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This page provides links to my climbing trip reports in the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains of Washington State. I've done most of my alpine climbing in the North Cascades. You can access the trip reports by clicking on the interactive map below, scrolling to the list below, or using the sidebar to the left.

To find out more about the stunning area in the photo to the left (which is also the image for my website header and one of the most spectacular places on earth), go to my Picket Range page.


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Color coding: Climbs, Snowshoes, Cross-country Traverses/Multi-summit Trips, and Fire Lookouts. There is some overlap between categories.
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CLIMBS
1. Mt. Slesse, NE Ridge
3. Bear Mtn, N Buttress
4. Yellow Aster Butte
5. Tomyhoi Pk, SE Route
8. Ruth Mtn, S Side
9.1. Mt. Shuksan, Fisher Chimneys
9.2. Mt. Shuksan, North Face
11.1. Mount Baker, Coleman-Deming '04
11.2. Mount Baker, Coleman-Deming '06

11.3. Mount Baker, North Ridge
12. North Twin Sister, W Ridge
17. Mt. Triumph, NE Ridge
18. Twin Needles, FA Thread of Ice
19. Whatcom Peak, S Side
36.1 Eldorado, Sibley Ck, summer
38. Johannesburg, NE Rib
39. Formidable, S Route

40. Spire Pt, E Face
45. Forbidden, W Ridge
46. Mt. Buckner, N Face
48.1. South Early Winter Spire, E Buttress
48.2. South Early Winter Spire, SW Rib
49. North Early Winter Spire, W Face
50. Minuteman Tower, E Face
51. Lexington Tower, N Face
52. Concord Tower, N Face
53.1. Liberty Bell, Beckey Route
53.2. Liberty Bell, Liberty Crack
54. Silver Star Mtn, Glacier
55. Chianti Spire, Rebel Yell

56. Burgundy Spire, N Face
57. Vasiliki Tower, N Ridge
58. Juno Tower, Clean Break
59. Bonanza Peak, Soviet Route
67.1. Vesper Pk, N Face (accident/rescue)

69. Gothic Pk, from Foggy Lake
70.
 Del Campo Pk, from Foggy Lake

75.
 Mt. Garfield, Infinite Bliss
77.1. Mt. Stuart, N Ridge Direct
77.2. Mt. Stuart, SGC
78. Colchuck Pk, Colchuck Glacier
79.1. Dragontail Pk, Colchuck Glacier
79.2. Dragontail Pk, Serpentine Arete
80. Colchuck Balanced Rock, NW Ridge
81. Little Annapurna, N side
84.1. Prusik Pk, W Ridge '05
84.2. Prusik Pk, W Ridge '08
84.3. Prusik Pk, Burgner-Stanley
85. Snow Creek Wall, various routes
89.1. Mt. Rainier, DC Route
89.2. Mt. Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
89.3. Mt. Rainier, Liberty Ridge
90. Mt. St. Helens, Monitor Ridge

SNOWSHOES (also see LOOKOUTS)
10. Mt. Ann, N Side, snowy
15. Bacon Peak, from E, snowy
16. Oakes Peak & Salvation/Hellfire Peak, snowy
26. "Little Davie" on Davis Peak, S Side, snowy
27. Sourdough Mtn & Stetattle Ridge, snowy overnight
29. Ruby Mtn, NW-W Ridge, snowy
31. Red Mountain, Ragged Ridge N side, snowy
36.2. Eldorado, Eldorado Ck, winter
47. Louis (aka 7787) & Bugger (aka Gibbs), snowy
64. Higher Squire NE to NW side, snowy
67.2. Vesper Pk, E Flank, snowy
68. Mt. Dickerman & Big Four Ice Caves, snowy
73. Mt. McCausland, SE side, snowy
74. Arrowhead Mtn, N Side - E Ridge, snowy
76.2. Tank Lakes '10, snowshoe/overnight
86. Icicle Ridge, Fourth of July trail, snowy
95. Warrior Pk, snowy
96. Buckhorn Mtn, snowy
CROSS-COUNTRY TRAVERSES / MULTI-SUMMIT TRIPS
2. Chilliwack Slam (Spickard, Rahm, Custer, Redoubt, SE Mox)
20. Northern Pickets I (Challenger)
21. Northern Pickets II (Luna)
22. Southern Pickets I (Inspiration E Ridge, Chopping Block NW Route, Terror W Ridge)
23. Southern Pickets II (Inspiration S Face, West McMillan W Ridge, Degenhardt, Pyramid, Terror Stoddard Buttress accident/rescue)
24. Complete Pickets Traverse (Whatcom N Ridge, Challenger, Fury N Buttress, Outrigger)

25. Mystery Ridge to Northern Pickets Enchainment (Berdeen - Hagan - Mystery - N Despair - Pioneer - Crowder - Swiss - Mid Challenger - Whatcom - Easy - Mineral)
30. Snowfield Slam (Snowfield, Pyramid, Pinnacle, Paul Bunyan's Stump, Colonial)
32. Thunder Slam (Goode NE Buttress - Storm King - Booker - Logan)
41.1. Ptarmigan Traverse '03
41.2. Ptarmigan Traverse '09 (Dome, German Helmet, Mixup E Face)
44. Torment-Forbidden Traverse
60. Glacier Peak circuit (Kololo - Glacier Peak Gerdine/S Ridge - Tenpeak - Kololo)
76.1. Tank Lakes '09
82.1. Larches, Enchantments
82.2. Larches, Rainy Pass
91. Shi-Shi Beach overnight
92. Olympics Traverse (Valhallas - Olympus - Bailey Range - High Divide)
97. San Juans Kayak Trip
FIRE LOOKOUTS
6. Winchester Mtn/LO (winter)
13. Park Butte LO (snow)
28. Sourdough Mountain LO (winter/fall)
35. Lookout Mountain LO (winter)
37.1. Hidden Lake Pk/LO (summer)
37.2. Hidden Lake LO (winter)
65.1. Three Fingers Pk/LO (fall)
65.2. Three Fingers Pk/LO (winter)
66. Pilchuck Mtn/LO (winter)
72. Evergreen Mtn/LO
(snow)
CLIMBS WITH NO TRS
7. Goat Mtn
14. Sauk Mtn
42. Lizard Mountain
43. Sahale Peak
71. Index (cragging)
83. Enchantment Pk
87. Castle Rock, Icicle Creek, Peshastin (cragging)
88. Vantage (cragging)
93. Martin Pk
94. Mt. Deception





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KEY:
  • Some of my favorites are in red.
  •      = summer conditions
  •      = fall conditions
  •      = winter conditions
  •      = spring conditions

CASCADE MOUNTAIN RANGE
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK

Alpine Climbs (mostly summer, some fall-winter-spring)
• Mount BAKER 1. Coleman-Deming Glacier
2. North Ridge
1.     Jun'04,
    Sep'06
2.     Jun'12
• BEAR Mountain North Buttress (IV, 5.10)     Jul'10
• BERDEEN Peak East Ridge (3rd/4th) to NW Slopes (3rd)     Aug'12
• BONANZA Peak Soviet Route (aka N Face of SW Peak) (V, 5.10a)
    Aug'12
• Mt. BOOKER Northwest Route (3rd)     Aug'12
• Mt. BUCKNER North Face     Mar'10
• BURGUNDY Spire North Face/Ridge (5.8)     Sep'09
• Mt. CHALLENGER 1. Challenger Arm (5.6)
2. Middle Peak W Flank (3rd)
1.     Jul'07,     Aug'08
2.     Aug'12
• CHIANTI Spire East Face, aka Rebel Yell (III, 5.10)     Aug'10
• CHOPPING Block NW Route (5th)     Jul'08
• COLCHUCK Balanced Rock NW Ridge (5.6)     Jun'08
• COLCHUCK Peak Colchuck Glacier     Jun'08
• COLONIAL Peak West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• CONCORD Tower North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p)     Jul'13
• Mt. CROWDER SW Flank (3rd) to NE Ridge (4th/low5th)     Aug'12
• Mt. CUSTER traverse from Mt. Rahm (3rd), down S Ridge (3rd)     Jul'12
• DEGENHARDT South Route Variation (5th)     Jul'09
• DEL CAMPO Peak From Foggy Lake
    Jul'12
• Mt. DESPAIR North Peak North Ridge (3rd)     Aug'12
• DOME Peak Dome Glacier Route     Jul'09
• DRAGONTAIL Peak 1. Colchuck Glacier Route
2.
Serpentine Arete (5.8)
1.     Jun'08
2.     Jun'09
• EASY Peak Easy Ridge (2nd)     Aug'12
• ELDORADO Peak 1. Sibley Creek / Eldorado Glacier
2. Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier
1.     Jul'06
2.     Feb'10
• FORBIDDEN Peak 1. West Ridge (5.6)
2. Torment-Forbidden Traverse
1.     Aug'06
2.     Aug'09
• Mt. FORMIDABLE South Route (3rd/4th)     Aug'07
• Mt. FURY North Buttress (5.8)     Aug'08
• Mt. GARFIELD Infinite Bliss (5.10c, 23p, sport)     Jun'09
• GERMAN HELMET North Ridge (5.5+)     Jul'09
• GLACIER Peak Gerdine/S Ridge     Jul'12
• Mt. GOODE Northeast Buttress (III+, 5.5)     Jul'12
• GOTHIC Peak From Foggy Lake     Jul'12
• Mt. HAGAN North Peak
East Slopes from Berdeen Lake (4th)     Aug'12
• HIDDEN LAKE Peak Standard Route (3rd)     Jun'08
• INSPIRATION Peak 1. East Ridge (5.9)
2. South Face (5.8)
1.     Jul'08
2.     Jul'09
• JOHANNESBURG Mountain NE Rib (IV, 4-5th)     Jul'10
• JUNO Tower Clean Break (IV, 5.10b/c, 1500', ~15p)     Jul'13
• KOLOLO Peak Lightning Creek Route, carry over to Glacier Peak     Jul'12
• LEXINGTON Tower North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p)     Jul'13
• LIBERTY BELL 1. Beckey Route (II, 5.6, 400', 4p)
2. Liberty Crack (V, 5.9 A2, 1200', 12+p)
1.     May'06
2.     Aug'09
• LITTLE ANNAPURNA North Side (3rd)     Oct'08
• Mt. LOGAN Fremont Glacier to Banded Glacier     Aug'12
• LUNA Peak SW Ridge (3rd)     Aug'07
• MINERAL Mountain East Slopes (3rd) to West Slopes (4th)     Aug'12
• MINUTEMAN Tower East Face (III, 5.10b, 600', 6p)     Aug'09
• MIXUP Peak East Face (3rd/4th)     Jul'09
• SE ("HARD") MOX Peak
from West (5.5)     Jul'12
• MYSTERY Peak Mystery Ridge traverse (3rd)     Aug'12
• NORTH EARLY WINTER Spire West Face (III, 5.11a, 300', 6-7p)     Jul'06,     Jul'13
• NORTH TWIN SISTER West Ridge (3rd/4th)     Oct'06
• OUTRIGGER Peak North to South (low 5th)     Aug'08
• PAUL BUNYAN'S STUMP SW Route (3rd)     Jul'12
• PINNACLE Peak North Ridge to SW Route (3rd/4th)     Jul'12
• PIONEER Peak NW Slopes (3rd)     Aug'12
• PRUSIK Peak 1. Burgner-Stanley (S Face) (5.9)
2. West Ridge (5.7)
1.     Jul'06
2.     Aug'05,
    Oct'08
• PYRAMID Peak South Slope (Standard Route) (2nd)     Jul'12
• The PYRAMID West Ridge (3rd)     Jul'09
• Mt. RAHM SW Route (3rd)     Jul'12
• Mt. RAINIER 1. Disappointment Cleaver
2. Liberty Ridge (IV)
3. Ptarmigan Ridge (IV)
1.     Jun'06
2.     Jul'10
3.     Jul'10
• Mt. REDOUBT South Route (3rd/4th)     Jul'12
• RUTH Mountain Standard N Side (3rd)     Sep'06
• Mt. SAINT HELENS Monitor Ridge (2nd)     Jun'10
• Mt. SHUKSAN 1. Fisher Chimneys (3rd)
2.
North Face
1.     Jun'06
2.     Jun'13
• SILVER STAR Mountain Silver Star Glacier Route     Aug'10
• SNOW CREEK WALL 1. Iconoclast (5.10c with 5.11a Psychopath variation)
2. Mary Jane Dihedral (5.9)
3. Orbit (5.8)
4. Outer Space (5.9)
5. Condorphamine Addiction (10b) (on Condor Buttress, NOT Snow Creek Wall)
1.     Apr'07
2.     Apr'07
3.       May'06/ Oct'07/ Apr'13 
4.         May'06/ Oct'07/ May'10/ Apr'13
5.     May'06
• SNOWFIELD Peak West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• SOUTH EARLY WINTER Spire 1. East Buttress (IV, 5.11a or 5.10a/C0, 1100', 10p)
2. Southwest Rib (III, 5.8, 900', 9-10p)
1.     Jul'06
2.     Jul'13
• Mt. SPICKARD South Slope (2nd)     Jul'12
• SPIRE Point East Face from Spire Col (4th to low 5th)     Aug'03
• STORM KING
Southwest Basin Route (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• Mt. STUART 1. North Ridge Direct + Gendarme (5.9)
2. Stuart Glacier Couloir (IV)
1.     Jul'06
2.     May'10
• SWISS Peak South Route (3rd)     Aug'12
• TENPEAK Mtn N Couloir (steep snow, 5.4)
    Jul'12
• Mt. TERROR 1. Stoddard Buttress (5.8)
2. West Ridge (3rd)
1.     Jul'09
2.     Jul'08
• TOMYHOI Peak SE Route (3rd)     Sep'06
• Mt. TORMENT 1. S Ridge (4th/5th)
1.     Aug'09
• Mt. TRIUMPH NE Ridge (5.7)     Sep'06
• TWIN NEEDLES Thread of Ice (FA) (alpine ice to 5.7 rock)     Jun'09
• VASILIKI Tower North Ridge     Aug'10
• VESPER Peak 1. North Face (ACCIDENT/RESCUE)
2. East Flank, snowy
1.     Sep'10
2.     Dec'11
• WEST MCMILLAN Spire West Ridge (3rd)     Jul'09
• WHATCOM Peak 1. South Route (3rd)
2. North Ridge (3rd)
1.     Jul'05,
    Aug'12
2.     Aug'08
• YELLOW ASTER Butte Standard Route (3rd)     Jul'08

Cross-Country Traverses / Multi-Summit Trips / etc. (mostly summer, some fall-winter)
• CASCADE VOLCANOES Aerial Photography Tour (winter conditions)
Rainier, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Shasta, Lassen, St. Helens, and more!     Jan'13
• CHILLIWACK SLAM Spickard - Rahm - Custer - Redoubt - SE (Hard) Mox     Jul'12
• GLACIER PEAK CIRCUIT
Kololo - Glacier Peak (Gerdine/S Ridge) - Tenpeak - Kololo     Jul'12
• LARCH Trees in the Enchantments (and Rainy Pass area)
(Autumn Colors)     Oct'09/Oct'11
• MYSTERY RIDGE TO NORTHERN PICKETS ENCHAINMENT Berdeen - Hagan - Mystery - N Despair - Pioneer - Crowder - Swiss - Mid Challenger - Whatcom - Easy - Mineral     Aug'12
• PICKETS - Northern I
Wiley Ridge - Challenger - Luna Creek     Jul'07
• PICKETS - Northern II
Access Creek - Luna     Aug'07
• PICKETS - Southern I
Inspiration - Chopping Block - Terror - Barrier     Jul'08
• PICKETS - Southern II
Inspiration - West McMillan - Degenhardt - Pyramid - Terror - Barrier     Jul'09
• PICKETS - Complete N-S Traverse N to S: Whatom - Challenger - Fury - Outrigger     Aug'08
• PTARMIGAN Traverse 1. North to South
2. South to North
1.     Aug'03
2.     Jul'09
• SNOWFIELD SLAM Snowfield - Pyramid - Pinnacle - Paul Bunyan's Stump - Colonial     Jul'12
• TANK Lakes 1. hike/overnight via Necklace Valley
2. snowshoe/overnight via Necklace Valley
1.     Oct'09
2.     Feb'10
• THUNDER SLAM Goode - Storm King - Booker - Logan     Jul'12
• TORMENT-FORBIDDEN Traverse (plus ridge bivy)     Aug'09

Snowshoes (also see Fire Lookouts section) (fall-winter-spring)
• Mt. ANN • North Side, snowy
    Dec'11
• ARROWHEAD Mountain • North Side - East Ridge, snowy
    Mar'12
• BACON Peak • From East, snowy
    May'12
• Mt. DICKERMAN & BIG FOUR Ice Caves • trail and snow
    Nov'13
• ELDORADO Peak • Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier, winter
    Feb'10
• Higher SQUIRE NE to NW side, snowy     Jan'14
• ICICLE Ridge • Fourth of July Creek trail, snowy
    Apr'12
• "LITTLE DAVIE" on Davis Peak • South side, snowy
    Apr'12
• LOUIS Pk (aka Pt. 7787) & BUGGER Mtn (aka Mt. GIBBS) • "Rotten Molar Ridge" and East Ridge (respectively), snowy
    Jun'12
• Mt. McCAUSLAND SE side, snowy     Feb'12
• OAKES Peak • South side, snowy
    May'12
• RED Mountain Ragged Ridge N side, snowy     May'12
• RUBY Mountain NW-W Ridge, snowy
    Dec'11
• SALVATION/HELLFIRE Peak • South side, snowy
    May'12
• SOURDOUGH Mountain & STETATTLE Ridge • snow-covered trail to Stetattle Ridge, overnight     Mar'13
• TANK Lakes • snowshoe/overnight via Necklace Valley
    Feb'10
• VESPER Peak • East Flank, snowy
    Dec'11

Fire Lookouts (mostly fall-winter, some summer)
• EVERGREEN Mountain/Lookout SW ridge, snowy
    Nov'11
• HIDDEN LAKE Lookout 1. Sibley Creek Trail (2nd/3rd)
2. snow-covered Sibley Creek Trail (winter)
1.     Jun'08
2.     Dec'09
• LOOKOUT Mountain Lookout snow-covered trail     Jan'12/Jan'13
• PARK BUTTE Lookout snow-covered trail     Oct'11
• Mount PILCHUCK Lookout • snow-covered trail     Jan'10
• SOURDOUGH Mountain Lookout trail and snow, two trips (winter and fall)
        Feb'12/Oct'13
• THREE FINGERS Lookout 1. South Peak (3rd)
2. South Peak (winter)
1.     Sep'08
2.     Mar'10
• WINCHESTER Mtn Lookout snow-covered trail, snowshoe/overnight     Feb'10

OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS / PENINSULA
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK

Alpine Climbs (summer)
• BALDUR (Valhallas) Geri-Freki Glacier Route (3rd)     Jul'07
• FRIGGA (Valhallas) from Frigga-Baldur Col (3rd)     Jul'07
• Mt. OLYMPUS Hubert Glacier carry-over     Jul'07

Cross-Country Traverses / Multi-Summit Trips / etc. (summer)
• OLYMPICS Traverse Valhallas - Mt. Olympus - Bailey Range - High Divide     Jul'07
• SAN JUAN ISLANDS Kayak Trip
"Kayakpacking" among the San Juan Islands in the Olympic Peninsula region     Jul'11
• SHI-SHI Beach Overnight Backpacking on Olympic Peninsula coast     Sep'10

Snowshoes (spring)
• BUCKHORN Mtn West Ridge (snowy 3rd)     Apr'07
• WARRIOR Peak NW Approach (snowy, 3rd/4th)     Apr'07