Expedition Tales

  • Hummingbird Ridge | Episode 4 & 5

    Hummingbird Ridge on Mt, Logan, Canada's tallest mountain, has yet to be repeated. Hummingbird Ridge on Mt, Logan, Canada's tallest mountain, has yet to be repeated.

    Hummingbird Ridge - Still Waiting for a 2nd Ascent | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 4 & 5

    WITH MARK & JANELLE SMILEY

    Those of you fortunate enough to have seen Mark Smiley's presentation at Feathered Friends back in September got a pretty good idea of how brutal Mt. Logan's (19,551') Hummingbird Ridge really was. Now, with the release of North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 4 & 5, everybody can see why this "classic" has only had one successful ascent... half a century ago...

    Part I

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  • The Canadian Pilgrimage - with Jed Porter

    Hut Skiing in the Selkirk Mountains

    -Words and Photos by Jed Porter

    Canada is where it’s at. As much as we Americans love our local skiing, its our northern neighbors that truly hold the goods. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love skiing in all corners of the United States. We have an amazing diversity of terrain, cultures, and climates in which to practice the white and slippery. If an American ski mountaineer were to assemble a “bucket list” of must do trip types, many could be accomplished on home turf. However, there is one type of ski vacation that is simply better in Canada.

    There’s nothing like arriving at a remote backcountry hut after a long day in the uncertain wild. Meagan Buck Porter strips skins. There’s nothing like arriving at a remote backcountry hut after a long day in the uncertain wild. Meagan Buck Porter strips skins.

    Western Canada, with its reliable snow and unique land-use patterns and history, is blessed with some of the best backcountry, hut-based ski touring on the planet. Continue reading

  • Patagonia Worn Wear Tour - April 15

    The Patagonia Worn Wear Tour will roll on through Seattle - stopping at Feathered Friends April 15th! The Patagonia Worn Wear Tour will roll on through Seattle - stopping at Feathered Friends April 15th!

    Patagonia Worn Wear Tour @ Feathered Friends | April 15

    It isn't uncommon for us to see a well-loved, and well-used, sleeping bag or jacket come through the Feathered Friends store looking for a little TLC. After all, there are a plenty of adventures to be had, so why let a small tear or a wash get in the way?

    That is why we are excited that the Patagonia Worn Wear Tour will be paying a visit at Feathered Friends on April 15th! They will be here with their one-of-a-kind bio-diesel van, complete with all the tools to spruce up your gear. So bring your gear that could use a little fixing-up and get it done by the repair technicians from Patagonia, or get the best tips and do it yourself on the spot! Get the most mileage out of your gear, and do double-duty by lowering the impact on the globe. Those of you looking for a deal - Patagonia will have used items for sale as well!

    Be ready for Spring and Summer! Drop by on Wednesday, April 15th!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Patagonia Worn Wear Tour
    When: Wednesday, April 15th
    Time: 12pm to 6pm
    Cost: FREE!
    Bonus: Food | Product Repair | Repair Tips | Used gear for sale

  • Ancient Art - The Coolest Top Out In Climbing? | Episode 2

    Ancient Art - The Coolest Top Out In Climbing? | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 2

    WITH MARK & JANELLE SMILEY

    Episode 2 is live! From perfect splitters, terrible weather, dicey double cornices, stellar granite, Mark and Janelle Smiley saw a lot of what climbing had to offer in 2014. Each climb has attributes that make them unique and special. One look at Ancient Art in Utah's Fisher Towers and it's abundantly clear what makes this climb a classic - it is remarkably aesthetic. It's main corkscrew route to the tiny top is a climb that draws climbers from around the world.

    Because of its sandstone composition, Ancient Art may very well be ancient history in the near future. Check out what makes this classic so special with Mark and Janelle Smiley, and get after it!

    Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay. Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay.

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  • Ancient Art - One Aesthetic Climb | Episode 2

    Ancient Art - The Coolest Top Out In Climbing? | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 2

    WITH MARK & JANELLE SMILEY

    Episode 2 is live! From perfect splitters, terrible weather, dicey double cornices, stellar granite, Mark and Janelle Smiley saw a lot of what climbing had to offer in 2014. Each climb has attributes that make them unique and special. One look at Ancient Art in Utah's Fisher Towers and it's painfully clear what makes this climb a classic - it is remarkably aesthetic.

    Because of its sandstone composition, Ancient Art may very well be ancient history in the near future. Check out what makes this corkscrew classic so special, and get after it!

    Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay. Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay.
    In the Fisher Tower's climbing hotbed, Ancient Art is one of the most aesthetic classics. Mark Smiley on the 'summit' In the Fisher Tower's climbing hotbed, Ancient Art is one of the most aesthetic classics. Mark Smiley on the 'summit'
    Mark smiley lower on Ancient Art before the high exposure really kicks in Mark smiley lower on Ancient Art before the high exposure really kicks in

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