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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. ram

    The Inspiration Traverse - Part 2

    Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 When we woke up the 4th day, we vacillated on which way to go. Back where we came from, or to continue on, with a long way to go. Going back would put us in the low lands, on a weekend night, among the crowds. Forward would be sans a safety net. But the weather...
  10. ram

    The Inspiration Traverse

    In early July, Jenny West and I did the Inspiration Traverse, in the North Cascades. We got up 3 peaks and traversed 6 glaciers. We took our time and it took 6 days. Days above treeline in the Cascades, in good weather, is as good as it gets. Here is the first 3 days, including the ascent of...
  11. NorthwestWanderer

    Armstrong Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness (WA) 7/29 - 7/30

    I finally got around to do some backpacking in one of my favorite areas in the country. The Pasayten Wilderness in north central Washington. The pasayten is over half a million acres of designated wilderness located in the North Cascades part of the Okanogan subrange. It's rugged lonely beauty...
  12. Jimmy

    Baker Lake, Lake Diablo, North Cascades, Olympics Family Adventure

    My kids are getting old enough (9-year-old twins and a 5 year old) to start joining Mom and Dad on adventures. In July 2018, we did an 11-day journey through Washington including 6 bag nights. The trip started with 4 nights kayak camping in Baker Lake and Lake Diablo, car camping in the North...
  13. Ben

    Olympic NP, Pacific Coast, Rialto Beach to Ozette River

    I took this summer off to ride my motorcycle up to Alaska and do some backpacking along the way. I left in June, and after seeing some friends in the Seattle area i went to do some hiking on the Olympic Coast. This was my best trip of the whole summer, which was a little bit of a bummer since...
  14. Tim Valentine

    Mt Rainier Weekend Dayhikes

    My daughter, Holly, going to school in Seattle, had the great idea that I should come up in the summer and we could explore Rainier National Park. Our research led us to the Wonderland trail, so we decided to apply for the hard to get camping permits that would take us all the way around the...
  15. Tim Valentine

    Northern Cascades National Park Washington State

    My daughter and I stopped by this park for a first time quick visit on our way back to Seattle from Glacier NP. We were expecting a point of entry with a booth but never saw one. We drove in from the east and were impressed by the mountain scenery in the fading light of the day but never saw...
  16. ram

    Boston Basin-Sharkfin Tower

    The Pacific Northwest did not have a winter this year. That was followed by perhaps the hottest June and July on record. By July, snow was mostly gone. Glaciers were icy or huge crevasses had opened as to make travel perilous or impossible. In this, my 21st, 3 week, July trip to the North...
  17. Tres Westbrook

    North Cascades National Park - Heather Pass / Maple Pass Loop

    My wife and I took our first backpacking trip over Labor Day week in 2012. At the beginning of the year I did not even know that North Cascades National Park existed. Hiking, camping, and backpacking were not on my radar. Then I saw a copy of a Backpacker magazine at a newsstand. On the cover...
  18. toejam

    Mt Rainier 2014

    Let me attempt to quickly report on one of the great trips of my life this summer - my 4th attempt to climb Mt. Rainier. The first climb was all about fulfilling a childhood dream of summitting this impressive mountain. The next climbs have been more about inspiring myself to stay strong and...
  19. Ben

    wonderland trail, mt rainier np

    In july my parents told me that they were going to a geocaching event in Seattle in august. So it crossed my mind that perhaps i should catch a ride with them and do some backpacking. They said they could handle that. So i cleared some time off of work. I hadn't planned to do the Wonderland...
  20. as

    Summit to Sea

    A week ago I returned from a trip to Olympic Peninsula where I combined mountaineering and packrafting. I climbed a summit and then floated a river to the ocean. I still wanted to classify this trip as "backpacking" because this was the most important skill used to hold the trip together. It is...

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