Into the Alpine 

As always, the beauty of the mountains quieted my doubts and anxieties and filled me with contentment. This was where I belonged. — Arlene Blum, Annapurna: A Woman’s Place

My compulsion to explore alpine environments began in January, 2015 when I joined a research expedition to the Llaima volcano in southern Chile. Since then, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering have become integral components of my life. From routine hikes up the highest mountain on the east coast, to icy summit bids in the Cascades, to long days in the backcountry of national parks — the allure of the alpine world remains constant.

Breathing in the cold beauty of the Canadian Rockies | August 2015

Breathing in the cold beauty of the Canadian Rockies | August 2015

Approaching Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier | May 2017

Approaching Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier | May 2017

Setting up camp on Mt. McLoughlin in southern Oregon | July 2018

Setting up camp on Mt. McLoughlin in southern Oregon | July 2018

Playing in the snow in Olympic National Park | May 2017

Playing in the snow in Olympic National Park | May 2017

Enjoying the last light of the day from our camp at Lake Helen on Mt. Shasta | July 2018

Enjoying the last light of the day from our camp at Lake Helen on Mt. Shasta | July 2018

Feeling grateful for the reliable traction of my crampons after a successful summit bid on Mt. Hood | May 2017

Feeling grateful for the reliable traction of my crampons after a successful summit bid on Mt. Hood | May 2017

Navigating the backcountry of Glacier National Park | August 2018

Navigating the backcountry of Glacier National Park | August 2018

Documenting a cloud inversion at sunrise over the Black Mountains | October 2017

Documenting a cloud inversion at sunrise over the Black Mountains | October 2017

Waking up to an epic morning sky in the backcountry of Olympic National Park | May 2017

Waking up to an epic morning sky in the backcountry of Olympic National Park | May 2017