Climbing

  • Rock to Ice: Pro Tips to Smooth your Transition to the Frozen Vertical

    IFMGA Certified Guide Jediah Porter shares some of his pro tips on making the shift from rock climbing to ice climbing. 

    All pictures and words by Jediah Porter. All pictures and words by Jediah Porter.

    Ice climbing is oh so strange. It’s all the fun and challenge of rock climbing, plus… Plus cold, plus hazards you likely haven’t even thought of, plus an ephemeral surface, plus special equipment… On one level, it seems similar to rock climbing. It is often a natural progression to get competent on rock and then try transitioning to ice climbing. This transition isn’t real clear to rock climbers.

    Here are my tips for smoothing that transition.

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  • Skiing Alaska's Mount Sanford

    A trip report from AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Jediah Porter.

    Jed Porter skiing perfect pow above the clouds on Alaska’s Mount Sanford. 1000 feet done, 10000 more to go! Photo: Meagan Buck Porter Jed Porter skiing perfect pow above the clouds on Alaska’s Mount Sanford. 1000 feet done, 10000 more to go! Photo: Meagan Buck Porter

    Human adventures are like caribou antlers; born soft and fuzzy with hope. Really, both start as just an idea, deep in one’s DNA. As they take shape, before they even take action, they are gentle and virtually unnoticeable. The promise of their power and prominence is there, but the scratched, hormonal, prideful reality is yet to be revealed.

    For us, the climb and ski of Alaska’s Mount Sanford started as just a tiny, incubating idea in a teenager’s soul. In Wildsnow, the definitive tome on North American ski mountaineering, guru (and now mentor) Lou Dawson mentions the Sheep Glacier route on Mount Sanford as perhaps the ultimate mid-difficulty ski run on a giant peak. I stumbled across that literally 20 years ago, and the idea has simmered since then.

    My wife Meagan and I booked some guiding work in Alaska in the spring of 2016, and looked to tack on a personal adventure. The time was right, the team was right, Mount Sanford was the call.

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  • Where the Big Stuff Goes Down

    A trip report by Mark Pugliese on climbing in the Central Alaska Range.

    MarkPugliese- Alaska Camp

    As the plane banked my heart started racing and I thought “This is where the big stuff goes down.” We were flying into the East Fork of the Toke and the mighty West Face of Huntington dominated the window. I was seeing for the first time how truly massive this terrain was. Unfolding below us was an immense alpine playground of endless peaks, lines of ice, and crumbling glaciers. It would be a place to test ourselves and to find what we were both looking for in our climbing; a great adventure.

    In late April of this year Nik Mirhashemi and I flew into the Central Alaska Range with plans of climbing some commonly ascended classics as well as hopefully establishing some new routes of our own. With a pattern of warm and unsettled weather we decided to fly into the Tokositna glacier at the base of Mt. Huntington to attempt the Harvard route as a warm up for the trip.

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  • BD.TV - Spring Film Tour - May 12

    The BD.TV Spring Film Tour will be coming to Feathered Friends April 12! The BD.TV Spring Film Tour will be coming to Feathered Friends May 12!

    BD.TV Spring Film Tour @ Feathered Friends | May 12

    Mark the calendar - it is time to get amped up! The BD.TV Spring film tour will be coming through Seattle on May 12th!

    Back for a second year, the BD.TV tour will highlight some of the best in climbing from Black Diamond athletes.



    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Black Diamond BD.TV Spring Film Tour
    When: Thursday, May 12th 2016
    Time: 7 PM
    Cost: FREE!
    Bonus: Black Diamond Climbing Equipment and Apparel Raffle | Presenters | Beverages


    Check out the FB Event Page


    See you there!

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