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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Boston Basin: West Ridge of Forbiden

Tired of the Chicago heat Dave, Gabe, and Scott came west to check out the spectacular North Cascades. Our trip started with an attempted ascent of Mount Shuksan's Sulphide Glacier. Unfortunately, Mother Nature would not have it and the four of us spent two days inside the cloud obscuring our surroundings.

Two days of rest later we all drove up the only road in North Cascades National Park to Boston Basin. Across from the spectacular Mount Johannesburg, even the parking lot is a breath taking place to be.

After a hike through dense Pacific Northwestern forest we found our selves surrounded by the jagged peaks of Boston Basin Cirque with the crown jewel (our objective) Forbidden Peak a massive pyramid against the sky.

Our climb started across the Unnamed glacier and up the west couloir to gain the literally knife-edged west ridge of Forbidden. We rock climbed our way to the tiny summit of this incredible peak with amazing views of the North Cascades from Mount Baker to Shuksan, Mount Bukner, the Picket Range and into Canada. It was a long but gratifying day for us all, great work guys!

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