Hiking, Issaquah Alps, Skiing, TNAB

Recent trips

Since I am stuck at home with some sort of ill-timed plague while JK and the pups are out hiking, I figured I might as well mention some of the trips we’ve been doing lately. My hope is that I will at some point in the not-to-distant be less lazy and actually blog about stuff when it happens. Sure..

Mount Catherine:

Snowshoeing in the magical forest

Ok, this one was fun. After some trip planning confusion, JK and I headed to Snoqualmie Pass to test our cross-country skis, but on the way we were invited along to Mt Catherine with Tom and Carol (scary people from The Internet). While proficient skiers might make it up there on skinny little cross-country planks, we were glad to have brought our snowshoes as backup. Unfortunately we only had our ski boots, so I got some interesting blisters that day.

Tom and his faithful companion

After hiking through a magical forest (and a less magical, downright boring forest), we gained the summit of Catherine. It is not a high mountain by any means, but the summit ridge is narrow enough to make you feel cool. For more details (and cute photos of Jasper dog), you can read Tom’s trip report.

Lunch on the ridge

Cross-country skiing:

Eventually we did get out to try our skis – first for a quick, flat, boring five miles by Snoqualmie Pass…

Impressing JK with my wicked skating skillz

…and then for a midweek not-boring-at-all trip up to High Hut for an amazing view of Mount Rainier:

Hello Tahoma

There’s a whole little hut-to-hut system (almost like in Norway!) down there, and I hope we’ll get a chance to visit all of them.

Almost there!

We hung around by the hut for a couple hours and went inside to warm our cold cheeks, but we were both bummed that we couldn’t spend the night. Imagine seeing the sunset and sunrise from up there…

JK warming up by the stove Cold bum Follow the snow cone

I wrote a trip report here if you want more info on the hut. The 2,400 feet of elevation we gained on the way up to the hut proved interesting on the way back down again. I really have no business on cross-country skis at all…

Training hikes:

Aah, yes, training hikes. A necessary evil to get in shape for the alpine climbing class we’re taking this spring. We’ve been tromping aroung on local trails like Mount Si, Rattlesnake Ledge and Tiger Mountain with 35-45 lb packs. Fun fun.

Last week we joined the Thursday Night Afterburners for their first hike of the season, to Poo Poo Point. I didn’t add any extra weight to my pack for that one since they are certifiably insane and pretty much just run up the trail. JK is at the second hike as we speak, while I am stuck here all congested and feverish. Whine whine whine.

Less whining, more cute hiking photos of puppy Wellington:

Wellie's sense of snow Another boy and one of his dogs Bootylicious

I really hope I get better before Saturday as it will be our first field trip with the class. I’ll keep eating Sudafed like it’s candy and hope for the best.

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  • Reply courtney March 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Hey Ingunn! Great pictures. I was wondering if you have any tips for beginning-ish hikers looking to take it to the next level. My boyfriend and I do a lot of recreational hiking, and are looking at doing some backpacking this summer. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  • Reply Ann Hedvig March 27, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Dere bor jo midt i en oase av fjell, snø og turområde jo!

    Mitt råd til deg Ingunn er feller til skiene, bruk dem både opp og ned, så går det så bra :o)

    God bedring!!

  • Reply Cindy March 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Sorry your not feeling well. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I really enjoy reading about your adventures.

  • Reply Jody March 29, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Yay! I am so happy I found your blog!
    Your photos and pages are just incredible :)
    Feel better!

  • Reply Helen March 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hi Ingunn, always love reading about your hiking. We fly into Seattle in 2 weeks time, on our way up to Canada. Wondered if you’ve got any reccommendations on day hikes in your area, anything up to 12miles and not TOO snowy (not sure what it’s like there at the moment?, but we don’t have skies or snowshoes..though could hire from REI?) Would love any suggestions if you’ve got the time… helenmills at hotmail dot com. (we were the ones that made it to ‘The Wave’ AZ – you commented on our blog back last summer!)

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