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Mount Olympus, Tour of the Gods

May 25-June 1, 2018 Story and Photos By Jason Hummel “Hey, did you go to the top of a mountain and ski it,” a six year old boy blurts as I exit the Olympic Mountains after 8 days. When I…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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14 Lakes Traverse

March 29, 2016: Jason Hummel and Kyle Miller Skiing the northern section of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness north of Mt. Daniel to Highway 2 rarely excited me. I had preemptively decided that it lacked the peaks and high country necessary…

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Mount Daniel Circuit

May 30, 2015: Jason Hummel and Jeff Rich Fog and clouds ghosted through the surrounding fir trees and tiptoed over the placid waters of Tucquala Lake, the evening I arrived to the trailhead for Mount Daniel (7959 feet), the tallest peak in Washington’s Alpine…

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