2012 Portland Boulder Rally

Abandoned: Friendship, Oregon


Alyssa and I had one of our best nights of sleep, next to the Wood River in southern Oregon.  We had both taken a few days off of work and decided to head… Continue reading

Central Washington: The Farmland Between the Mountains and the River

Coastal Camping: Arrive Late and Leave Early

St. Helens: What Survived of a Mountain

I was 7 years old when my Mom married my Stepdad.  Combining their resources, as all couples do, I found myself surrounded by what at the time was approximately 20 years worth of… Continue reading

Beyond Smith Rock: From Hueco to Hueco

The hills around Smith Rock are lined with boulders and empty forgotten crags with routes waiting to be discovered or rediscovered.   The new 300 page Smith Rock Watts climbing guide has one sentence… Continue reading

Three Finger Jack and Mt. Washington: 20 miles, 20 hours and 8,000 ft

Both north and south of highway 22, just west of Sisters, OR, lies a patch of forest scorched by fire within the Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Washington Wilderness areas.  At the foot of… Continue reading

Otter Bench: Somewhere in Central Oregon

Falling off the side of the earth, a couple hundred feet down in the central Oregon desert, flows the Crooked River. Eventually running into Lake Billy Chinook and meeting up with the Metolious… Continue reading

Crater Lake, OR: Where Sky Meets Water