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 Day Before The Last Day

When we woke up in the morning our tent was frozen. The inside appeared to be covered in condensation but upon closer investigation it was clear that every water droplet was frozen solid. The tarp was stiff and basically impossible to fold up. We hurried away our dry gear into our packs and figured out […]

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A Lucky Break

Our day out of Stehekin felt like an extended cloud break. All day clouds swirled around us, hovering above mountains, storming somewhere over there, darkening and lightening and somehow not raining on us. We stayed appropriately pessimistic, never quite trusting that we were in the clear. The day was one extended climb, slowly heading up […]

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Crispy Shell Tacos

When we woke up here still weren’t any ominous looking clouds although wisps were starting to coat the sky, creating for a brilliant red sunrise. You know what they say, red sky in the morning… We packed up and headed down. I would actually prefer to climb first thing in the morning and go down […]

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Hunting Season

As if the elevation profile could possibly get worse our day after going through Stevens promised even more torturous climbs than anything we had done yet. These weren’t just small and steep, we had upwards of three or four 1,000+ steep climbs and a twenty eight mile day. We were up early to give ourselves […]

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Living in a Cloud

We woke up to rain on the tent and on our tarp. We were able to take down the tent while leaving up the tarp, eating breakfast in its rainshadow. It rained on and off for the rest of the day, clouds racing by over head, some of them darker and heavier than others. The […]

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White Pass

The next day we booked it into White Pass for a nero. A twenty four mile nero… So you know. Luckily for us it was an easy day, basically a very subtle uphill until a big down to the pass at the end. However, after our thirty one mile day our legs just weren’t moving […]

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The Knife’s Edge 

The hike out of White Pass into Goat Rocks Wilderness is a long steep climb, switch backing up into the mountain and then all the way back down before heading up to the Knife’s Edge. At the top of the first climb we were able to see into the snow coated mountains beyond. Snow continued […]

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