Sunset at Dead Horse Point outside Moab, UT

Sunset at Dead Horse Point outside Moab, UT

Starting a Rainier ski trip in Moab is weird. But I was there to shoot with Mountain Standard for catalog, social media and partnership content. A quick 3 day trip in the desert had me looping towards the PNW via California. 

It had been a few months since I had last visited my Mom and friends so a quick stop in the Bay Area was called for. After a week of dealing with hard drive issues and visiting family, I pointed Bertha north towards the PNW. 

Day one on the drive had me staying outside Eugene, OR with my brother Chris and his wife. The next day I made my way towards Seattle where I was to pickup a buddy at the airport, meet another, then give an attempt at Rainier and skiing the Fuherer Finger. 

Two weeks in Seattle and a second attempt on Rainier saw my good friend Cory Fleagle and myself standing on the summit with over 10K' of skiing below us. It was wild. 

After leaving Seattle, I was en-route to North Idado to visit with my Father. But a sleepy little Bavaria styled town called Leavenworth is on the way and hosts hundreds of perfect granite boulders. While researching parking and beta, I came upon two moderate multi-pitch routes stacked on top of eachother. Keen for an adventure, I set off to Leavenworth with the idea to on-sight solo these routes and boulder as a back-up. 

I did not boulder and I sent the routes. Climbing these two routes was an awesome personal experience and a huge step up in term of getting my head straight o the rock. 

After a few days spent in North Idaho, it was time to finish the trip up and head back to Boulder, CO. Where the very next day I met friends at 4am to ski, again, 

Dates - 4/21 - 6/1, 2017

Days on the road - 31 + days at "home" in California 

Days spent driving - 8

National Parks Visited/Driven thru - 2, Death Valley, CA, Mt. Rainier, WA

Vertical Gain Skiing - 21,524'

Ski Descent - 22,749'

Days spent climbing or trying to climb - 3

Days spent skiing - 6

States visited - 7

Miles Driven - ~3,962

Miles Ridden - 15.3 (979' vertical gain)

Pitches Climbed - 7, onsight free solo

Boulders Climbed - 3

Hours of Video Captured - ~12hrs

Images taken - ~ 9,000

The coolest boulder in Moe's Valley, UT. 

The coolest boulder in Moe's Valley, UT. 

Milky Way over the Alabama Hills, CA. 

Milky Way over the Alabama Hills, CA. 

Pre-long haul drive soak outside Mammoth, CA. 

Pre-long haul drive soak outside Mammoth, CA. 

Jason Mauer feeling the stoke in the Fuhrer Finger, Mt. Rainier, WA.

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