Expedition Tales

  • Fit for a King: Expedition Report from Mount Logan's King's Trench

    Earlier this year, five climbers summit Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan, towering at 19,551 feet (5959m). While painting vivid moments of terror and gratification, Chris Rowat shares his experience climbing one of North America's toughest peaks. Words and images supplied by Chris Rowat.

    Chris Rowat on top of Canada. Mount Saint Elias in the distance. Chris Rowat on top of Canada. Mount Saint Elias in the distance.

    The alarm goes off. It’s 5 a.m. Time to finish what we started almost two weeks ago. It’s time to summit. It’s really cold. Probably –30°F. My two tent mates are still asleep. I roll over and a rude dusting of ice crystals settles on my face from the inside of the tent. In fact, the whole inside is covered with frosty rime from our breath. Did I really volunteer to be up first and get the stove going? This is the worst part of the day: getting out of my cozy sleeping bag to begin the countless tasks of “getting going.” When it’s this cold, and the air so thin, every task is a struggle.

    Our group of five is going for the summit of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain. At 19,551 feet (5959m) it is also famous for having the world’s largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain and is surrounded by the world’s largest non-polar icefield. Mount Logan comes second in height only to Denali, in Alaska, which is the highest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet. It is about 400 miles away to the northwest.

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  • Camping With An Infant

    Pro tips for camping with your newborn with Juna

    Camping with an infant may require some different preparation, but there is plenty of joy and playtime to be had Camping with an infant may require some different preparation, but there is plenty of joy and playtime to be had

    When my husband and I told people we were taking our seven-month-old camping we usually got one of two responses. For those who told us how “interesting” that sounded, while backing away slowly with looks of pure terror on their faces, I get it. Truth be told, I was a bit terrified as well. As a relatively new mom, terror, or at least mild anxiety, seems to be my default response when faced with most new baby-related activities.

    Responses from the other camp, so to speak, were filled with so much enthusiasm that it countered my fears and kicked me into planning mode. If you’re reading this, either you fall in the first category and are here to gloat at stories of mayhem and disaster, or, more likely, you’re a fellow parent who loves to get outside and doesn’t want to stop just because you’ve added a tiny member to your expedition team.

    We decided to start off with a car camping trip in California’s Anza Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree National Park as sort of a shakedown trip to work out what made kiddo happy and what could be improved on. I’m happy to report that our first camping trip included a lot of dirt and a few less-than-restful nights, but no mayhem or disaster.

    These notes and packing suggestions are what worked for us; I would love to hear from others about what’s worked for them and what we could try next time.

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


    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.


    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.


    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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