Skycamping the Sierra Nevadas

Skycamping the Sierra Nevadas

On the first of April this year everything came together for my friend Honza Rejmanek and I to head out for a 4 day expedition in the Sierras. Our plan was to fly or paragliders over the mountains, land and make camp high, and then walk to a place we could take off and start flying the next morning. In the right conditions we can fly for hours and cover many miles in the air. Since our paragliders have no motors we rely on catching updrafts called thermals to climb high…

Mount Baker Summit and Flydown

Mount Baker Summit and Flydown

On April 17th my friend Dan Probst of Cascade Mountain Runners and I made an early season summit of Mount Baker. We saw a brilliant weather window and decided Saturday night to give it a shot. I slept 2 hours and we got up at 2:00 AM and started loading packs in a sleep deprived haze. Miraculously we didn’t forget any essentials. We started hiking from the Ridley Creek trailhead at 4:45 AM hiking up through the forest. We put on snowshoes as soon as we hit the snow a little below…