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Conditions/Beta - Climb, Ski & Surf



Backcountry Skiing Canada - A one-stop-shop for skiers seeking timely, on-the-money information.

Mt. Baker - Mt. Baker climbing reports.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Alerts and Conditions.

BCAdventure.com - Information on Vancouver area climbing.

Bivouac.com - The Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia. Photos, trip reports and much more for all things north of the border.

CascadeClimbers.com - The pacific northwest climber's resource. Trip reports, bulletin boards & more.

ClimbingWashington.com - Washington's "100 highest mountains." Photos & factual information.

ClubTread.com - British Columbia based online community dedicated to the outdoors.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Trail conditions & contacts.

Mount Hood - Mt Hood climbing conditions.

Mount Hood National Forest - General information and links.

Index Town Wall - Route beta for cragging near Index.

Live the Vision - Canadian Mountaineering Message Board.

MCR Reports - Canadian Rockies conditions by the ACMG.

Mountain Project - The premier resource for the climbing and mountaineering community. Thousands of climbing partners, route descriptions and climbing photos.

National Forest Image Map - Links to all National Forests.

North Cascades National Park - Climbing Conditions.

North Cascades National Park - NPS Site (includes park map).

Northwest Mountaineering Journal - "...an edited, permanent, annual record of mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest."

Olympic National Forest - Trail conditions & contacts.

Mount Rainier - Climbing & route conditions report.

Mount Rainier National Park - NPS Site (includes park map).

Mount Rainier National Park - Road Status.

SummitPost.org - Good info & photos on mountains the world over.

Washington Trails Association - Trail conditions & reports.

Wenatchee Outdoors - "Local" climbing, ski and biking conditions and reports.

Wenatchee National Forest - Trail conditions & contacts.


Magicseaweed.com - Surf forecasts and conditions.

WestportCam.com - Good live shot of the "cove" & general Westport information.


AccuWeather.com - A reasonably good weather forcasting resource.

atmos.washington.edu - A weather forecast discussion has all the detail, speculation and context the dummied-down forecasts leave out.

atmos weather loops - focus on Pacific states.

atmos weather loops - focus on Pacific Coast from Gulf of Alaska to Baja.

Environment Canada - Canada's Weatheroffice.

NOAA Seattle - Seattle's national weather service.

WSDOT - Washington State Department of Transportation.


Avalanche.ca - The Canadian Avalanche Association Bulletins.

Dolomiti Superski - Skiing/Snowboarding in the dolomites. My home away from home!

NW Weather/Avalanche Center - Weather and Snowpack information.

Ski Mountaineering - Everything about skiing the Cascade volcanoes and more.

SkiWashington.com - Washington Resort & snow/ski conditions.

Splitboard.com - The Future of Backcountry Snowboarding. An online resource for splitboard enthusiasts.

Turns All Year - Year round backcountry skiing. Nice annotated panoramas and a great place to get beta on ski conditions.

Whistler-Blackcomb - Best ski area in North America? My other home away from home.

Mountain Cameras



BC Highways - various cams

Glacier Pk - from Seattle

Mt. Hood - from Hood River

Mt. Hood - from Timberline

Howe Sound (and more) - from Squamish, BC

Leavenworth - downtown

North Cascades - from Marblemount

North Cascades - from Newhalem

Olympic Natl. Park - from Lake Crescent

Oregon Dept. of Transportation - various cams

Paradise - view west

Mt. Rainier - from Paradise

Mt. Rainier - from Queen Anne/Kiro7

Mt. Shasta - from west

Mt. Stuart - from Science Building at CWU

St. Helens - from Johnston Ridge

Methow Valley - from Sun Mountain Lodge

Three Fingered Jack - from Hoodoo Butte

WA Passes - pass cams

Washington State Dept. of Transportation - various cams


Alpental - from base

Bachelor - from base

Crystal Mtn. - from base

Mt. Hood - Meadows (at right)

Mt. Hood - Timberline

Mission Ridge - from summit

Stevens Pass - various

Whistler/Blackcomb - various

Gear, Reviews and MTB Trail Guides



BackcountryGear.com - "Equipment for the body, escape for the soul"

BackcountryStore.com - Good variety on gear. Ok on price.

ClimbAxe.com - Good deals and fast shipping.

FogDog.com - Some good deals on clothing.

Marmot Mountain Works - Two PS stores (Bellevue & Tacoma) stocked with just about everything you would need. Don't overlook the sale rack.

Pro Mountain Sports - Jim Nelson's own climbing store located in the U. district. A tiny shop, packed full of some of the best climbing gear around. Also a good place to drop by when seeking route beta from Jim himself.

REI.com - Huge inventory. Great return/exchange policy. Geared towards the gaping masses.

Sierra Trading Post - Good prices on general outdoor gear.


Bike Nashbar.com - Good deals on a wide selection of bike parts.

BikeWorld.com - "Mailorder for the Digital Age"

DirtWorld.com - Bike shop, gear reviews and trail guides.

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Washington States largest mountain bike advocacy and trail building group.

JensonUSA.com - Best price and selection.

Methow Valley Sport Trails Association - Winthrop area MTB trail information.

MTBR.com - Mtn. bike/parts review & buy 'n sell. The definitive resource.

NSMBA.com - North Shore mtn. bike association.

PinkBike.com - Bike forum, buy/sell and more.

Winthrop Mountain Sports - Online trail conditions.

Personal Pages & Trip Reports

There are tons of northwest climbing websites out there. Here are a few that I find interesting and which seem to offer a unique perspective.

Alpenglow Gallery - Lowell Skoog's personal site features stunning photography and chronicles the history of ski mountaineering in Washington's Cascades.

Alpine Dave - Dave is an accomplished rock and ice climber with some inspiring FWAs to boot.

Bloxham Photography - Slick site design and first class photography makes Todís site well worth a visit. Run a search for his Waddington photos!

Cairn Publishing - Matt Gunn's Vancouver area backcountry ski and scrambles site.

Cascade Classics - Classic ski descents, whitewater kayaking and a bit of climbing thrown in there for good measure. The author is unfortunately no longer with us, but his stories live on.

Cascade Climber - The adventures of Loren and Jens - good climbs, insightful stories.

Cascade Crusades - Continues in the spirit of Cascade Classics, but with poetic sensibilities. Excellent photos throughout!

Cascadian Mountain Adventures - Mike has an enviable list of ascents under his belt. Now on "assignment" in the Bavarian Alps.

Eric's Base Camp - Dedicated to mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Eric and I enjoyed (endured?) many climbs together.

Franklin W. Bradshaw Photography - Bike, hike, ski, paddle...it's all here with nice slideshows to boot!

John Scurlock - Amazing aerial photography of the North Cascades in Winter. Spawned many FWAs during the Winter of 2004/2005.

Kam K. Leang - Smart design and inspiring photography featuring backcountry skiing and mountain scenery.

Phil's Trip Reports - Spanning the gamut of all things mountainous - from videos of backcountry skiing to 'secret' WA ice climbs, with a good sense of humor throughout.

Rhinoclimbs - The Life and Climbs of Northwest climbing legend John Roper.

Ski Sickness - A hypertext manifestation of Sky Sjue's obsession with steep skiing.

The Hyena - Kidnapping babies for ransom. All pow all the time. Preston's backcountry blog.

Waynes' World - Ok, seriously now, we climbed Johannesburg together. Wayne's a league or two or three beyond me, which makes him a phenomenal climber but also a great character to spend time in the mountains with!

Miscellaneous Links

< Find & Help >

German <-> English dictionary - Search in more than 700,000 translations with examples and hints, explanations, synonyms, sayings, aphorisms, and quotations in English and German.

access.wa.gov - State Govt. & Services

dexknows.com - Yellow Pages and Online Phone Book

< Maps & Topos >

Acme Mapper - Free. 'nuf said. Alt-Print Screen is your friend!

Expedia maps - Find a map!

MSR Maps - Microsoft Research Maps

< Web >

Omnis - Account Management

Comcastic - Web Mail

Web stats - Usage statistics for sverdina.com (password protected).

< Wish lists >

Sergio's wish list - The wild imaginings of a madman, as of 2012 (password protected).



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