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November 5, 2021

Glacier Peak Trip Report

Team Miyar’s climb of Glacier Peak (July 18-21) Glacier Peak (Dakobed) is the oft-forgotten and the most geographically distant of Washington’s five major volcanos. It was nearly three years after moving to Washington State that I even heard about Glacier Peak. The climb is unlike any other in the state, the isolation turns the climb into a multiday trek rather than a typical climbing weekend. To reach the base of the mountain one treks through […]
November 16, 2021
Backcountry skier skinning uphill through snow dusted trees.

Guide to Backcountry Ski Touring

Learn all about alpine touring and where to get started on your next backcountry adventure Words & Pictures By: Kristina Ciari Alpine ski touring (AT), most commonly known as backcountry skiing, is the love child of winter hiking and downhill skiing. Using specialized equipment, you hike uphill – all with your boots and skis on – then glide downhill to your heart’s content. Even though the hiking to skiing ratio is not favorable, earning your […]
September 21, 2021
Rock climber on an arete with blue sky in the background

Guide to Seattle Rock Climbing and Courses

GUIDE TO SEATTLE ROCK CLIMBING AND COURSES New to the area, new to climbing, old to climbing but just like to read about rock climbing anyway? We wrote a quick info guide to rock climbing areas near Seattle, Washington. Here’s a list of the rock climbing areas closest to Seattle, WA in order of proximity. Some general info and their perspective guide books are listed: Exit 32 (Little Si) and Exit 38 (Deception Crags & […]
November 9, 2021
Man with trekking poles snowshoeing alongside snow dusted trees with his dog.

Guide To Snowshoe Day Trips Near Seattle

Our definitive guide to snowshoe trips in and around two hours from the Seattle metro area, plus as everything you need to get started. By: Kat Cutright Strap on your snowshoes and get outdoors! If you’re intimidated by skiing or looking for a low-cost, family-friendly alternative, snowshoeing is an accessible winter sport for all experience levels. In this guide, we’ll share some of our favorite snowshoe spots within two hours of Seattle (and a few […]
November 15, 2021
Ice climber swinging ice tool into water ice pillar

How to Choose Crampons

Choosing a pair of crampons can be more involved than you might imagine Not only do you need to consider what type of terrain you will be clomping up, but also what type of boots you will be wearing.  These two variables determine your crampon choice and the attachment system for your crampons.  In the following in-depth article, I will hit on how to choose crampons in relation to both of these topics.  Let’s dive-in. […]
September 17, 2021
Mountaineers hiking across a wooden bridge onto rocky trail

Mount Baker Climb

Team Miyar’s climb of Mount Baker via the Easton Glacier on July 26-28th. All eight team members met at the Brickyard park and ride at 7am on Friday July 27th.  Getting to finally meet everyone in person after weeks of planning was great; Jian, Yanyan, Casper, Hua, Colin, Rahul, and guides Simon and Matt. We did some magically rearranging to fit three days’ worth of climbing gear into two tiny cars and we headed north to the trailhead. After stopping for an essential coffee break, we arrived at the […]
September 30, 2021
A group of hikers with backpacks and trekking poles standing in front of Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier Backpacking Trip Report

Rainier Backpacking Trip Report (July 30 – August 2, 2021) Backpacking Route: Sunrise Trailhead -> Berkeley Camp -> Glacier Basin Camp -> Sunrise Camp By: Miyar Adventures Guide – Diem Duong Day 1: Sunrise Trailhead to Berkeley Camp | Distance: 3.8miles | Elevation: 580 gain/1300 loss Backpacking in Mount Rainier National Park is such a treat and I look forward to it every year. Today myself and my Co-guide Anne met our Miyar Adventures group […]
September 17, 2021

Mount Rainier Trip via Disappointment Cleaver Trip Report

  Mount Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver Trip Report       Mount Rainier Day 0: 28 June 2016 The first Asha Teams met for the Mt. Rainier climb on Tuesday morning. Ongoing roadwork had only served to increase the anticipation as we drove through the park on our way to Paradise. At the overnight parking lot Kirk, Ben and I met the teams who had been preparing for months for this trip. After initial gear […]
October 4, 2021

New season new goals: Training for winter sports in the PNW

New season new goals: Training for winter sports in the PNW By: Megan Marolf Some of us mourn the end of summer’s long days and all the outdoor possibilities the season offers. With greater snow instability and chilly night time temperatures, getting outside for big adventures just doesn’t work as well this time of year. But for us hearty Pacific Northwest locals, winter doesn’t scare us.
October 14, 2016
Nain climbing the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart near Wenatchee. Photo by Jason Schilling

Sandeep Nain Gives up Tech to Follow His Passion

Original article By Josh Cohen on March 25 2015. Posted on Ceaseless curiosity inspired Sandeep Nain to leave behind software engineering and pursue alpine guiding. Sandeep Nain was at a crossroads familiar to many middle-age adults. He had a steadfast passion — in Nain’s case, climbing mountains — that he wasn’t able to fully pursue because of growing work responsibilities and a baby at home. But, unlike many middle-agers, Nain decided to turn play […]