Wonderland Trail: Day 5

Day 5 20.3 miles Indian Bar Campground to Longmire Parking Lot We had agreed to wake up early on our last day so we could get back to Longmire in time to get some food outside the park. Regardless of that agreement, it still wasn’t easy to get out of the tent when the cool […]

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Getting up for sunrise

Navajo Pass was a shot in the dark. Or at least, as much a shot in the dark as any spot is in Washington. It was probably going to be gorgeous – other people’s photos backed that up. There would probably be enough camping – it was hard to tell from the descriptions. I had […]

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How to celebrate an anniversary

Kyle and I were practically gleeful with our early morning start. We had gotten up at 4am to climb The Tooth and zooming up I-90 towards it in the early morning dark of summer felt amazing. For our one year anniversary we had decided to do an alpine climb in Snoqualmie Pass. It would be […]

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The steps to take to take the steps

So you want to do a thruhike, eh? Have you been bringing thruhiking up for years, telling anyone who will listen that someday you want to do a thruhike? Or have you been hiding the desire deep down in the folds of your soul, barely letting yourself believe that you want to thruhike? Either way […]

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Confessions of a thruhiker

It has taken me a long time to come to grips with this but I am finally ready to say it: thruhiking has ruined my relationship with food. First of all, I just want to start by saying I’m not writing this post to garner pity or receive assurance about how I look. This post […]

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Snow Camping 101

Look, winter is a rough time of the year for many of us adventurers. Even with the new addition of resort skiing to our repertoire we still find ourselves languishing without frequent bouts of tent time. But I am here to tell you that a winter backpacking trip is NOT outside of your world of […]

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2017: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

I’ll be the first to admit, when I look back on this year I am reminded of some of the best memories I have ever had mixed with some of the deepest emotions of despair I have ever felt. Standing in the middle of a circle of friends and family as they pronounced Kyle and […]

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Once a thruhiker, always a thruhiker

Day two dawned overcast and crisp and we were out of camp like the crack of a whip. But when we got to where the trail split – one fork headed the way we had come and the other heading off into the unknown – we hesitated. As always I was worrying. The ranger had […]

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Day one, four bears deep

Kyle and I eyed every car that pulled into the parking lot. Why were they there? Did they look like they might be interested in permits? Most cars seemed to be filled with people who just needed a quick trip to the bathroom before hitting the road again. After they left we would relax back […]

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