Archive for June, 2012

Defiance Delivers a Doozie

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by Jo  |  1 Comment »


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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt Defiance

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Eric L:

Defiance, as defined by the great Noah Webster is “a challenge”, certainly an appropriate name for the great peak located in the Cascades. To truly make the trip scenic and unique, we took the unofficial, unmaintained trail from the parking lot to Mason Lake. The trail is steep and unforgiving. Following the river closely most of the way. Scramble up a large field of boulders before coming to Mason Lake, still partially frozen from a record winter. Now at 4200 feet the greater challenge is just ahead…..

This summiting experience was a first for some. I remember snow, steep ridge lines, being out-hiked by Digger, fixating my eyes on the feet of those in front of me in fear of losing pace and watching them disappear into the clouds as I pondered the question “where am I?”

All uncertainty of weather or not life would continue was cleared upon reaching the summit and taking in the incredible views from 5400 feet. Other than eating 4-cheese crackers with a dry mouth, experiencing the summit of Mt Defiance was an epic experience never to be forgotten.

The Pour House afterwards didn’t disappoint either.

Another adventure in the books!

Many indulged in the invite, about 6 conquered.

Solstice Summit Success

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off


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Many friends of TNAB, new and old, variously made their way to Granite’s summit and celebrated the season’s first bit of summer in fine fashion with food, booze, and good cheer. Plus cluster nuts. And some amazing glissades.

Short & Sweet Snoqualmie

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

Nice Views
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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Snoqualmie Mt

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

TNAB plowed up the valley’s namesake mountain in record time this year.  The ground conditions were good, with solid bootable snow from the Guye junction.  The sky conditions not so much, offering only thick low clouds, cold temps, and a Decemberish wind.  The main group got going on time and caught some pre- and ski-NABers before the waterfall.  We soon found Larry’s steps and climbed them out of the basin and along the ridge.  We reached the top in short order and enjoyed some drinks, snacks, and dry layers beneath the still giant summit cornice.  We then plunged, glissaded, slid, and skied back to the Alpental lot and down to the Pour House to dream of a summer still just out of reach.
Matt Skiing

Pratt-ically Summer

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off


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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Pratt Mt

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

The word prat means buttocks, bum, or backside. The British also use it to refer to a foolish person. Logically, then, the word Pratt, with its extra t, must mean lots of dumb butts. Which leads us to last Thursday. Not sensible enough to stay indoors where it is warm and dry, our mad gang of hardy prats braved the rain and wind and unpossibly hard navigation of the Talapus-Olallie basin to burn bums up the ridge to Pratt Mountain in record time in solid Juneuary conditions. After some hasty snacks and snorts (“Dang, Cletus, that toxic waste tastes like ‘nanners! We gonna be rich!”), layer changes, and a not-so-quick experiment with phone-pic technologies, the whole bunch reversed course and alternately slid and oozed themselves down to the Pour House, with a brief stop at the parking lot to replace more wet layers. Classic Pratt.