|Bohle dropping off of Barrett Spur into 2000+ feet of perfect corn|
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
|Crater Lake National Park|
|Smith Rock State Park|
And it's a good thing too, because this varied landscape creates some crazy and unpredictable weather. Sometimes, storms roll in from the Pacific for months on end, and it seems like endless days of powder shots will never last forever (remember the winter of '98-'99). Other times, like this year, a blocking ridge of high pressure can make Oregon feel more like Colorado for weeks and months at a time. We are exposed to wide extremes in temperature, precipitation and geography, and its awfully hard to predict when conditions will be good for whatever it is that floats your boat in the outdoors.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
|Finding turns in the Joffre Lakes Basin|
Monday, December 30, 2013
|Sunrise and Broken Top|
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|Tim Holscher on Ainsworth Left|
Rumors started to trickle in during Thursday and Friday, and it didn't sound overly promising. Despite the cold temps, most routes in the Gorge either hadn't come in at all or were super thin. Many of the lines depend on seeps and spray, which is kicked up by the strong east winds that prevail when a powerful low pressure system moves onshore. But we've had a relatively dry fall and for some reason this system didn't bring those traditional mean winds. Still, it's not too often that we get temps that are this cold, so out we went in search of the elusive Columbia River Gorge ice climbing.
Monday, November 25, 2013
|November corn at Illumination Saddle|
This past weekend, Mt. Hood put on an incredible show for the folks who were lucky enough to experience truly rare early season conditions. A powerful storm blew through the weekend before, leaving 1-2 feet of snow above 6000 ft, but since that time the weather had been stable and the snowpack had consolidated. The forecast called for clear skies, moderate temps, and dead calm winds. On top of that, Timberline Ski Area had just opened for the winter season and was scheduled to run the Palmer lift both days. Equation = fun!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Kristin topping out pitch 2 of Young Warriors|
After an early October system dumped lots of snow in the mountains, I was tempted to break out the planks, but resisted the urge and have enjoyed some amazing climbing conditions. It looks like we'll have at least one more week of cool, sunny weather. Get out and enjoy our fall bounty!