Storied climber Fred Beckey died on October 30, felled by congestive heart failure at age 94 after a lifetime relentlessly dedicated to putting up routes on peaks around the world. Both Mr. Adventure and I have longstanding connections to Beckey, Mr. Adventure as a former climber and an admirer and me as an historian of the North Cascades. And last Friday, as we drove through unseasonably early snow over two mountain passes on our way to a reading in Leavenworth, we were about to be forcefully reminded of Beckey’s influence in our lives. As I got organized for my talk,…
With rain in the forecast, our day hike to Carbon Glacier turns into an opportunity to watch the seasons tick over from summer to fall in the blink of an eye.
Forest fires almost kiboshed the trip, but inspired thinking led to an inspiring backcountry adventure at Mount Rainier.
It’s high summer, the temps are in the mid-90s, and you’re heading to eastern Washington. Might as well take a hike.
After a summer filled with forest fire smoke, we headed to Olympic National Park to try to escape the heat.