This past summer, I was lucky enough to take a trip up Mt. Hood with my dad and two of my best friends: Kayla and Nick. As some of you know, our luck on the mountain was not so fortunate. After reaching the summit on a gorgeous morning (June 9th, 2011), we got a quick ride down the mountain in an ice fall/avalanche.
Fortunately, all of us on our short rope team (Kayla, Nick, myself, and boss man Todd) walked away relatively unharmed. Kayla suffered the worst injury with a sprained ankle, I was pretty beat up (fat lip and bruises included), and Nick mayyyybe (we are still unsure at this point) had a tiny scratch above his left ear. It was a really rough day for him. 😉
During the slide, we lost a few things (2 ice axs, 1 glove, and my camera). I thought it would be lost forever so you can imagine my surprise when I received an email last week from a young man in Oregon asking if I might have lost a camera on Mt. Hood last summer??
Yes!!! The camera WAS found! He actually found it the same week the ice fall happened but had no clue how to find its owner until he went to unload some of his pictures and saw my resume on the memory card. Definitely not as exciting as finding it 8 months later on the mountain; which is what I initially thought happened, but still pretty cool!
To honor the camera and that ENTIRE crazy trip, here are the long lost pics…
Bloody Marys in DIA with Papa Pana!
My Dad’s AWESOME rental car…
My two adopted siblings for the week 🙂
Hanging out in Corvallis 🙂
We are so adult!!! Especially when I tried to get into the car…
Nick and I decided to play yard drinking games with our packs on for training….
Tony and BJ, dominating, per usual
Went to the coast for a day…
arf arf arf! pancake
the boulder crew…
Zags + ginger (who knew at this point you guys would be roommates!?!?) 🙂
Chillin on the coast….
These are my favorite!!! because of course, Kayla and I needed to do jump pictures… but focus in on Nick in the background. He did AWESOME job at photobombing these pics…
THE EPIC PHOTO!!!! we thought this one was a goner…
Never too old…
Timberline Mountain Guides… getting ready to leave 🙂
Mt. Hood Map
Trying to prepare ourselves for what was ahead…
Yes dad!!! love you!!!
Day 1… weather gets weird…
Kayla is still stoked…
Made it to camp!
it was COOOOOLD
After a LONG struggle to set up camp, we are happy to be in tents 🙂 to wait out the wind/blizzard that night
Day 2: waiting out crazy weather and playing on glaciers!
Day 3 we wake up at midnight and it is silent, the weather has past and we make excellent time up to the summit!!!
Me and my papa!
The Pana fam extended! and our amazing guides 🙂
Todd, the leader of the wolfpack!
Descending down the old chute
This was the last picture I took before the avalanche. We had just made it down the old chute. We continued to descend safely for another 50-100 yards before stopping to take off our puffy coats. This is when the ice fell above us and took us down in its path. The noise from the crash I can still remember vividly and I even get nauseous when a plane flies by in the back country because the sounds are so similar.
What a CRAZY adventure!!! So glad we were all alright and I can’t wait for our next climb 🙂
Here is a picture from Kayla’s camera that was taken from the Hogsback looking up towards Hells Kitchen and the Old Chute. You can see the avalanche debris and the direct path that we slide down.