Hiking, Mount Rainier, North Cascades


Right, I should update this more frequently even when I don’t have any scrap-type things to talk about (going through a bit of a dry spell there at the moment).

Last week a weather inversion left the lowlands shrouded in gloomy, freezing, absolutely depressing fog, but the mountains were clearer than I have ever seen them before. We felt the weather permitted longer drives than we usually do, so first we went to Skyline Peak by the Stevens Pass ski area. We were planning on getting to the top of the rocky area and possibly traversing the ridge to the true summit, but there was just not enough snow (and too much ice!) to get up there. We’ll have to come back so we can finish what we started, it’s a beautiful area!

Lunch below Skyline Peak

We ended up having lunch in the little saddle next to the “summit”, enjoying the sun, soup, Kvikk Lunsj, and excellent views of Glacier Peak, the Stuarts, Mounts Daniel and Hinman, and of backcountry skiers dressing up as vikings and praying to Ullr for more snow.


The next day we headed up to Mount Baker with Carlos. It’s a three hour drive, but man alive was it worth it – it was crystal clear as we hiked up to Huntoon Point and so warm that people were walking around in shorts and tank tops.

Shuksan snuggles

Movin' on up Mount Baker JK the happy trotting elf

This weekend we attempted to follow the fair weather again, but we failed miserably. We went to Paradise and ended up tromping around in a total whiteout. Oh well, Paradise is still Paradise even if you can’t see the Mountain.

Into white

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  • Reply Melanie January 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Wanted to say I’m glad youre back posting. I started reading your blog because I scrap too, but then your hikes and climbs took my breath away and now both my husband and I read it for the views and things you see. we are wannabe hikers – in the UK, and you are nothing short of super inspiring, hiking and scrapping wise!

  • Reply Jaimie Mulheron January 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Check you out without a jacket!
    sweet pictures!

  • Reply Libby January 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful photos. Look like a wonderous place.


  • Reply marianne hope February 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Hei Ingunn! Takk for hyggelig kompliment ang. LOen i CK. Er veldig nysgjerrig på å se selv, men jeg regner med at det tar ganske lang tid før jeg får bladet hit til Nederland. Utrolig rar følelse å være publisert i et så stort amerikansk blad – helt uvirkelig, men utrolig gøy, selvfølgelig. Jeg bodde i Portland, OR i 2005, og jeg får nesten “hjemlengsel” når jeg ser bildene dine…. Marianne :)

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