Expedition Tales

  • Reel Rock Tour 2013 Tickets Available

    Tickets are going fast for October 9th & 10th showings at the Guild 45th Theater in Seattle! Tickets are going fast for October 9th & 10th showings at the Guild 45th Theater in Seattle!

    Get Your Reel Rock Tour tickets at Feathered Friends

    The Reel Rock Tour is coming to Seattle this Wednesday and Thursday, October 9th & 10th! You can purchase your tickets at Feathered Friends in downtown Seattle. This is always a highlight of Fall, and tickets always sell out, so get yours as soon as possible!

    Details:
    What: Reel Rock Film Tour - An annual tour of the world's greatest climbing and adventure films.
    When: October 9th at 7pm | October 10th at 7pm
    Where: Guild 45th Theater - buy your tickets at Feathered Friends or at Seattle Bouldering Project
    Cost: $20 - cash only

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  • Jesse Huey - Alpinism in Pakistan - Sept 19

    Jesse Huey will be presenting on his path in alpinism and the difficult decisions in Pakistan after a terrorist attack in 2013 Jesse Huey will be presenting on his path in alpinism and the difficult decisions in Pakistan after a terrorist attack in 2013

    Jesse Huey - Alpinism Crossroads in Pakistan

    Over the last several years, Jesse has spent a large amount of his time pursing alpine climbing all over the world.  Three months ago, Jesse was faced with a difficult decision whether or not to continue on an alpine climbing expedition after terroists murded 11 climbers in Nanga Parbat Basecamp, just 80 miles from where he was going. Join Jesse as he shares the path that brought him to Pakistan and why he made the choice to come home.

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Jesse Huey - Alpinism Crossroads in Pakistan
    When: Thursday, September 19th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: Free! $10 suggested donation for the Access Fund
    Bonus: Schwag from Feathered Friends, Arc'Teryx, and Scarpa | Cold Refreshments

    Hope to see you there!

  • Kristin Gates Brooks Range Solo - Sept 24th

    Kristin Gates will be presenting about her solo traverse of the Brooks Range September 24th at Feathered Friends! Kristin Gates will be presenting about her solo traverse of the Brooks Range September 24th at Feathered Friends!

    Kristin Gates | Solo Traverse of Alaska's Brooks Range

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Presentation by Kristin Gates on her solo traverse of the Brooks Range in Alaska
    When: Tuesday, September 24th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Schwag | Cold Refreshments

    Kristin Gates traversed the Brooks Range in Alaska, from the Yukon/Alaska Border to Kotzebue, by foot and packraft in the Spring of 2013. She was the first woman to accomplish this feat. Her 1,000+ mile traverse brought her through some of the more remote areas of the Last Frontier - no trails or people for miles, just big-time wilderness, stunning terrain and wildlife.

    See what her Alaskan Odyssey was all about at Feathered Friends on Tuesday, September 24th! Hope to see you there!
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  • Pickets Enchainment - Chad Kellogg & Jens Holsten | Sept 18

    Join us Wednesday, September 18th for a presentation by Chad Kellogg & Jens Hoslten, highlighting their enchainment of the Picket Range in the summer of 2013! Join us Wednesday, September 18th for a presentation by Chad Kellogg & Jens Hoslten, highlighting their enchainment of the Picket Range in the summer of 2013!

    Pickets Enchainment - with Chad Kellogg & Jens Holsten

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Slideshow of the Picket Range enchainment, good times, fundraiser for Chad Kellogg's Autumn Himalayan expedition
    When: Wednesday, September 18th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: $10 at the door
    Bonus: Raffle for schwag from Feathered Friends, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, Mountain Equipment | Cold Refreshments

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  • West Ridge of Moose's Tooth Video

    Check out the newly released video of Mark & Janelle Smiley's ascent of the Moose's Tooth West Ridge in Alaska. Inspiring work!

    Get the full trip report at Moose's Tooth - West Ridge
    See the Smiley's project in progress at SmileysProject.com
    Stay tuned for more awesome videos this fall!

  • Powderwhore Presents 'ELEVATION' - October 8th

    Join us for 'ELEVATION' by Powderwhore on October 8th at 8pm! Join us for 'ELEVATION' by Powderwhore on October 8th at 8pm!

    Powderwhore presents 'ELEVATION - A Backcountry Film'

    Where: Feathered Friends
    When: Tuesday, October 8th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: $15 - Get Your Tickets
    Bonus: Raffle benefiting the Northwest Avalanche Center - Liquid Refreshments from Big Sky Brewery - and more!

    Time for some powder stoke!
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  • Moose's Tooth - West Ridge | Committed

    The West Ridge of the Moose's Tooth The West Ridge of the Moose's Tooth

    Success on the Moose's Tooth

    By Mark Smiley

    Janelle and I were very excited to get back into the classic climbing circuit for the fourth year in a row, after an amazing winter overseas. We had spent 90 days in Europe, where Janelle competed in several countries with the best ski mountaineering racers in the world, while I made videos of the experience. The videos can be scene here (episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5). In May we flew back to the States, and had 13 non-traveling days to pack and prep for our expeditions to Alaska. This was definitely not enough time, but we made it work. Most of the time I feel like a professional packer, always lugging around at least two fifty pound duffel bags and a way-to-heavy carry on. Life is so rough =)

    The first climb on our calendar for the year was the West Ridge of the Moose’s Tooth. This would be our second attempt. In 2010 we tried to climb it but got turned around largely due to Alaska sized intimidation, and horrible snow conditions.

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  • Congratulations to Kristin Gates!

    Kristin Gates completes her journey in Kotzbue, Alaska, after nearly two months of traversing the Brooks Range solo Kristin Gates completes her journey in Kotzbue, Alaska, after nearly two months of traversing the Brooks Range solo

    A huge congratulations is in order for Feathered Friends athlete Kristin Gates after she completed her epic journey, traversing the Brooks Range in Alaska. She traveled solo, backpacking and rafting her way from the Yukon border to the Chukchi Sea. We can't wait to see more photos and hear more about this tremendous feat!

    Be sure to check out Kristin's Eating Miles for Breakfast blog

  • August 14 | Committed with Mark & Janelle Smiley

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    Join us August 14th at 7:30pm for an evening of photo, video, and stories with Mark and Janelle Smiley on their endeavor to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

    2012 and 2013 have been loaded with massive classic climbs. Mark and Janelle will highlight their successes in photo and video from the stunning and seldom climbed South Face of Mt Waddington, cruelly-named Mt Fairweather, classic Alaskan climbing test pieces on Moose's Tooth and Mt Huntington, the uber classic Salathe Wall on El Capitan, and the iconic Mt Alberta.

    What: Committed - a Multimedia Presentation by Mark & Janelle Smiley
    Who: Mark and Janelle Smiley
    Where: Feathered Friends - 119 Yale Ave N, Seattle 98109
    When: August 14th, 2013
    Time: 7:30pm
    Cost: $5 at the door (includes a raffle ticket)
    Extras: Raffle for goods from La Sportiva, Feathered Friends, and more! Liquid refreshments also on hand. Prints will be available for purchase.

    Routes
    Mt Waddington - South Face - V 5.7
    Mt Alberta - Japanese Route - IV 5.6
    Mt Huntington - West Face - V 5.9 A2
    Moose's Tooth - West Ridge - V
    Mt Fairweather - Carpe Ridge - 5.6 AI3
    El Capitan - Salathe Wall - VI 5.10 A3
    and more!

    Check out the Smiley's Project - including their progress, videos, and more -  online at smileysproject.com

    Hope to see you there!

  • Isla de la Plata - Ecuador

    Coastline of Machalilla National Park - Ecuador Setting out from Puerto Lopez at sunrise

    Most climbers (myself included) consider themselves a bit on the fringe. Like salmon, we swim against the flow knowing very well that the reward will be that much sweeter because we refrain from traveling along the path of least resistance. Whether we are plugging our way along an impossibly thin Cascadian finger crack or skinning up an far flung stretch of Alaskan powder, we are sure to earn it every step of the way. When we finally reach our summit, reveling in our own sweat and perhaps a little aftermath of fear, we just smile as the wave of accomplishment washes over us, knowing very well that nobody had to hold our hands to get us there.

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