I’m an aspiring alpinist based in Spokane, Washington. People say that it must be hard to be an alpine climber in Spokane, but I have to disagree – we have an abundance of local crags, several ice climbs within city limits(!), a thriving community of local hardmen(and women!), and easy access to other outdoor activities for cross training. It’s not uncommon for me to leave the office at 3:30, get to the crag before 4, and lead a pitch by 4:15. Weekend trips to world-renowned climbing venues are easy: The Stuart Range, Washington Pass, The Bugaboos, The Canadian Rockies, Hyalite and other incredible places are all within a half-day’s drive for the motivated. If you find yourself headed to Canada in Winter, I recommend stopping over at Copper Falls (WI3, two ~30m pitches) on your way there, as it is only a few minutes out of the way and is a quality ice route. It’s a great way to break up the drive if the route is “in.”
When I’m not climbing, I enjoy thinking about climbing, talking about climbing, reading about climbing, black metal, cycling, and seeing friends.
The purpose of this blog is to document the climbs that I feel are significant to my growth as an alpinist – I have retroactively added a handful of routes to form a basis for my future posts. I hope you enjoy, and don’t hesitate to reach out for more detailed beta. I’ll see you out there.
Note: All uncredited photos by Nick Sweeney.