It’s been a wild month playing out in the Washington wilderness climbing mountains with my good buddies Ross and Alex. We originally had planned to climb in the Bugaboos up in Canada, but the weather was not looking good so we had to quickly resort to changing our objectives. Luckily Washington state provides ample territory for getting after it and has great climbing in some beautiful areas. It was so peaceful being out in wilderness for so long enjoying sleeping on the ground day after day and living the basic climbing life again. But coming home to see the ones you love and getting together with family is sure a nice reward for working hard for so long. I’ve had a crazy schedule lately as I’m back in Oregon for only this week, only to be headed back out again on another climbing trip with Alex this Friday. Only this time, we are going even bigger and will be flying out to Spain and will be roadtripping in a camper van through Europe checking out the climbing in Spain, the Dolomites in Italy, Chamonix in France, and maybe even the Swiss Alps! This trip has been in the works for us for several years and I can’t believe it’s finally come. I have so much to do before we head out but it will sure be a relief once the final zipper has sealed on the last bag of our gear 🤗
This photo was taken on our last climb of the trip on Vesper Peak in Washington. It was such a great climb. It had everything you could ask for in a alpine climb: long beautiful scenic approach, crampon required snow travel up steep chutes, roping up on the mossy and overgrown “3rd class” scramble, great rock climbing to a beautiful summit with a breathtaking backdrop, only to descend via snow skiing down steep snow slopes back to the car. Full value for 10 hours! Amazing... let’s do this again @alexkhaykin and @ruecks :)
When I first met him, Juan’s kindness and wisdom struck me & since then it has never left. He and his family live in a remote village deep in the Andean Mountains. At nearly 15,000 feet in elevation they survive off of their herd of alpacas. Juan’s family rely on these alpacas for food, clothing, fuel, and even transport.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special ceremony, blessing your newborn llamas (alpacas). I have never forgotten the feeling of sharing that moment with your family, and am forever grateful that you give the same experience to all my friends. #acanelaperu#dogood
Swipe Left to experience this special llama blessing ceremony with us (or follow the link in Bio). PC: @mitchellthayne
Keep yourself busy to make you forget check your phone, atleast you'll know you are being productive. A little walking in the woods indeed sooth the mind and make you feel more relaxed, nature in itself is a medicine ✨🇲🇺🏞