My name is Mike Cherim and I currently reside in the heart of the White Mountains in North Conway, NH. I climbed Mt. Washington at 4-years-old with my hiker parents and was hooked from the start, conquering since many summits and ranges: in Japan (Minami Alps and Fuji), the United States (Shuksan, Rainier, Hood, Wasatch, Lassen, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and the White Mountains), the Southern Dolomites in Northern Italy, and other locales. I stopped doing it for a while, life and all that jazz got in the way, but hiking is my life, it’s in my blood, and once again I am at it — and in a big way; bagging peaks, crushing lists, guiding others.
When I’m not in the mountains guiding, exploring somewhere, hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, or doing some other outdoor activity, I’m a not-quite-surviving stock photographer. I’m a starving artist, but it’s okay. I am, as they say, living the dream and I’m okay with that.
About the Masthead
The scene above was taken from a point just east of Columbia Crest on the summit of Mt Rainier, (14,410′), just after sunrise on a brisk July morning. In it we see part of the crater as well as steaming vents amid the moon-like rocks. The other mountaineers milling about in the scene also take in the beauty.