Catching an initial glimpse of South Falls before descending down and behind the waterfalls. This was the first time I'd been back to Oregon since my Columbia Gorge trip back in November. I was happy to be back exploring my Oregon roots and eager to put a small dent in my ever growing list of hikes yet to complete in the Beaver state.
There are those who hike and backpack in the rain and those who do not, but if you're going to the Hoh Rain forest in November you may not have a choice in the matter. Jenny had suggested this trip and I was quick to oblige. This trip required permits and I checked online for... Continue Reading →
Eager to get a jump on the weekend I decided to drive 175 miles south after work and sleep in my car in a parking lot right in the middle of the freeway along I-84. Looming In the shadows above was Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon's most popular destinations. It was with that thought in... Continue Reading →
It was shortly after 7 AM on a Monday and I was already antsy for the next adventure. I was slowly slinking back to reality after an incredible weekend spent at Deception Pass. I checked the weather to see what the week held. The skies were sunny and welcoming and I had to see if... Continue Reading →
I set out on a brisk autumn Saturday morning for a two hour drive north to another world where life moves at a decidedly slower pace. When I set out I had my sights on Deception Pass State Park. This is the most popular state park in the state of Washington and for very good... Continue Reading →
Mt. Constitution the highest point in the San Juan Islands. To round off the week of outdoor adventure I headed north to the San Juan Islands. I am constantly reminding myself just how incredible it is that I live near so many amazing natural wonders. And sometimes that can create havoc when attempting to hammer... Continue Reading →
The first time I hiked Granite Mountain it was with Felix. It was a few years ago and by his suggestion. We did the hike in early spring when snow was plentiful and white out conditions were waiting for us up top. We didn't know this though because we hadn't done a lick of research... Continue Reading →
Kendall Katwalk is one of those hikes where the higher in elevation I got, the less I could see. As I broke out of the trees and entered the Talus fields, immediately I was hit with strong gust of wind and clouds enveloping all around me. There were a few quick glimpses of Red Mountain... Continue Reading →
This was a tough hike. 14.5 miles round trip in the fog laden misty rain. The peak views were nowhere to be found, about 20 feet into whiteness was as good as it got. A few close calls on the hike up but this is peak bagging at it's finest where weather is irrelevant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue7tkD8OvHw... Continue Reading →
Finally made it to the top! Thanks Gilbert for accompanying on the final stretch and taking this photo.
Putrid Pete's Peak - Mt. Defiance - Bandera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft6-aV33kZ4&feature=youtu.be