Across Olympic Peninsula

This trip has a special place in my heart and I would defiantly say it was a spiritual experience.  With harshness such as dehydration (the first two days), sore feet (to much weight in pack), bugs and longest I have ever spent alone.  It was also the farthest I've ever walked in one trip and of coarse did it all in minimalist footwear.

  I have already covered over my story.  Looking back at the photography, I thought it would be a shame not to share it all.  Having down time this winter, I decided to edit them all (try not to get overloaded). They will all also have captions to kinda explain where I am.  Enjoy!



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My first views (day 1)







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Approaching Maiden Peak (day 1)

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Mt. Johnson & Clark from Obstruction (day 1)
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Treksports with Mt. Olympus behind (day 1)

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Walking across Obstruction (day 1)

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Grand Valley on the right from Obstruction (day 1)


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toward Hurricane Ridge with the Strait on the right (day 1)
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Lots of Rock on Obstruction (day 1)
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Lillian Ridge with Mt. Olympus behind (day 1)

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Elk Mountain (day 1)

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Like walking on the Moon (day 1)

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First water in 5 hours (day 1)

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Moose Lake Ranger Station (day 1) 


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Wildflowers in Grand Valley (day 1)

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Me headed to Grand Pass (day 1)

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Ascending Grand Pass (day 1)
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Little Snow on Grand Pass (day 1)

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More Snow approaching Grand Pass (day 1)

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Mountain Goats toward Grand Peak (day 1)
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What's left of the Lillian Glacier (day 1)
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Bivy Camp on Grand Peak with Cameron Basin behind (day 1)

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Cameron Basin's left to right (day 1) 

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Sun drops behind the Olympics from Grand Peak (day 1)

Day 2:

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Sun is up. Time to drop down toward the Cameron (day 2)

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Lower Cameron (day 2)

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Lower Cameron Creek (day 2)
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Snow Cave in Cameron Creek (day 2)
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Off Cameron Pass in Lost Basin (day 1)
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down to Lost Basin guarded by that Peak (day 1)

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Lost Peak (day 2)


Day 3:

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Dose Basin (day 3)
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Lonely tree in Dose Basin (day 3)

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Up that Snow Field is Hayden Pass (day 3)

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facing Sentinel Peak (day 3)


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back toward Lost Peak (day 3)

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up Hayden facing Sentinel Peak (day 3)
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Sentinel Peak. I ascended up this Snow Field (day 3)
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Hayden Pass 5,847' from nowhere (day 3)
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Wildflowers & Sentinels Sisters (day 3)

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more Wildflowers (day 3)
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Wildflowers, Sentinels Sisters and Mt. Anderson with Eel Glacier (day 3)

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facing Mt. Olympus down to the Hayes & Elwha Valley's (day 3)

 Day 4:


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Lake Mary with Mt. Seattle peaking (day 4)

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a glowing Lake Mary (day 4)

Lake Margaret
Lake Margaret with Mt. Seattle behind (day 4)


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Martins Park Primitive Trail (day 4)

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Climbing up the 'Trail' (day 4)

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Small falls in cavern (day 4)


Mount Christie
Basin below Mt. Christie (day 4)

Christie Creek
must Ford Christie Creek (day 4)
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Mt. Christie showing a peak (day 4)
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Falls off Mt. Christie (day 4)

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showing more of Mt. Christie (day 4)

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Martins Lake with Mt. Christie (day 4)

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Martins Lake with Mt. Seattle, Noyes and Queets (day 4)

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Me from Martins. Christie behind me.  Basin below pictured above (day 4)

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down angle from Martins Lake (day 4)

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Martins Lake (day 4)

Day 5:

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Intersection to Skyline Primitive Trail (day 5)

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One of the Fall off Mt. Seattle (day 5)
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Field of Wildflowers leaving the Low Divide (day 5)

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'16 Mile Ford' of the Quinault (day 5)

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One of the 1,000's of Streams I crossed on my Journey (day 5)

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67 miles in the books.  Reached Quinault and Hitched to PA (day 5)


  I hope you enjoyed the photography.
Featured Footwear - Vibram Fivefingers

All photography with the Gopro Hero.



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