You can do amazing things with only 4.2 pounds of gear! Through coastal rain forest, montane forest, sub-alpine forest, alpine meadows and finally the rock and ice of Mt Olympus. We bivied in the snow in +45 bags.
We started our “backpacking” trip with no intention of climbing, but the snow was nice, the day beautiful and stuff happens. So,
Unplanned, we traversed Blue Glacier and climbed a significant portion of the mountain. We did it in trail running shoes and trekking poles, much to the dismay of fully equipped and roped climbing parties with climbing boots, crampons, and ice axes. At some point the slopes got steep enough and the exposure significant enough that it was foolish to continue in trail runners. Well, maybe that point was a bit earlier :)
Rain Forest – Trip Start
The first 12+ miles are in temperate coastal rain forest on well groomed trails
The end of the rain forest….