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  • Finding the Lost Ledge: A miniguide - Guide and photos by Jason D. Martin, executive director of the American Alpine Institute Discovered and developed by a small cadre of Bellingham boulderers, the development of the Lost Ledge bouldering area in Larrabee State Park was a passion project. Countless hours have gone into the area, first with the development and cleaning of the […]
  • Mountain Trivia: A great bouldering spot in the Chuckanuts, and what hasn’t been named Kulshan - By Jason D. Martin This article marks the fourth time that the Mount Baker Experience has featured mountain trivia. We have run this as an actual trivia night at the Stones Throw Brewery in the past, but alas … Covid-19. Soon we’ll all be vaccinated and we’ll be able to get back to some in […]
  • Cirque of the Towers - Written as a beginner’s guide to alpine climbing Story and photos by Jason Griffith When the summer of 2020 rolled around, let’s face it, we were all going a bit stir-crazy. And so my regular climbing partners and I hit the road rather than spend our traditional one-week alpine climbing holiday in the Cascades. Destination: […]
  • Bike touring to climb in the Bugaboos, a dream long in the making - Story and artwork by Gretchen Leggitt For over five years, my friend Robin and I have been scheming and dreaming about combining a bike tour across B.C. with a climbing trip in the Bugaboos range, commonly known as the Bugs. After years of distractions, the dream was resurrected and July 2019 proved the perfect time […]
  • Guides adapt to a new normal of smokier summers - By Katie Griffith During an approach to Sahale Peak in summer 2018, Mountain Madness guide Amber Smith and her client enjoyed sunny, clear skies, with great weather conditions in the forecast. “The next day the direction of the wind changed, and when we got up early in the morning to go for the summit, it […]
  • Stay stoked and strong: resources for climbers at home - By Katie Griffith Public lands across the state of Washington, including many climbing areas, are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trailheads, campgrounds, and day-use areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service could be closed as late as the end of September. Governor Inslee issued official orders for Washingtonians to stay at home until at […]
  • Who tames the Khumbu Icefall, and other mountain trivia - This is the third installment of Mount Baker Experience Mountain Trivia. Find the answers at the bottom of this page. By Jason D. Martin 1 The well-regarded novelist behind the “Hyperion Cantos” science fiction series penned a piece of historical fiction about Mt. Everest. In his book ,“The Abominable,” a year has gone by since […]
  • After life-changing accident, Anna Soens finds freedom on Mt. Baker - Story by Oliver Lazenby Photos by Paul Bikis With a sea of peaks to the east and saltwater to the west, Anna Soens sits above Mt. Baker’s Roman Wall, ready to ski 5,000 vertical feet of softening snow back to camp. For Soens, 31, the location and impending descent feel like freedom. While skiers from […]
  • Jacob’s Ladder: A first known ascent on Mt. Prophet - Story and photos by Jason Griffith I’m just drifting off to sleep when I hear it, far down the Big Beaver Valley … Thud. The wind rushing up the valley sounds like a train approaching. Thud. Lightning flashes across the sky and thunder echoes as I groggily try to make sense of the noises just […]
  • Women’s Work: Making a living on the mountain - By Katie Griffith As the snow melts on Mt. Baker, hikers, climbers and campers head to the hills. Roads clear of debris, trails dry and snow consolidates to create easier passage on climbing routes. Behind the scenes of the summer recreation boom, folks prepare for a busy season of work on the mountain. Trail crews […]

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