Expedition Tales

  • 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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  • On Location in Joshua Tree

    Greeting the morning sun in J-Tree Greeting the morning sun in J-Tree

    It's been a long-standing goal of mine to get down to Joshua Tree. I imagined I would marvel at the 7,000+ climbing routes dispersed among a veritable sea of monzonite granite. The dry air, warm temps and sunny skies are just the thing to revitalize the soul after a long and gloomy Seattle winter. It didn't take much deliberation when choosing this season's location for our Feathered Friend's photo shoot.
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  • B'Ham Bouldering

    Climbers on their low tide approach. Climbers on their low tide approach.

    Crossing the maritime obstacle course of kelp beds, giant driftwood and stony outcroppings the approach to Larabee bouldering was described to me as fourth class on the rocks with a dash of Jager. Really fun, exceedingly beautiful, but it might sting just a bit. Now here we all are, walking single file across a beached conifer, trying our best not to sail off and into the knee-deep and somewhat crabby tangle of seaweed below. With a gust of wind, my crash pad sets me in the exact opposite direction I had hoped for, down. Off and in the spongy weeds, the landing is soft, but my pride feels the sting.
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