Early snowpack assessment at Hurricane Ridge. Beautiful day, super cold temps, and despite a thinner snowpack so far, relatively supportable skiing.
Mid November photos of the start of our snowpack in the northern Olympic Mountains:
AIARE Level 1 Course
Dec 13-15, 2013
Dec 27-29, 2013
Jan 10-12, 2014
Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014
Feb 15-17, 2014
Mar 14-16, 2014
AIARE Level 1 Refresher
Dec 21, 2013
Jan 25, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
AIARE Level 2 Course
Jan 17-20, 2014
Feb 14-17, 2014
Guide Tyler Jones recently finished a 4 day custom alpine climbing course in the North Cascades Aug 30-Sept 1. On day 2 they set up camp in Boston Basin, climbing the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak on day 3, finishing with a Sharkfin Tower/Sehale combo on day 4!
Great ascent of the Easton Glacier on Mt. Baker with Jonathan and Marc from Vancouver and Edmonton!
Totally impressed with the new 165 gram Sirocco helmet from Petzl. It has been nearly 20 years since the purchase of my old faithful Ecrin Roc helmet, and the leap in technology that all outdoor gear has seen in that time is more than consistent with this new product.
The magnetic buckle clasp is a no-brainier (it almost buckles itself) and I wish I had thought of it back then. The use of expanded polypropylene (EPP) in it’s construction is something that simply wasn’t available until recently.
The other features are the super-adjustable and removable (washable) headband, and the usual well designed headlamp clasps.
I have come close to getting a new helmet more than once, but none would have made such a dramatic pack-weight savings as this one. It was almost too light to believe in it’s protective abilities…until I watched the video:
What a fantastic week to spend on Washington’s remote outer coast! I had the pleasure of backpacking the Shipwreck Coast with a wonderful family visiting from Florida. We had a mixed bag of weather, with everything from warm and sunny beach weather to rain and stormy seas. We had sightings of sea otters, numerous bald eagles and explored colorful tide pools along the way. Here are a few images from our three-day adventure: