Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Road Trip Begins!

I'm sitting in Hood River in a coffee shop.  We're now two hours into our road trip, stopping for a quick break to look at potential rentals for winter.  Our first climbing stop will be the high Sierra and the east buttress of Mt. Whitney!  I'll try to update the blog here and there, but I have no way of uploading any pictures not taken on my phone, so the big stuff will happen upon our return.  Until then, follow me on instagram @ktpaulson or Twitter @paulsonkatie for pictures and updates!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A summer quickly gone

It's been a long and busy summer devoid of posts, for a few reasons.... well really only just one.  Last week I submitted my final Masters Thesis, presented to a room of my peers and my committee and, pending formatting corrections from the grad school, have officially graduated.  Yay!  Needless to say, I haven't had the motivation to write much for fun these last few months.

I did some things besides working this summer.  While I was still in Eugene, I floated the river...

For the month of July, I was in Montana again for field camp...

The sunsets were amazing.

like, really amazing.

The clouds were menacing and incredible, as usual.

The rocks were pretty rad too.
We went to Glacier National Park for a few days.  A small group of us climbed a fun scramble with a great view...

From the summit of Going to the Sun Mountain.

 I went home to Yakima to finish my thesis, and went for a nice hike with friends and family...

Full moon and sunset over Dewey Lake, on the PCT.

Mt. Rainier at sunset from Naches Peak Trail.
I escaped for a weekend to Leavenworth, where we climbed hard slab sport and epic-ed on Dragontail Peak...

Peter, Rip and me on Heart of Gold, 5.10a
Dragontail from Colchuck Lake

Leading the first crux pitch, Serpentine Arete, Dragontail Peak

Colchuck from Dragontail
Unplanned bivvy site.

The summit ridge.

Peter on the summit.

Enchantment basin

Headstands and Prusik.
 I spent a week not sleeping in order to finish my work.  Now it is time for a grand adventure, before real life has to happen.  More on that later.