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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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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It’s a Rainier Kind of Year

This summer has been full of Mt Rainier.  We climbed it and hiked around it, so there was really nothing left for me to do except go and work there. I am three-weeks into an Emergency Hire position out of Carbon River that will last until October.  Really, I am just continuing to round out my […]

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How to shit in the woods…

I cannot believe I have never written a post about poop… Like how… what… I am just indignant with myself right now.  Well, let me just say, anyone that knows me knows that pooping is one of my favorite subjects.  I believe that I am not alone in this.  There is that rare and skittish […]

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Kyle and the Riverlope do Zion

**At the beginning of October Kyle started riding his bike to work.  Just a few weeks ago Kyle and I went on a week-long trip to Zion national park and, among other things, completed a sixteen mile thru-hike of The Narrows.  The week after we got back we started climbing again.  This week Kyle had […]

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Oyster Dome

Monday was one of those rare nice Pacific Northwest spring days.  We’ve had a pretty wet spring, Kyle keeps getting angry when the skies open up after a nice day and pour again.  But that’s how spring is here, raining one second, sunny the next.  So that’s why days like Monday are special days.  It […]

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