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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.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mount Shuksan's Sulphide Glacier

The North Cascades are full of beautiful mountains with aesthetic climbing. However, there is something special about Mount Shuksan that makes it a unique summit.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of guiding two recent UW grads (congratulations guys!) to the summit of Mount Shuksan (congratulations again!) via the Sulphide glacier route. The views from the climb were phenomenal. As we climbed we watched the sunrise over the rugged Picket Range light up Mount Baker's south east side.

We scrambled over rock and up steep snow to the tiny summit and enjoyed views into Canada. The great weather held the whole trip and we arrived back at the car tired but excited to have climbed one of the jewels of the North Cascades.

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