Bootjack – Blackjack Peaks and Blackjack Ridge, Alpine Lakes Wildernesss, WA.

September was a rather unsettled weather month here in Central Washington State and we had our first light snow of the Fall, not much but enough with the cold temperatures to signal the changes to come as we hiked briskly up the steep Blootjack Mountain trail Southwest of Leavenworth, Washington in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The forest, peaks, and ridges…

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Hiking the Squilchuck – Devils Gulch Spur Loop on Mission Ridge

One thing about being on the Far East Slopes of the North Central Cascades is the weather can be substantially better than a few miles to the West towards the Cascade Crest and completely different (often for the better) than what the area on the Cascade Crest is getting. The leeward side of the mountain range often offers you a…

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Dayhiking Mission Ridge – Mission Peak 6876′ via the Squilchuck Trail

A recent trip from the Squilchuck TH located at the Mission Ridge Resort lower parking lot following the Squilchuck trail to the Mission Ridge Plateau around Lake Clara and through to the junction with Beehive Rd, from there we hiked to the old grade trail which once served as access to the lookout on top of Mission Peak 6876′ on the way passing Thea lake and discovering a tarn nestled back in the undulating basalt piles. Great colors though views were limited. We knew we had a short weather window that day and made the 11.2 mile, 3000′ of gain in and out trip without any inclement weather.


Gear Gone Wild : HMG Southwestern 3400 on the Carne Mountain High Route, Glacier Peaks Wilderness, WA.

Time and time again I find myself leaving home with my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400 ci (55L) cuben fiber backpack it is a simple, waterproof, bombproof backpack that has the fit and function that I minimally need at 2 lb. and here I am closing a multiday loop of the Carne Mountain High Route in Washington’s Glacier Peaks Wilderness…

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El Nino Watch Issued for 2017 / 2018

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has issued a “El Nino Watch” for Fall – Winter of 2017 / 2018 and according to the Office of the Washington State Climatologist …   The expectation of El Niño development is evident in the seasonal forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). The CPC October temperature outlook has higher chances of…

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Soto Windmaster UL Stove Review

I was looking for a compact ultralight canister stove which would boil quick, use gas efficiently and be durable / dependable in the summer and shoulder seasons and after doing some research to include raves from my daughter who has used it for two years including a PCT thruhike in 2017 I have settled on the Soto Windmaster due to performance and craftsmanship it splits time with my Jetboil Sol titanium which works well when there is snow to melt for water. So far so good on trips this year and a great review below from Trail and Mountain.

Dayhiking Burch Ridge & Burch Peak

A break in the wildfire smoke in Central Washington allowed me to get back outside and breathe seemingly fresh air I think I trail ran 6 out of 7 days before squeezing in this close to town hike along a 4000’ Ridge to a 4999’ Peak overlooking the Wenatchee Valley on one side and Swakane Canyon on the other with plenty of background Mountain View’s. I thank long time hiking and backpacking partner Hit the Trail for his company we both had obligations so this was a quick and short trip 7 miles, 1200’ r/t I also used the flat color setting on my GoPro for the first time with no post processing. One of the nicest ridge runs in the Wenatchee area on a totally clear day in peak wildflower season with quite a few impressive old growth pines.

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