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Last Taste of Freedom!

At the end of June, we spent a couple weeks relaxing and enjoying life on our sailboat before taking off again to get married. Yup, on July 19th we tied the knot! We had a great time celebrating with our … Continue reading

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Back in the PNW

The Southwest was awesome, but the Pacific Northwest will always be home. We spent the first part of May with Melissa’s family in Medford, but on 5/11/16 we had time for a quick escape to Devil’s Punchbowl in the Siskiyou Wilderness in Northern California. … Continue reading

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Yosemite and NorCal

We made it to the Yosemite area on Saturday 4/16/16, but as we were driving through the town of Oakhurst we saw traffic signs warning of long delays getting into the park. The radio confirmed that we would have to sit … Continue reading

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Red Rock Canyon to Zion, and back again

Viva Las Vegas! On Friday, 3/25/2016, we left Phoenix and made our way to the city of sin. We were meeting friends and family for some weekend fun. On Sunday we said our farewells and headed out into the desert … Continue reading

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Arizona!

After spending close to a month in Utah (which wasn’t nearly enough time) our next destination was Arizona. We had plans to meet Melissa’s brother in the Grand Canyon, but still had a few days to kill. While browsing the … Continue reading

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Utah!

We left Alta on 2/27/16 and made our way to Fith Water Hotsprings. The road to the trailhead is closed during winter, adding another 4 miles to the hike in (6.5 miles total). We took our friend Lee’s advice and walked … Continue reading

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Montana and Alta, UT

After our weekend ski trip in the Wallowas, we began to make our way to Bozeman, MT. We stopped along the way at Lolo Hotsprings, near the border of Idaho and Montana. Once we got to Missoula, MT, we decided … Continue reading

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OREGON COUNTRY

We only got a few hours of sleep in before we made our way to Ilwaco for a short visit with Gabe’s dad on January 1st. We had been checking the weather for Mount Hood, a mountain that we have … Continue reading

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Roger’s Pass and Keith’s Hut

After an attempt at ice climbing in Golden, we headed to Roger’s Pass on 12/16. We stopped at the visitor’s center in Roger’s Pass to get an idea of conditions and possible backcountry ski trips in the area. Lucky for … Continue reading

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Mount Hector

Bourgeau Right left us feeling tired but satisfied, and on 12/15 (after a rest day) we were ready to switch gears from ice climbing to getting up something big. Mount Hector is one of the Canadian’s Rockies most easily accessible … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies Part 2

After playing in the northern part of the Icefields Parkway for a couple weeks, we were ready to move further south. With lots of snow in the forecast, we decided to take a break from ice climbing and head out … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies Part 1

On November 24th, we made our first attempt at ice climbing along the icefield parkway at Kerkeslin Falls. It turned out to be one of the type 2 fun days where we carry a bunch of gear (up a big … Continue reading

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Liard Hot Springs to Jasper

The road from Alaska to the Canadian Rockies is long and cold, but we are retired now, and aren’t into putting in long days of driving. We took our time and drove at a leisurely pace of about 4 or … Continue reading

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Worthington Glacier, Delta Range, Haines Road

Twas the day before Halloween – And all through Los Anchorage people were making plans on what costume to wear and which party to go to. But, we had grown weary of the concrete jungle of the north and were ready to … Continue reading

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O’Malley Peak and the Snowbird Hut

The week of Oct. 18th was filled with a lot of studying (Gabe), working on manuscript edits (Melissa), and spending time with friends. Aside from a couple short trail runs, we were inside kitties for the whole week. We had … Continue reading

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Adventures in Seward

Our next set of adventures includes a vow of everlasting love, an iceberg filled lagoon, topless mermaids, and the Harding Icefield. Still tired from our wizard staff quest, we wasted no time in moving on to our next adventure. Seward was … Continue reading

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Pioneer Peak to Resurrection Pass

A few weeks have passed since we arrived in south central Alaska, and in between studying for the GRE (Gabe) and working on manuscript edits (Melissa), we have managed to get a few good adventures in. Fairbanks is flat. K’esugi … Continue reading

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Cold Rocks and Windy Ridges: Grapefruit Rocks to K’esugi Ridge

We have been on the road for almost a month now. We left Juneau on September 4th and ferried to Skagway. Most of southeast Alaska is Tongass National Forest and all of it is a temperate rain forest, made up … Continue reading

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A Week in Tombstone Territorial Park

The Tombstone Territorial Park in the Yukon Territory is known for its iconic granite spires rising out of the tundra. Photos of the Tombstone Range insinuate climbing opportunities, but were not able to find any information on climbing in the area. … Continue reading

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Suicide Basin: An Attempt at the West Nugget Tower

Suicide Basin is the unofficial, but widely used, name of part of the Mendenhall Glacier that is bordered by Mt. Wrather to the north, the Nugget Towers to the east, and Mt. Bullard to the south. It’s name probably comes … Continue reading

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Split Thumb in a day

It has been a very wet July in Juneau this year. So we were excited when Melissa’s first day off in 2 weeks was forecasted to be sunny, and we were ready to take full advantage! Split Thumb is one … Continue reading

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Malted Milk Ball Spire (Peak 4897)

Peak 4897 and Peak 5894 tower above the Cowee-Davies watershed in Juneau, Alaska. These peaks are prominent features as you cross over Cowee Creek when driving out the road. There are no maintained trails to these peaks, although the Davies … Continue reading

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