Last year, while backpacking Solo Across the Olympic National Park a nice man picked me up hitchhiking.
During the 4 hour car ride back to Port Angeles. We exchanged hiking stories and email addresses.
Through the year we exchanged several messages and started planning for a late summer adventure into the Bailey Range.
He expressed that a trip with his wife through Montana and variable weather would leave the dates flexible.
The last email exchanged a few days before we hit the trailhead expressed that I had just returned from this area on a Solo Trip.
He was ready to go since the weather window looked really promising.
I of course was all ready to go back. This time on a mission to find Autumn color and shoot some video. Not walking such long days would also allow me time to enjoy some beauty in the heart of the Olympics.
So off we set with a few days worth of food on our backs. He being a traditional backpacker with a big load and heavy boots. Me with a recently field stripped pack which put me at an 8 lbs base weight and minimal Sandals. My VFF's were also worn for the sections of rock scrambling.
Together, with one goal: to arrive into the Bailey Range, explore Ferry Basin and go look for Olympic Elk in Cream Basin.
|Last Sunset for the summer of 2012. The next morning an Autumn frost fell like clockwork. Views of Stephen Peak, Ruth Peak, Mt. Carrie and the Northern Bailey Range|