This week's adventure was yet another research destination for my upcoming Backpacking Washington book. And like other recent destinations, was yet another all-out grind as I condensed what is normally a 3 or 4 day trip into two. Yep, another one of those-37 miles in two days type of adventures. But this trip was also different in that through my Facebook Guidebook Author Site ; I put out a request for a hiking partner to do the the Little Beaver-Big Beaver Loop in the North Cascades National Park. My recruit had to meet the following requirements:
- Be willing to take off immediately (the day after request was made)
- Be willing to share cost of the Ross Lake water taxi, not exactly a cheap fare
- Be able to hike 37 miles in 2 days in which the second one was 21 miles
- Be adventurous enough to hike with someone they really don't know
- And be able to put up with me for such a time and distance!
1. Terry cloth light-weight towels make great water (ie rain) vanquishers for your tent fly when you need to pack them up.
2. The canisters for the pocket rocket contain a lot less fuel than I expected.
3. It is amazing how you can make a fire in the most wettest conditions when the need for a fresh cup of coffee is life or death.
4. Starbucks' Via rules. It tastes even better backpacking. Its tastes heavenly made from water boiled on the a makeshift fire that saved me from serious caffeine withdrawals and the prospect of hiking 21 miles decaffeinated!
5. Take chances-I found a great new hiking partner!
Okay, have fun out there-carry lots of fuel and perhaps some day I'll be drinking coffee in the backcountry with you too!