by Sam Cahill
Mt. Pilchuck, WA
Elevation: 5, 341 ft
A couple buddies and I planned a end of summer trip up to the top of Mt. Pilchuck for an overnighter. We drove out of our hometown, Everett, headed to the mountain loop highway of good ol' Washington state. A good long car ride is always more fun with friends so that part was no problem at all! We arrived at the trailhead at about 5:30pm... a little late to climb a mountain, right? Thats what I thought, but it turned out it was a little over a 3 mile hike but it was just the incline to almost 4,000ft that got us. I had my camera bag with multiple lenses, a bag for food, clothes, gear, etc. a sleeping bag and a 20 pound fluid head video tripod. So you could say I had a little bit of luggage to carry up, but my friend Brandon helped like a good bud should.
by Haley Nord
Elevation: 187 ft.
A worthwhile journey is transformative, independent of the locations it takes you to. It relies on the state of mind of the traveler. I always had a vision of how experiencing the Pacific Northwest would be. I had a travel companion in mind, dates set and circles on a map. As it sometimes goes, that version of the story didn’t happen. By the time I boarded a plane several months later with my backpack, I was a different person. Unrecognizable. I had felt a sort of loss that can’t be pinned down to just one thing.
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by Kettler Thomas
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