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By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 22, 2012
Seattle, WA.

Reflecting on the past two weeks, this has been a trip we will never forget.  As I wrote in the last post from Mt. Baker, the end of our Volcano Tour has been bittersweet. We had so much fun with so many great partners on so many peaks that we are now in a strange post-expedition funk where the only remedy is continued activity – yoga, climbing, and running have filled the void here in Seattle. Jess and I have some of our favorite Whole Foods recipes from the trip to share w/ you, and of course, we have some wholehearted thanks to give to everyone who helped make this one of the most fun adventures we have ever had.

First off, here is a summary of the route info and data from the Volcano Tour:

For those of you thinking about a similar goal, we have two recommendations: First, definitely build a couple of rest days into your plan. Climbing / skiing days can be long and your body needs to recover so you can keep up the pace.  Sleep is crucial, even if you never seem to get enough.  Second, make sure you are getting enough calories, and the right kind of calories, to fuel your adventure.  The recipes below are a few of our favorites from the trip and were designed by Healthy Eating Specialist Sarah Morgan at Whole Foods Market.

High Protein Waffles:

  • 1 cup rolled oatmeal
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Spray oil for griddle

SERVES: 2-3.

REPEAT RECIPE FOR MORE WAFFLES/PANCAKES. CAN BE FROZEN FOR LATER USE.

Method: Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Spray waffle iron or griddle , spoon batter into iron or griddle and cook until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup, nut butter and fresh fruit.

The Hulk Smoothie:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 TBSP flax seed
  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder of choice
  • 1 TBSP Maca Powder

MAKES ONE SMOOTHIE.

Method: Layer blender with orange juice, banana, flaxseed, protein powder, maca powder, spinach, and kale. Blend until smooth and add more orange juice as desired.

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On the final summit of the #VolcanoTour, Dav reflects the experience of skiing 15 volcanoes in 14 days.


The crew admires another “X” on the back of the Land Yacht. 15 Volcanoes in 14 days.

By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 20, 2012

The end of any great journey or vacation is always bittersweet. On one hand, you have a wonderful collection of memories and experiences, but on the other hand you are left wanting more. Now that we have wrapped up our Volcano Tour with yesterday’s ascent and ski of Mt. Baker, we all find ourselves fulfilled, but at the same time wondering what to do today (?). To me, this is the true measure of the success of an adventure. We succeeded on many levels, yet are now as motivated as ever for more.

Our final volcano mission on Mt. Baker was somewhat fortuitous. We drove many hours north after our long one-day ascent of Mt. Rainier on the 17th, and arrived in the Mt. Baker ski area parking lot at midnight. Everyone was truly exhausted. Christy Mahon, who was driving a car with her husband Ted, even pulled over at Chair 1 at Mt. Baker, unable to drive any further. Ted took over and drove the final 100 yards to the parking lot! The next day we had grand plans of doing the long traverse from the ski area to Mt. Baker volcano, but Mother Nature and our own lack of energy stood in the way. We were unable to get out of the Land Yacht before 10 am, and after 4 hours of touring in the clouds on Ptarmigan Ridge with limited views of the volcano, we decided to call it an active rest day and head back to the parking lot to regroup. It’s nice when the weather makes decisions for you (nevermind that this route is super-long and would require a much earlier start).


View of the NW side of Mt. Baker from Ptarmigan Ridge on our five hour “active rest day.”

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By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 18, 2012.

I’m gonna keep this one short as we’re currently in position to climb Mt. Baker and have very poor internet service. Yesterday was an amazing day on Mt. Rainier. As the highest volcano in the Lower 48, and fifth highest summit in the Lower 48, it presented a fun challenge for the Volcano Tour team. Both Ted and I had climbed and skied it before, and I have been on Rainier with Chris Pondella, but those trips were ‘over-nighters.’ The first time I skied Rainier with Ted, I ran into Sky Sjue, who was skiing it in a single day.  From that point on I had wanted to give it a go in a single day as well.  So here we were, fit (although tired) after already hiking and skiing thirteen volcanoes in eleven days – parked at the base of Rainier ready to go. There was a little discussion about our options – to camp or not to camp – but everyone agreed it would be much classier and a prouder achievement to send it in a single day. The Volcano Tour has been blessed with so many friends joining us for the peaks. For Rainier, the team was Ted and Christy Mahon, Jess McMillan, Ian Fohrman, Jim Morrison, Christian Pondella, and myself.

Washington’s Mt. Rainier (14,411’), in all of her glory. Photo: Ian Fohrman

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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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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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(The east side of North Sister under a half-moon.)

By Chris Davenport

Written on May 11, 2012

Yesterday was our biggest day of the trip so far in terms of distance covered, vertical climbed & skied, and pure effort exerted. Luckily for us we had some great local knowledge. We hooked up with local skier and owner of Three Sisters Backcountry huts Jonas Tarlen through our friend David Marchi; Jonas took us on a grand adventure. Jess and I were ready for a big day, but when it was all over we were definitely whooped! 

Aside from losing an hour trying to summit North Sister in icy conditions, we moved quickly all day and finished the almost 18 mi. traverse of over 10,000’ vertical in just under 12 hours. One of the coolest and perhaps most surprising aspects of this day was that during a perfect weather window, and in ideal snow conditions, we didn’t see another soul out there in Central Oregon’s biggest mountains. 

Three Sisters Vital stats: The Three Sisters Traverse is comprised of three separate summits: North Sister (10,085’), Middle Sister (10,047’), and South Sister (10,358’).

We skied Mt. Washington this morning (our 9th volcano in 6 days) and are headed to the trailhead for tomorrow’s big day on Mt. Jefferson. Our internet connection has been quite slow during this part of the trip, so I’m going to let the photos (below) tell the story on this one. I think you’ll enjoy… 

But not without a final shout-out to Shane, Jonas’ partner at ThreeSistersBackcountry who picked us up on the road in his snow-machine, complete with chocolate milk and beer!  Thanks Shane!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from Washington and Jefferson.

-Chris

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