Climbing Mountains is a passion of mine. Climbing mountains is also dangerous.
Remote mountaineering in the North Cascades National Park is demanding and rewarding. The North Face of Mt. Shuksan is a mountaineering gem, tucked away in the northern part of WA. State. I was lucky enough to mentor and support Luke, Alin, and Catalin through the rigors of this iconic peak. Team work, communication, and the ability to work understress and fatigue is a big part of the story. Follow the well done story and beautiful pictures here: http://lukeallenhumphrey.tumblr.com/post/28894724363/the-north-face-of-mt-shuksan
|Gearing up for Summer in the PNW and saying”Good bye to June-uary”|
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We are so lucky here to live in such a lush and green place!! Too bad that all that green takes so much water to make it so! It has been a wet and consistently rainy June this year, and we are all ready for the warmth of summer to follow the solstice into our lives. Despite this weather, we have been super busy and are geared up for a great busy season; happy staff, full calendars, and new people coming into our programs.
Mt. Baker from the west, just a cloud window- June 8th, 2012
KAF Adventures is growing steadily, and we recently had our 500th “Like” on Facebook!!! We are also now on TripAdvisor: Here!
As we grow and more people find us on the internet, it is important for new customers to be able to learn about KAF through the reviews of past customers; this is where you come in: If you post a review on our Tripadvisor or Facebook page, KAF will send you a $10 giftcard for your next course (transferable to anyone!!!) and one of our new Stickers!!! Thanks for your help and continued dedication to the growth of our community.
Help us spread the word about all the cool programs we are offering this season, and get a cool sticker. We received some awesome feedback on the above design and will be changing a few small details; thanks to all whom helped with this process!!!
As always, our website and Facebook page are the best ways to stay connected to what programs we are offering and to find new events and free clinics we are hosting. Below are a few of our Featured Programs Summer 2012.
Hike over mellow terrain while exposing self and soul to some of the most spectacular views and environments in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more Here:
The Beauty and bounty of the spiritual side await you in Mount Rainier National Park.
The massif that dominates the North Cascades beckons you to climb; you get to choose the route. Climb the technical and diverse terrain of the Fischer Chimneys, or summit the incredible summit pyramid via the classic Sulphide Glacier route.
Spend 3 days climbing this beauty with KAF Adventures legendary Staff!
We are making dreams come true in so many ways this summer it is pretty crazy!
KAF Adventures and Summit For Someone will be taking a group of 9 former Military
personnelon a fundraising climb of Mt. Shuksan, all to raise funds for under-served youth to be able to get out on a wilderness trip. We feel so lucky to be a part of this mission, to help our military personnel experiencethe beauty of the alpine, and raise money for youth; talk about a win-win. Learn more by going to the Summit For Someone Website
An aspiring guide/instructor, Andy will be splitting his time between the office/warehouse, shadowing trips and sending on his own. He has already assisted on 3 rock climbing courses, is heading into the mountains next week and has climbed Prussik Peak’s “Solid Gold” route this summer.
Joining us through the CWU Outdoor Rec Program, Liz has already proven to be an invaluable member of our office staff. Learning the ropes of how to run a business, helping manage our online marketing and being ridiculously fast with tasks has us running to keep up with her! You WILL be getting an email from this lady sometime this summer.
Thanks to you all, the people whom make KAF Adventures possible. It is by your support, commitment to this community and passion for the outdoors that motivate us to keep working hard and growing this mission everyday. Good luck this summer in all your adventures and please keep in contact with us. We really do want to know what you are up to!
Crossing our fingers for sunshine,
The KAF Adventures Team
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We had a great day yesterday climbing at Mt Eerie with an awesome crew of folks! Since I have done a few rock 101’s this season and reflected on what I taught and what our students learned, I had realized a good book is a great way to round out the course. I personally have really enjoyed Craig Luebben’s book, Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills. This twenty-dollar investment is well worth your time. If you find yourself striving to learn more as well as enjoy reviewing what you just learned this book is for you. I purchased this book when I took my first rock climbing class and it has carried me through rock 101, 201, Traditional Climbing, Sport Climbing, Multi-Pitch Climbing and so much more! As a teacher I am always learning and reviewing and when I find myself asking “why?” this book is there to give the best answer. Happy Reading!
A trip Report from Lenka Stafl on 6/23/12
Lovely participants Morrie, Zale, & Joe!
Backpacking in the rain for 3 days can be fun it turns out. Walking through deep old growth forest in the heart of Alpine Lakes Wilderness can be enjoyable even in the rain, downpour and hail. Three participants and I marveled at the vibrancy of this Northwest Rain forest and managed to stay (mostly) dry and definitely smiling during our introduction to backpacking trip last weekend.
It’s hard not to focus on the enormous amounts of ceaseless precipitation when you are surrounded by it and literally living in it; so we found a little cave to take shelter in, cook a delicious vegetable quinoa stir-fry on our camp stove and wrote poetry to the rain.
This is what we came up with: Some Haiku’s for you!
The sky is
light and smiles despite
life but together:
It simply is
rain, rain, rain
snow and hail
sock boots and my clothes
Love this infographic covering the basics of Rock Climbing, including climbing history, types of climbing, and basic climbing gear. Check it out!