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We were staying in a log hut during a Seattle Mountaineers trip to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, one of the dramatic high country huts in the Canadian Rockies, when it snowed one night. The next morning, Karen led an effort to create a snowman that reflected the changing seasons. It had a rain hat and a warm woolen scarf, as well as an evergreen mouth, a traditional carrot nose, and eyes of still-flowering… Read More

3,800′ of vertical gain. Yes, 3,800′. With a full backpack, in about 5.8 miles. It was an exhausting climb–especially the last 300 vertical feet, which had the steepest pitch. But we did it!

The valley of the Dungeness River is a place of silence, interrupted mostly by the rushing of the river and the dreamlike songs of Hermit Thrushes high in the towering Western Hemlocks and Douglas Firs.

Backpacking into Royal Basin in Olympic National Park is a wondrous experience, in a place where massive geological forces have been at work for millions of years. Olympic Marmots and wildflowers add activity and delicate beauty to the hike.

A hike along the Gray Wolf Trail in Olympic National Forest.

Female Harlequin Ducks along the Dosewallips River in late spring.