How to Make an Alpine Shower

By Blake Herrington, 19 November 2012

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    19 November 2012


    Blake Herrington


    Alpine & Ice Climbing

Blake, Graham, Scott Bennett and Forest Woodward spent three weeks exploring granite in the Waddington Range, BC.  There are some sacrifices of comfort and luxury that we all make when we head into the mountains. The higher we go and the longer we mean to be gone tends to drastically decrease the quantity of “extras” we pack. Graham, Forrest and Scott are not ones to haul in superfluous stuff, but they also know where to draw the line on minimalism.  Bacon, for one, is often an essential. The other: showers. Here’s how to add some frills to your base camp.

Blake Herrington

Leavenworth, WA

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 5.13a, 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.