Tag Archives: climb

News – Mt Rainier

On May 30th,  6 climbers were reported missing and it is assumed they lost their lives to an avalanche.  They were climbing the Liberty Ridge route, one of the most technical on Mt. Rainier.  It is an area with steep climbs and frequent rock and ice fall.  I will be following up later this week […]
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Alaskan Adventure

This is from my friends in Alaska.  I have been on two trips with them and highly recommend them for a true Alaskan adventure.  And I do not get anything in return for this post! Tips on planning your Alaska Adventure Glacier Trekking l Ice Climbing l Muli-Sport Adventure Tours l Zipline Alaska is big. […]
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Alaska 2013 – Climbing Matanuska Glacier

Photos from one of the climbs of Matanuska Glacier, near Glacier View, Alaska.

Essay – Ice Climbing, Alaska 2007

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago about ice climbing in 2007 in Alaska (Matanuska Glacier).  The memory and the experience is as fresh as drinking coffee this morning.  It is seared into my being and will be a part of me for the rest of my time.  As I have aged and who […]
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Alaska 2007 – Ice Climbing

The way up is almost perpendicular to the frozen ground. The glacier looms over me like a white predator, silent, and patiently waiting for a victim to wander into its steel jaws. Snow anchors are set at the top of the glacier. I am roped in with my harness, helmet on, goggles, and an ice […]
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Alaska 2007 – Ice Climbing

The way up is almost perpendicular to the frozen ground. The glacier looms over me like a white predator, silent, and patiently waiting for a victim to wander into its steel jaws. Snow anchors are set at the top of the glacier. I am roped in with my harness, helmet on, goggles, and an ice […]
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Why Mt. Rainier?

Why climb Mt. Rainier?  There are other more accessible, and lower height peaks that could be attempted?  So why a mountain that on average has 2 deaths per year, one of the largest amounts of snowfalls, and many glaciers?  I first got the idea from reading “No Shortcuts to the Top”, by Ed  Viesturs.  A […]
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Mount Beckey

Biography of Fred Beckey Originally written on 07/11/2009 for a job interview. Somewhat obscure and averse to fame and the public spotlight, with only visions of unclimbed mountain peaks, first ascents, new routes, and woman, Fred Beckey is a climbing legend. Born as Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey on January 14th, 1923 in Germany, his parents moved to Seattle, […]
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Welcome

Welcome to Mountains and Ice.  This blog will be about nature, tackling mountains and ice, and the journey it takes to get there. I have often eluded to a deep fascination, almost obsession, with mountains and ice on here.  I have had very tasty bites and morsels of these portions of nature, that have left […]
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Alaska Glaciers

Back in 2007, I was fortunate to find myself kayaking in Prince William Sound, hiking in the Talkeetna Mountains, and climbing a glacier just north of Anchorage, AK.  This was my first true taste of Alaska and of glacier climbing.  I was scared to my wits end.  But after watching a few others and talking […]
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