Sub-Alpinism - A slug's eye view of mountaineering in the Northwest

Gordy Skoog crosses Granite Creek, North Cascades
The initial problem was the inpenetrable jungle of deadfall and matted undergrowth over which and through which the climbers had to struggle. The arduous bushwacks, where climbers were frequently suspended above the ground by the undergrowth, provided a heightened sense of isolation and adventure.
--Chris Jones, Climbing in North America

In coastal mountains, the approach is often harder than the climb. Maybe "approach" is the wrong word. Washed out roads, decrepit trails, swollen rivers and tangled brush are as much a part of the game as rock and ice climbing. Low-elevation thrashing could be considered a sport in its own right. Call it sub-alpinism. These stories and photos offer a taste of it.
Travels in the
Enigma Range
The Brush and Bushwack Rating System Sub-Alpine
Photo Gallery

The Alpenglow Gallery