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Grand Teton Owen Spalding

 By Matt Lemke
My Grand Teton climb Stephan and I were looking for something to climb since we had finished in the Beartooth Mountains for the season. 5 weeks in the Beartooths and we decided to finish next season. I had done research on the Grand Teton but the thought that we can climb it didn't occur to me until halfway into the trip. I didn't even have any rock pro yet but we decided it would be a great way to finish the trip before Stephan returned to Texas. So we initially planned to climb it in two days but the good weather window was only going to last one more day before more monsoon moisture moved in. We certainly didn't want to get stuck up there in a storm and knowing we were beginners, we knew it would take quite awhile to climb. We planned on the standard Owen-Spalding route and...

Whitehorse in a Day

 By Josh Lewis
After my Burgundy Spire Accident I had to give up mountaineering for a while. When I finally recovered enough to hike, a small run would be enough to re-injure my knee once more forcing me to be very careful with getting back in shape. With rare winter conditions it was painful to watch as many sunny days went by. I knew that if I wanted a shot at a spectacular climb I would have to wait until the perfect opportunity. Michael and I contacted some buddies of mine, before long we had a solid team of climbers for Whitehorse Mountain. I have been wanting to climb this mountain for many years. Gimpilator has had too many canceled trips up this peak. We were all very eager to climb this mountain. With 7,000 feet of elevation gain during January and being out of shape, this would be a big under...

North Ingalls Climb via South RIdge

 By Matt Lemke
Prologue Who: Greg, Rob, Fletcher and I What: Climb of North Ingalls via its Class 5.4 south ridge When: On the last sunny day of 2012 Why: I wanted to get just one more technical climb before the wet season started The idea for this trip actually started over a week ago when Greg got a bunch of people together to climb North Ingalls Thursday Oct 4th however that trip fell through so he rescheduled it for the next Thursday. I had mentioned I may be interested to Greg but I didn't plan to go until just a couple days before when I knew I could get off work. This was perfect since everyone needed someone to be able to lead the climb and with Josh climbing Columbia Peak that day, North Ingalls wouldn't have happened of I didn't jump on at the last minute....

Father-Son Ascent of Mount Constance

 By Jake Robinson
  Planning a successful trip As a 17 year old kid, it's often very difficult to find people to go into the mountains with me. Luckily both my parents enjoy hiking, and my dad has some mountaineering experience. Over the years we've done a few peaks here and there, but nothing to the caliber of Mount Constance. So when my dad mentioned that he might be interested in climbing Constance, I jumped on the idea. He had climbed it a few times, the last being around 1990, so he was somewhat familiar with the route. The forecast looked OK, he was able to find some time off work, and with some insistence we got my mom's permission to go. Everything seemed to be in our favor. The worst part of the climb: The approach We arrived at the washout in the early afternoon, shouldered...

Booyah! Having a Ball on the Ptarmigan Traverse

 By Josh Lewis
"You can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man" -Gary Paulsen This was the most exciting adventure of the year. I had been wanting to do the Ptarmigan Traverse for a very long time. From having an attempt on this route and climbing Dome Peak the previous year I knew both ends of the traverse quite well. But hidden within a fortress of mountains lied a handful of surprises. The traverse included miles of glacier travel, white out conditions, steep snow climbing, rappelling off a cornice, navigation, and one of the worst bush whacks I have ever done. By the end of the adventure my feet were the most shredded they ever have been in my entire life! I'm still taking antibiotics and taking it easy. The trip began when Eric Darsow...

Little Bear Peak SW Ridge in Winter

 By Matt Lemke
Little Peak Peak in Winter Peak: Little Bear Peak - 14,037’, South Little Bear Peak – 14,020’  TH/Route: SW Ridge from Tobin Creek  Distance: 8mi  Elev Gain: 5800'  Time: 13:30 (4:45am - 6:15pm)  Technical Gear: Microspikes  Travelers: Jed, Matt Lemke, Josh, Sarah  So this was it! This would be my 2012 finale and what a way to end a dynamic year in the mountains for me than climbing Little Bear Peak in calendar winter. I had made the 1,400 mile drive from Seattle to do this climb. The day after I arrived in Denver I met with Josh around noon and we drove down to Fort Garland and got there just before the sun set. I had been in contact with...