Who is sTePh?

My Motivations, Climbing Resume, Recovery Story, Photography Equipment, and Publications



I am always looking for partners who are athletic, motivated, fun to be around, and live for long days in the mountains moving efficiently over large amounts of technical terrain. My "to climb" list has a  list of climbs and climbing areas I am interested in for Summer 2018 and I am open to other ideas as well. Please shoot me an email if you are interested!



I started young. Falling doesn't hurt when you have a 24/7 crashpad attached to your behind.


I was 7 years old in this photo, wearing my dad's 50lb backpack that is loaded for another family adventure into the mountains. (The legs behind me are my grandpa's, who was concerned I would hurt myself carrying a pack equal to my own bodyweight... little did he know I had already been walking around the yard with it on my back for quite some time....) 


Here I am at 11 yrs old on a 2-week family backpack trip in the Wind Rivers, WY. I'm addicted to mountains for life by this point.


Climbing Liberty Crack, Aug 2009.
On a summit in the Nesakwatch Spires (BC), Aug 2016.
On top of Prusik Peak (WA), Sept 2017.
The internet is a depository for pictures of peoples' cats. This is my cat Mandy. Oct 2017.
On belay, Mandy.
Off-season conditioning for the wildlife in the backcountry.

Hi!

My name is Steph Abegg:

Northwest Alpinist—Photographer—Rambler—Math Nerd.

I'm 33 years old.

For as long as I remember, I have been triply afflicted with an insatiable thirst for adventure, a persistent awe of the natural world, and a need to somehow document the world around me. I feel the most alive when I am in the mountains and outdoors, immersed in God's amazing handiwork.

On my day to day level of existence, I teach math at Western Washington University in beautiful Bellingham, WA. I enjoy my students and I relish the excuse to do math problems all day. My primary goal is that each of my students not only increases his or her knowledge of mathematics, but also gains an appreciation for the subject. I aim to change the “Math is hard and I hate it” to “Math is sort of doable and actually kind of cool." 

I began my website in 2006 as a means to display my nature and adventure photography. Then I started to supplement the photos with detailed notes and beta, and my site evolved into an ever-growing wealth of trip reports from alpine climbs, road trips, and other outdoor exploits. I also use the website as an avenue to present a variety of unique projects I've dreamed up. My website has three primary sections:

□ Climbing Trip Reports
The bulk of my website is devoted to several trip reports from alpine climbs (and some other adventures) I have done. Mountains have always been a part of my life. My parents met while backpacking in the Olympic Mountains in the summer of 1974, got married within a year, and proceeded to spend much of the 70s and early 80s trekking around Washington's rugged ranges (the photo on the right shows them on the summit of Prusik Peak in 1979). I was born in May 1983, and just three months later they took me on my first overnight (and international!) backpacking trip near Mt. Temple, BC; I was eaten alive by bugs, but reportedly I had a smile on my face the entire time. My first real alpine climb was at the age of 11, when my parents and I climbed Overhanging Tower in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. My technical climbing skills developed during my undergraduate years at Stanford University (class of '06), situated just a few hours from Yosemite. Since then, I have lived numerous days following and continuing my parents' boot tracks, mountaineering and alpine climbing all over western North America and especially in the close-to-home North Cascades of Washington. A serious climbing accident/injury in September 2010 forced me away from climbing for a couple of years, but I am now back with renewed appreciation, wisdom, energy, and strength. Climb on!

□ Projects
One of my hobbies, I suppose, is displaying data in creative ways. My website has a section devoted to some of my recent projects, which include labeled panoramas, route overlays, posters, diagrams, photo comparisons, statistical studies, and more. This has become a unique and surprisingly popular component of my website.

□ Photography
The original intent of this website (which has clearly developed into much more) was to display a collection of some of my photography. I bought my first point-and-shoot digital camera in 2002 and my first DSLR in 2005 (scroll below for more specific info on my camera and lenses). My recent focus has been on aerial photography and night photography. My photography has appeared in various publications, and I sell photo image files upon request.

The scope and size of my website might be intimidating to those first discovering it, but I've endeavored to make it logically organized. Or, if you are the adventurous type, just navigate through the pages on a whim and enjoy whatever armchair adventures you find yourself on!

You can contact me (Steph) at sabegg@gmail.com.



Climbing and Professional Resumes

The trip reports on my website are arranged by location. But it is also interesting to view my adventures in context of when I did them. My first alpine climb was in 1994 (when I was 11 years old!). My alpine adventuring really picked up pace around 2006 and it has been a chronic affliction ever since. For a complete chronological list of my climbing exploits, go to my Trip Report Chronology

Also, here is a link where you can download my Resume detailing my academic and professional background. Hire me!


Also:


My Story of Recovery from a Tib/Fib Fracture
In September 2010, I suffered a severe tib/fib compound fracture, caused when a rock broke lose while I was climbing Vesper Peak in the North Cascades of Washington. Full of frustrating setbacks and dangerous complications (I nearly lost my foot on two separate occasions), my injury and the resulting recovery was both the most challenging and the most life-enriching mountain I've ever climbed. Click on the link below to read my "Recovery Trip Report", a day-to-day account spanning the first year of my recovery.

Recovery Trip Report


Photography Equipment

CURRENT CAMERAS:
  • COMPACT DIGITAL: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (20.2 MP) (Aug 2017-present)
    Over time as I've focused more on technical climbing than backpacking adventures, my SLR has become too cumbersome and expensive for the fast-and-light approach while and my purely automatic point-and-shoot is a bit inadequate for capturing wider angles, morning and evening light, and various birds, bugs, and flowers along the way. Since I climb in such cool places, it's important to me to have an adequate camera. My Canon Powershot SX700 served this purpose, until it started to have some lens issues. My friend offered to sell me his practically-new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 for $200. So the RX100 
    became my new "climbing camera". *This is starting to take the place of my SLR in my main camera that joins me practically everywhere I go.
  • SLR: Canon 7D Digital SLR (18.0 MP) (Feb 2012-present)
    This is a great body to support my line up of Canon Lenses (10-22mm wide angle, 24-105mm zoom, 400mm telephoto, 100mm macro). Right now, with climbing as my focus and my compact digital camera documenting my adventures; my SLR doesn't see  much use. But interests in life ebb and flow, and someday I am sure I will pick up my SLR again. I still have dreams of doing another birding roadtrip.
For a full list of all of the cameras and lenses I have owned, their specifications, as well as a summary of the weight of my camera setup, see the following page:


Some of my Publications


Photo Appearances in various Guidebooks, Compilations, Magazines, Articles, etc.
YEAR MY PHOTO CONTRIBUTION PUBLICATION TITLE AUTHOR / PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION RELATED LINKS
2018 Photo of Mt. Slesse from the east. American Alpine Journal 2018 
NOT YET PUBLISHED
American Alpine Club There were several Slesse reports in this edition of the AAJ, including a note about the full traverse of the group, from Labour Day Horn over Slesse to Crossover. They were looking for a photo that would show this traverse, as well as the east faces of the South Peak and Slesse in good light. The photo was used to cover several reports.  Link  to AAJ website.
 Link  to my trip report for Nesakwatch Spires when I took the photo (my website).
2018 Aerial photo of the North Cascades. Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids Cloud Ridge Publishing and Sasquatch Books This book is a children's version of “The Salish Sea” (released in 2015), which displays high quality, diverse, and creative images to tell a complete story of the Salish Sea, exploring key ecosystems, highlighting important species, and describing critical environmental challenges facing the area.   Link  to book (Amazon.com).
 Link  to photoset for flight where photos were taken (my website).
2017 Photo of Serenity-Sons of Yesterday at Yosemite. Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2017 American Alpine Club Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American Mountaineering documents the year's most significant and teachable climbing accidents.  Link  to Accidents in North American Mountaineering (AAC website).
 Link  to trip report when this photo was taken (my website).
2017 Image of a poster I created showing the Cascade Volcanic Arc.  "GeoTrail" interpretive sign Oregon Tech On an outdoor interpretive sign for a "GeoTrail" on the Oregon Tech campus.  Link  to poster page on my website.
2017 Aerial photo of Mt. Hozomeen.  Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (documentary film) Producers: Colin Harper Plank, Dave O'Leske, Andy McDonough, Jason Reid The photo is shown on the screen while talking about Fred Beckey's first ascent in 1948.  Link  to my aerial photo page.
2017 Aerial photo of Spieden Island. 4"x6" printed handbook Island Adventures Whale Watching, Anacortes, WA In a 4"x6" printed handbook and educational powerpoint presentation for use aboard the vessel run by Island Adventures Whale Watching.  Link  to photoset from the flight in April 2013, during which I took this photo (my website).
 Link  to Island Adventures website.
2016 ?
(not yet pub-lished??)
Photo of North Twentymile Fire Lookout. ?? US Forest Service In a non-profit US Forest Service publication about recent (or needed) restorations of historic fire lookouts.   Link  to photoset from the flight in October 2013, during which I took this photo (my website).
2016 Several aerial photos (photos include: Mt. Edith Cavell, Mt. Columbia, Mt. Clemenceau, Tusk Pk, Tsar Mtn, Hungabee Mtn, Mt. Goodsir, Mt. Assiniboine).  The 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies (2nd edition) Written by Bill Corbett. Published by Rocky Mountain Books. Winner of the Canadian Rockies Award at the 2005 Banff Mountain Book Festival, this comprehensive climber's guide and history of the 54 11,000-foot peaks in the Canadian Rockies celebrates in words and images these breathtaking summits and the wilderness settings over which they tower. The second edition updates route and access information and contains more routes than the first edition.   Link  to book.
 Link  to trip report and photos from the aerial photography adventure on which this photo was taken (my website).
2016 Photos of (1) Elephant's Perch and (2) my partner climbing Calculus Crack. Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2016 American Alpine Club Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American Mountaineering documents the year's most significant and teachable climbing accidents.  Link  to Accidents in North American Mountaineering (AAC website).
 Link 1  and  Link 2  to trip reports when these photos were taken (my website).
2016 Short report and a photo of climbing the "Energizer Bunny" route. American Alpine Journal 2016 ("Climbs and Expeditions" section) American Alpine Club This route is a (possibly) new line on the south face of Prusik Peak that Jon Pobst and I put up on Spring 2016.  Link  to AAJ website.
 Link  to my trip report for Energizer Bunny (my website).
2016 Photo of Sundance Pinnacle.  Alpinist (Issue 55 - Autumn 2016) Alpinist This panorama accompanied a Mountain Profile on the Wind River Range.  Link  to Alpinist website.
 Link  to the trip report for Cirque of the Towers during which I took this photo (my website).
2016 Labeled panorama of the Southern Picket Range. North Cascades Visitor Centers NCNP Sold at North Cascades Visitor Centers. The photo was taken from the summit of Mt. Fury after being stranded for three nights on the summit in a floorless tent during an unexpected August snowstorm.  Link  to my labeled panorama page (my website).
2016 Photo of Jorge and Joanne Urioste. Red Rocks, a Climber's Guide (2nd edition) guidebook Written by Jerry Handren This is THE guidebook for climbing in Red Rocks. This photo shows Jorge belaying while Joanne leads a chimney on a new route they established. The Uriostes have set several of the best routes in Red Rocks; I have had the good fortune of not only climbing with them, but also getting to know them a bit—they are awesome people.  Link  to Red Rocks, a Climbers' Guide website.
 Link  to the trip report for Red Rocks when I climbed with the Uriostes (my website).
2016 Several photos taken of climbing objectives and on climbs.

Cascades Rock guidebook Written by Blake Herrington Coming decades and dozens on new routes since the region's last guidebook, Blake's guidebook is a 272-page, full color novel that includes approach, climb, and descent beta, previously unpublished routes, first ascent stories, and rout info for several multipitch rock climbs in Washington and Southern BC. Blake's words: "My aim was to cover every single worthwhile long route in the area."  Link  to book (Blake's website).
2016 Photo of Pickell Pass high camp in the Pickets. 2016 Calendar Bellingham Mountain Rescue Annual calendar put out by Bellingham Mountain Rescue displaying mountain photos from the area.  Link  to Bellingham Mountain Rescue website.
 Link  to Mystery Ridge-Pickets trip report (my website).
2015 Panorama of Valley of the Ten Peaks in the.  Alpinist (Issue 50 - Summer 2015) Alpinist This panorama accompanied a piece (titled "Wired: The Shining Mountains") written by Zac Robinson of the early mapping of Canadian Rockies by indigenous peoples, with particular focus on the Valley of the Ten Peaks.  Link  to Alpinist website.
 Link  to the trip report for Mt. Temple during which I took this photo (my website).
2015 Photos of the Wine Spires, climbers on Liberty Crack, and the Rainier summit crater. Geology Underfoot in Western Washington Written by Dave Tucker; Published by Mountain Press Publishing Company The book features 22 field trips to exciting geologic sites in the western part of the state.   Link  to book (Geology Underfoot website).
2015 Photos of Mount Sir Sanford and Bugaboo Spire.  Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine
The photos accompanied a story on Mountains in the Kootenays.  Link  to Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine website.
 Link 1   Link 2  to trip reports and photos from the aerial photography adventures on which these photo were taken (my website).
2015 Three aerial photos taken along the margins of where the coast meets the Cascades. The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest Cloud Ridge Publishing and Sasquatch Books The book displays high quality, diverse, and creative images to tell a complete story of the Salish Sea, exploring key ecosystems, highlighting important species, and describing critical environmental challenges facing the area.  Link  to book (Amazon.com).
 Link  to photoset for flight where photos were taken (my website).
2015 Several flower photos.  Adventures NW Magazine (Spring 2015) This two-page center spread "Photography Feature" displays several of my flower photos along with a short bio of myself.  Link  to Adventures NW website.
 Link  to my flower photography page (my website).
2015 Photos of Jorge and Joanne Urioste. Wikipedia article Photos of Jorge and Joanne Urioste on a wikipedia article about them. Jorge and Joanne put up several of the classic routes in Red Rocks. Plus they are just about the coolest people I have ever met.  Link  to wikipedia article.
 Link  to Red Rocks trip report when I took the photos (my website).
2015 Two 17-foot murals based a couple of my North Cascades panoramas ("North Cascades from the East" and "The Picket Range"). Trader Joe's (in Olympia, WA) Sign Artist: Seth Ealy Coolest photo usage to date! The mural was created inside the Trader Joe's in Olympia, WA in Spring 2015 by sign artist Seth Ealy.  Link  to my panorama page (my website).
2015 Aerial photo of South Hozomeen  American Alpine Journal 2015  American Alpine Club In an online feature highlighting 15 unclimbed objectives around the world, shared with the Black Diamond website. Excerpt from the post: “The rock [on Hozomeen] is quite poor quality, which doesn’t necessarily make it appealing but does make it very difficult and serious—and therefore badass!”  Link  to the feature on AAJ website.
 Link  to my aerial page (my website).
2015 Aerial photos of Mt. Terror, smoky valleys, and Pickets.  2015 Calendar Bellingham Mountain Rescue Photos appeared on the months of May, August, and December on this annual calendar put out by Bellingham Mountain Rescue displaying mountain photos from the area.
 Link  to Bellingham Mountain Rescue website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2014 Aerial photos of Mt. Jefferson and Uto Peak/Mt. Sir Donald. Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2014 American Alpine Club Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American Mountaineering documents the year's most significant and teachable climbing accidents.  Link  to Accidents in North American Mountaineering (AAC website).
 Link  to trip report and photos from the aerial photography adventure on which the Mt. Jefferson photo was taken (my website).
 Link  to trip report and photos from the aerial photography adventure on which the Uto/Sir Donald photo was taken (my website).
2014 Aerial photo of Mt. Conrad.  Conrad Kain: Letters from A Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 Compiled by historian Zac Robinson, Univ. of Alberta; Published by Univ. of Alberta Press The book is an edited volume of letters by the famous Austrian mountain guide Conrad Kain.   Link  to book.
 Link  to trip report and photos from the aerial photography adventure on which this photo was taken (my website).
2014 Aerial photo of lenticular clouds over the Southern Pickets, a marmot in Boston Basin, an aerial photo of Mt. Shuksan, star trails above Hidden Lake Lookout, a profile photo of John Scurlock, and a full-page labeled panorama of evening light on the Picket Range. The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby Braided River Publishing The book brings the North Cascades alive through vivid imagery and stories.   Link  to book.
2014 Photo of Bonanza Peak. American Alpine Journal 2014 ("Climbs and Expeditions" section) American Alpine Club The photo accompanied an article by climber Seth Keena about his team's first ascent of a new route—the "Oregonian Route"—on the NW Buttress of Bonanza.  Link  to article on AAJ website.
 Link  to my trip report for our third ascent of the Soviet Route on Bonanza (my website).
2014 Photos and quotes in the Mountain Profile of the Picket Range.  Alpinist (Issue 47 - Summer 2014) Alpinist It's about time the Pickets got featured!  Link  to Alpinist website.
 Link  to my Picket Range page (my website).
2014 Photo of Chad Kellogg.  Alpinist (Issue 46 - Spring 2014) Alpinist The photo accompanied an ad about a grant set up in Chad's name, who died in a climbing accident in early 2014.  Link  to Alpinist website.
 Link  to climb (Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne, CA) on which the photo was taken.
2014 Aerial photo of dawn in the Southern Pickets. 2014 Calendar Bellingham Mountain Rescue Photo appeared on the month of April on this annual calendar put out by Bellingham Mountain Rescue displaying mountain photos from the area.  Link  to Bellingham Mountain Rescue website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2013/14 Photo (of Winchester Lookout) and sidebar text (about the history of fire lookouts in Washington). Mount Baker Experience magazine (Winter 2013/14) Accompanying "Rooms with a View," an article about fire lookouts.  Link  to Mount Baker Experience website.
 Link  to my Winchester Mountain Lookout trip report.
2013 Aerial photo of Mebee Pass Fire Lookout. Lookout Network (Vol 24, No 4) Forest Fire Lookout Association The photo accompanied an article about the Mebee Pass lookout restoration efforts of Summer 2013. The Lookout Network is a quarterly publication of the Forest Fire Lookout Association.  Link  to Forest Fire Lookout Association website.
 Link  to photoset from the flight in October 2013, during which I took this photo (my website).
2013 Photos of the Snohomish County Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue Team in action during a scenario training.  Snohomish County Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue Team fundraising materials
The photoshoot was part of the ongoing fundraising effort.  Link  to Snohomish County Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue Team website.
 Link  to post on Facebook.
2013 Photo of a Sprague’s pipit. Interpretive panel at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge and Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service On outdoor interpretive panels on the auto tour routes at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge and Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. The panels were put up by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2013. I took this photo of this small grassland bird during a birding roadtrip in 2008.  Link  to Lostwood NWR website.
 Link  to Chase Lake NWR website.
 Link  to my biRdiNg rOaD tRiP! trip report where I took the photo (my website).
2013 Image of rock columbine.  Park brochure for Bryce Canyon National Park National Park Service The photo was taken during my 2010 Utah Road Trip.  Link  to Utah Road Trip (my website).
2013 Photo notecards. North Cascades Visitor Centers NCNP Sold at North Cascades Visitor Centers. The notecards represent several stunning and unique photos (of flowers, animals, birds, bugs, nightscapes, lookouts, landscapes, aerial mountain photographs, and more) taken in the North Cascades by myself and aerial photographer/pilot John Scurlock.  Link  to notecards (John's website).
2013 Several photos of Saturna Island, as well as a puzzle of the Foghorn Building at East Point. Saturna Island Tourism Association website & Foghorn Building museum at East Point Saturna Heritage Committee Saturna Island is one of the southernmost islands of the Gulf Island chain in British Columbia, Canada. It is a spectacular place, and my family is fortunate to have built our own cabin out there. Several of my photos were used on the Saturna Island Tourism Association website.
      Also, the museum inside the Foghorn Building at East Point sells a puzzle featuring a photo I took of the foghorn building. The foghorn building was saved from the wrecking ball and converted into a place-based museum by the Saturna Herigage Committee. The FAB contains exhibits about East Point and Saturna Island, the European exploration of the area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the lighthouse, the whales and much more.
 Link  to Saturna Island Tourism Association website.
 Link  to my Saturna Island page (my website).
2013 Aerial photo of Mebee Pass Fire Lookout (cover photo!). Lookout Network (Vol 24, No 1) Forest Fire Lookout Association' The magazine included a short article about the lookout, which was built in 1933 and is the last "L-5 cab" type structure known to exist; the article discusses the recent movement to do some restoration work to bolster the fragile 80-year-old walls to prolong the life of this historical structure. The Lookout Network is a quarterly publication of the Forest Fire Lookout Association.  Link  to Forest Fire Lookout Association website.
 Link  to photoset from the flight in February 2013, during which I took this and several other snowy lookout photos (my website).
2013 Photo (a full page spread!) of Oregon Coast Bike Route sign and ocean landscape. 1859 Oregon Magazine Accompanying a feature article about "Eco Vacations" in Oregon.  Link  to 1859 Oregon Magazine website.
 Link  to Oregon Coast Bike Trip trip report where I took the photo (my website).
2013 Photo of moonrise over Three Fingers Lookout. Everett Mountaineers Scramble Committee brochure Everett Mountaineers The brochure is distributed at gyms, REI, and elsewhere to recruit new students.  Link  to Everett Mountaineers website.
 Link  to Three Fingers Lookout trip report where I took one the photos (my website).
2012/13 Double-page spread of Mt. Rainier (aerial photo). Adventures NW Magazine (Winter 2012/13) Author of article: Lisa Doubet Photos accompany an article written by my cousin Lisa Toner, titled "Vanquishing the Darkness" and about a winter ski/climb of Mt. Rainier.  Link  to Adventures NW website.
 Link  to more aerial photos from my flight with John Scurlock around Rainier in January 2012 (my website).
2012 A few photos from the Bugaboos (including a cover shot!). Adventures NW Magazine (Fall 2012) Author of article: Lisa Doubet Photos accompany an article written by my cousin Lisa Toner, titled "When Dreams Come True: Climbing in the Bugaboos" and focusing on a climb of the classic NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire. 
    In addition to the photos in the article, several of my Bugaboos photos (both aerial and ground-based) were posted in a gallery on the Adventures NW website.
 Link  to Adventures NW website.
 Link  to my Bugaboo Spire trip report (my website).
2012 Several photos, including: East Face of Cutthroat Peak, Early Winters Couloir, the start of Minuteman, and the Silver Star Glacier. Washington Pass Climbing guidebook Author: Ian Nicholson; Publisher: SuperTopo A nicely-done SuperTopo climbing guidebook on the Washington Pass region. This has become one of the popular guidebooks for the area.  Link  to the guidebook (SuperTopo website).
 Link  to some of my Washington Pass climbs (my website).
2012 Labeled black and white panorama of the entire (Southern and Northern) Picket Range.  North Cascades Visitor Centers NCNP Sold at North Cascades Visitor Centers. The photo was taken from the summit of Luna Peak, one of my all-time favorite mountain panorama vantage points.  Link  to my labeled panorama page (my website).
2012 Various photos. AAC: The Guidebook to Membership pamphlet American Alpine Club  Link  to American Alpine Club website.
2012 Various photos from the North Cascades. North Cascades Institute Catalogue NCI  Link  to North Cascades Institute website.
2011, 2012 Aerial photos of slab avalanches. Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center website NWAC November 2011: Aerial photo of a slab avalanche on the SW Face of Horseman/Horseman's Pack crags near Snowking.
February 2012: Aerial photo of a 10-20 ft deep fracture line on the north side of Mount Baker.
March 2012: Aerial photo showing fracture lines at 5500-6000 ft in NCNP that had yet to completely fail.
 Link  to NWAC website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2012 Aerial photos looking into Sherman Crater on Mount Baker.  Mount Baker Volcanic Research Center website MBVRC Photo shows bare ground around the fumaroles of steam vents.  Link  to article on the MBVRC website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2012 Photo of Winchester Lookout glowing against a snowy twilight backdrop. Washington Trails Magazine Washington Trails Association Photo is accompanied by a short article (in the "Featured Landscape" section) about a wintertime overnight snowshoe to the lookout to find a quiet place to study for midterms.   Link  to Winchester Mtn/LO trip report (my website).
 Link  to Washington Trails Magazine webpage.
2012 Aerial photo of alpenglow and lenticular cloud on Mt. Baker. 2012 Calendar Bellingham Mountain Rescue. Photo appeared on the month of February on this annual calendar put out by Bellingham Mountain Rescue displaying mountain photos from the area.  Link  to Bellingham Mountain Rescue website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2011 Photos from the interiors of Hidden Lake Lookout and Three Fingers Lookout. IDAHO Magazine (Vol 11, No 2) Author of article: Floyd Loomis Photos accompany Floyd's article "Phantom Fire" about a strange phenomenon he saw while manning a forest fire lookout in 1976.  Link  to IDAHO magazine website.
 Link  to Hidden Lake Lookout trip report where I took one the photos (my website).
 Link  to Three Fingers Lookout trip report where I took one the photos (my website).
2011 A few "profile shot" photos of John Scurlock and his plane. Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range Author: John Scurlock; Publisher Wolverine Publishing This large-format book is a compilation of John's amazing aerial photography.  Link  to book (Wolverine Pub).
 Link  to John Scurlock''s aerial photography website.
2011 Photos of golden autumn larch trees. Trail News (online publication) Washington Trails Association Featured in the October issue.  Link  to Washington Trails Association website.
 Link  to my golden larches trip reports (my website).
2011, 2012 Photo of aerial photographer John Scurlock in his plane with Mt. Baker in the background. Backcountry Magazine & AOPA Pilot Backcountry Magazine & Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Photo accompanied John Scurlock's article "Photo Flyboy" in Backcountry Magazine October 2011 Issue.
    This same photo was used in another similar article in early 2012 in AOPA Pilot.
 Link  to Backcountry Magazine website.
 Link  to AOPA website.
 Link  to John's website.
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2011 Aerial photos and video footage of Mount Baker. Komo News online Weather Blog Articles by Komo Meterologist Scott Sistek; Published by KomoNews.com These photos and footage were the subject of two articles on Komo News online Weather Blog at KomoNews.com: "Amazing lenticular clouds — from the other side" (June 2011) and "Video will leave you in awe of Mt. Baker lenticular clouds" (Aug 2011), with text written by Komo Meteorologist Scott Sistek.   Link  to first article, Jun 21 (KomoNews.com)
 Link  to second article, Aug 2 (KomoNews.com)
 Link  to my aerial photo page (my website).
2011 Photo of star trails over Hidden Lake Lookout.  2011 Calendar Bellingham Mountain Rescue Photo appeared both on the month of July and on the cover of this annual calendar put out by Bellingham Mountain Rescue displaying mountain photos from the area.  Link  to Bellingham Mountain Rescue website.
 Link  to trip report for Hidden Lake Lookout (my website).
2010 A couple of photos of Eldorado Peak. Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America Authors: ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows and Penn Newhard; Publisher: Capitol Peak Publishing This large-format book is a compilation of iconic and aesthetic ski descents from Alaska to Mount Washington. I got the full page spread for the Eldorado entry!  Link  to book (Amazon).
2010 Photo of Jason Hummel straddling a gaping crevasse on the Boston Glacier. Vertical Culture (online magazine) Outdoor Research Photo accompanying Jason's article "Mount Buckner North Face," published in Outdoor Research's online magazine Vertical Culture. This article gives a colorful description of our winter climb and ski descent (well, I boot-kicked down and Kyle Miller split-boarded down) of Buckner's rugged North Face in March 2010.  Link  to article (Outdoor Research website).
 Link  to trip report for Mt. Buckner in the winter (my website).
2010 "A Five Star Snowcave," a short article accompanied by a photo of a snow-encased Three Fingers Lookout. Lookout Network (Vol 21, No 2) Forest Fire Lookout Association About a winter climb and night I spent at the lookout. The Lookout Network is a quarterly publication of the Forest Fire Lookout Association.  Link  to Forest Fire Lookout Association website.
 Link  to trip report for Three Fingers Lookout in the winter (my website).
2010 "Lookout Night Photography," a short article accompanied by a photo of a snow-encased glowing-windowed Hidden lake Lookout. Lookout Network (Vol 21, No 1) Forest Fire Lookout Association About a winter night I spent at the lookout. The Lookout Network is a quarterly publication of the Forest Fire Lookout Association.  Link  to Forest Fire Lookout Association website.
 Link  to trip report for Hidden Lake Lookout in the winter (my website).
2009 Photo and Drawing of a Tree Swallow. The Siskin (No. 238) Siskiyou Audubon Society in Josephine County, OR A newsletter of Siskiyou Audubon Society in Josephine County, OR.  Link  to Siskiyou Audubon Society website.
 Link  to my drawings page (my website).
2008 Photo of "Nalgene meteorites over camp in the Pickets". Trailhead News pamphlet REI In REI's Trailhead News pamphlet.  Link  to REI's website.
 Link  to trip report when I took this photo (my website).
2008 Several photos of the Cirque of the Towers area. Cirque of the Towers & Deep Lake: A Select Guide to the Wind Rivers' Best Rock Climbing By Steve Bechtel; Published by First Ascent Press Volume 2 in the Cowboy Rock series of Wyoming climbing guides by First Ascent Press. This has become one of the popular guidebooks for the area.  Link  to book (Amazon).
 Link  to trip report for the Cirque of the Towers when I took these photos (my website).

Articles
YEAR TITLE PUBLISHED IN DESCRIPTION RELATED LINKS
2011, 2012 (1) "Vesper Peak Accident/Rescue Report, Sept 2010"

(2) "Surviving Recovery: Coping with the challenges of a serious climbing injury" 

(3) An article based upon an interview I did over a year after the accident, regarding my thoughts and analysis of the decisions made on the fateful day on Vesper.  
(1) Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2011

(2) Northwest Mountaineering Journal 2011 (Issue 8)

(3) Meridian Newsletter (April 2012)
(1) This report is a modified version of the trip report on my website, which I submitted to Accidents in North American Mountaineering for publication. The article is in the Washington section, classified as "Rock Foothold Came Loose—Fall on Rock; Vesper Peak". The accident report is a personal account of a climbing accident that left me stranded with a badly broken leg and the ensuing rescue. The article contains an analysis of what went wrong and what went right to get me off the mountain alive. 

(2) This article was to be published in the 2011 Northwest Mountaineering Journal (it was never published since the journal stopped production in 2011 due to staffing issues I think). This article — written by myself — was about the long and windy road of my recovery from a complicated tib/fib fracture I suffered in a climbing accident in September 2010. The story of my recovery is in full form on my website. 

(3) In April 2012, the Mountain Rescue Association's Meridian Newsletter carried an article based upon an interview I did over a year after the accident regarding my thoughts and analysis of the decisions made on the fateful day on Vesper. The article was written by Kevin Riddell. 
 Link  to accident report (my website).
 Link  to Accidents in North American Mountaineering (AAC website).
Link to "Surviving Recovery" article (NWMJ website). (never published)
 Link  to my day-to-day recovery story (my website).
 Link  to Meridian Newsletter on MRA.org.
2010, 2012,  2013 (1) "Mt. Terror Accident Report, July 2009"

(2) Several of my photos from the accident/rescue accompanying the article "Four Nights at the Terror Hilton".

(3) Photos and interview quotes accompanying a newspaper article about the accident.

(4) Photo I took of Steve's wild ride short-haul over the North Cascades accompanying an article about the rescue.
(1) Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2010

(2) Northwest Mountaineering Journal 2010 (Issue 7)

(3) Yakima Herald-Republic (March 2012)

(4) Air & Space / Smithsonian (May 2013)
(1) This report is a modified version of the trip report on my website, which I submitted to Accidents in North American Mountaineering for publication. The article is in the Washington section, classified as "Falling Rock—Rock Came Loose, Fall on Rock; Pickett Range, Mount Terror". The subject is a near-fatal climbing accident that occurred in July 2009 when a rock broke off the face of the mountain under my partner's foot, who was attached to my rope. Then, an ensuing storm stranded one of our team in a cave on the face of Mt. Terror, beginning a 5-day rescue operation. Fortunately, this is a mountain rescue story with a positive ending, due in large part to a series of crucial decisions and dedication of the rescue team. 

(2) Several of my photos from the accident/rescue are published in "Four Nights at the Terror Hilton" in the 2010 Northwest Mountaineering Journal. This article was written by my climbing partner Jason Shilling about the four nights he spent stranded on Mt. Terror.

(3) In March 2012, the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper carried an article (written by outdoors editor/writer Scott Sandsberry) about the Mt. Terror accident, and the recent national bravery awards given to the pilot and climbing ranger involved in the rescue. The captivating article was a compilation of interviews of the four of us in the climbing party (Donn, Jason, Steve, and I) as well as of Kelly Bush, the helicopter pilot, and the climbing ranger involved. It made the front page!

(4) In their May 2013 issue, the Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine published an article (written by Preston Lerner) called "Rescued" which detailed five search-and-rescue missions showcasing the remarkable capabilities of helicopter rescues. The Mt. Terror rescue was one of the featured stories. Accompanying the article was a photo I took of Steve's wild ride short-haul over the North Cascades.
 Link  to 2009 trip/accident report (my website).
 Link  to Jason's 2010 article (NWMJ website).
 Link  to Accidents in North American Mountaineering (AAC website). 
 Link  to 2012 front page article (Yakima Herald website).
 Link  to a 1-page pdf of the 2013 article that appeared in the Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine.
 Link  to Air & Space / Smithsonian website.
2010 "Receding Glaciers, Receding Climbs" Northwest Mountaineering Journal 2010 (Issue 7) This article discusses how glacier recession in the North Cascades has affected climbing routes. There are some fascinating photo comparisons of glaciers in the article and on my website.  Link  to article (NWMJ website).
 Link  to photo comparisons from the article (my website).
2008 "The Traverse of a Lifetime: A High Ridgeline Tour around Mount Olympus" Northwest Mountaineering Journal 2008 (Issue 5) This is an article about an 8-day cross-country adventure across the Valhallas, Mt. Olympus, Bailey Range, and High Divide in the Olympic Mountains in July 2007.  Link  to article (NWMJ website).
 Link  to my trip report (my website).
2005/6 "Following in my Parents' Boot Tracks" Stanford Alpine Club Journal 2005/6 This is an article about a few of my climbs during the Summer 2006 that paralleled climbs my parents had done over 25 years previous.  Link  to article (pdf download)

Climbing-Related Statistical and Other Nerdy Studies
YEAR TITLE DESCRIPTION RELATED LINKS
2011 "Statistical Study: Mt. Rainier Climbing and Accident Data" A mostly graphical study I did using National Park Service statistical tables. The study looks at total number of climbers; summit success rates by month, party size, route; popularity of various routes; temperatures and wind speeds at Camp Muir; Search-and-Rescue data and costs; accident causes; fatalities; climbers by home state; guiding services breakdown; and more.   Link  to article and graphics (my website).
 Link  to statistical tables (NPS data).
2010 "Mountaineering Accident Statistics" A mostly graphical study I did on mountaineering accidents using the archive of statistical tables from the American Alpine Club website. The study looks at the number of mountaineering accidents, injuries, and fatalities, as well as interesting specifics such as terrain, immediate and contributing causes, ages and experience levels of individuals, month of year, type of injury, and locations. I also compare the frequency of mountaineering accidents to traffic accidents.  Link  to article and graphics (my website).
 Link  to statistical tables (AAC website).
2010 "Supercenters, Hamburgers, and Coffee: Using density-equalizing Cartograms to display the distribution of Walmarts, McDonalds, and Starbucks in the US" A final project for my stats class using cartograms to map the distribution of franchises in the US. I also mapped natural hazards, land covers, ethnic groups, and the US population. The link will take you to a page on my website that provides colorful posters of these cartogram studies; you can also download my full paper there.   Link  to article and graphics (my website).
2010 "Are Summits Titled by Topography or Whim: A Multinomial Logistic Regression Study on Mountains, Mounts, and Peaks" A final project for my stats class that ended up with some cool results. The link will take you to a page on my website that summarizes the findings, and you can also download my full paper there.   Link  to article and graphics (my website).
2010 "Clouds" An online article on cloud types and atmospheric phenomena, containing several photos.  Link  to article/photos (my website).

Self-Published Books
YEAR TITLE DESCRIPTION RELATED LINKS
2012 Building our Island Home: A photo chronology of the construction of the Abegg's house on Saturna Island, BC A 100-page self-published hardcover book (made using Aperture) that documents the design to construction of my parents' retirement home on Saturna Island, British Columbia. I designed the house in 2005 as a class project in an architecture course at Stanford, and over the following seven years of summers and holiday breaks my entire family worked alongside a hired carpenter to build the house to its completion in Summer 2012.  Link  to Saturna photo page (my website).
2010 Night Photography: Physics to Photos A 100-page self-published hardcover book (made using iPhoto) explaining the technical aspects of night photography and giving several of my favorite night photos. I hope to develop this into a book that will be published someday. (I also have a webpage for my night photography, which contains photos as well as a discussion on camera settings and some other physics of night photography.   Link  to night photography article and photos (my website).
2008 Birding Road Trip Spring 2008 a 100-page self-published hardcover book (made using iPhoto) detailing a 15,000-mile, 2-month, solo road trip I embarked upon in the Spring of 2008 with the purpose of photographing as many different bird species as I could find as well as experiencing the cultural and geologic diversity of the United States. The book includes some of my favorite bird photos from the road trip.  Link  to book (pdf download).
2007 Creation Calls A 100-page hardcover of some of my favorite photos, self-published (using iPhoto) in 2007 as a Christmas present for my grandparents.  Link  to book (pdf download).