Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com Photos and stories from the outdoors Mon, 25 May 2020 20:38:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://backcountrysights.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-favicon-1-200x200.png Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com 32 32 Celery Bog Nature Area https://backcountrysights.com/celery-bog-nature-area/ https://backcountrysights.com/celery-bog-nature-area/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=10505 I normally reserve this website as a place for backcountry adventures, i.e., trips that take place far from roads, parking lots, and civilization. However, with travel restrictions in place to slow the spread of the global pandemic, many of us are unable to reach those more exotic locations. Though the wild spaces near our homes […]

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Manistee River Trail Backpacking Loop https://backcountrysights.com/manistee-river-trail-backpacking-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/manistee-river-trail-backpacking-loop/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=10293 From the road, the path takes off through a tunnel of young trees before breaking through into a more open pine forest. The ground is littered with brightly colored leaves from the occasional oak or maple tree and the late afternoon sun streams through the canopy. We pass several occupied campsites with excellent views of the river as well as a few spots nestled beside the shore. There are a fair number of people out this weekend, which isn't surprising; the forecast calls for sunshine and cool temperatures!

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The Pemi loop https://backcountrysights.com/pemi-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/pemi-loop/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=10248 The trail continues downhill for quite a while but, eventually, we begin climbing again. "Down and then up again!" The rain and mist that characterized the morning is long gone and sunlight streams through the trees. An hour or two into the woods we pause to relax on a fallen tree and eat some snacks. A couple of AT hikers we've been leap-frogging with this afternoon pass us with a wave.

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Glacier National Park Backpacking: Part 2 https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-backpacking-2/ https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-backpacking-2/#respond Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=10131 As we climb higher, the trees grow shorter and in smaller groves. We wind through a rocky valley, cross a gurgling creek, and then spot a magnificent waterfall a little ways up the valley. Excited, we hurry toward it, although I stop every few hundred feet to snap photo after photo of the waterfall, the trees, and the cliffs. The approach to the waterfall is one of the most scenic sections of hiking I've ever done. The brilliant green grass and trees lead up to a dark red line of cliffs over which the series of waterfalls crash down. At the bottom of the lowest falls, the water impacts boulders and atomizes into a fine mist. I'm surprised that we haven't seen any other day hikers up here; this hike is easily just as impressive as the trail to Iceberg Lake or the Ptarmigan Tunnel!

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Glacier National Park Backpacking: Part 1 https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-backpacking-1/ https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-backpacking-1/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2019 21:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9767 Happy to have seen a moose in the wild, we resume hiking. Near a campsite about midway along Cosley Lake, we pause for a morning snack and to refill our water containers. As it turns out, Cosley Lake is perhaps the most beautiful lake we've visited so far. The glassy water reflects Pyramid peak while also providing a crystal clear window to view the brightly colored rocks that cover the lakebed.

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Glacier National Park Day Hikes https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-day-hikes/ https://backcountrysights.com/glacier-national-park-day-hikes/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:00:44 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9828 As we wind around Metahpi Peak, the alpine meadows of Preston Park recede behind the rocky slopes. We get a few glimpses of the Boulder Creek drainage lined with rust-red slopes, but soon lose that view as well as we reach Siyeh Pass. From that high vantage point, we're treated to a spectacular view of the valley we'll be hiking through for the remainder of the afternoon, the Baring Creek drainage. The massive Sexton Glacier feeds half a dozen cascades which in turn feed the roaring Baring Creek several thousand feet below the pass.

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Lost Creek Wilderness Backpacking Loop https://backcountrysights.com/lost-creek-wilderness-backpacking-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/lost-creek-wilderness-backpacking-loop/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2019 01:40:07 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9643 Once all our preparatory chores are complete, we begin “The Alphabetizer,” an off-trail route that hits four 12-ers (peaks above 12,000 feet high): Zephyr, Peak Z, Peak Y, and Peak X. According to the map, we’re somewhere below Zephyr, so we head uphill. As with the lower section of the hillside, it’s a steep climb, but the ascent is much easier with our lightened packs.

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A Night on the Tuscarora Trail https://backcountrysights.com/tuscarora-trail/ https://backcountrysights.com/tuscarora-trail/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2019 21:00:07 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9547 The climb doesn't take long, and we're soon strolling along the rocky ridge line. A cool breeze blows through the trees, and the soft colors of sunrise still linger near the horizon. We spend some time relaxing on a rock that overlooks the Shenandoah River, soaking in the view and enjoying the peaceful morning.

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Mountaineering at Mount Baker https://backcountrysights.com/mountaineering-mount-baker/ https://backcountrysights.com/mountaineering-mount-baker/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 12:00:31 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9433 My favorite part of the afternoon is learning about and practicing building haul systems: we use carabiners and prusiks to construct a system of pulleys that effectively reduce the amount of force the rescuer must exert to pull their friend out of the crevasse. As an engineer and an aspiring mountaineer, I very much enjoy using the laws of physics to gain a mechanical advantage with materials I'm already carrying.

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Haleakalā Summit Loop https://backcountrysights.com/haleakala-summit-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/haleakala-summit-loop/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:40:32 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=8375 The trail continues to twist and turn between the numerous sandy cones, eventually descending into a large valley full of strange, twisted rocks. It looks very alien; Mars-like, perhaps. The lava doesn't even look solid, like some strange extrusion from a 3D printer. The path makes a beeline through these curious formations; I pause a few times to examine them more closely and then hurry to catch up with Brian and Diane.

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