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  1. NorthwestWanderer

    Backpacking Okanogan National Forest : Copper Glance Lake & failed attempt at No Dice Lake

    Hello all, I've been really busy backpacking this summer so I haven't had time to post here as often as I'd like. This is a trip I did in late june to help me physically prepare for an 8-day mountaineering Bailey Range Traverse in ONP which I completed successfully two-ish weeks ago. I'll be...
  2. ram

    Colchuck Peak 7/10-12/2019

    After Ingells, with the weather still bad on the crest, Jenny and I moved along to the Enchantments, a place we had been 9 years before. We got the permit easily as we were not looking for a through hike this time. Last time we climbed Dragontail and Prusik. This time we were looking to do...
  3. J

    North Cascades National Park Black and Corteo Peaks Traverse Aug 21-23, 2007 Retro

    Another retro trip report killing hours self distancing in the time of Covid. Classic North Cascades National Park backpack and peak scrambles of Black Peak 8970' and Corteo Peak 8090' with Larry, back in the day. Aug 21: We began the trip in the tail in of a rainy cycle, counting on...
  4. NorthwestWanderer

    Backpacking Washington's Coulee Country : Barker Canyon

    Hello! I hope 2020 is off to a good start for everyone! I just got done with two overnight backpacking trips, one a bit more in depth than the other. This one was near Grand Coulee Washington in the sage brush area of central washington. The area is north of Steamboat Rock and known as Barker...
  5. NorthwestWanderer

    Olympic National Park - Elk Mountain

    Back in August I had an on & off trail expedition in Olympic National park which I loved. Unfortunately on day 5 of the trip (the last day) it was extremely cloudy and the supposed amazingly beautiful ridge walk was mostly socked in. I found some time to go back and complete (mostly) that...
  6. NorthwestWanderer

    Chelan-Sawtooth Range : Sunrise to Cooney Lake Loop

    A few weekends ago my wife and I did an overnight trip to the Chelan-Sawtooth Range. The prime attraction of this area is basically every tree above 7000 feet is basically a larch tree. Which is a light green pine that changes to gold in the fall. The average trail elevation here is abnormally...
  7. NorthwestWanderer

    5 Day Olympic National Park On & Off trail expedition (6 bears)

    Last week I did a grand trip with a good friend. A friend I made this year during my crazy Glacier Peak off-trail trip. Aaron. Aaron has tons of knowledge on the Olympic Mountains where I have next to none. The main goal of this trip was to strike deep into ONP's interior and reach '1000 Acre...
  8. NorthwestWanderer

    Haunted by Washington's Tiffany Range

    I enjoy making videos and posting photos. I also enjoy the loneliness of the woods. Though I've already done a video and post here I was torn about doing another one. I actually started to question why I'm doing this. My main reason that I tell myself is for higher definition memories later and...
  9. NorthwestWanderer

    Overnighter in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness : Ingalls Pass and Lake Ingalls

    After my monday day hike on Poet Ridge I finished packing for a Tues-Wed over nighter to Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I've been to lots of places in washington but Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one I can say I haven't really been to yet. Mainly because of the huge amounts of crowds...
  10. NorthwestWanderer

    Olympic Peninsula - Rialto Beach / Hole in the Wall / & 2 Bonus Waterfalls

    Hello all, Got to get out in the nice sunny weather. Still don't quite have the time for backpacking yet but we do have time for some nice day trips. My wife and I went to where I proposed to her. A long Rialto Beach near Hole in the wall. A Rock formation with a literal "hole" in the wall...
  11. NorthwestWanderer

    Olympic Peninsula - Sand Point & Cape Flattery

    Lacey and I hit up the Olympic Peninsula again to get away from it all real quick. The past two weeks have been hectic with the seattle snow. I've racked up 72 overtime hours at work in 6 days plowing snow for the city I work for, something I thought I wouldn't do too much of again (coming from...
  12. NorthwestWanderer

    Tomyhoi via Yellow Aster Butte, WA

    Long Video Short Video A few weeks ago my wife and I did a day hike in this area (Trip Report) and we were blown away by it's beauty - even during the poor weather. Since then we've been haunted by the thoughts of returning to the area, with the idea of going as high as we can go, and...
  13. NorthwestWanderer

    Lyman Lakes, Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA

    Sorry for no highlight video. I've been strapped on time, I'll get one out eventually. This was a 3 day 2 night trip into GPW in the southern part of the North Cascades Sept 27-30. We left after work on Thursday and drove up Stevens Pass US-2 toward Phelps Creek TH where we front country...
  14. NorthwestWanderer

    Yellow Aster Butte & Tomyhoi Lakes Basin, WA

    Don't have a video for this one. The wife and I took quick day trip up (despite our really late start in the day) to the Yellow Aster Butte area in Mount Baker Wilderness. Thanks to watching WINDY.TV closely we were able to thread the needle with weather. A pretty reliable cloud cover predictor...
  15. NorthwestWanderer

    Glacier Lake, Mt. Adams Wilderness

    FULL TRIP REPORT (LONG) HIGHLIGHTS (SHORT) Hello all, On labor day weekend the wife and I went to Mt. Adams wilderness for a overnight trip to Glacier Lake on Mount Adams in Washington's Mt. Adams Wilderness. Glacier Lake is an easy off trail route from the High Divide Camp Trail. We got...
  16. ram

    Mt. Shuksan via the Sulfide Glacier

    After 10 days, a tendon around Jenny's knee was complaining. I will say upfront that NO ONE is tougher than this gal. So I put a hand on the tendon and was shocked and appalled. Swollen bigger than a golf ball! How was she able to even walk on that thing? Oh yeah...she is tough. Sigh, alas she...
  17. ram

    Silver Star Mt.

    With the Inspiration Traverse under our belts, Jenny and I were joined by Giles Wallace. Giles, with a wicked sense of humor, strong skills and a stronger back, I know we were thrilled to be carrying lighter loads and having his company. Our plan was to climb Mt. Shuksan via the Sulfide...
  18. NorthwestWanderer

    Ptarmigan Ridge, Mt. Baker Wilderness WA

    Hello again everyone, Trip took place 8/10 - 8/11. I just got off a week of on-call duty and was very pent up since I needed to stay within a 1 hour response distance of my place of work I needed to get out badly. The wife worked Friday and Saturday, which I had off, and low and behold a window...
  19. ram

    The Inspiration Traverse - Part 4

    Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Alas, it was time to go down the hill. And a long hill it was. Within an hour, we were in the heather, at treeline. With the trees, came the bugs. The sweat. The cliffs, we weaved around, on the ridge top, that dropped over 5,500 feet, mostly trail less, to the...
  20. ram

    The Inspiration Traverse - Part 3

    Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Questions asked from the first two segments. The trip was July 11th-16th and yes it was before the fires. We saw our first plume of smoke on the 18th. I have no idea what kind of tent it is. I don't know tents. I am a tarp type of fella. After arriving on the summit...

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