It all began for me in 1986 with a six-day stay on the grand summit plateau of Mount Baker, Washington.  My friend Dennis Grumer and I had no idea that this had never been done before, or how close we had come to dying. 

 

So three years later I returned to the summit of the Crown Peak in the North Cascade Range for a four-week tour.  Mount Baker currently holds the all-time record for the deepest snowfall of any mountain in recorded world history, by the way.

 

This brutal yet inspiring experience led to several more expeditions atop Mount St. Helens (22-days, 1990), Mount Adams (28-days, 1999), and Glacier Peak (26-days, 2000).  Solo ascents of Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Stuart, Oregon's Mount Hood and others were only part of my stormy and ambitious youth.  I have never been afraid to die; I just don't want to die stupid ... oops and there you go.

 

In order to put a wrap on all five of Washington's major volcanoes, God willing, a month-long solo stay on the summit of Mount Rainier still waits in the wings.  This only makes sense.  In the above links you will find a small selection of photographs, along with the manuscript to my upcoming book Thunder on the Horizon

 

I invite you to join with me in this journey, through these stories and photographs.

 

Day 24 atop Mount Adams, Washington: August 31, 1999.

 
 

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Disclaimer: The summit expeditions and solo climbs described on this website were conducted

under special-use permits by the U.S. Forest Service, North Cascades National Park,

Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

A strict leave-no-trace policy was utilized on all of my big trips into the hills.

 

Years of planning and training went into these efforts.  Even so, these adventures resulted 

in at least a dozen near-death experiences for me over the span of twenty years.

 

Please do not attempt such a thing unless you are fully equipped and

well-trained by a professional guide -- or willing to die very quickly.

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