Hanging out at the second belay on the West Ridge of Prusik Peak.


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. 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.

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.

-Nick Sweeney

Note: All uncredited photos by Nick Sweeney.