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Old 09-07-2016, 08:20 PM   #31
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Awesome, love that wintery windy stormy weather
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Well. It was 95 degrees today as I walked my dogs here in NorCal.
Most excellent scenery in WA though.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:48 PM   #33
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Thank you for sharing. I do not think I will be putting on crampons again. Brrrrr.... I can just groove on your pics.
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Thanks for sharing, your pictures are incredible.

Bad luck on not being able to go for the summit!
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:27 PM   #35
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Pictures say Washington doesn't suck. It's clean and alive with growing plants..
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Old 09-12-2016, 02:33 PM   #36
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Well. It was 95 degrees today as I walked my dogs here in NorCal.
Most excellent scenery in WA though.
Yeah, you can keep that 95 stuff.

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Thank you for sharing. I do not think I will be putting on crampons again. Brrrrr.... I can just groove on your pics.
Thanks Butch! It's been my replacement for motorcycles the last couple years...

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Thanks for sharing, your pictures are incredible.

Bad luck on not being able to go for the summit!
The summit will still be there next time. This weekend looks windy again, but we're going to try to get it before winter hits.
The pictures...I just try to stand in interesting places.

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Pictures say Washington doesn't suck. It's clean and alive with growing plants..
It sure is.

A quickie from last Friday, work was slow so I called in and headed up to Rainier. Starting point of the south summit routes is Paradise visitor center, at 5400' the highest you can drive on the mountain.
It is fitting, in my mind, that all climbs begin with these stairs.



Within a mile, the paved trails give way to well-marked and well-travelled stony paths through the upper meadows, right at treeline.



Ever steeper as the meadows turn into cliffs...



And then the endless grind of the Muir Snowfield. 2.5 miles and three thousand feet elevation on a constant ramp of last winters' snow and ice.
Conditions this day are absolutely ideal, temps in the 50's and light winds. Snow is solid underfoot and I only slip a few times without my crampons.



This is more a training hike than a sightseeing trip for me, I push hard and knock out the whole thing in 3h14m.
The guide services want to see people able to do it under 4h as a fitness baseline for a summit attempt.



Finally reaching the top of my day, I shuck off my pack and take a break, chatting with several of the groups hoping to head for the summit in the morning.
The views here are amazing on a clear day, and I can go no higher without a permit.

Large-ish pano from Camp Muir:



Fullsize: http://nickdavis.zenfolio.com/img/s6...p103514749.jpg

Glissaded and hiked back down in an easy three hours in the afternoon and headed home sore but refreshed, ready for another one.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:05 PM   #37
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Mt Baker, July 2015

Carved out a five-day summer weekend from an otherwise busy summer work schedule, and planned a loop-ish trip up on the south side of Mt Baker, the 10,781' peak that dominates the skyline of most of northern Washington.

The trail starts out modestly enough, well below treeline, crossing a gently sloping valley, with only glimpses ahead to hint at the scenery to come.



As we climb the crags begin to appear in the distance.



And within a few hours we are in the upper meadows, surrounded by wildflowers and gazing up at the monolithic peaks and glaciers of this mountain.



We make camp in the valley on the shoulder of the mountain, and enjoy the sunset over the canyons below.



Next morning dawns bright and clear. Things I love about the wilderness: this is the view from the toilet.



Our route is known as Railroad Grade, it's a knife edge where the meadow has been undercut by the glacial till coming down from the mountain. Picture does no justice to the exposure along this edge. The crumbling rocks to our right don't make it feel much more secure.



And looking up the trail towards Baker



As we approach the top of the trail, climbers' base camp comes into view.



We perch our little tent on the edge of the world and rest a bit.



Refreshed and packs lightened, we make our way up the rocks and snowfields to a higher vantage point, a spot carved into the mountainside known as Portal Camp. This is as high as one can go without a rope team and a permit. We look back to the base camp far below, and wander around a bit, enjoying the snow after a grueling, hot climb.







No idea what this little guy was doing up here...

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We top out at Portal Camp, sit for a while, and I propose marriage to my awesome adventure partner.



A boquet of flowers to celebrate our engagement





The view from our tent is not terrible that evening.



We break camp early next morning, and head back down railroad grade towards the valley we'll be crossing to our final destination, Park Butte Lookout. Have to move fast, the lookout is first-come first-serve, and we want to spend the night there on the pinnacle rather than camped below.



Approaching the lookout. 2015 was a historically low snow year, this area is typically buried until July/August.



And we're here!







Sunset is absolutely magical.



And two years later (last week) my daughter gave us a painting of this picture.

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The fire lookouts have some neat quirks, like this 1930's era concept of lightning safety. Yes, two of us will just stand on this thing all night during a storm.



Flowers popping as we head out.



This bridge is seasonal and intermittent, according to the rangers, some years it never gets put up at all. We were lucky due to the light snow levels, otherwise it's a couple miles to a safe fording location.



I never get tired of these.



One of approximately seven zillion stream crossings. Water temperature 32.000001 degrees. Refreshing for sure.



And we're out.

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Quick day hike last week up to Colchuck Lake, the western approach to the Enchantments.

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Goddam I miss it up there. I grew up in Issaquah, before it was what it is now.
It really is amazing. The winters are chilly and wet and gray and it's all worth it.

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Just saw this thread, great pictures!

I lived in both western and SE Washington back in the early 80s, so both with and without precipitation.

Totally different environments all in the same state. Loved the forests in the west and the desert in the east, there was no "bad" scenery anywhere I went. Keep posting, and I'll keep remembering my youth!
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It's been quite a year, with training for Rainier most of the spring and tons of work stuff, we actually haven't been doing much camping.

Have been working on rock climbing skills a bit though. Leading a 5.8 route known as Ride 'em Cowboy over in Eastern Washington a few weeks ago.

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