Though a network of people I was introduced with a backpacker from the UK named Oliver. After a few days of communication via email. Expressed that he would like to have an unique Olympic National Park experience.
Myself always wanting to be outdoors in any condition; offered to join him on a little weekend adventure.
No modern man snow travel aids were used on this entire trip. (Snowshoes, Skies, etc.)
|Light filters though the Elwha.|
|Me passing through afternoon light - photo by Oliver N.|
|Crossing a down tree - photo by Oliver N.|
|Primitive Hiking - following a solo Elk track in my Luna Sandals - photo by Oliver N.|
|After 2 hours of headlamp - headed to bed as the temperature drops way below freezing. - photo by Oliver N.|
|From my bed.|
After a 20 degree night; we decided to make another attempt to reach our destination. Post-holing past my hip every other step made it quite discouraging. We did however reach just shy before I made the call to head out.
|Oliver post-holing for miles. Most steps were hip deep. Great workout.|
|Post-holing with every step - photo by Oliver N.|
|My 'Type II Fun' Face - photo by Oliver N.|
|Mt. Ferry sleeps.|
|Ruth Peak and a little bit of Mt. Carrie - photo by Oliver N.|
|VFF for the deep snow - Sawyer Squeeze Filter which I kept in my hands at all time so not to freeze - photo by Oliver N.|
|Edge of the Bailey Range - photo by Oliver N.|
|Oliver N. and Barefoot Jake|
We lucked out and hitched a ride right before dark. Since I currently live near the mouth of the Elwha River; we both enjoyed bacon and eggs next to the fireplace on the farm that night.
Special thanks to Oliver N. for sharing his photos with us and his British humor with me.
Updated June 2015