About

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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.  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.

-Nick

Note: All uncredited photos by Nick Sweeney.