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Jarod Cogswell in Chamonix: "I chose this image because it was the best day I had ever experienced in the mountains."

Editor's Note: Local climber, boarder and fitness pro Jarod Cogswell got to achieve a lifelong goal this spring when he traveled to Chamonix, France to experience the Alps. The trip was a life changer, as he explains in comments recorded  in sync with the video he created on the plane ride home.

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If the author looks exhausted in the picture, that's because he is.

The night before we left on the trip we sat around the fire pit at my house, drinking beers with my wife and some friends. Sifting through Facebook out of sheer sad habit, I stumbled across a rare gem: An article entitled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod”. It explained to the uninitiated among us, “The dad bod says ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also enjoy drinking heavily on the weekends and eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’” We had a good laugh and I felt vindicated. Though I am a dedicated endurance athlete, my small beer gut persists no matter how lean and strong I get.

It doesn’t take a calculator to add up the cumulative pounds of body fat on all the climbers who have summited Yosemite’s El Capitan. The answer is six. Five of them on me, and the other one divided between everyone else who has climbed in its 57-year history of ascent.

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Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers monitor a Mt. Hood fumarole for toxic gases. Photo by Jan-Erik Maas

The peak of the Mt. Hood climbing season is here, and conditions have been stellar. But anyone heading up for the summit this spring should be fully aware of the risks posed by falling rocks and ice, large crowds of fellow climbers, and several ominously positioned fumaroles containing toxic volcanic gases.

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Michael Getlin reaches the ridge above Devil's Kitchen Headwall. Photo by Carlos Martinez

I've been wanting to climb the Devil’s Kitchen Headwall ever since I saw some dude high up on Mount Hood disappear into a small couloir as nonchalantly as he might have waltzed into his neighborhood coffee shop.

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Jarod Cogswell on Mount Hood. Photo by Richard Hallman

A few months ago, when I interviewed Mt. Hood rescue climber Jarod Cogswell about his new FIT Academy in Beaverton, he told me a harrowing story about spending the night on the summit of Mount Hood during brutal white-out blizzard in 2003.

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