When I am not climbing, I am usually dreaming up the next adventure, researching, training, and trip planning.  Ideas are numerous and right now future trips for 2017 and 2018 may include:   


  • Ama Dablam - at 22,350 feet (6,812 meters), this iconic Eiger of the Himalayas is attractive for its beauty and exposed technical terrain.  Usually climbed in the Fall, this is high on my objective wishlist.  
Photo credit: Benegas Brothers Expedition

Photo credit: Benegas Brothers Expedition

  • Cho Oyu at 26,864 feet ( 8,188 meters) above sea level, it is the sixth highest mountain in the World and dubbed as the  "easiest" of the 8,000 meter peaks. Located on the border of Tibet and Nepal, its name means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan.  With Everest 2017 not possible, I am turning my sights to hopefully an achievable Fall goal and an introduction to 8,000 meter climbing in the Himalayas.    


  • Ham and Eggs (V 5.9 AI4) - Mooses Tooth, Ruth Gorge, Alaska (currently planning for Spring 2017);  
    • 3,000 feet climb (10-18 pitches) on Mixed, Ice, and Alpine terrain, Grade V
    •  Other Technical Routes in the Alaska Range may be attempted if  weather permits
    • Very excited to be heading back to the Kahiltna Glacier again and  seeing Denali from a different perspective.
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  • Mt. Hood - 11,250 feet of snow-covered glaciers and snowfields in northern Oregon (my attempt on Mt. Hood in 2016 was aborted due to high risk of an avalanche, but I am eager to give this beautiful mountain another try on one of its more challenging  technical routes) 


  • The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California - 2,900 feet (880 m) of continuous vertical rock-climbing.  Given that most of my experience has focused on mountaineering and big ice and alpine routes, a 31-pitch rock only route will present a very different challenge and different training and preparation regimen.  Very excited to expand into new and challenging terrain, will plan to proceed with caution... 

                               ---    "a fantasy bigwall in solid granite form"


  • and more to come .............
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