Stories of recent adventures

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:07/30/2017 - 12:51


by Keith Rumburg

*Heads up, I’m not a doctor. The following information should be used as a guideline for preventing climbing-related injuries. For more in-depth knowledge, you should consult a professional.

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:07/22/2017 - 09:59

Route name: NE Ridge of Black Peak

When you climbed it last: Last Summer

Short description of route: Beautiful hike through alpine terrain to Wing lake and bivy sites.  From there, snowfields increase in steepness to the notch at base of ridge.  Long, exposed and moderate climbing (usually done in mountain boots or tennies) up to one of the tallest summits around.  After a few hundred feet, the descent turns into a walk off.  

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:06/27/2017 - 16:14

Route: West Ridge of Forbidden


Last Climbed: Usually I guide it a few times per year


Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:02/06/2017 - 17:55

It is deep out there right now and the snow keeps falling.  Don't miss it!

Thanks for the photo Bill Devlin:
Huge storm in early Feb 2017

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:02/06/2017 - 15:36

Check out the skiing last week with North Cascade Heli.  This was before the big storm.  NCH is our "sister" company - where all of our ski guides work when not guiding for us and is run by Paul Butler, one of the NCMG owners.  

We feel very fortunate to share this amazing terrain with NCH.  If you haven't gotten a chance to explore the North Cascades at Washington Pass you are definitely missing out.  It is a special place.  

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:02/02/2017 - 14:57

It’s been a while since we have written a Backcountry Conditions Report.  That could mean one of two things.  Either the skiing sucks and we don’t want to talk about it or the skiing has been good and we’ve been too busy skiing to get on the computer.  Fortunately for everyone’s sake the skiing has been good.  Sorry for the lack of communication.

Posted by Josh Cole
Posted:12/07/2016 - 12:32

Well, from my facebook lurking, it seems like a lot of my friends in Washington are enjoying some epic early season conditions, and the same is true in the Washington Pass area along with pretty good stability!

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:12/06/2016 - 11:45

This is a picture of my bestie (my BBSP if you will – best backcountry ski partner).  His name is Mike.  He likes to ski pow.  This picture was taken yesterday after skiing run after run of over-the-head blower at Stevens Pass. 

Over the past decade Mike has become my most trusted backcountry ski partner, but why?  What makes a good backcountry ski partner?  It’s different for everyone but here are a few critical elements that make our partnership work.  

Posted by Josh Cole
Posted:10/04/2016 - 12:41

How to Choose a Backcountry Ski 

Posted by Jeff Ward
Posted:09/01/2016 - 15:23

The quad anchor has quickly become our favorite way to equalize 2-piece anchors on multi-pitch routes like Prime Rib on Goat Wall.  You can tie your cordelette into a quad configuration at the start of the day and never have to retie it both on the up and on the way down.  For a route like Prime Rib that is 11 pitches long and has many, many rappels on the descent this can save a lot of time.  

Stories of recent adventures