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Summer bucket list Washington State 2018

Summer bucket list Washington State 2018

It is barely spring and all I can think about is my summer agenda for climbing, hiking and backpacking. I am hoping to mostly stick around Washington state so thought I would share my ideal summer passion projects. Nothing beats a summer in my home state. Nothing.

In no particular order:

  • Climb Mt Rainier twice. Either one of the Nisqually routes/or the Emmons Glacier route and the DC route (unfinished business from last summer)
  • Backpack 90 miles on the Wonderland Trail circling Mt. Rainier. (Contingent upon winning the permit lottery for this!)
  • Climb Mt. Olympus (and backpack the Hoh rainforest trail to blue glacier) 
  • Climb Mt. Baker 
  • Climb Mt. Shuksan
  • Climb Sahale Peak
  • Climb Mt. Hood
  • Climb Dome Peak
  • Climb Dragontail peak /Alpine route and a rock route (again, unfinished business due to bad weather)
  • Backpack 4 days through the core zone of the enchantments (luckily a friend actually won the elusive permit lottery for this!)
  • Backpack 4 to 5 days on either section J or section K of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Backpack 2 nights in either the North Cascades or the Olympic peninsula -solo.
  • 1 week climbing in Squamish BC! (Okay, not Washington but close enough!) 

Long-distance dreams of long-distance hikes-

Between house hunting, double work contracts, and an intense yearlong mountaineering course I will have to keep my long-distance backpacking dreams at bay this summer.. Still, it is always on my mind and I will gearing up for one before the end of 2018.The chosen destination is still unknown, but I have my eye on on the following: 

Adventures in Utah, Arizona and Nevada! The Wave, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Red Rocks Canyon

Adventures in Utah, Arizona and Nevada! The Wave, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Red Rocks Canyon

Mt. Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula, WA

Mt. Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula, WA