SKIING IS JOY.

Mallorie Estenson is a Pacific Northwest based guide and writer. She’s probably skiing at Snoqualmie Pass now.


  • Mallorie’s Nepal Beta: Trekking, Ama Dablam, Lobuche

    Mallorie’s Nepal Beta: Trekking, Ama Dablam, Lobuche

    For my first Himalayan foray, I wanted a route that was inspiring but known. Ama Dablam is exactly that. My primary goal with this trip was to learn about how to get around, how to manage expedition logistics, to learn what resources were and weren’t available to me. Read more

  • Glacier Peak Ski – Cool Glacier Headwall Solo: Mountain Yelp Review (5 Star)

    Glacier Peak Ski – Cool Glacier Headwall Solo: Mountain Yelp Review (5 Star)

    I spent the majority of the ascent in a cloud and wrapped up in my thoughts. Just as I got to the col, the sun popped, god smiled down upon me and if there were animals on the mountain they would’ve started singing like something out of Snow White. Read more

  • Infinite Bliss: Not the infinite choss I expected (4 Star)

    Infinite Bliss: Not the infinite choss I expected (4 Star)

    It’s not very often that you get to clip bolts in an alpine setting for 23 consecutive pitches with very few B.S. walking pitches to link up the route. I guess you could say that I consider myself a connoisseur of alpine bolts (or a lazy alpinist.) Read more

  • Mal’s Mountain Yelp Reviews

    Short, sweet, sarcastic little anecdotes about my alpine endeavors. Read more

  • Late Stage Quarantine

    At one point, I discovered that I could crawl out of a window and onto the top of my house. Standing there in a slight breeze, I felt a simulated sense of what it’s like to summit a mountain. Read more

  • A Frozen Moment

    A Frozen Moment

    I tried to place a screw in thick ice covered by a layer of slush. The screw wouldn’t go in. I tried a second screw. And this is how I simultaneously clogged and eliminated two screws from my rack. When I realized that I wasn’t going to get a screw where I wanted one, I willed myself to climb higher to find a better placement. Read more