All Posts by cascades Keyword

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Cascades Rock

Blake Herrington has created a book called Cascades Rock which is published and for sale this month. The book covers everything from popular roadside climbs to never-repeated alpine adventures. Blake's hope is to include every good rock-centric long climb in the range, at any grade and of any age. This includes driving, hiking, camping, descent, and gear information for each climb.

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Goat Do's and Don'ts

Goat-human interactions are escalating in various places around North Central Washington and the picture is even worse in Olympic National Park where a few hikers have been gored by goats. How do you know if you're dealing with a bad goat and what should you do?

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Isolation Ski Traverse

In early June of 2014, Adam Vognild and Tom Janisch skied the Isolation Traverse south to north. The book Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes says, “This tour connects the Inspiration and Neve Glaciers, visiting very wild and isolated country... it includes great descents when done south to north."

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Avalanche ABCs

With backcountry skiing and snowshoeing season upon us, here are some of the most important rules for recognizing where avalanches will occur and using the terrain to travel safely through our local mountains in winter.
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Spring Skiing - Conditions and Rationale

The backcountry ski conditions are still good in the high mountains and the May weather ahead should continue to preserve those conditions. So don't mothball the skis yet... enjoy the long days, corn snows, and T-shirt weather of spring skiing.

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Stuart Lake & Big Meadow - Ski Tour

Chester Marler, an avid skier and explorer of the Cascade's eastern slopes, describes a relatively friendly and accessible ski tour to the 'Big Meadow' near Stuart Lake. Marler calls this meadow one of the 'grand settings' near Leavenworth.
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Chiwaukum Birthday Tour

Tom's mid-April email is succinct: “I turn 50 on Friday. Anyone up for a ski tour?” I write back to tell him I'm in...then we concoct an appropriate Birthday Tour capable of delivering either torture or agony. 
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Skiing the Cascade Crest

In the fall of 1985, I attended a slideshow in Seattle featuring the pictures of Northwestern mountaineers Lowell and Carl Skoog and was wowed by the audacity of the terrain they  traversed and the beauty of the pictures they brought home.