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Bushwhacker Backcountry Scramble Course is Complete

The Scramble Course completed with a successful climb of Mt St Helens!  Congratulations to the students and thanks to our volunteer instructors!



Bushwhacker Basic Glacier Climbing Course is Underway

The Glacier Course is now underway.  Good luck to both teams!

 Bushwhacker Leadership Course is Complete. 

The Leadership Course is now complete.  Congrats to all!  Thanks for continuing the traditions.


July Rainier team succeeds in summit! 

Six BWs persevered through challenging conditions on the Emmons glacier to summit on July 11. The team included 3 folks seeing the summit for the first time. Nice going Liz, Adam, Jake and JR, and many thanks to leaders Scott & Richard.  

Backcountry Scramble Course 2015 successfully completes. 

Four Bushwhackers completed the course of navigation and snow travel skills, with a final overnight to Observation Peak on the north side of Mt. Rainier. Congrats to Beth L., Aaron R., Ian B., and Vinay P. for a successful class!  

Save the Date - Autumn Rendezvous!

Doxey  3/22/2015
Bushwhackers, save the dates October 8 9 10 11 for Autumn Rendezvous.  Check your email for details.  Bring bacon!  

Benchmark Mountain Adventure

Doxey 3/21/2015
Six Bushwhackers climbed the wooded north ridge of Benchmark Mountain, then descended via West Cady Ridge in winter conditions.  Including three stream crossings, it was quite an adventure, but we got back to the cars before needing headlamps.
Benchmark team Crossing Pass Creek Dave leading

Mt. Rainier BC Ski Outing: 

Randy Barnett 3/8/2015

On March 8, a fun group of Bushwhackers (Shauna, Fred, Azam, Jesse, Rytis, Patrick & Randy) visited the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier for a day of bc skiing.  The weather was fantastic, and skiing was very good despite lack of snow everywhere else in our region.  Everyone enjoyed the ski tour, got some good turns in, together with great company!
2015/08/03 Rainier BC Ski

Escape the Belay Practice 

Doxey 3/8/2015

Escape the belay practice was fun.  Thanks to Jeff Julia and Marie for joining.  Everyone took a turn getting out of and then back into the belay.  Good stuff!  Let's do it again soon.

Annual Meeting March 18 2015

Patrick 2/22/2015
Come to the Annual Meeting dinner on March 18 6:30 in Seattle to hear about our climbing club business and classes, share your thoughts on what you'd like to see from the club, and make plans with your buds for the outing season ahead. It's at Tutta Bellas, 4411 Stone Way N 98103.

Club Night at the Latona Pub

A fine and festive night of swapping stories and making plans. Thanks all for coming!

Leadership Course 2015 now closed for applications

See the Leadership page under Courses and Clinics for details.

Skyline Lake

Patrick 2/22/2015
On the beautiful Saturday Feb 21 a small but definitely enthusiastic group of BWs headed up to Skyline Lake, across from Steven's Pass, for a day of backcountry skiing. As a special treat in this year of the great snow drought, good turns (and great views) were found at 5000'.

Milkshake Madness 2014!

Patrick 12/03/2014
The Dec 6 Milkshake Madness was a rollicking success! Thanks who all who came and made it a great time, and especially those who entertained us with great shots from around the planet!

Alta Peak

Patrick -9/30/2014
Five BW's rambled/scrambled to Alta Peak on Saturday 9/27.  Downhill Doug, Stehekin Steve, Posthole Pat, Celese and Mic were lucky enough to enjoy this beautiful summit in the midst of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Autumn Rendezvous!

Doxey - 8/30/2014
Club members, watch your email for the details regarding Autumn Rendezvous.  Hiking, climbing, exploring the river, sitting by the campfire - fun for sure!

W. McMillan Spire Topped

Patrick - 8/18/2014
Over July 24-27, a team of 6 2014 Bushwhacker Leadership grads mounted an expedition to W. McMillan Spire in the Picket range. The group prevailed through soaking brush, high water and steeps to attain the peak in this beautiful area. From Tim F., "The Summit was a jigsaw of boulder faces, 5 or 6 feet wide, with a small fringe of rubbly ledges that dropped over 4,000-5,000 cliffs. We placed our feet with care, grabbed fins or cracks for balance, and avoided admiring the view too much."

Rainier Achieved

Patrick - 8/18/2014
Over July 11-13, an ambitious team of 8 Bushwhackers hauled themselves out of bed at 11 PM to forge on to the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons route. According to Azam, "Altitude, wind and cold teamed up to test us but we were up to the task" and the return featured "a blazing fast glissade down 2000 feet of Interglacier". Congratulations to all, and hearty thanks to Tim M. for leading the climb and overseeing the many logistics.

Summit of The Brothers

Doxey - 7/7/2014
Jim P and his team of intrepid Bushwhackers successfully summited The Brothers yesterday.  Patrick said "A fine outing, Jim did a stellar job in leading."

2014 Basic Glacier Course is complete

Doxey - 7/1/2014
The Basic Glacier Course is complete for the year.  Both teams successfully practiced all the requisite skills, including crevasse rescue.  Team 1 was able to climb to the summit of Mount Baker, however Team 2 endured days of rain and exited without a summit.  Both sections enjoyed the big Graduation Night party, as did the Leadership Course graduates.  It was a great night, thanks everyone!

Header photo graciously donated by Stephen Matera Photography.