A quick run up Cashmere Mtn that turned out to be a 18 hour saga ending with a monumental brush battle...
Looking down on 8 Mile Lake
In the basin below Windy Pass (Cashmere Mtn in the background). We skied here this same weekend last year... there was still about 3 feet of snow.
On the shoulder 850 ft below the summit of Cashmere Mtn (8450 ft.).
Shortly after making the summit, my colon began to go spastic... for the first 2 hours of the descent, I could not move a quarter mile without having to take a shit. A poorly plotted shortcut that resulted in a miserable brush battle, along with the constant need to stop and shit yielded no time savings. In fact, in hind site, backtracking 8.5 miles from the summit would have been quicker. Made it back to the truck shortly before midnight... 7 lbs. lighter and legs torn to shreds.
Our Yesterday's Hike was a bit more pleasant. No time for the narrative now so I will reverse my MO and give you pictures first and fill in the narrative later. I'll leave the picture of our crew at the trailhead sign out and wait until Tuesday to add the narrative, see if you guys can figure out our location, which included a trail that Newsweek rated (circa 2009?) one of the 10 best hikes in the U. S. of A.
The tower put us about halfway (2 miles) through the hike, 4 hours into a 6 hour adventure.
Yup, Breakneck. Not a difficult answer for anyone who has been. Storm King is the prominent bulge across the river in many of the pics, and Bannerman's Island is a clear giveaway as well. Breakneck Ridge truly is an incredible hike.
At Mount Rainier National Park on the Muir Snowfield yesterday. There are several spots in this area that offer year round skiing. Variable weather over the past several weeks resulted in poor snow conditions. The ascent to Camp Muir was really fun. The descent back to the car was survival skiing on August sized sun cups. It was a bumpy ride down on the snow to say the least. If you are looking to earn some Summer turns this is a straight forward option. MRNP is a shortish drive from Seattle. The Muir Snowfield hike can be done as a day trip from Seattle or there is lodging at Paradise. Even if you don't bring snow-gear, the scenery down low is absolutely amazing.
A few shots from the day
A pretty straight forward carry up to the snow (about 1.5 hours hiking)