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Getting Eaten Up at Rampart Lakes

Getting Eaten Up at Rampart Lakes

Rampart Lakes are awesome. Rachel Lake was awesome. Rampart Ridge is glorious.

Okay, that’s out of the way.

Our friends Zaq and Amanda wanted to go on their first real backpacking trip with us. We were doing the Enchantments later that fall and they wanted to have a couple trips under their belt before undertaking such a journey. We let them pick the spot, took them to REI and showed them our favorite gear, and then when the day came we loaded up in our Subaru and headed out to exit 62 off I-90.

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January 5, 2017 7 comments Read More
Shedding the Crowds at Gem Lake

Shedding the Crowds at Gem Lake

Summer is quickly drawing to an end here in the PNW. It’s beginning to get dark around dinner time, all the light has a wonderful golden quality to it, and the leaves on certain trees are starting to turn. The rain made a glorious appearance last week before Labor Day, heralding the end to the sun drenched weekends we’ve been enjoying for what feels like so long now. While I’m ready for the return of blanket season, I’m not quite ready to give up the high alpine elevations that are so accessible right now. This weekend, we set our sights on Gem Lake, a hike that’s been on my list for a couple years now, ever since hiking to Snow Lake for the first time almost two years ago.

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September 12, 2016 0 comments Read More
Walking in an Autumnal Wonderland: Or, That Time We Almost Made it to Ingalls Lake

Walking in an Autumnal Wonderland: Or, That Time We Almost Made it to Ingalls Lake

This hike wasn’t a failure. We didn’t make it to the lake at the end of the trail, but that’s okay. Sure, Ingalls Lake is supposed to be one of the most beautiful places that you can just up and walk to in the state, but the lake actually wasn’t my goal. What I really really wanted to see was the larches in their electric orange glory. For years now I’ve heard of the amazing fall show these trees put on for just a couple weeks each year, but we had never been out to see them for ourselves.

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October 5, 2015 2 comments Read More
Throwback Thursday: Pratt Lake

Throwback Thursday: Pratt Lake

I know our last post (in April, cough cough) was a “Throwback Thursday” post, but I felt like I needed another one to jump back into the blogging game. It might seem a little silly to look back on a fairly insignificant weekend after all of the momentous events this year, and even this summer. But I wanted ot take some time to look back on that unassuming weekend trip, that had so little buildup or fanfare, and so few expectations. Planning your own wedding is hard. It eats up a ton of time and makes you want to bury your head in the sand and hope people might forget about it. We wanted a quiet weekend in a quiet corner of the woods. On a spectacular weekend in May that heralded an early summer, we packed our bags and headed to Pratt Lake.

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September 24, 2015 0 comments Read More
Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Our mild winter and warm spring has left us dreaming of summer camping trips. We want to do more quick overnighter trips this summer, because they don’t require any time off and, while they can’t replace longer camping trips, they can be a quick fix and are certainly more memorable than weekends at home. For a bunch of reasons, we haven’t been able to go on any camping trips yet this year, but are looking forward to weekends we can.

One such quick trip that we went on last August was to the spectacular Pete Lake on the other side of the Cascades, near Roslyn, Washington. It was glorious, remote, and just barely far enough away that it was more worth it to camp than just hike. It was also a super easy and quick 4.5 mile hike in, with only 400 feet elevation gain.

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April 21, 2015 3 comments Read More