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Adventures, Olympic National Park, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

Royal Basin, Olympic National Park

April 30th-May 3rd, 2018 G.A Whitehead, an early 20th century Forest Service Ranger named Royal Basin. His honorifics weren’t pontifical. At the time, he was the first non-native to see the basin. Then, it was unblemished or trammeled by man…

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Adventures, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

Mount Rainier Ski Circumnavigation

April 23-25, 2018 Mount Rainier was first circumnavigated on skis May 24-30 1986 by N.L. Kirkland, Terry Pritchards, Dana Rush and Dr. Roy Walters. This adventure was inspired by earlier climbers. Two such adventures are chronicled in Dee Molenaar’s history…

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Adventures, Uncategorized

Mount Saint Helens, High Orbit

March 6, 2018  A high orbit of Mount Saint Helens should be on every ski tourers bucket list. Besides being the easiest way to visit all its named glaciers (a goal of my Washington glacier project), any circumnavigation of a…

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Adventures, Backpacking, British Columbia, hiking

A week on Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail

In a recent article it was pointed out how my generation, born between ’77 and ’83, has been subcategorized. Apparently we were the last generation not breastfed on technology. We were self reliant. We used maps and knew how to go…

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Adventures, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

Glacier Peak Circumnavigation, Glaciers 147-153

After my friend Adam’s passing this year, I’ve pondered where I’d like my ashes to be spread when I pass on. It’s a hard question we avoid, most of us, our entire lives. We leave the choice to family and…

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Adventures, Backpacking, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

Chilliwack 4-pack: Rahm, Custer, Redoubt and Spickard, Plus Glaciers 142-146

“Depot Falls,” I was told. “Go!” Years after this suggestion I dangled above Depot Falls. With my fate entrusted to a branch, I understood, and quickly became mesmerized by the thunderous rumble of glacier melt that poured 1000 feet to the forested valley floor, so distant and insignificant…

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Adventures, Backpacking, Blog, Skiing, Washington State

Mt. Baker: Glaciers 136 through 139

In 2003 my friend Ben Manfredi, on one of his final ski adventures, soloed the Roosevelt and Coleman Headwalls in a back to back double hitter that – to this day – remains one of my fav trip reports of his…

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Adventures, Backpacking, Stories, Wyoming

Wind River Range, Wyoming

July 16-23, 2016 – By Jason Hummel  The Wind River Range in Wyoming is among the tastiest backpacking recipes anywhere. Once arrived set the sun to bake. Follow trails to paths then leave trails behind. Along your hike combine 12 cups lake hoping,…

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Adventures, Backpacking, Olympic National Park, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

The Olympic Traverse

May 11-19, 2016 – By Jason Hummel Out my front door three blocks down 30th St. is a trail that takes me to the shores of Commencement Bay and from there, in the distance, rise the Olympic Mountains. I’m not…

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Adventures, Backpacking, Skiing, Stories, Washington State

Sauk River to Highway 2

Jason Hummel, Kyle Miller and Ben Starkey April 7 – 12, 2016 In April 2016, Kyle Miller and I finished skiing the northern section of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington State to Highway 2 (story here). A week later, in…

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