Blog Entries by Chris

Early Winter in the Pacific Northwest

Follow Chris Benelli and company on their early season adventures as they climb and splitboard all over Mt. Hood.

Snowboarding Mt. Hood's Old Chute, Oct. 3rd

On October 3rd, Ryan Irvin (a fellow Next Adventure co-worker) and I were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to score amazing winter snow conditions off of the top of Mt. Hood. I have watched weather patterns on Mt. Hood for years now, and it definitely helps out with getting the goods off of such a tempermental summit.


Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Review

I have been using the Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 for the last couple of big trips I have been on. So stoked on this tent!

The Direkt 2 is a lightweight, 2 person, internal pole mountaineering tent. Weighing in at 2 lbs 8 oz, it is light enough to use as a one man tent, or as a fast and light bivy shelter for 2 people.

May 8th-9th Mt. Baker North Ridge

I've been wanting to do a trip like this for quite awhile now. Splitboards are great fun, everyone knows that.

Climbing makes a man out of you quickly. It's kind of like the army, except you get to make your own decisions.

Even though I have done many mountaineering trips with a splitboard, they have all felt like more of a backcountry run more than an alpine climbing experience. This time, I wanted to switch it up and do a technical climb, with a splitboard as an approach tool.

We started 2.7 miles from the trailhead at a large snow drift. We contemplated trying to dig it out for a bit, but decided to just hoof it. After a 1/2 mile of road walking we were able to skin up and start skiing. I believe this was at about the 2,700 ft. level.

Mt. Hood North Side Traverse

It's not often that you find perfect powder and sunshine on your day off. On April 17th we got lucky, the stars aligned and we scored perfect conditions.
Mt. Hood Coe Glacier

Splitboarding in Salmon River Canyon, Mt. Hood

All footage courtesy of Tyler Tomaselli (T$)
Song and Snowboarding courtesy of Chris Benelli

Next Adventure Climbing Department


The Cascade volcano climbing season is going to be here real quick! The Next Adventure climbing department has everything you need for any route, from an easy snowshoe up Mt. St. Helens, to a technical climb up Mt. Rainier's Ptarmigan Ridge.

Winter Recreation in the Pacific Northwest

Three weeks ago we rode this chute on Mt. St. Helens I"ve been looking at for years. Even though the visibility wasn't optimal we sqeezed out the lemonade and got gnarly anyway.

The climb even got kind of interesting!

Mt. Hood, North Face Right Gully (IV, WI3, 5,300)

Mt. Hood's north face is a harsh environment in the winter. Strong winds always blow, the sun shines on the face for only two cold hours in the early morning, and constant spindrift avalanches pour down its face. The ice is hard, and the snow is deep. Still, I had an uncontrollable urge to climb this mountain, up the north side, in the winter.