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Mount St. Helens is considered one of easiest Cascade volcanoes to summit and requires little technical knowledge. However, there is a better way. Skiing up using specially designed “skins” on the bottoms of your skis to grip the snow. Once on top you can ski down, avoiding a long slow slog downhill.
Like any elite athlete, when Jim States was at the height of his climbing career, he practiced incessantly. That’s part of the reason why States, who now lives in Shelton, Washington, wasn’t surprised by the recent spate of deaths on the world’s highest peak.
It was the final climb on his quest to reach the highest summit on all seven continents. When Christopher Kulish finally reached Mount Everest’s 29,035-foot peak, he joined an elite group known as the “Seven Summits Club.”
From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.
Spokane mountaineer, and former county commissioner, John Roskelley received another prestigious climbing award, Thursday.
It started with a failure, a bit of boredom and some mountaineering skills.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour lineup of films starting tonight in Spokane was decided this afternoon, and ticket holders should be thrilled with the mix of adventure, adrenaline, culture and humor...
Fred Beckey, the pioneering climber who died Oct. 30 at age 94, inspired Spokane mountaineer Chris Kopczynski and some of the biggest names in climbing. Asked for a perspective on Beckey, who occasionally crashed at Kop’s Spokane home as he traveled through he Northwest, Chris said, “It comes down to five words he whispered to me about 35 years ago.”
When the dust settled from their flurry of climbing and driving, including an initial 36-hour run with no sleep, two law enforcement officers from Ellensburg had scaled Washington’s five tallest volcanoes in 5 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes, clocked from the Mount Adams Trailhead start to the Mount Baker parking lot finish.
Climbers Jess Roskelley of Spokane and Clint Helander of Alaska will detail their spring 2017 first ascent of the complete south ridge of Alaska’s Mount Huntington in a multimedia program on Saturday at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.
MOUNTAINEERING -- Climbers Jess Roskelley of Spokane and Clint Helander of Alaska will detail their spring 2017 first ascent of the complete south ridge of Alaska's Mount Huntington in a multimedia program on Saturday at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. John Roskelley, Jess's father and...
In my line of work, I am consistently reminding people that we don’t fail or succeed. We don’t suddenly arrive at the end game and never crave a Twinkie again.
MOUNTAINEERING -- Denali National Park climbing rescue rangers, God bless them, got a workout this week in two separate life-threatening incidents on North America's highest peak. Following are reports from the Associated Press regarding the rescue of two climbers in separate incidents on Denali...
In the span of the Memorial Day weekend, Jason Keen became a veteran of scaling Cascades lava-belchers and snowboarding down their icy slopes. A few days earlier, he’d never climbed a volcano.
CLIMBING -- An 85-year-old man from Nepal died today while attempting to scale Mount Everest to regain his title as the oldest person to climb the world's highest peak, the Associated Press reports from Kathmandu. Here's the report: Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the Everest...
Jess Roskelley describes a recent five-day first ascent of a gnarly south ridge route to the summit of Alaska’s Mount Huntington as a race for his life. “It’s the commitment and the length of the commitment that separates this from all of my other climbs,” he said Wednesday, back at his home in Spokane.
CLIMBING -- The 3,280-foot tumble to the doom of famed mountaineer Ueli Steck, 40, near Mount Everest in Nepal this weekend chilled climbing enthusiasts around the world, but surprised no one. The Swiss Machine had pushed the art of solo speed climbing on peaks such...
CONSERVATION -- In this video, Spokane climber Chris Kopczynski explains how he drew inspiration from the Dishman Hills more than 50 years ago, marking the beginning of a journey that would lead him to the world's highest summits. He learned that the Rocks of Sharon...