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, but most of time photo captions should read “Real objects are much prettier than this”. I use point and shoot only, with the strict criteria that the camera has to fit in one of my pockets. I used the good valued Canon Powershot SD780 for my first few hikes, but it expired in 2013. Thinking outdoors exposure, I bought the rugged Fujifilm Finepix XP100, but uneven indoor photos and bad movie recording prompted me to capitulate to Sony RX100 which I use today.
2013 13 trails 98.2 miles
2014 10 trails 97 miles
2015 28 trails 213.6 miles
2016 15 trails 99.5 miles
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)
Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend NP, Texas