Bears Breast Mountain, standing at 7,197 feet, overlooks much of the alpine lakes wilderness. Jarring in stature and composition, BBM is a rocky dream of mine. The upper summit block has solid alpine climbing, and the chutes leading up are classic Cascade scrambles. It was almost painful to have this peak constantly on the peripheral... I couldn’t stop planning an approach, thinking of the gear necessary, and getting all around stoked about the idea of a good old suffer fest.
A "moderate" hike in Mt Rainier or so it is posted. It was more than I expected. Five miles in five hours. Whoosh! We had a great time and it was perfect weather. On a new hiking adventure next week. Not sure where.
Just got back from my favorite trip of the summer and quite possibly of all time... Lakes, mountain peaks, and layers in every direction... I’ve been dreaming of visiting this place for several years now and it did not disappoint... We had the place to ourselves for nearly two days, with perfect weather and amazing sunsets... Thank you PNW!
I once slept in front of a ranger station to get a permit for this spot and didn’t, so this was a 4 year wait and totally worth it. Also not sure I need to do 4600’ gain again anytime soon but it was fun sleeping on top of the Cascades! (If you scroll through you can see the toilet on top of a glacier arm lol)🚽🥾🧐
I’ve drank coffee in a lot of places, I really have, but this may be my all-time favorite. An outcropping of rock served as the ideal spot to watch the day start while brewing up some liquid gold. Two or three cups later - along with some environmentally induced introspection - I felt pretty damn good about the day ahead.
Splashes of pink flowers jut out from the talus slopes lining the base of cascade mountains. Backpacking in the cascades is wildly unique as you move from lush green forests below to aging peaks above. Loose rock and a dissipating tree line indicate your presence in the alpine where it’s the job of wild flowers to paint the otherwise grey landscape.
It was profound to watch from a distance as my dad soaked in a view unlike any other he’d experienced. This was by no measure his first time relishing in the glory of the cascades, but it was his first time having backpacked his way to the hard earned view. Having raised me in a way that built my affinity for the outdoors, it was a proud moment to help him experience something new, and perhaps eye opening. He’s never been short on desire to reach these places, but now owning the experience of having done it, many more plans for future trips are now in the making.
Oh the places the #mountaineerbandana shows up! Classic! And the people, wow, who carry our branded bandana to these places, righteousness! All of you rock! Thanks for carrying a piece of our humble little shop all over the world on your adventures! Keep on keep'n on and being awesome, hope our bandana bring you all safe passage in the mountains!
These little guys have the honor to be one of my absolute favorite species of the mountainous US—-the American pika! Many a long day hiking is improved by listening for their calls, or spotting them scurrying across rocks. All summer long, they seem to be constantly frenzied as they gather, dry, and store their winter caches (seen here). They’re so dependent on cool temperatures that many populations are being forced gradually upward—-they’re so sensitive that they’re considered one of the best canaries for global warming out here. But the nature of the habitat where they live will eventually make it impossible to just keep moving higher. Real animals in the real world: this should be a real part of discussion on climate change, policy and advocacy—-I don’t think anyone who has ever seen a pika can fail to love them, but it is less well-known how endangered they may be. One has to believe we will protect the things we love.
There are worse places to butterfly coil your rope. Same summit/sunset as my last post - never more excited to get back into this zone to hike/climb very soon! Climber - @csweetin @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure#whyihike
Got to revisit the PNW after four years away! It’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy familiar places in a totally new way (when I lived in Washington before I knew nothing about alpine rock climbing)! On this day, we did Serpentine Arete on Dragontail Peak and took some photos for a highlight piece on alpine rock climbing for Backcountry.com! I’ve added the link in my story today if you want to check it out! And of course, if you’re looking at getting some gear for any upcoming summer adventures, use code ELISE15 for 15% off your first order at @backcountry! (Exclusions apply) #findyourbackcountry#sponsored PC: @ryan_burke11
Oh hey there Ned! Gleefully gazing upon my sweet Needles 50k finishers pin during a post-race adventure run up into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with some solid adventure besties. • Thank you @sirrunzalot And Rich White for such a brutal yet oh so beautiful reason to catch up with friends and reconnoiter parts of the Cascade Crest 100 course. A BIG congrats to our little big Timber pup for crushing her first mountain ultra!!! Minutes before the start, she jumped on us and told us, “TAKE ME MOMMA TAKE ME DAD!” and so happy that we took her. It was so magical to have her along for the adventure and see her run untethered and free through the mountains for that long. This romp in the central cascades is just what I needed to stay stoked and focused on the big show come August. • 📸: @jenngwenlove • #needles50k#patagoniatrailrunning#heyned#running#ultrarunning#longruns#protecathletics#krissyplan#trailrunning#mydogismy#traininginnumbers
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