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August 3, 2015

Tons of Mileage on the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak

I just finished up guiding a great alpine route in the heart of the North Cascades, the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak.  I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Stephen on the last day of July in Seattle, and we headed out in search of broken glaciers, huge rock ridges and, of course, the level of adventure for which remote, uncertain terrain is requisite.

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July 25, 2014

Alan's Torment Forbidden Traverse Report

A couple years back I met Gordon and Thiago in a 6 day glacier mountaineering course on Mount Shuksan. They were both intrigued by climbing in technical terrain and picked it up quickly.  For this summer the lofty goal of climbing the Torment Forbidden was decided upon.  

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September 26, 2013

One of the Best Technical Traverses - Ptarmigan Traverse

Backpacker Magazine rated the Ptarmigan Traverse one of the best technical traverses in the U.S. We experienced a little bit of everything on an outstanding climb through the beautiful North Cascades.

Our team of 4 was made up of Seattle locals Dean, Lauren, and Rich and Mountain Madness guide Marc Ripperger leading the brigade through the mountains. [+] READ MORE

September 20, 2013

Alpine At Its Best

For those who love mountains, a trip to the Alps once in the lifetime is a must. No matter what type of climber you are, you will always find a way to enjoy the range. Almost every peak is fully charged with history and every climb represents more that the summit itself, not to mention that the experience is even better when we add the delicious food and great facilities that represents climbing in Europe. 

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July 31, 2013

Perfect Weather on the Torment Traverse

Over the past three years Amy has racked up an impressive list of expedition climbs and treks, ranging from snowboarding from the summit of Elbrus, to Everest base camp treks with her kids. Recently like many mountaineers Amy decided to learn to rock climb in order to apply rock craft to the mountains. [+] READ MORE