the art & adventures of tracy durnell


August 30, 2009


Mesahchie Pass Backpack

looking at Kitling Peak from Mesahchie Pass
Last weekend I went backpacking in the North Cascades at Mesahchie Pass. There's no trail, so we brushcrashed up to the pass - about 5 miles, 3000 feet elevation gain, 5 1/2 hours hiking time, 7+ hours elapsed. My 'old faithful' external frame pack was totally unsuited to the style of hiking (lunging through conifer branches and willow banks) but I survived. This trip, like the snow tracking earlier this year, was with Conservation Northwest, and the goal was to switch camera batteries and reapply lure (think beaver anal secretions in liquid form - smelly).

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