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G2: oh Shucks, Son, we almost made it (Mt. Shuksan pre-summit)

September 9-10, 2017 Eight hopeful glacier enthusiasts wake up Saturday morning to expand their glacier-travel skills and attempt to conquer Mt. Shuksan. Zack Wentz leads the group, but also includes a Swiss Mountaineer for 16 years, Pascale Vonaesch, who was … Continue reading

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Mt Rainier June 2016

Mt. Rainier. Elevation: 4392 m. Is the highest mountain around, part of the Cascade volcano range and according to Wikipedia is one of the most dangerous volcanoes around, since its eruptions could cause major disasters to the surrounding area. All … Continue reading

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Jasper ER–March 14, 2016

In some sense this doesn’t qualify as being a real trip report, since it involves chair lifts, and ambulances have motors, but it’s probably something most VOCers can relate to, as most end up resorting to resorts at some point. … Continue reading

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Kayaking Copper Creek

A few days after the Hagen debacle, Rose and I went to Southern Washington’s Copper creek, which Patrick from Portland was nice enough to show us down. This is a short and mellow class IV with a couple of easier … Continue reading

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Valentine’s + Whitewater

Whitewater is under-represented in VOC. Hopefully this will change. A few of us are devoted to it. Nobody really talks about it. I don’t even know if anyone is interested in it. There aren’t really any trip reports. This is … Continue reading

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In search of an Epic on Shuksan

In the early mists of time, when the world was but a primordial soup, Alex and I made a plan to go climbing. As the months drew by Alex suffered many a sleepless night (due to the arrival of his … Continue reading

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How Mount Rainier Defeated Us

What the hell am I doing here? This feeling of uncertainty, disbelief, of surreal adventure leading up to this moment and of the impending challenge leading away from it, has become an addiction since I joined the VOC. So when … Continue reading

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Beacon amidst Destruction(Kayaking)

Some destinations have a way of sticking in your head until you finally get there. I first saw Destruction Island on a road trip through Washington a couple years back and meant to go back and paddle there ever since. … Continue reading

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Hyalite Ice Climbing: a love story

Ice Climbing; a love story. So fair warning folks; this may turn out to be more of a cloying love letter to ice climbing than a legitimate trip report. Also, it’s pretty damn self-centred. Tough. You’ve been warmed. The cast: … Continue reading

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Headwind and (eventual) happiness-Deception Pass Dash 2012

The horn blows, over a hundred paddlers all around me start paddling like mad, and I think to myself CRAP, as my left hand is in my poggie, and the right one isn’t yet. But lets rewind to the start. … Continue reading

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