Northern Life

Winter rock climbing on the 48th parallel can be tricky. It is important to have friends that help keep your focus.

If the winds aren’t blowing and the sun is shining. Pay no attention to temps or whining.

Winds aren’t blowing, sun is shining. Temp don’t matter for fine winter climbing.

-Terry Martin


Mountaineering has changed significantly over the years. Early mountaineers used basic equipment such as ropes and ice axes, and often relied on local guides for knowledge of the terrain. Today, mountaineers have access to a wide range of advanced equipment, including specialized clothing, boots, and climbing gear. Additionally, advances in technology have led to improved communication and navigation tools, which have made it easier for mountaineers to plan and execute their expeditions.

Another big change is the number of people who are climbing the mountain. The number of climbers on popular peaks like Mount Everest has increased dramatically in recent years, leading to overcrowding and safety concerns.

Additionally, the ethics of climbing has changed. The style of climbing has moved from a “conquer” to a “respect” attitude where climbers are more aware of the environmental impact and are taking more steps to minimize it.

Overall, mountaineering has evolved from a relatively small and exclusive community to a much larger and more diverse group of enthusiasts, with a greater emphasis on safety and environmental responsibility.

Nature’s grand stage, Climbing brings strength, peace and awe, Eternal journey.

Thank you: ChatGBT


It fogs when the temperature and humidity reach a point where the air is saturated with water vapor, and the water vapor condenses into small droplets suspended in the air. When temps cool quickly, the occurrence of fog become more likely. Plus some mumbo jumbo about the dew point.

To Scale a Rock

I like rock climbing because it is a challenging and exhilarating physical activity that also requires mental focus and problem-solving skills. It allows me to push my limits, both physically and mentally, and the sense of accomplishment from reaching the top of a climb is unmatched.

Courtesy ChatGPT

NCW Ice… Spooky, but Pretty.

When it gets cold here it gets gorgeous. That’s not Mongolia, that’s just an hour from Wenatchee. This is from Jan 2022. Erik Koch climbing, me on top belay, Tyler Smallwood snapped the pic ©.

Recent Acquisitions

BD #5 & 6
BD #5 & 6.

I still need to scratch them up a bit. Should mate well with the Valley Giant. Just shot off an email to the Manufacturer of Merlin Cams ( Maybe a purchase of their large cam might be a better choice then waiting for Black Diamond to get back into the wide game.