Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Backpacking, Hiking, Top Trips

Ingunn Enchanted

Sorry about the lack of updates; I spent four magnificent days backpacking in the Enchantments (thanks to Tom for the permit!) and was sidelined by an injury (which is finally getting better, phew). I don’t have time to write much right now since my parents are visiting from Norway, but here are some photos + words:

A tiny Tom on my shoulder

Day one: Colchuck Lake. Drizzle. Heavy packs, but not heavy enough to have remembered all our tent poles. D’oh! Scott retrieves tent poles from North Bend while Jo and Ingunn get comfortable(?) with Tom in his two-man tent.


Day two: Aasgard Pass. 2200 feet of elevation gain in less than one mile. Ingunn fears legs will fall off, curses pack weight and excess blubbery poundage. Views in Upper Enchantments shut her up, until she spills her well-earned Pringles into a pile of goat poop. Group finds excellent campsite on cliffs above Crystal Lake.

Reginleif & Brynhild

Camouflage. Ur doin it right.

Tpretty Ptarmigan

Goats. More goats.

Larch grove Purdy goat Panorama in progress

The larches are turning! Girls enjoy spacious sleeping quarters while guys marinate in own flatulence.

The Turning of the Larch

Day three: Sunrise.

Good morrow!


Enchanted Ninja

Menfolk leave to conquer Cannon while wimmins explore Lower Enchantments.

Little Annapurna

Gnome Tarn. No gnomes. Goats.

Lots of views but no gnomes :(


Good evening, Ranger!

Oh sorry, are we in your camp?

Group reunites, ascends Little Annapurna, 8440 feet.

I lurve this place

Blown away by views. Happy.

Little Annapurna, 8440 feet

Josie rocks

Day four: Wake up to a dusting of snow. Ridiculous sunrise.

Holy wow!


Goats gots traction Our camp in the morning Eerie Witches' Tower

Pack up, hike out. Rain. Slick boulders. Ingunn pulls muscle, fears leg actually will fall off this time. Limp to trailhead. Codeine. Aah.

...and the white-shouldered mountains they pointed above ♫

Trip report on

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  • Reply Lauren October 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Absolutely breath taking photos!

  • Reply Jeanne Ann October 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The pictures of your hikes just blow me away. I feel the need to take up hiking just to experience the rush of such beauty!

  • Reply Libby October 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Now you always have wonderful photos but these are just amazing! And those goats – too cute. Enjoy the visit with your parents.


  • Reply alexei October 2, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Gorgeous! A nice quick summary Ingunn.

  • Reply Mark Griffith October 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Gorgeous photo. I love that place.

  • Reply Ewa October 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I am totally speechless. Your photos are breathtaking. I will be checking your trip report at NWHikers.

  • Reply Kelly K October 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing pics! Just spent a few minutes getting caught up. Love the idea of GOYA. I need a bit of that in my life right now.

    Zeus and Zoey say hi to Wellie! Did he dress up for Halloween?

  • Reply Marit November 3, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Nyyyydelige bilder – hva slags utstyr bruker dere (kamera/objektiv)?

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