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In this #DavDispatch from Day 10 of the #VolcanoTour, Dav shows clear signs of fatigue as he crests the summit of Mt. Adams after having climbed 8.5 mi. and 9,000 vertical feet in 7.5 hours. With 4 volcanoes yet to go, including 14,411’ Mt. Rainier, the Volcano Tour promises to push Dav and the other athletes to their limits.


Team #VolcanoTour added Christy and Ted Mahon to their roster and conquered Mt. Adams on May 14th – their twelfth volcano in just nine days.

By: Christy Mahon (@aspenchristy)

Written on May 14, 2012

Wow, what a day! After climbing over 8,400 vertical feet to the 12,281’ summit of Mt. Adams, we were rewarded with yet another gorgeous day on the mountain and incredible spring corn conditions.

Jess McMillan diving down the face of Mt. Adams with Mt. St. Helens (next on the list) in the background.

What is most impressive is that not only have Chris, Jess, and friends been finding these conditions every day, but they have managed to keep up their energy and strength with the massive physical undertaking of the “Ring of Fire” Volcano Tour. By Chris’s estimates they have climbed almost 60,000’ on twelve volcanoes in the nine days the tour has been on the road.

Chris Davenport stares at yet another volcano – Mt. Adams – on May 14th, 2012.

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The following string of photos tells the story of the amazing experience Team Volcano Tour (and a bunch of friends) had on Mt. Hood yesterday. From their 3:30am wake up call to their post-ski revelry, we hope you enjoy the chronology of images below.

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Professional Skier Asit Rathod skis Mt. Hood’s northeast face in the buff on May 13, 2012 after having a ‘McConkey moment of clarity.’

By: Asit Rathod (@presidentofpow)

Written on May 13, 2012

Hey hey All!!
 
Guest blogger Asit Rathod checking in from the ‘Ring of Fire’ Volcano Tour and Mount Hood; and what a day it was my friends!

Quote of the day award goes to Jess McMillan during brunch in Hood River…”I’m really happy about being drunk right now” (ed. note: let’s face it everyone, she’s earned it). It’s funny but as we grow older and the years keep adding we start realizing how much life changes but good friends still stay the same.

So I got an email a few weeks back from my old friend Chris Davenport that his merry band of crazies were going to ski the Pacific Northwest ‘Ring of Fire.’ I read the itinerary and thought they’d have a better chance of winning the lottery than staying true to the dates. Well son of a gun, I should have bought that lottery ticket.

We all rendezvoused around 10pm in the parking lot of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood last night and it was as if time had never passed since our days together almost two decades ago. Yes we are that old. Then out of nowhere, I see a smile that made me smile from within as if I had just seen the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause kung fu fighting each other. Mr. Jim Morrison gave me a hug and that signature smile that was exactly as I remembered it 15+ years ago. I knew a whole lot of awesomeness was about to happen but we had to get some zzzzzz’s.  So a big hug, HI-5’s, and ‘sleep well’s’ was all that two old friends could give each other.

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Aerial photo of Mt. Jefferson showing our ski line, the beautiful Southwest Face. Photo by Jim Morrison

By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 12, 2012

As I sit here in the Spyder Land Yacht driving north towards tomorrow’s objective, Mt. Hood, I can’t help but reflect on the last eight days and the ten peaks we’ve skied. Both Jess and I have mentioned in our blog posts how cool it is each day to look south and see the mountains we have skied, and then to turn north and see our future. We’re tired – really tired – with tens of thousands of vertical feet in our legs and only one rest day … yet somehow the stoke meter stays pinned.

This trip has been a dream on many levels, but perhaps the greatest gifts have been from Mother Nature herself. The weather has been perfect the entire time, and the corn-snow cycle as good as it gets on these big Cascade volcanoes. What we did in our lives to arrive at this place and be blessed with such gifts is beyond me. I’m just grateful to share these experiences with such amazing people.

I think I have heard Jess say “today was my favorite volcano” at least five or six times so far, and it was loud and clear today on Mt. Jefferson. This massive mountain has no easy access this time of year and was the lowest starting point we have had so far (around 3,100’) so we were looking at a huge day.

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Dead center in this photo is @SteepSkiing, precariously positioned on Mt. Washington in #Oregon. Can you spot him? #VolcanoTour (Taken with instagram)

Dead center in this photo is @SteepSkiing, precariously positioned on Mt. Washington in #Oregon. Can you spot him? #VolcanoTour (Taken with instagram)


By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 8, 2012.

I’m going to keep this post a bit short, mainly because Mt. Bachelor is perhaps the least interesting of all the volcanoes we hope to ski on this journey. So how did we come to ski two volcanoes in one day?  Well, the story goes like this…  After an awesome morning on Mt. Thielson we drove two hours north to Bend and pulled into the totally sweet Crown Villa RV Resort.  This place is so plush and relaxing!

We busted out the grill and fixed up some delicious fish tacos that had been marinating in the fridge for 24 hours in a tequila lime seasoning from Whole Foods Market.  During lunch, as our bellies filled up, Daron, Jess and I were all feeling pretty recovered.  It was only 2 pm and I said, “Why don’t we get ahead of the curve here and go skin up Bachelor this evening for a sunset ski?”  Without hesitation, Daron and Jess were in!  We had a plan.  That’s the thing I love about this group… everyone is motivated and full of positive energy.  So we digested for an hour and then drove up to the West base area at Bachelor for an easy 3400’ skin.

The ski area is closed Monday through Wednesday right now so we had the entire area to ourselves and skinned up a beautiful groomed track. 

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VIDEO: #DavDispatch for Day 4 of the #VolcanoTour. After ripping a wide open swath of corn on Mt. Thielson in the morning, Dav, Jess, and Daron had a crazy idea and decided to ALSO ski Mt. Bachelor. Two volcanoes, one day. You can’t make this stuff up.


Team #VolcanoTour made a stop at @wholefoodsmarket in #Bend #Oregon today to stock up on provisions. Onward to Three Sisters! (Taken with instagram)

Team #VolcanoTour made a stop at @wholefoodsmarket in #Bend #Oregon today to stock up on provisions. Onward to Three Sisters! (Taken with instagram)


By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 8, 2012

I wish my words could clearly convey just how much fun we are having on this road trip. From the amazing Spyder Land Yacht and all of its comforts, to the amazing people and their positive energy we have met along the way, to the truly fantastic skiing on our first four volcanoes, it’s been an epic trip by any measure.

Jess, Daron and I continued to ramp up the fun factor today on Mt. Thielson, a dissected shield volcano that lies just north of Crater Lake National Park.

Thielson has many things going for it, but the easy approach, steep upper face, and fun summit rock climb make it a standout.  Every peak we have skied on this journey has been special in its own way, but on Thielson it was all about the perfect velvet corn snow.  I mean truly perfect!  As we skinned the steep upper Southwest Face in the cool morning shade, our thoughts were all about timing, as they tend to be during the spring ski-mountaineering season. 

The face was frozen hard, making for some sporty skinning, and the shadow crept up behind us as we ascended.  We hoped and prayed that after some time on top Mother Nature would work her magic and the corn would be ripe!

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