Traversing In Washington!
Whether we are climbing in the Cascades or the Olympics, Mountain Madness has been leading a number of climbs across traverses and coming out with great results!
Bailey Range Traverse — Outside Magazine’s Best Trips of 2010!
Guide Jason Broman reflects on the trip:
“It was definitely the most strenuous trip I’ve ever guided in the Northwest. We had phenomenal campsites and couldn’t have asked for better weather. But I’m sure no one ate a freeze-dried meal for quite some time after the trip.”
A fairly new traverse to the Mountain Madness climbers is the Bailey Range Traverse in the Olympic Range. Guides Jason Broman and Tino Villanueva took six clients to this awesome location in July and were met with perfect weather and challenging conditions. All of the clients came with strong climbing and backpacking skills, which helped on this nine-day climb. Everyone did well with the varied conditions of nasty loose gullies and horrendous bush-wacking.
The group had some hot days on the snow and encountered bears, goats and elk. One entertaining and memorable moment on the trip involved crossing the Hoh River when one climber, Tom, lost his water shoe down the river when trying to throw it across the river for the other climbers to use. The shoe has probably reached the Pacific Ocean by now. Great trip everyone!
Isolation Traverse — check out our blog post from earlier this summer!