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Coming soon to a mountain near you: Russ & Kala

by on Jul.20, 2012, under Ballard, Places, Portrait, Seattle

Russ & Kala

If anyone thought that Russ & Kala were going to have a traditional wedding, they obviously do not know Russ and Kala. I first heard of the idea last November when Russ and I were doing some backcountry skiing near Mount Baker. Russ explained to me that Kala and him were thinking about staging their wedding in an atypical venue for such an occassion: the base of glacier on Mount Shuksan. My immediate reaction: cool. As we got further up the skin track while skiing, Russ proceeded to ask me if I would be interested in photographing the wedding. Since the approach to the wedding ceremony involved about 3,000′ feet of vertical gain through forests, along ridges and ultimately travel on glaciers, Russ commented that a typical wedding photographer might not suit their purposes very well. Of course I had to accept; and thus began my involvement with the Russ & Kala Adventure Wedding.

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Skiing on the Fourth of July: Naches Peak

by on Jul.09, 2012, under Nature, Places, Ski, Sport, Vistas, Washington State

Dropping July cornices

This year on America’s birthday, Keith, Lucas, Jon and I got several helpings of corn courtesy of Naches Peak near Chinook Pass. The weather looked promising, and we hatched a plan to assault the nearly 6400′ mountain during the morning of July 4th. We departed Seattle shortly after 6, and were parked and skinning up by 9 AM. We approached from the west and made our way up the ridge. The early morning surface conditions were icy, but not so much so that crampons were required. After several hundred feet, snow coverage became a little patchy. We blistered through the final push to the summit along the edge of the ridge with skis on our backs.

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