Backpacking Wedgemount Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park

Wedgemount Lake is an out and back hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park rated as difficult. The trail is 7.5 miles round trip with 3800 feet of gain. In order to camp at the lake you need permits which can be booked here. Permits for all of Garibaldi Provincial Park open up four months before your planned date. We camped in July, so we booked our permits in April.

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Climbing Mount Baker via the Easton Glacier Route

Mount Baker rises 10,781 feet above sea level in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The Lummi Tribe call it Koma Kulshan which means, “white sentinel” Many people choose this mountain for their first technical climb before going on to climb bigger peaks like Rainier and beyond. That doesn’t make this climb easy. There are crevasses the size of school busses and the Roman Wall is a steep and exposed 1000 foot final push before you reach the summit. You need to have appropriate snow travel skills and know crevasse rescue before attempting this climb. Many guide services will teach you these things on a long weekend ending with a climb of Mount Baker, my friends and I learned with a group of women being mentored that I mentioned in my post about climbing Mount Saint Helens.

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Overcoming Anxiety Outside: Lessons Learned from Climbing Mount Saint Helens

Mount Saint Helens isn’t a difficult mountain. Don’t get me wrong, people have been seriously injured and died here, but this is usually from getting too close to the cornice and falling into the crater below or not controlling their speed while glissading down and hitting an obstacle. There aren’t crevasses to potentially fall into and it’s nowhere near as steep as other volcanos and mountains in the Cascades. It’s considered a good place to start if you are interested in mountaineering.

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Top Five Beginner Backpacking Trips in Washington

Your first backpacking trip doesn’t need to be scary and intimidating. Washington has plenty of low commitment trails where you can test the waters and see if backpacking is right for you. Here are five of my favorites, check them out if you are new to backpacking or want a chill night out in the backcountry without a ton of work.

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Don't do it for the Gram: A Guide to Outdoor Ethics on Social Media.

How do we stand up for what we believe in without resorting to cyber-bullying? How do we adventure and post content on social media in a responsible way? What do you do when you mess up and it seems like the entire internet is against you? I have some thoughts.

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Optimus Crux Backpacking Stove Gear Review

Before the Optimus Crux Stove my main backpacking stove was the Jetboil flash. I had no plans to buy another stove since it adequately covered my needs for boiling water for dehydrated backpacking meals. When Katadyn reached out and offered to send me one of their Optimus Crux stoves I was excited, but didn’t think it would sway my opinions on my Jetboil. I WAS WRONG.

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Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag Gear Review

I was in need of a lighter warmer sleeping bag for backpacking and I was looking at a few options in the $300 price range when a friend of mine sent me her Friends and Family discount code to Patagonia. I figured why not buy a $500 sleeping bag for the price of a $300 sleeping bag! It was a bit of a risk since I was unable to test the bag out beforehand and would be unable to return it, but all of my gear from Patagonia has been amazing so I decided to go for it.

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How to Hike, Camp, and Backpack when you have IBS

For those who don’t know, IBS is short for Irritable bowel syndrome, super glamorous I know. It manifests in different ways, some people are more prone to constipation, others to diarrhea. IBS is something I have struggled with most of my life, and this may be TMI, but I fall into the diarrhea end of that spectrum so that’s what I will discuss here.

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Pac Back Gear Trio 3-in-1 Sleeping Pad Review

I think all of us that backpack know the internal struggle that comes with bringing a backpacking chair along. It always leads to the same question, “Do I suffer on the trail carrying the extra weight to the top? Or do I suffer at camp when I have nothing comfortable to sit on?” The Trio aims to solve this by turning your sleeping pad into a chair.

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Backpacking Thousand Island Lake near Mammoth, California.

Thousand Island Lake is in the Ansel Adams Wilderness outside of Mammoth, California. You need permits to camp overnight, and there are multiple trails to hike in on. You need to submit for a permit on the trail you plan to hike to reach the lake. You can find more information about the permitting process here. During peak Summer months you also need to take a shuttle to the trailhead. Since we went at the end of September we were able to park at the trailhead.

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Backpacking Garibaldi Lake and Panorama Ridge

If you are taking someone on their first backpacking trip and you aren’t sure how they will feel about it, I recommend Garibaldi Lake. The lake is beautiful and the campground has multiple outhouses and bear shelters for storing and cooking your food. No need to bury your poo in the woods or attempt a bear hang. As far as backpacking goes it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this! This place has been on my to-hike list for a while. After years of drooling over this view, I was able to convince Doris and our boyfriends to come along with me!

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