Expedition Tales

  • The Memorial Day Sale... With Seconds & Samples

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    It's Time For Massive Savings

    Epic deals on cosmetic blemishes, factory seconds, samples, closeouts, and rentals. Time to save up to 80%!

    This doesn't happen very often, and when it does, the early bird gets the worm.

    Products include*:
    Sleeping Bags
    Lightweight Down Jackets
    Expedition Down Jackets
    Down Comforters & Pillows
    & more!

    These seconds are available at our Seattle Store only.

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    *Seconds, closeouts, and rentals are non-refundable and are not covered under our warranty.

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    The Memorial Day Sale is On!

    May 18 thru May 29

    Save on the gear you need for your Spring Adventures. And for the jaded PNW'ers, yes, Spring is finally, FINALLY, arriving! No more excuses, it's time to get out there.

    Savings include:
    25% Off select climbing hardware, including All Black Diamond cams
    25% Off select backpacks from Mammut, Black Diamond, Osprey, and more
    20%-25% Off select camping gear, including All MSR tents
    Up to 40% Off select backpacking and mountaineering footwear
    And much more

    Big savings on select Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Mammut, and Arc'Teryx apparel.

    The sale is available only at our Seattle store

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    Don't miss out!

  • Arc'teryx Phase AR Baselayer Review

    Phase AR in action in WA Review by Claire Giordano

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, there are two items I will never have too many of; baselayers and fleece jackets. A good baselayer top is the foundation of an effective layering system ready to meet changeable weather conditions from coastal rains to snowy peaks. Because we take our baselayers so many places, we demand a lot from them. We expect them to be warm but not too hot, durable and yet lightweight, and cozy but not overly bulky.

    Over the last five months I got to adventure with the new Arc’teryx Phase AR baselayer, and it is now my top-pick for a synthetic shirt.

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  • Pumori, the Dream: Expedition Report

    Himalaya climbing season is just around the corner and we are busy shipping down suits and jackets around the world. As those climbers prepare for their journeys, we wanted to share a trip report by Feathered Friends ambassador Erin Smart about her first trip to the Himalaya and attempted ski descent of Pumori last fall. Words by Erin Smart. Photographs by Erin and Benjamin Ribeyre.

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    With my crampons secure on the 55 degree slope, and my axes sunk in above me, I looked up to Benj a few meters above as he asked me “what do you think?” I knew what he was asking. I looked down at the steep icy slope below us, and at the bergschrund that was above a 100 meter ice cliff, and then I looked above us at the 1000m of steep snow above. I spent a minute gaging the “maybe” in my head, and thought of my brothers words from the previous days satellite phone call, “Only do it for you. Remember that no one cares.”

    Paul had tried to climb Pumori before in 2011, but due to bad weather, his team didn't get much farther than base camp. He recruited Benj in the spring, and I received my invitation to join shortly thereafter. Benj and I had been in the mountains a lot before, but we only had one mountain prep trip with the whole team before we left for Nepal. We climbed and skied the Tour Ronde in the Chamonix valley in October and the team got along great. The adventure was off to a great start.

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  • Cerro San Lorenzo Expedition Report

    Expedition report from prolific climber and alpinist, Jay Smith. Jay has been climbing for "longer than he cares to admit," and put up nearly 2,000 new routes across the world. His climbing partner, Jim Donini, is another prolific man of the mountains who was president of the American Alpine Club from 2006 to 2009 and is known for his routes in Patagonia and Alaska. Words and images by Jay Smith.

    Not all expeditions go as planned. Read on to see how these two experienced alpinists responded to adverse conditions and tough decisions. 

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    Cerro San Lorenzo is the second highest peak in Patagonia. It lies at 47º south latitude, in-between the northern and southern Patagonia ice caps, the only ice caps (an ice mass covering less than 50,000 square kilometers) outside of the poles. At 12,170’ it is not particularly high, but do to it’s location, less than 50 linear miles from the Pacific, on the Chilean/Argentine border, it experiences some of the worst weather on the planet. Indeed, it’s 6 mile summit plateau, which is almost completely adorned with overhanging seracs and cornices, presents formidable obstacles which defend it’s 3 summits. Just to find safe passage between these is a challenge. That, coupled with atrocious winds that can easily exceed 100 mph sweeping the summit, makes it a very difficult mountain to attain by any route. Other than the normal route, a walk-up via glacier travel, there are only 2 other climbs on the mountain that have been completed, though many have been attempted.

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  • Mountain Training Tips Part Two

    Mount Rainier

    Have you started training for that mountain yet? It has been two weeks since our last post, and it is already March!

    Below are a few more tips to keep in mind as you try to get your body and mind ready to climb.

    As before, be sure to consult with your physician before beginning any new activity. These posts are not a comprehensive training program, and don't forget to learn and practice the necessary technical skills as well!
    Words and photographs by Claire Giordano.

    1. Simulate the climb with back-to-back training days

    Will your climb be one day, two days, or three or more? Most of the volcanoes in Washington are two day climbs (unless you are a trail runner or doing a longer trip with multiple objectives and skill building lessons). This means our bodies must perform a few days in a row, and the best way to prepare for this is to do back-to-back training days or overnight backpacks.

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