Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains.
Last backpacking trip to wrap up the climbing season, which had been a great one.
Photos from this trip can be found here. Cashmere marked the end of my five-year long pursuit of the 100 highest peak of Washington, aka Bulger List. The difference between this list and the strict 400-foot prominence peaks list are seven peaks. That means once one completes either list, by climbing seven more peaks they will…
Over the last few years it had become somewhat of a tradition to do a bigger trip over Fourth of July weekend.
Pup and I slept by the trailhead to catch the early water taxi next morning to Big Beaver Campground. Hiking to the campground would have added an additional 14 miles to the trip.
All photos from this trip can be found here. A generic report on climbing two of the three main sub-peaks of Mount Baker. Detailed beta and route information can be found on nwhikers.net or summitpost.org. By climbing these two peaks earlier in the season, we had the advantage of better snow coverage to get over the cruxes….
Photos from this trip can be found here. Park Creek Trail had been closed off all season due to damage resulted from wildfires, south of the mountain was inaccessible by foot. I approached from the north via Bridge Creek Trailhead and took advantage of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for a good while. I chatted with a few…
Photos from this trip can be found here. Perhaps the loneliest approach on a solo climb. The 16-mile approach into Thunder Basin felt extra long when views were scarce. Two more miles later, just before it got completely dark, found a good camp half a mile north of Park Creek Pass at 6,000′. Clear night sky with…
This imposing feature off North Cascades Highway (SR 20) southeast end of Ross Lake can be seen from virtually any high points in North Cascades.
I had completely underestimated the scale of Pasayten Wilderness on our first visit to the area three years ago.