WA: Mt. Rainier Part I Preparation

Mako and I climbed Mt. Rainier on May 1 with RMI Expeditions! Gear RMI has a gear list for each trip. We bought some gear earlier this year for classes with The Mountaineers and for climbing Mt. St Helens. For the Rainier climb, we rented from The Whittaker Mountaineering a harness, helmet, crampons, avalanche transceiver,…
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CA: Mt. Wilson

14 miles/5334ft. I didn’t realize that LA had so many great hiking trails right outside the city! There are many trails going up to Mt. Wilson Observatory. I went up from Mt. Wilson Trailhead. This is a very well-maintained trail and it took me 5 hours from the trailhead to trailhead. I read that it’s…
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WA: Mt. St. Helens

Elevation: 2549m (8363ft); Prominence: 1404m (4605ft); 12 miles round trip/5600ft elevation gain. Gear: I rented boots, crampons, shovel, and snowshoes at UW Crags Climbing Gym. I didn’t use the shovel or snowshoes. I also borrowed a 0F sleeping bag from my housemate. * mountaineering boots * crampons * ice axe (52cm) * soft-shell mountaineering pants…
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WA: Spokane to Everett via Washington Pass

We took a train from Seattle to Spokane and bike back to Everett last fall. 363 miles and 16625ft climbing. Our itinerary was: Spokane to Wilbur (camp), Wilbur to Bridgeport (camp), Bridgeport to Twisp (friend’s house), Twisp to Newhalem (camp), Newhalem to Everett (banya); a SoundTransit bus back to Seattle. We were originally planning to…
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OR: Eclipse!

We took a train down to Salem and biked to Willamina for the eclipse. ~30 miles/~800ft climbing. The train took ~ 6 hours, so by the time we started biking, it was quite hot. We got some organic peaches near Rickreall, which were the best peaches we had this summer. The hill felt tough on…
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WA: 3 day hiking in the Enchantments

(This trip was done in 2016. I haven’t been updating this blog very diligently…) Our housemate won a lottery for overnight camping in the Enchantments last summer. During the summer season, camping in this area is only reserved for people who win this lottery, which happens in Feb/Mar every year. Our housemate was lucky to…
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CA: 4 days from SF to San Luis Obispo via Big Sur

~250 miles/15000ft climbing. We did another bike tour in early March: SF to SLO via Big Sur on Highway 1 (mostly). The view was spectacular, even though the weather was not what I imagined California to be like. Day 1: SF to Pigeon Point (56.9 miles/3247ft) Day 2: Pigeon Point to Monterey (81.8 miles/3567ft) Day…
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