The Northwest Bear

August 10, 2018

The last few months have been a whirlwind of excitement and fast-paced change. I recently packed my life into a 5'x8' UHaul and trekked three hours west to the city of Portland, Oregon. A new job opportunity brought me here. And what feels like a homecoming back to the Northwest is actually a whole new adventure in another city beneath the peaks. I have new summit goals on my mind across the Oregon Cascades, and a never-ending list of food trucks and vegan diners to hit. I am elated to call the...

June 30, 2018

Cherries are in season here in Washington. We ate one too many. It was a good day on the rocks out at the Wallula Gap.

May 29, 2018

Our mission was simple. Climb 18 pitches in one day. (Because that's what normal people do.) If you stretched it a little, you could say we climbed halfway up Half Dome in Yosemite for comparison. 2,000 feet and nine hours of climbing later, my friends and I topped out on "Flyboys," an 18 pitch, ~5.9 rated, sport route and arguably the tallest (sport route) in the entire United States. 

The trip started late Friday afternoon as we caravanned our way north through Chelan to Win...

May 5, 2018

A few weekends ago my friends and I set off for our first Smith climbing trip of the spring season. This trip felt just the same as all the ones we'd taken last fall. The sun was shining down the long stretch of US-97 as we wound through the grass fields. I was third wheeling my best friend, Elise, and her boyfriend, Bradley, per usual (lol). We were the Tres Amigos. The vibes were good. Our plan that day was to head into Bend and shop and eat some fiery f...

April 9, 2018

The Current Project:

A quick update on my climbing project - the 5.11a route called "Psychogenic Fugue Thus Far" out at Vantage, WA. I am happy to announce that I finally sent it on lead! Although, not cleanly. I fell once at the crux move under the mini roof. My goal down the road is to redpoint the route. For now, I'm stoked to be able to pull all the moves on the sharp end of the rope. It's a major milestone for me in my climbing ability. Here's a celebration photo with my mini beer after the...

February 9, 2018

The Reel Rock 12 film recently came out and as always, gets the climbing community hyped for the Spring climbing season. This year's set of adventure films profiled a handful of extremely talented climbers - like Brad Gobright, an Alex Honnold 2.0. And Margo Hayes and Mo Beck, a pair of badass woman who go above and beyond to reach their goals of climbing the first 5.15a and a 5.12 with one hand, respectively. Watching these ladies got me thinking. I want to enter this climbing season with an at...

November 6, 2017

The Fall season on this side of the state is downright the best, weather wise, to climb and adventure. Spring comes in second. But the early Fall season we had here in particular, was one that produced a slow decline in temps and below normal precipitation, leaving the days mild and dry and full of opportunity.

The Enchantments

The last weekend of September was the weekend I spend in Leavenworth traversing The Enchantments with two of my college friends, Lauren & Bess. It was my sec...

September 19, 2017

I am, once again, extremely motivated. All summer long I've been in this lull. I wasn't able to get out into the mountains as much as I wanted. It seemed like the mountaineering season ended way too fast, and it was too hot to climb outside in the Eastern, Washington heat and smoke.  Work doubles and the occasional six day week through most of summer ate away at my spirit and my muscles. My climbing abilities (and physique) took a pretty big hit.

However, the tables have...

September 13, 2017

"On a pontooooon. Makin' waves and catchin' rays up on the rooooof." That song has been stuck in my head since getting back from one of the coolest adventures, unlike any other, that I've ever been on... And with the planning power of 15 people, we planned out quite the epic weekend.

My group of friends, consisting mostly of rock climbers, headed out Friday night to Banks Lake, a feeder lake near the Grand Coulee Damn in Electric City, WA. The area looks pretty similar to any spot in the eastern...

August 7, 2017

It's been a while since I've had the time to sit down and blog about my latest adventures. I've been pulled into work on the weekends, which has allowed only a few sprinkled adventures here and there. Overall, summer has been rough. For me, it is the time of the year where the rock climbing shoes are put lower on the shelf and the crampons and ice axes are on display. Mountaineer's have prepped their maps and gear up to top the big boys. I had plans to hit Mt. Baker again, the North face of Mt....

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Hello. I'm Kelley and I'm a bear.
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