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To Infinity & Beyond: Getting Loopy on Mt. Rainier

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 SE 43rd Avenue Portland, OR 97202 USA (map)
Frying Pan Gap, the highpoint on the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier

Frying Pan Gap, the highpoint on the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier

All climbers dreams of free, unencumbered movement through the mountains. Professional alpinist Scott Bennett has spent the last decade climbing all over world, always seeking to feel confident in the most remote and rugged places.

In the past few years, Scott has also embraced distance running, first simply for training, but increasingly in combination with long technical routes. A combination of fitness, years of mountain experience, and creative strategy allow Scott to take on bigger and more committing objectives in a fast, free, and fun style.

Join Scott for an evening of photos and stories from some of these adventures. He'll cover remote classics like Mt. Goode or Mt. Olympus in a day, the car-to-car speed records on the North Ridge of Mt Stuart and West Ridge of Forbidden, and ambitious ridge traverses like the Palisades and Evolution in the California Sierra. All these were training and preparation for his grueling, but enlightening, Infinity Loop on Mt Rainier. Over 2.5 days Scott climbed over (twice) and ran all the way around the iconic volcano, learning how big it really is, and just how far his legs could go.


Beginning in Yosemite, Scott Bennett’s first passion was pure rock. El Capitan became a crag, the perfect venue for moving quickly and overcoming fear of exposure. From there, he began to hear tales of a wild southern land, with just as much granite, albeit with something called “Snow mushrooms.” It was in Argentine Patagonia that Scott really became an alpinist, first setting foot on a glacier and first going ground-up on virgin rock. Over the course of three seasons, he refined the raw strength and stoke of rock climbing into the cautious determination of a mountain climber.

With first ascents, from Alaska to the Waddington range, the Cascades to Patagonia, Scott has established himself as one of the most active alpinists of his generation. Combining the raw strength and stoke with thoughtful planning, Scott excels at moving quickly and safely on massive objectives.

Earlier Event: November 14
Fast & Light Alpinism: Day 1
Later Event: November 15
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