Author Archives: marissa

Washington State: “Where You Get Worked”

Editor’s Note: This blog post was never published by accident, from my trip to Washington State last year. Enjoy! — Mt. Baker had weather coming in, so my partner and I decided to climb a moderate multi-pitch at Washington Pass, where the famous Liberty Bell formation calls home. We both… Read On

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Mt. Adams – The Path of Pain

Mt. Adams summit photo

As I type this in the air-conditioned White Salmon, WA library, my body still aches from the Mt. Adams summit Tuesday, despite loading up on bottles of Vitamin I. Remember all those lessons I thought I learned on Mt. Hood? Well… The Skin of Death In the hopes of avoiding… Read On

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Mt. Hood to the Hogsback

View up the Hogsback to the Bergshrund on Mt. Hood  

We didn’t summit. For a lotta reasons. 1) It took us forever to get there, because of switching back & forth from crampons to skins to crampons. We arrived 1.5 hours behind schedule. 2) Conditions were so deteriorated we would have to climb left of the Pearly Gates, a 60-degree… Read On

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Clothing Review: Prana Halle and Avril pants

Being a lady climber is not all it’s “cracked” up to be. There are unique challenges off the rocks that present themselves. Trying to find other female climbing partners is not easy. Not every gal climber has the hutzpah to climb without a dude. Then there’s the dude climbers who… Read On

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Hood & Baker: It’s happening…

After several months and iterations of climbing partners, I’m about to embark on climbing Mt. Hood and Mt. Baker. I’ll be leaving Colorado on June 9th, returning sometime after June 21st. I’m psyched. Mt. Hood I still have a lot of research to do on this peak. I’ll be skiing… Read On

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Gear Review: Scarpa T2 Eco Women’s Telemark boots

Scarpa T2 Eco Women's Telemark Boots

I’ve been wearing Scarpa T2 boots ever since I switched to telemark skiing in 2003. They are my go-to brand of choice for ski boots, approach shoes, trail running shoes, etc. because they tend to run narrow. My foot is thin with low arches, and all bones, no meat. Other… Read On

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Gear Review: 22 Designs Axl Telemark Bindings

22Designs Axl Telemark Bindings on the K2 Gotback Ski

I’m so impressed with the Axl bindings from 22Designs, I don’t know where to start. The design is simple, yet completely functional. It just goes to show not every new gizmo on a ski needs to be complicated. The toe piece that we’ve all come to know and love on… Read On

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Gear Review: K2 Gotback Skis And Skins

2011 K2 Gotback Skis

The nice folks at the Ridgway Ski Swap last fall recommended the K2 Gotback skis for backcountry and telemark skiing. They steered me right! 167cm in length with 102mm underfoot, these rockered skis are truly “all terrain” like the graphic suggests. They’re light enough to hike with, but stiff enough… Read On

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Memorial Day: Great Memories of Spring…Skiing!

Red Mountain 3 ski tracks

It’s been quite a year. Since August, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in online classes and a teaching internship to complete my public school teaching license for English. It was honestly the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I thought grieving two family members passing away from cancer was… Read On

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Ouray, CO – Tiny Town, Big Fun

As the Montrose, CO Summer weather heats up, myself and many others far and wide trek to Ouray, CO for cooler mountain temps and outdoor fun. In the last several days alone, I hit upon most of the major pleasures in Ouray: hiking, climbing, viewing, and soaking… Hiking Ouray is… Read On

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