Trip 6 Day 3

The Trip 6 team discovered the snow fields near Knife’s Edge are extremely icy and hard to navigate, with slick edges. The group had cell phone service this morning. They called Bill, our logistics coordinator extraordinaire, to check on alternate trail route conditions. They are changing their itinerary and will end at the White Pass…

Trip 6 Day 2

The afternoon update from the Trip 6 team includes: “Eight miles today. Pulled into camp by 1 p.m. Had lunch and put some beverages in snow along with watermelons. Everyone is healthy and hiked strong. “After our afternoon happy hour, we set up camp. Soon we’ll start cooking dinner. The menu tonight calls for chicken…

Trip 6 Underway

The Trip 6 team departed from the White Pass trailhead today. They are hiking approximately 35 miles to Walupt Lake (Goat Rocks including Knife’s Edge). The hikers on this team carry a lot of their own gear so the llamas have low weight in their panniers (saddle bags) and the team is putting the llamas…

Trip 5 Concludes

Congratulations to the Trip 5 team! They concluded their adventure today at Chinook Pass trailhead. Coming up: Aug. 10-16: Trip 6 – White Pass to Walupt Lake (Goat Rocks including Knife’s Edge) Aug. 16-21: Trip 7 – Walupt Lake to Berry Patch Trailhead

Trip 5 Day 5

Trip leader Irene reports: “After getting everything packed up, we had an easy trip to Dewey Lake. After setting up camp, five of us set out to find the trail on the other side of Dewey Lake. We were delighted to find even more spectacular views of Mt. Rainier as we went. Then we followed…

Trip 5 Day 4

Trip leader Irene reported: “All healthy this morning. Heading out for another day hike along the Pacific Crest Trail [PCT].” And later: “All still healthy! We walked south on the PCT today to a beautiful saddle with views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, and then came back to enjoy the warm afternoon at Anderson…

Trip 5 Day 3

Trip leader Irene reports: “The seven of us woke up healthy. We did a delightful day hike to American Lake, the most beautiful we’ve seen so far, with views of Mt. Rainier along the way. “The llamas seem content with their zero day. Meanwhile, the three who hiked out yesterday made it out before dark…

Trip 5 Day 2

The Trip 5 team is dealing with complications caused by possible COVID-19 exposure and infection. All hikers are safe and stable. Trip leader Irene reported: “Woke up to steam billowing up from Dewey Lake, and llamas and grass covered in frost. When we got to Anderson Lake, one participant wasn’t feeling well. He headed back…

Trip 5 Day 1, Trip 4 Concludes

The Trip 4 team finished their hike as planned today. They unloaded at Chinook Pass trailhead and handed the community equipment over to the Trip 5 team, also led by trip leader Irene. Congratulations, Trip 4 team! They have lots of stories and even some plans for next year in the works. Trip leader Irene…

Trip 4 Day 5

The Trip 4 team hiked about 2.5 miles today and will spend their last night at the Dewey Lake campsite. Trip leader Irene reported: “An easy hiking day with time to swim, wash up, and recharge devices before re-entering civilization tomorrow morning. “Glorious beach lunch on the shores of Dewey Lake, surrounded by wildflowers. No…

Trips 3 and 8 Conclude, Trip 4 Day 4

The Trip 3 team wrapped up their adventure today as planned. Trip leader Brian reported this morning: “Starting our last section from Government Meadows to the pickup point.” And later: “At horse camp with a warm welcome from Bill and Nadean! Successful and wonderful trip with great teamwork and even better people!” Congratulations, Trip 3…

Trip 4 Day 3, Trip 3 Day 5, Trip 8 Day 7

Today they Trip 4 team waded across the Bumping River. Tonight’s campsite is a lovely meadow with plenty of grazing for the llamas and space for tents. Trip leader Irene reported: “At Crag Lake campsite. Delighted with cooler weather, a breeze, lots of wildflowers, and fewer mosquitoes.” “Lots of good teamwork overcoming llama obstacles and…