Jason Hummel has a natural ability to inspire with his backcountry photos. He can often be found high in the Cascades, climbing to a summit or positioning himself to capture breathtaking images of his skiing partners as they make their turns down steep mountain slopes through untouched snow. These three backcountry photos make all of us at SBM yearn for the next climb and decent and wish we were out there now. Hummel keeps an extensive and updated journal, complete with photos from his latest expeditions, at alpinestateofmind.com and cascadecrusades.org, a site dedicated to his friend Ben Colin Manfredi, 1978-2003, an inspirational adventurer and true son of the Northwest who once said about our incredible Washington mountains, “This is our home, our playground, the CASCADE CLASSICS!” Get inspired and get out there!

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