I have owned and operated Double Crown Records, a Bellingham, WA based surf and instrumental rock n' roll label, since the mid-90's, but have always been a hiking enthusiast. Over the last few years I have worked towards doing just about every hike within 20-30 miles of Mt. Baker, and have also made it a goal to do every trail on Chuckanut and Blanchard mountains near Bellingham, WA. In October 2018 I will be doing a solo thru-hike of the Chinook Trail in Washington and Oregon along the Columbia River.
I was anxious to hit the Lost Lake General Store this morning---I really wanted something for breakfast other than Pop-Tarts and oatmeal. A breakfast
I knew this day would be the most brutal of the entire Chinook Trail journey. Over 5,000 feet of vertical from the Columbia River, up Mount Defiance,
After arriving in Lyle I enjoyed a great dinner, made new friends, and closed the bar with the owners of the Lyle Hotel, where I was staying.
White Salmon Zero Day Bailing at Panther Creek, and hitching and shuttling to White Salmon, gave me an unexpected zero day in White Salmon. While I
Woke up early in the morning to frost on the tent and a beautiful sunrise, with a view of Mount Hood in the far distance. The bear canister full of
Well this is it---the day I start the 300-mile Chinook Trail! I said goodbye to my family and took the Amtrak from Bellingham to Vancouver, WA. The
With just a couple of weeks before the start of my 300+ mile thru-hike of the Chinook Trail my gear list is dialed in pretty well. I’ve tested it on
So I have decided to do the Chinook Trail. I have two to three weeks of vacation time, have my gear and money saved up to cover expenses. The next
The appeal of a taking on a thru-hike is multifaceted - there is the urge to escape from technology and the clutter and clatter of everyday life.