Everything I know about hiking the Wonderland Trail

Every year, come permitting season (March 15th is when wilderness permits become available for that year), I get a lot of people asking me questions about the Wonderland Trail. And I am always happy to answer them! But I thought – what if I also created a little resource that I could direct people to? […]

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Peggy’s Pond with Nite Ize

Years ago my family started a tradition of giving experiences instead of gifts for the holidays. And for the past couple of years it has been a tradition for Kyle and I to take my mom on a little overnight backpacking trip for her Christmas present. Our summer was looking pretty full until recently when […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 3: White River to Longmire

Of course we were just far enough away from camp that turning around wasn’t an option when I remembered that I was planning on putting new batteries in my headlamp. The pool of light it was casting was quite dim but luckily I walk in front so I was getting the benefit of Kyle’s headlamp […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 2: Mowich to White River

Kyle and I got to sleep in an extra hour on Saturday and woke up at four to start our hike. I was surprised to wake up and feel good. I had slept like a baby which is rare after a really long day – usually my hips ache so bad it keeps me awake. […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 1: Longmire to Mowich

Turns out there isn’t anyone else at Longmire at 3:30am. I sat under the dim parking lot lights waiting for Kyle to get back from the bathroom. He was nauseous. Kyle is almost always nauseous for early morning adventures. It’s like his body is resenting being drug out of bed before the sun is up. […]

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The Backup Backup Plan: Timberline Trail

With five days off Kyle and I knew we wanted to do something epic over the 4th of July weekend. And I had been planning just the thing for months: a traverse of Washington’s own Sawtooth Range, located above Lake Chelan. The traverse involved eight different scrambles to summits, cross country travel, miles of trail […]

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Cascade Pass to Stehekin Day Three: Retracing Our Steps

That’s the thing about an out and back – you have to go back. And you have to go back the same way you came. Which can be kind of nice because you know what lies ahead. And also hard because you know what lies ahead. But despite how sore I had been on Saturday […]

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Cascade Pass to Stehekin Day Two: Small Town Vibes

To call Stehekin a small town is probably being generous. It is basically a tiny land locked island, complete with all the complications of being an island. It’s hard to get anything there, if you have to go to the doctor “down lake” you have to spend the night in a hotel, all the cars […]

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Cascade Pass to Stehekin Day One: Happy Solstice

You know it’s going to be a good adventure when you see a bear on the drive to the trail head. Friday donned misty and overcast and Molly and I got up bright and early to drive up to Cascade Pass. The plan: run/hike over the pass to Stehekin to visit my wonderful friends Marieke […]

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