Archive for April, 2014

It’s Still Early

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by Jo  |  Comments Off


Moosefish photos used with permission, please respect all copyrights

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

Special Thanks to Torch Team Trip Reporter John (Moosefish):

Of course it figures that the first TNAB of the season that I could attend would be Mailbox. And it would rain. And snow. After all, what is TNAB other than a demonstration of faith. If we hike every Thursday night we’re bound to get some good hikes over the course of the year. Statistics says it’s so.

Kind of like Mailbox.

Mailbox is renowned for tormenting us for weeks on end before putting on a show that makes our sad devotion to the peak all worthwhile. Snow, rain, snow, rain, perfect blue skies and unicorns, rain, rain.

Early season TNAB is like that, too. It rains and snows and blows and then delivers a sunset worthy of all the pictures we can take. The red skies erase the pain and misery of the past weeks and give us hope for the next week.

Deep down we know that we’ll likely be sloshing through puddles and sliding down muddy slopes, but maybe, just maybe we’ll get the goods again.

Midseason the equation changes and we’re far more likely to have good nights. The wiser among us will stay at home until then. For the rest of us, though, all we can say is, “I am TNAB.”

Washington Waterproofing Test

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jo  |  Comments Off


Scott L photo used with permission, please respect all copyrights

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

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Poet Scott (ZeusDaddy):

My Haiku:
into the dark clouds
the trail is under a creek
everything so wet

Buenas Noches Sol

Posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jo  |  Comments Off


Scott L photo used with permission, please respect all copyrights

Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt Si (Old Trail)

Special Thanks to Torch Team Trip Reporter Matt (Wxman):

Yes it’s still early in the season; both for TNAB and for the Spring
Yes it’s just old Mount Si; we’ve all been up to the top of this thing.
Yes it’s an over-used mountain, though this trail not quite as much
Yes the weather was delightful; especially for this quick bunch.
Yes we finally got a good sunset; at the foot of the haystack with views
Yes there were snacks and libations; graham crackers & doggy treats too.
Yes the descent started quickly; but slowed as night started to fall
Yes I forgot my headlamp batteries; might not be full-charged after all.
Yes we all got off the hill safely; convened at the Pour House again,
Yes it was a good ‘ol TNAB; this week Washington (in the rain) for the win!

Yes is Si in Spanish. wait… Si is yes in Spanish. you get it right?!

Somewhere Out There

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Jo  |  Comments Off


Snutur photo used with permission, please respect all copyrights

Some of us didn’t find the summit, a few made up our own destinations and all of us ended up at different pubs. Did we mention TNAB is leaderless??

Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Rattlesnake East Peak