Exploring the sisters: West Ridge of North Twin

Exploring the sisters: West Ridge of North Twin

If I have learned anything about “winter” climbing on the west slopes of the Cascades, its that getting the conditions just right is both luck and an art.  Sure if you get a big high pressure window and ice flowing down tree trunks its one thing, but for the rest of the year finding good sports action is hard.  After bailing on grander plans that required a better weather forecast and snowpack, Eric and I decided to do a little short day jaunt into the sisters with skis.  We were stunned by the fun climbing and the great conditions we...

Don’t eat on the plane – fasting to reset

I have done two big climbing trips this year, one to Chamonix and one to Patagonia.  In both instances I thought I would come back from these trips thin and metabolically healthy.  Both times I’ve reached the end of the trip, however, and I’ve felt like my lifestyle health had really plummeted.   The combination of being in a different country with totally different food, and a bunch of “in-a-day” or long, multi-day high-intensity outings, made it really hard while there to stick to a consistent sleep schedule and low-carb diet.  I often reached the end of the stay and felt...