Escape to Seattle 10-Sep-2021

After our hike at the end of August, wildfire smoke flooded into our valley and stuck here. Air temperatures were moderate but the air quality was pathetic, with the AQI well above 100 day and night and visibility sometimes reduced to a fraction of a mile. Sure, you could go outside, but your tight chest, burning throat, and stinging eyes suggested that was a bad idea. This was not, of course, even close to the suffering similar climate-related disasters – fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, torrential rains – have visited on other parts of the country. 😪 Still, staring out at a swirling reddish-brown abyss day after day was getting to us. So we took what remained of our travel credits from the virus-wrecked year-that-will-not-be-named and flew to Seattle and fresh air. Yes, we were weak – but that first big gulp of fresh Seattle air was worth any dent in our reputation for tough & stupid. 😁

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Climbing the 16 Major Northwest Peaks (1996-2006)

Mazamas Portland Oregon Mountaineering

Up until 2008, our adventures were retained only as memories and on 35mm slides. While our memories may have faded (just a bit), the slides haven’t – and we have a lot of them. So we’re digitizing a select few to bring some of our past adventures into the 21st Century. The photos below are some of those old slides.

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Big Blue Sky (February 2017)

“I never get tired of the blue sky.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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Shriner Peak (Mount Rainier National Park) 17-Jul-2013

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

I had a business meeting in Yakima, Washington and decided to squeeze in a hike of something on the way back to Portland, Oregon. I’d had Shriner Peak on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park on my list for a while and as it’s conveniently located just off Highway 12 between Yakima and Interstate-5, that’s where I headed.

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Mount Saint Helens (Washington) 21-Apr-2013

Mount Saint Helens Washington

A friend of a friend was visiting from back East and wanted to climb a Northwest peak, so we decided on a dayhike of Mount Saint Helens via Monitor Ridge starting from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. Because of the popularity of this climb (largely due to its proximity to the masses in Seattle and Portland), climbing permits are required year-round for each person and each day they will be traveling on the mountain’s slopes above 4,800 feet elevation.  The permit quota period starts on April 1st but we had been fortunate to snag a permit for six on a weekend day.  So after a pre-dawn drive from home, with a stop enroute to get our permit and register (and strengthen ourselves with donuts), we were at the Sno-Park trailhead and off just as it was starting to get light.

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