May 29: Skiing Inter Glacier and Steamboat Prow

Steamboat Prow is a feature on Rainier that looks like a steamboat from far way. 🚣‍♀️ Inter Glacier is the approach to climb Rainier via Emmons Glacier. Being my first time alone, I had low expectations, ready to turn around after a couple miles if I wasn’t feeling it. The small White River lot wasContinue reading “May 29: Skiing Inter Glacier and Steamboat Prow”

May 8-9, 2021: Biking and Hiking Ipsut at Rainer NP

We decided check out Ipsut campground from Carbon River road. Ipsut used to be a drive-up campsite before the road washed out due to flooding. Full of spacious campsites with tables, bike lockers, food lockers, and bathrooms, we love Ipsut and often camp there while on the Wonderland Trail. Saturday at noon, the ride startedContinue reading “May 8-9, 2021: Biking and Hiking Ipsut at Rainer NP”

April 17, 2021: Mount Saint Helens

The Worm Flows 🐛 🪱 winter climbing route is one of our favorite spring ski trips! Added bonus, saying “WORM FLOWS” in a slow, low voice while squiggling your fingers is always funny. Well, maybe only funny to us. Anyway. This is our 5th time climbing MSH. I don’t have a lot of details toContinue reading “April 17, 2021: Mount Saint Helens”

Dec 13, 2020: Mazama Ski Tour @ Rainier National Park

With a great weather window and low-risk avalanche conditions, we checked out the Mazama area at Rainier National Park. We made it up to Panorama Point (the first major climb before ascending to Camp Muir), but the conditions were rocky with low snow coverage. Worried about a terrible ski descent, we sat at the viewpointContinue reading “Dec 13, 2020: Mazama Ski Tour @ Rainier National Park”

September 20: Coldwater Peak and Mount Margaret at Mount Saint Helens

The west coast has been blanketed in smoke for over two weeks. We are thankful for a standing home and a healthy family, but unable to leave the house, the stifling smoke dampened our spirits. To keep up with the ever-changing air quality, we check the WA Smoke Blog and the Washington Air Quality AdvisoryContinue reading “September 20: Coldwater Peak and Mount Margaret at Mount Saint Helens”

Sept 5: Running Emerald Ridge, Rainier West Side

Running the west side of Rainier has been on my bucketlist! While Andrew adjudicated BYSO auditions at home, I decided to do an out-and-back to Emerald Ridge. My 4:30 wake-up call got me to the park with no crowds. I started running at 7:45am from Longmire. The run was misty, foggy, and very humid. TheContinue reading “Sept 5: Running Emerald Ridge, Rainier West Side”