Blake Herrington

Hometown: Leavenworth, WA
Current Transportation: Old steel road bike with gears (not trendy enough for a fixie)
Core Activities: Alpine climbing, rock climbing
Non-Core Activities: Writing, cooking, crosswording
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, SCARPA, CAMP USA, The Grocery Outlet
Favorite Places: The Cascades, Trout Creek, granite mountains with few people
My Jam Is: Raspberry
I Eat Lots Of: Bacon
Fun Fact: I always order milk when offered a drink on an airplane—free protein and calories to complement the 3-oz pack of salted cashews.

Blake Herrington learned to climb as a teenager while working for a small bakery in North Cascades National Park. His first trips into the mountains instilled in him a familiarity with untraveled alpine choss and a love for remote peaks. Now in his mid-20s, Blake has lived in Denver and Bellingham, before recently settling into the mountain town of Leavenworth, Wash. He has established over two-dozen new alpine routes or first free ascents from Alaska, to Colorado to Argentina. Blake is also a widely-published author, having contributed articles to Alpinist, Climbing and Rock & Ice. He has climbed sport and traditional pitches up to 5.13d, but considers diverse alpine routes the most engaging and inspiring sub-set of climbing. Despite savoring the alpine cooking of many climbing partners, he counts himself among the best camp chefs he’s had the opportunity to climb with.

VIDEO: Two Friends Go For Their Dream Climb In Their Home Range

Blake Herrington and Jens Holsten take down a new three-peak enchainment in the Stuart Range, and just happened to film it. [Read More]

A Spain Sport Climbing Tick List

Blake Herrington lays out a list of 5-star routes to try near Chulilla, Spain, with beta to boot. [Read More]

How To Write A Guidebook: Beg, Borrow And Deal

Blake Herrington's secrets to writing a guidebook—or paying off your friends. [Read More]

What’s YOUR climbing style ... PNW? New England? Or Southeast?

Dissecting America's quirky climbers' habitats. [Read More]

Climbers Are Gross. But maybe really smart.

Want a look into climbers' minds? Take a peek at their route names. [Read More]

4 Tools You Need For Cleaning Overgrown Climbing Routes

How to reclaim climbing routes from the ever-encroaching grip of the forest. [Read More]

Insider’s Guide To Climbing Index’s Under-The-Radar Gems

PNW local Blake Herrington spills the beta on Index's rarely climbed, but high-quality, classics. [Read More]

This Hack Will Keep You Warmer On Early Spring Climbs

Blake Herrington gives three quick steps for making recycled leg warmers. [Read More] Route of the Week: JR Token Extended

If you like thin hand cracks, this route's for you. [Read More] Route of the Week: U3

This route might be the best intro to Trout Creek style. [Read More] Route of the Week: The May Fly

Long considered Trout's hardest tick, it's certainly among the very best. [Read More] Route of the Week: Pan Handling

This might be the best 100 feet of 5.10 cragging in the Northwest.… [Read More] Area of The Month: Trout Creek, Oregon

Relentless, splitter cracks and riverside campsites make for a stellar fall destination. [Read More] Route of the Week: Mister Masters, Icebox Canyon

This super-steep moderate opens up toprope options on harder routes close by. [Read More] Route of the Week: Adventure Punks, Pine Creek Canyon

Bold and minimally bolted, Adventure Punks makes a point. [Read More] Route of the Week: Texas Hold ‘Em, Black Velvet Peak

An adventurous linkup makes for a demanding Red Rock classic. [Read More] Route of the Week: Dark Shadows, The Mescalito

Go for the stellar patina and huecos, stay for the views. [Read More] Area of The Month: Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Early fall is prime time for desert climbing [Read More] Route of the Week: Pervertical Sanctuary to the Forrest Finish

Leave behind the Casual Route for this 5.11a challenge on the iconic Diamond. [Read More] Route of the Week: South Face of Zowie Spire

Get the beta on the Petit Grepon's lower-traffic lookalike. [Read More] Route of the Week: Sublime Buttress

The Sublime Buttress on Cathedral… [Read More]

How To Fix A Cam

Trigger wire troubles? Follow these DIY instructions to replace these unweighted but crucial parts. [Read More] Route of the Week: Ithaca on Arrowhead Peak

If you think alpine rock in Rocky Mountain National Park means cold, North-facing stone and elaborate descents, you are mostly correct. But here’s an excellent exception. Ithaca is one… [Read More] Area of the Month: Rocky Mountain National Park

Splitter stone and eye-popping views are worth braving the Estes Park tourist trap. [Read More] Route of the Week: Dragons of Eden

Outdoor Research athlete Blake Herrington talks about one of his favorite alpine rock routes near Leavenworth [Read More] Route of the Week: Sherpa Glacier Couloir

Outdoor Research athlete Blake Herrington shares one of his favorite Leavenworth snow climbs [Read More] Route of the Week: The Footless Traverse

Outdoor Research athlete Blake Herrington shares one of his favorite boulder problems in Leavenworth: The Footless Traverse (V5) [Read More] Route of the Week: Orbit

Outdoor Research athlete Blake Herrington talks about his favorite route at Leavenworth [Read More] Area of the Month: Leavenworth

Outdoor Research athlete Blake Herrington shares the locals' beta [Read More]

Aguja Guillaumet: Patagonia Climbing

It was my second time in Patagonia.… [Read More]

Bivies, Bacon and Alpine Bliss

Blake Herrington breaks Cascades alpine climbing down to the basics with Sol Workin and Scott Bennett. Putting up first ascents in BC and Washington’s Cascades requires strength, skill, tenacity, great… [Read More]

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Bayard Russell
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Emilie Drinkwater
Gordon McArthur
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Guy Robertson
Jason Nelson
Jewell Lund
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Kyle Dempster
Margo Talbot
Mark Allen
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