- 5/4/2015

Nathan and I climbed “rattletale” at Index on a Monday afternoon. It’s so nice to take half a day off and enjoy Index! Plus I hadn’t climbed with him since last year at Trout Creek so it was long overdue. Nathan sounded really tired. He had just come back from Squamish, doing some aiding /…

Rock On (5.10A) to Squamish Buttress (5.10C) – 5/9/2015

I had been looking at climbing “Rock On”, and then some way up to the top of the Chief for a while. I had never been up the top of the Chief. Hiking that trail seems tiring! Climbing is always a better option. People say that “Rock On” is hard and steep, and… Whatever. Just…

Outer Space – 5.9 – 5/16/2015

Apparently every climber in Washington State has to climb “Outer Space” and “Godzilla”. These sound like the climber’s graduation climbs in Washington. I have been avoiding these two for a while: “Outer Space” gets really crowded, that always seemed like a downside to me. Aaron and I had planned to go to Trout Creek that weekend…