Matt Klemsz

  • Snow Camp at Smith Rock

    Just 140 miles southeast of Portland, and 27 miles north of Bend, lies a clustering of rocks more prominently referred to as Smith Rock.This intricate rock formation is a mecca for climbers during the warm summer months, however the landmark unvei...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Source & Snow Lakes via the Alpental Access Trail

    It’s no surprise to outdoor enthusiasts in the PNW just how popular the Alpine Lakes Wilderness can be.  With numerous access points, this terrain is unlike any around; offering those who enter a combination of alpine views, crystal blue lakes, lu...

    4.8 miles 1350 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Reflection Lakes

    In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park became the 5th National Park to be established, and for good reason! With over 350 square miles of protected wilderness there's nothing you can't do within the boundary of the park, and in this case we're talk...

    3.5 miles 580 ft gain

  • Summit Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

    Monitor Ridge is the "easiest" of the routes one can take in order to claim that they have stood on top the sleeping giant better known as Mount St. Helens. This route is heavily favored over Worm Flows as the starting elevation is not only an ad...

    9.4 miles 4585 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Umbrella Falls

    Just 66 miles east of Portland, and 35 miles south of Hood River the infamous Mt Hood breaks through the clouds for all to see. The highest peak of Oregon is the ultimate explorer's paradise offering something for every season... and in this case...

    0.5 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike to the Summit of Coldwater Peak

    While thousands of visitors come to witness the raw power and devastation left behind from Mount St Helens' famous 1980 eruption, few wander past the groomed paths surrounding the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It is beyond these paths where you come...

    12.2 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Kayak at Yale Lake

    Just 55 miles northeast of Portland lies a body of water so pure you have to see it to believe it...that's right, we're talking about Yale Lake. One of three lakes beneath Washington's ever rumbling Mount St Helens, Yale offers the outdoor lover ...

  • Night Photography at Loowit Viewpoint

    From roughly May to September, both star gazers and photographers alike travel to the darkest locations in order to capture something truly magnificent- the galactic core of the milky way. The Loowit Viewpoint is unlike any around due to the perfe...

  • Hike through Dalles Mountain Ranch

    Just north of The Dalles lies a park most have never heard of despite it's astounding 3,338 acres in size... Columbia Hills Historical State Park. A large park comprised of many smaller ones, the outdoor lover may come here to enjoy kayaking or fi...

    5 miles 480 ft gain

  • Hike to Ape Canyon

    Not to be confused with the ever so popular Ape Caves, the Ape Canyon is a moderately challenging hike that remains above ground, climbing a total of 1650 feet in elevation parallel to the Muddy River.  Although originally designed as a hiking tra...

    9.6 miles 1650 ft gain