Hiking in Australia’s Uluru Kata Kjuta National Park, 2017
I was an enthusiastic hiker, in Southwestern BC, during my college years. However, moving to the Midwest in the 90’s, where trails were not enticing, followed shortly by adding 3 newborns to our family in 4.5 years did not help the cause either. In 2004, we moved to Spokane, WA and I started hiking again. The local trails were nice, but not exceptional. The job demand, and a minor nagging injury put a stop to that after a couple of seasons.
In August 2013, during a trip to Glacier National Park, we embarked on a hiking trail called Grinnell Glacier (photo above). Despite the very trying weather, I was never so moved by a hike before, hence the journey began again.
View from Akamina Ridge, Waterton
I only started paying attention to photography after my hiking started in earnest. Not creative nor trained, I, like many others, only want to capture the beauty that surrounds me. Once in a while, I succeed. I use point and shoot only, with the strict criteria that the camera has to fit in one of my pockets. Most of my photos (since 2014) are taken using a Sony RX100.
2013 13 trails 98.2 miles
2014 10 trails 97 miles
2015 28 trails 213.6 miles
2016 15 trails 99.5 miles
2017 22 trails 156 miles
Distance: 19 miles, High Divide-Seven Lakes Basin (Olympic)
Elevation gain: 4800 feet, Half Dome (Yosemite)
Highest Elevation: 13057 feet, Mt. Dana (Yosemite)
Notes on Equipment
Boots – Northface Hedgehog Tall III GTX XRC, size 9.5 (first trail – Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm, 9/2013, last trail Devil’s Garden, 11/2016 >500 miles)
– Salomon X Ultra Mid II GTX, size 10 (first trail – Hog Lake Canyon 4/2017)
Backpack – Kelty Redstart 23, Women’s; 23L capacity, 0.7kg, 19×12.5×10.5 inches (first trail – Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm 9-2013, Last Trail – Plains of Six Glaciers, 7-2017)
Osprey Talon 22, size M/L, 22L, 1.8 pounds, 0.67Kg (8-2017, Iceline-Whaleback)