Grand Canyon National Park, 2013  The Arizona sun paints the landscape, beams stretching through the dusty desert air of the Grand Canyon.  The canyon itself is nearly a mile deep, and stretches through northern Arizona's western half. The canyon was formed by the colorado river, and is a popular location of people looking for adventure and beauty. 

Grand Canyon National Park, 2013

The Arizona sun paints the landscape, beams stretching through the dusty desert air of the Grand Canyon.  The canyon itself is nearly a mile deep, and stretches through northern Arizona's western half. The canyon was formed by the colorado river, and is a popular location of people looking for adventure and beauty. 

 Lava Beds National Monument, California, 2013  Located in the relatively remote NE corner of California, Lava Beds boasts a landscape of cinder-cones and high desert. The entire park is dotted with lava tubes, formed during the area's active volcanic past. Stars in this photo swirl above in the dark night sky, a park visitor walks past with a flashlight, and lights from distant farms punctuate the horizon. 

Lava Beds National Monument, California, 2013

Located in the relatively remote NE corner of California, Lava Beds boasts a landscape of cinder-cones and high desert. The entire park is dotted with lava tubes, formed during the area's active volcanic past. Stars in this photo swirl above in the dark night sky, a park visitor walks past with a flashlight, and lights from distant farms punctuate the horizon. 

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 Mt. Rainier and the Milky Way, Washington, June 2010  Mt. Rainier is Washington's tallest peak, and is one of the largest mountains in the world due to its prominence. This massive volcano is a popular spot for Mountaineers and every-day tourists. Here the Milky Way stretches across a clear, calm sky, the lights from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area illuminating the scene from behind Rainier.     

Mt. Rainier and the Milky Way, Washington, June 2010

Mt. Rainier is Washington's tallest peak, and is one of the largest mountains in the world due to its prominence. This massive volcano is a popular spot for Mountaineers and every-day tourists. Here the Milky Way stretches across a clear, calm sky, the lights from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area illuminating the scene from behind Rainier.  

 

 Eastern Sierras near Lone Pine, California, 2013   Just north of Lone Pine a storm lifts just enough to reveal a mountain and its ridge-lines in the distance. The Eastern Sierras are among the tallest mountains in the country, rising dramatically from the valley floor (aprox 4000 feet) to above 14,000 feet. This range in particular houses the tallest peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney.

Eastern Sierras near Lone Pine, California, 2013
 
Just north of Lone Pine a storm lifts just enough to reveal a mountain and its ridge-lines in the distance. The Eastern Sierras are among the tallest mountains in the country, rising dramatically from the valley floor (aprox 4000 feet) to above 14,000 feet. This range in particular houses the tallest peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney.

Tom Winter and Palmer Hoyt, Valle Nevado, Chile, August 2013

Tom Winter and Palmer Hoyt, Valle Nevado, Chile, August 2013

Professional photographer Tom Winter and Pro Skier Palmer Hoyt break trail in the first of many tours to come during our time in Chile.

Armstrong Lift, Alpental WA, 2012

Armstrong Lift, Alpental WA, 2012

This photo was taken at Alpental during a storm late at night. The snow was falling so hard that you'd have fresh tracks on almost every run. Truly an amazing night. The best part? Almost no one was there.

Mt. Rainier, WA, August 2012

Mt. Rainier, WA, August 2012

This was taken while walking up the Muir Snowfield in the late days of August for some summer ski turns. I followed various footpaths up the snowfield in the clouds, eventually emerging from them at about 9,000 feet. It was a quiet day, perfect for a solo mission.

Mt. Rainier, WA, August 2013

Mt. Rainier, WA, August 2013

Camp Muir is a great place for an overnight trip. I took this photo while eating dinner at Muir just before sunset.  

Greg Daly, Backcountry Pond Skim, WA, July 2013

Greg Daly, Backcountry Pond Skim, WA, July 2013

It's 80 out. The sun is shining, rather beating down. Best course of action? Head up to Mt. Baker for some pond skim action.

Paradise Lot, Mt. Rainier, 2013

Paradise Lot, Mt. Rainier, 2013

Returning from a full day in the mountains our group and a few others gather at the trailhead near the Paradise Parking Lot up on the shoulder of Mt. Rainier. Paradise is open all winter and provides for some excellent snow-shoeing and backcountry skiing.  

Shuksan and Haze, WA, October 2013

Shuksan and Haze, WA, October 2013

Mt. Shuksan is a popular 9000+ foot mountaineering objective in Washington state, perhaps most famous for its numerous hanging glaciers and its aesthetic quality.

Marias Pass, MT, December 2010

Marias Pass, MT, December 2010

Marias Pass is the main rail pass through the Northern Rockies in Montana and is surrounded by some stellar scenery.

 Storm over the Olympics, Washington,2011   A large band of rainclouds dwarf Washington's own mountain range in this view across puget sound from Seattle's Carkeek Park. Though Seattle is known for its rain, the Olympic mountains receive much more of it and are host to numerous rainforests.    

Storm over the Olympics, Washington,2011
 
A large band of rainclouds dwarf Washington's own mountain range in this view across puget sound from Seattle's Carkeek Park. Though Seattle is known for its rain, the Olympic mountains receive much more of it and are host to numerous rainforests. 

 

 Ecola State Park, Oregon, 2013   A child's shoe floats just offshore in the cold water of the pacific ocean at Ecola state park in NW Oregon. 

Ecola State Park, Oregon, 2013
 
A child's shoe floats just offshore in the cold water of the pacific ocean at Ecola state park in NW Oregon. 

 A Night at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2013   The Grand Canyon is not only a great place to visit in the daytime, but a spectacular place to view the stars at night. Due to its location away from large cities the canyon provides for amazing star-gazing on a clear night.  

A Night at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2013
 
The Grand Canyon is not only a great place to visit in the daytime, but a spectacular place to view the stars at night. Due to its location away from large cities the canyon provides for amazing star-gazing on a clear night.  

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Thomas Bolton, South Spur Route, Mt. Adams, Wa, September 2013

Thomas Bolton, South Spur Route, Mt. Adams, Wa, September 2013

Here my friend Thomas takes in the view as the sun begins to rise during our summit day on Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood visible to the south. 

Mt. Rainier, WA, July 2013

Mt. Rainier, WA, July 2013

July 4th is still ski season in WA for those who want to hike for it. Mt. Rainier's Muir Snowfield (just above and to the right in this photo) offers some excellent 'spring' snow and thousands of feet of vertical.  

Mt. St. Helens, WA, March, 2013

Mt. St. Helens, WA, March, 2013

Mt. Bachelor, OR, March 2013

Mt. Bachelor, OR, March 2013

The top of Mt. Bachelor often gets pummeled with hurricane force winds and some insane snow, but when it opens, the broad ridges and steep bowls can make for excellent skiing. 

 Ecola State Park, Oregon, 2013  A father and daughter walk along the edge of the ocean on the sandy beach at Ecola State park in NW Oregon. 

Ecola State Park, Oregon, 2013

A father and daughter walk along the edge of the ocean on the sandy beach at Ecola State park in NW Oregon. 

 Multnomah Falls, Oregon, 2013   Water plummets 542 feet in stage one of this popular two stage waterfall. Multnomah Falls is a must-do stop along I-84 near Portland. Though it is one of many waterfalls near Portland, if you can only see one, this is the one to see.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, 2013
 
Water plummets 542 feet in stage one of this popular two stage waterfall. Multnomah Falls is a must-do stop along I-84 near Portland. Though it is one of many waterfalls near Portland, if you can only see one, this is the one to see.

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 White Mountains, CA, 2013   Here a fresh blanket of snow covers the White Mountains in eastern California. Located to the east of Big Pine few roads wind up and over these peaks. This photo was taken along the road to the Bristlecone Pines, gnarled, ancient trees that are among the oldest living things on the planet. The oldest tree located in the forest in the White Mountains, Methuselah, is 4844 years old and still growing.

White Mountains, CA, 2013
 
Here a fresh blanket of snow covers the White Mountains in eastern California. Located to the east of Big Pine few roads wind up and over these peaks. This photo was taken along the road to the Bristlecone Pines, gnarled, ancient trees that are among the oldest living things on the planet. The oldest tree located in the forest in the White Mountains, Methuselah, is 4844 years old and still growing.

AIARE Lvl 1, Mt. Rainier, WA, January 2013

AIARE Lvl 1, Mt. Rainier, WA, January 2013

Here my AIARE level one class gets ready to head out after lunch in the mountains on our way to our objective.

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Twisted Trees, Wallace Falls State Park, WA, October 2013

Twisted Trees, Wallace Falls State Park, WA, October 2013

The forest at Wallace Falls State park offers some of the best scenery in the area, featuring moss covered and contorted trees such as this one.  

Mt. Rainier, WA January, 2013

Mt. Rainier, WA January, 2013

This was our skin track up to the top rim of the Edith Creek Basin looking south towards the Tatoosh, a jagged mountain range to the south of Mt. Rainier.

Lava Beds National Monument, CA

Lava Beds National Monument, CA

 Moab - Utah

Moab - Utah

Unammed Mesa - Utah

Unammed Mesa - Utah

High Camp, Mt. Adams, WA, September 2013

High Camp, Mt. Adams, WA, September 2013

Coldwater Lake, Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington 2013

Coldwater Lake, Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington 2013

Danny Effron - Capitol Reef, Utah

Danny Effron - Capitol Reef, Utah