A tough climb on an easy mountain

This year’s South Sister team experienced a very challenging day on the mountain. And in the fourth year of leading this program, I was proud to lead such a strong and well-prepared crew. All of my rants about carrying emergency supplies, having extra warm layers, watching the weather, and coming in with a positive mental […]

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Weathering the winter storm: Crater Lake 2015

In the southern Oregon Cascades, winter had come quickly. As our snowshoeing trip approached, I watched the weather predictions get more and more dire. Several feet of snow were forecast in just one weekend. Visibility would be low, driving conditions would be challenging, fresh powder would render our snowshoes almost useless. And I kept giving […]

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What the mountain taught us

On September 27, our team of 7 set out in the cold morning air to climb South Sister. We’d been training for this day for the past 12 weeks. Every year, the team encounters different conditions, experiences different challenges and sees the mountain in a different way. Reflecting upon this year’s trip, there are several […]

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Overcoming obstacles on Mt St Helens

The spring Train to Climb series prepares students for a March ascent of Mt. St. Helens, one of our local active volcanoes. Starting in January, classes cover topics like what to wear, how much food to bring, how to find weather and avalanche conditions, and how to make decisions in groups. Fitness sessions begin to […]

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Crater Lake Snowshoe 2014

This past weekend, the JessBFit snowshoe team arrived at Crater Lake National Park for some fun, outdoor winter recreation. For the past 10 weeks, we’d done countless squats and lunges, worked on balancing drills, and improved our endurance. We learned about preparing for winter weather, choosing the right snowshoes, and how to keep your water […]

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