The lure of the mountains has always been there for me. Maybe it
is being born into a family of mountain climbers, or maybe it's just
the magic of the Northwest, but to me there is nothing like it.
My biological father first climbed
at the age
of 16, and was killed in a climbing accident on
Mt. Hood when he was 21,
coincidentally the same age I first climbed
Mt. Hood. My stepfather and
mother were both climbers as well, and they climbed
Mt. Jefferson, and
Mt. Shucksan among others. After several of their closest
friends were killed on Mt. Hood
several years ago, they decided to pursue other recreation.
Sandra has agreed to try mountaineering!!! We thought this day
would never come, but come it has. I gave in to play soccer with
her and she gave in to climb mountains with me. Sounds fair
enough, doesn't it?
I've also revealed long lost photos of my first ascent of
Mt. Hood, and a narrative of the
trip. Check out our Mt. Hood
page for that.
In May of 2001, we summited Mt.
St. Helens again, this time up
on Mother's Day, wearing dresses in respect to a time-honored
tradition among area mountaineers.
Then, in June, 2001, we summited 12,276-foot
Mt. Adams, the third highest
peak in the Cascade Mountains, behind Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta.
In June, 2002, we bagged South Sister,
the third highest peak in Oregon, and three weeks later, I soloed
Middle Sister, another 10,000-foot
volcano in the Cascade Range.
Click on the links at left to read trip reports about our experiences
on the mountains, and to see photographs from our trips! Don't
miss The Mountaineering
Directory, where you can find links to all sorts of
mountaineering, backpacking, and hiking information, especially in the