Trails for everyone, forever
Mt. Hinman summit bivouac. You don't need a tent if the dog fits inside your sleeping bag.
"Because I get fed double." From LaBohn Gap via Necklace Valley.
10 hr. ascent, leisurely. Summit bivouac. A corgi fits inside your sleeping bag; toasty. This hike is perhaps better slightly earlier -- snow cover is more dog-friendly than rocky talus.
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Can't eat it, sniff it, chew it, or roll in it. Useless. Seems sorta cool anyway.
That's a 4" dia. whitebark pine above 7000' on Navaho summit, a very old tree, cut this winter. There were others. Note top lying on snow behind ice ax. Who does this? Keep an eye out, and report it.
... the other half is persistence.
4300' gain from Middle Fork Snoqualmie R. Gateway Bridge.
The most primitive crampons are still the most lightweight.
View NE: Overcoat, Chimney Rock, Lemah, Chikamin. Thanks NOAA National Weather Service for the reliable predictions.
Watch the weather. Be ready. When it clears, go.
Glacier Peak and Kololo peaks from Dishpan Gap area. White Mt. at left; Tenpeak Mt. at right. PCT traverses across center of photo. Foreground valley is North Fork Sauk headwaters.
Balloon found ca. 1997 high on White Mt. near PCT White Pass/Red Pass. I'd originally assumed it was meant for me. Its message speaks to all who behold it, but lately, having seen and crossed so much of their amazing work, I suspect it was meant for the Darrington MBSNF road and trail crews and contractors, who make all our adventures here possible.
Never hurts to be good-lookin', either. So I've heard, anyway. Foam Creek sheeo trail NE of PCT, White Pass. Kyes Peak & Monte Cristo in background.
That's the 6600' pass from Foam Creek to the White Chuck Glacier, Glacier Peak south route. We're just above the end of the Foam Creek sheep trail. This sandy spot may be old sheep-grazing soil damage from the early 20th century. Read Chester Marler, "East of the DIvide". C.E. Rusk, "Tales of a Western Mountaineer", also discusses the sheep herding history. I believe regulation of the herding was part of the reason for the establishment of the US Forest Service. Having failed to summit Glacier Peak, Al just wants some sheep to herd.
Sometimes I drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log, Sometimes I drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log, And if I can't be your good man, I sure would like to be your dog. 30 miles done, 1 to go. http://www.mycorgi.com/profiles/blogs/we-wrote-a-song-the-little-dog,
West Cady Ridge trail work. You can easily remove a lot of seasonal debris with bare hands or a pruning saw An ice ax is handy for opening clogged drains. If you haven't yet, join a WTA trail crew; lots of fun, interesting people, and you'll never look on a trail the same way again. Traildusters B.C. Horsemen of WA maintain the Quartz Ck trail.
Gray Wolf River BCRT. Kicking the shovel separated the sole on Day 1. Jury-rig repair with 3 spare bootlaces lasted 4 days of hard trail work. A bit of Barge cement will give this boot several hundred more miles.
Commonwealth Basin loop. Park near PCT trailhead (snow to the highway), double-log bridge, Cave Ridge approach, descended and regained north ridge, continued N to Lundin, and out Commonwealth Basin. Seems to be a heavy snow year. An alpine snow scramble. 1 hr. drive from Seattle.
Mt. Cleator, 7630, is a 15-20min. walkup from just north of High Pass. Fortress, 8670, is more of a challenge for a corgi, but it's been done. Snow, flower, bug, and water conditions were more like mid-July than early September. This is looking north.
from NW buttress of Fortress Mt., 7300', above Middle Ridge sheep camp.
7300' on NW buttress of Fortress Mt., above Middle Ridge, looking SW up Suiattle River headwaters. Clark & Helmet Butte at far left. Napeequa Pk. is above the dog. Tenpeak Mt. & Flower Dome at center. Kololo peaks and S ridge of Glacier Peak at right. Camp 3. Scenery is wasted on dogs. ?
It's s'pozed to be a Katwalk. Dogs can't read.
Al the corgi passed his Porcupine Test. He alerted to it, but didn't even bark. In doing so, he saved our biggest exploit so far. Nice to have a dog with low prey drive. The animal was initially sunning itself on a log. Very long, wispy fur (not the armament) shining tawny in the light. It looked like something you'd want to stroke and pet. Without a dog to point them out, I suspect we pass these unobtrusive animals all the time. Another reason to keep your boots in your tent or pack at night. Nothing messes with a porcupine except a fisher, which can flip and disembowel them. I've seen the aftermath of this -- in, of all places, Fisher Creek.
This plant is available from native nurseries and does well in Seattle.