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Challenger 2020: Day 2

Cascades  •  August 4

Video digest of the day’s travel:   We were all tired, and it was soooo tempting to sleep in that morning, but there was much ground to cover (none of which was on trail), and the slope would get hot early when hit by the AM sun… we resolved to start walking by 7 AM. … Continue reading Challenger 2020: Day 2


Challenger 2020: Day 1

Cascades  •  August 3

Our Plan: For our annual PNW trip, Justin, Ann, and I would Climb Challenger via Big Beaver. I had tried twice from the Hannigan side, and had been skunked by the weather both times. My buddies John and Tom had actually tried THREE times and had not made it.  We swore that we would never … Continue reading Challenger 2020: Day 1


Forbidden Peak via North Ridge Day 1

Cascades  •  September 3

On January 17, at 6:32 AM, I received this text from my buddy Ann: “Paul – JM and I had a good dinner and talked about some fun climbs in the PNW next summer, namely the north or east ridge of forbidden – Justin I forget which one. Anyhow would you be able to join? … Continue reading Forbidden Peak via North Ridge Day 1


Welcome Home… Again

Everest 2016  •  April 7

Big day today, as we moved from LBC to EBC.  I remember this day well from last year: Long, stunningly beautiful, painful, exhausting. Pretty much a repeat of that experience… except there is NO SNOW on the route, temperatures are a bit warmer, and I am not nearly as ill as I was last time.  … Continue reading Welcome Home… Again


Zhongla Rocks

Everest 2016  •  April 6

There were rumors of internet connectivity at the village of Zhongla. I hesitate to call it a village—more like four tea houses that are seasonally staffed to serve trekkers ascending and descending the nearby Cho La pass.  We had seen it the previous day, during our hike up the ridge above LBC.  It seemed to … Continue reading Zhongla Rocks