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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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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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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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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