mountaineering Archive

Climbing and Skiing the Hood

The opportunity arose to climb and ski an iconic Pacific Northwest volcano: Wy’east, more commonly known as Mount Hood, in Oregon. Standing slightly higher than 11,000 ft (3400m), Mount Hood is is a potentially active stratovolcano, which constantly steams noxious gases from fumaroles. Rarely will I pass up an exciting adventure such as this which can be accomplished in your standard long weekend – it had to …

Update on GHT Planning

As of March 24, 2015 Planning has been coming along slowly but surely. Here’s a list of notable things I’ve accomplished/gathered recently: LANGUAGE I’ve been meeting weekly with a very kind Nepali woman who has agreed to teach me basic Nepali language skills. The language is so different from English, it’s a pleasure to learn and practice. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by my …

Stanley Mitchell Hut Ski Tour

March 13-16, 2015 my friends and I stayed at the Alpine Club of Canada’s Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Little Yoho Valley of Yoho National Park, a true gem of the Canadian Rockies. tl;dr here is a quick video edit of the skiing that weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpEi9Qmo8EM “Because you know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble…” “Brendan, seriously you HAVE to stop singing …

Fryatt Valley Ski Tour Trip Report

Jan 22 – 25, 2015 some friends and I headed out to the Alpine Club of Canada Fryatt Hut in Jasper National Park. On the Thursday evening after work we drove from Calgary to the HI-Beauty Creek hostel. After a quick group chat we headed to sleep relatively early given the next morning’s early start. To get to Fryatt you must cross the Athabasca River. …

Announcement! The Great Himalaya Trail

In fall of 2015 I will undertake a solo expedition crossing the entire country of Nepal through some of its most outlying regions using a high altitude network of little used paths: the Great Himalaya Trail. “Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes.” I …