The Northwest Bear

June 7, 2017

After many years of slugging my feet left and right up the major volcanos here in this state, I decided it was time to make a big change to my mountaineering game. I was going to ski down these volcanos and be able to cut the time spent up there by about half. For the past two winter seasons, I'd practiced my turns at the White Pass ski resort and was cruising down blues. I would call myself a novice skier, but one who could handle herself on the slopes and certainly down the snowfields on Raini...

April 2, 2017

Mountaineering season is coming to a start here in the Pacific NW and I'm already feeling the rush of being high up on snowy peaks. A group of girlfriends and I were going to head up Mount St. Helens in mid-March before the permit cap came into effect. But the recent warm snow pack and low snow levels caused too high of an avalanche concern and we had to call the trip. Starting April 1st, the mountain requires a climbing permit to be issued if you're climbing above 5'000 to the summit. During th...

January 3, 2017

I spent a lot of my childhood watching my dad build and remodel stuff. I can reme

mber the moments sitting next to him while he soldered and pieced together the plumbing in multiple bathrooms, stripping down our second story deck and engineering a new one, plastering up miles of dry wall, and beautifully landscaping our yard into something you'd see in a magazine. The list goes on and on. My dad is the master when it comes to woodworking and DIY house projects and I can't thank him enough for ins...

August 9, 2016

I spent a little weekend in the wilderness for some r

est & relaxation with two of my best friends from college, Anna and Lauren. We chose to hike into Lake Talapus, an easy 1.5 miles into the Snoqualmie National Forest and about 45 minutes east of Seattle. Lauren, first of all, is an avid outdoors woman. Her and I have had multiple backpacking trips together throughout college including a 40-miler around Mt. Rainier, we spotted some bears walking the trails near Ross Lake in the N. Cascades, and...

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Hello. I'm Kelley and I'm a bear.
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