It’s 4 a.m. in Vesper Basin, deep in Washington’s Cascades, and I’m building a dam out of twigs.
The rain started two days ago; not with a roar but rather a slow drumming, wrapping the world in fog until even the near edge of the cirque vanished. Our tarp-tent made a good effort for the first 45 hours, but now the soil is saturated, and tiny rivers are snaking under our sleeping pads. Hence the twig dam.
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A New Path
When Covid canceled their wedding, one hiker and her fiancé went backpacking instead.
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Off-Season Tempo Training
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Standing at the Edge
A winter trip through Crater Lake National Park nets a once-in-a-lifetime photo.
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