Slide Show of the Adventures!
Alpine Meadow at top of Wells Peak
Those Roads look drivable - don't they?
Up and Up and Up
Mount Hope - the big one in the distance!
Our Friend at Butler Lake at 1 AM
Blakeburn Abandoned Mine
Waterfall Near AlleyKatz Cache
Bugs at Chehalis Land Slide
Walking back down after leaving the peak of Mount Hope
An amazing Journey is all we can say - ok I can say more. We proudly claim the FTF on this one!
We got back to the same parking lot as last weeks journey at about 1 pm and took the correct route this time, descending into the valley of the blue berries, but there were no blue berries on the branches - but I guess that is better as there are also no blue berry bears either.
We were lucky enough to have researched the hike this time and came up with a set of coordinates that we could use along the way to break it up into bite size pieces of about 600 meters each. That helped us more mentally that you could ever guess. First we knew at all times were on the right track, but also you actually reach "goals" along the way.
The views along the way were breathtaking, even though we were walking in the clouds through some of it. Cache #539 will always stand out in our mind of the one that pushed us to see how far we could go. When you stand back at a distance and look at that mountain top we first thought there is no way to do this, however as we reached each of our mini-goals it became closer and closer. About 2 hours into the hike it became real that we could do this.
We made it to the peak of the ridge and sat for a moment on the benches up there, then continued on our way to the logging road and then up along parallel to the logging road keeping an eye open at all times for the flagging tape. We then made our way into the "foresty" area with trees and no deciduous bushes. Beautiful - reminds me a bit of the redwoods - don't know why but it does.
We then kept climbing up in elevation to the "rocky" area that we quickly traversed that let up to the alpine meadow. Amazing!! the mist slowly rising off of it the quiet solitude that you feel here. At this point we were only about 910 meters so we were very motivated to continue as it was almost in reach! We then continued across the very minor "rock ledge" the old rope that is referred to in references couldn't be seen - we might have missed it though. But it was only about a 2 foot section that you have to be careful at.
We then continued making our way up til we were about 190 meters and then saw the peak in front of us and did a gulp - we have to climb up there - but you know what it wasn't that difficult. It always seems more difficult looking at it then when you're doing it.
Jordy finally left the back pack at the bottom of the final climb as it was only 50 meters we figured if we needed a first aid kit in the next bit one of us could climb down and get it easy.
We then crested the final climb and stood in amazement at what we could see (and knew what we couldn't) in the distance and just how high we were!!
We found the log in it's happy hidey hole, left our turtle calling card and took a look at the towers - amazed at how they got here - we're assuming some helicopter brought them in.. :)
We then slowly made our way down and back to the Jeep - reflecting on how excited we were that we made it - and that we have now done over 20 km of hiking/climbing over the last 8 days and amazed and the fact that we did it and reflecting on how amazing it is to stand at the top of these mountains and look below and see mother nature in her glory -
Would we do it again - yes Was it worth it - Yes
Thank you for putting it up there and helping us learn that we truly have no limits when we put our minds to it - So the question is where do we go next? We've got some ideas
Cold, Wet, Windy but Victorious - at about 5:30 pm