Slack Packing

Slack packing has been a blur. We are up early to either start hiking out of camp or to be driven somewhere up a ways to start hiking back towards camp, and then we hike as quickly as we can to get back to camp at a decent time. This part of Oregon that we […]

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Contingency Plans 

The next day we hiked fifteen miles through a cloudy fire scared landscape to Forest Service Road 23 where we were meeting my parents who were bringing us our food drop. The mountain was hidden most of the day behind mist, only early in the morning were the clouds moving fast enough for us to […]

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Mount Adams 

We woke up, Mount Adams just lighting up in the distance with a sea of clouds lapping at its base. An incredible inversion filled the valley with white fluffy clouds, leaving little mountain islands floating in its expanse. I wondered if it was raining below the clouds. We packed up early and headed out before […]

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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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Welcome to the Northwest 

In the middle of the night Kyle pulled out my earplug to inform me that it was raining. Upon doning my headlamp and peering outside I discovered that it was not raining, instead we were in a cloud that was condensing in the trees around us and whenever the wind blew too hard it would […]

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*Sigh* Washington

I always like going South; somehow, it feels like going downhill. – Treebeard  That is a happy sigh. A sigh of contentment. We did a lot of that our first day hiking in Washington. I think many of you assumed from my last post that we would be heading up to the Canadian border, but […]

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Train Time

Because the train we caught left so early in the morning (4:56am) we had no choice but to get to Dunsmuir and stay there for the night. We got in to incredible heat and hid in the shade of a tree for a while figuring out where to stay. There were only three hotels within […]

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A Wild Idea 

Day two of hiking in the heat put day one of hiking in the heat to shame. There were two saving graces of the day, the first being that it was a freakishly flat day, until the end of the day when we had to climb up onto the Hat Creek Rim. The second saving […]

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