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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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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Wonderland Trail: Day 4

Day 4 14.7 miles Sunrise Walk-in Campground to Indan Bar Campground Another dry morning. The sun was shining and we didn’t have to get out of our tent until 7am! However, Kyle and I are terrible at sleeping in and at staying in our tent while the sun is out. For the sake of Molly […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 3

Day 3 19.8 miles (allegedly) Eagle’s Roost Camp to Sunrise Walk-in Camp I was surprised when we woke up to dry tents. Day two had been so cloudy and cold I had been convinced we would be dealing with wet gear again. But instead we could see blue sky through the thick canopy of trees […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 2

Day 2 19.8 miles (allegedly) Klapatche Camp to Eagle’s Roost Camp We woke up damp, the ceiling of our tent covered in suspended condensation, just waiting for a light gust of wind or an clumsily moving tent dweller to come along and knock it all off. Kyle very carefully got dressed and fled the tent, […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 1

Day 1 16.7 miles From Longmire parking lot to Klapatche Campsite We stepped out of the car after a long and slightly misty morning drive down to Mount Rainier National Park. Josh, Molly, Kyle and I stood in the Longmire parking lot, eying the clouds above us and eating the last of our respective breakfasts. […]

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