Hike/Climb

Seven Summits: Climbing Antarctica’s Vinson Massif

by Dave Mauro   This is the fifth installment in Dave Mauro’s Seven Summits series. In previous accounts, Dave was introduced to high altitude climbing on an unlikely ascent of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak. After Denali, Dave determined to attempt to climb the highest point on each continent – the “Seven Summits.” Successful ascents followed:   Mt. Kilimanjaro …

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Seven Summits: An Electrifying Moment on Aconcagua

This is the fourth installment in Dave Mauro’s Seven Summits series. In previous accounts, Dave was introduced to high altitude climbing on an unlikely ascent of Denali in Alaska, after which he successfully completed the classic trip to the roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, followed by an ascent of Mt. Elbrus, the highest point in Europe.     Story and …

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One Pan Wonders: Foraging in the Grocery Store

by Teresa “Dicentra” Black   Prepared freeze dried backpacking meals are expensive and they don’t usually taste very good. I argue that you need to look no further than your local grocery store to create delicious backcountry food. No fancy tools or techniques are needed. We are, however, extremely spoiled in the Pacific Northwest to have such an amazing variety …

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Seven Summits: To Russia With Love – Mt. Elbrus

Story and Photos by Dave Mauro   This is the third installment in Dave Mauro’s Seven Summits series. In previous accounts, Dave was introduced to high altitude climbing on an unlikely ascent of Denali in Alaska, after which he successfully completed the classic trip to the roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is safe to say that the Russian people …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Quest for the Seven Summits

Story and photos by Dave Mauro   They had warned me to not leave anything out on my balcony. “The Baboons,” the man at the front desk explained. It was the first day of being on safari. The Kilimanjaro climb was behind me now, and I had time to think about what went right, what went wrong. I sat out …

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Adventures NW Interview: Mountain Guide Larry Goldie

Story by Ted Rosen When you think about a mountain guide, you probably imagine someone who has the physique of a lifeguard and the steel gaze of a jet pilot. Male or female, the mountain guide is preternaturally competent and patient. Whether it’s a Sherpa on K2 or a Swiss uber-climber on the Matterhorn, the mountain guide is a global …

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Climbing Denali – Quest for the Seven Summits

by Dave Mauro Special to Adventures NW At the age of 32, I climbed Mt Baker with the help of some friends and a guide from the American Alpine Institute. I had not done any mountain climbing prior to this. I remember sweating a lot, feeling tired, tagging the summit in whiteout conditions and stumbling back down the hill.  The …

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Ruth Mountain Blues: Father & Son Find the Summit

Story by Doug Emory Photos courtesy Randy Leifson & Chris Mackersie My son, Nathan, just started college last fall, working on a degree in performance music. If music doesn’t pan out for him, though, he has one standup routine that will carry him through a set at the Comedy Club. I’ve heard him rehearse this act a dozen times, telling it with …

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Autumn in the North Cascades: Time for a Change

Story & Photos by John D’Onofrio From high meadows blanketed in vibrant magenta and orange to riverside groves of crimson maple, the North Cascades offer an autumnal palette to satisfy the most discerning fall color aficionado. And while the hardwood forests of New England get all the hype when it comes to fall color, our own northern mountains provide unique …

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The Coast is Clear: Hiking the Juan De Fuca Trail

Story and photos by Laural Ringler Don’t try this at home,” I felt compelled to tell my teenage son, as we both stuck out our thumbs to hitch a ride from the coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew back to Jordan River. Thus commenced our family hitchhiking competition. My daughter and husband were one team, my son and I …

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