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Old January 1st, 2011, 05:49 PM
Steve Rupp Steve Rupp is offline
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Colockum Pass, WA

After a wet trip up near Mount Baker with Mike, I decided to head out to the eastern side of the Cascades for some drier weather. Rob was out with me this time and we headed east to the Quilomene Wildlife Area but it started to rain so we headed for higher ground in the mountains. As we got up to about 4000' the rain turned to snow and it was deep. We threw the front chains on and made it up to a good spot to camp for the night. The next day we threw the rears on and made our way to the pass. It was quite a trip as we broke every tensioner on the chains as well as some other pretty important parts. Thank god I keep a bunch of bungees on my rack because we used every one of them to rig the chains back together. I have some parts coming to fix the chains but I still will use two bungees in each wheel to keep them snugged up. It was damn cold out there but was a great trip.

















































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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Great pics.
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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:15 PM
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Thanks Greg, Rob has a couple shots in there. It was a really fun trip. I'm really starting to like Washington, although I am sure missing Utah.
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Old January 1st, 2011, 09:49 PM
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awesome pics!

I miss Utah too.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 12:14 AM
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Sweet.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 07:51 AM
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Awesome trip. I've got to get out of town soon.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Looks like Rob has been eating good. What is that, a 36" waist now? Have you seen these, Rob?

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They've probably got your size.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 05:38 AM
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 08:25 AM
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I can see Rob in a few years growing a beard and going for the Grizzly Adams look.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 12:02 PM
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great pics!
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 09:52 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnlee
I can see Rob in a few years growing a beard and going for the Grizzly Adams look.

...yelling at the neighborhood kids to keep away from his miniature collection that is taking over his house.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:51 AM
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My brother and I headed out for the weekend and headed over to Eastern WA. The Colockum Pass Road is becoming a favorite of mine since it's relatively close to home and since it's on the east of the Cascades, it's dryer and warmer than Seattle.

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The dinner was definitely Iron Chef worthy. I've made a few duds out on the trail, but this meal was memorable. I made a grilled pork chop with sauteed shitakes, napa cabbage and green onions in a tonkotsu broth. As you know, I love pork and this didn't disappoint.

The weather during the day was cloudy and overcast but fortunately by sunset there were clusters of clouds along with clear sky and it made for some crazy looking clouds. A few minutes later, Mt. Rainier popped out for a few minutes right before the sun went down.

It definitely doesn't have the same kind of magic as Utah, but it's only 2 hours away.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 08:13 AM
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Nice!
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 08:14 AM
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Fantastic photos.

We need to get some new names/dates on that pot.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 08:14 AM
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As much as I like camping in the red rocks, there's something magical about camping up in the mountains on grass that's soft and short like a carpet. That site looks great.

Enjoyed the pics, Mike. I can't wait to get out there.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 03:39 PM
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That Rainier picture is awesome. Wish I was out there.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 04:08 PM
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Greg and I have been dreaming of some altitude and some pine trees.
That looks great.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 04:44 PM
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Rob, Mt. Rainier is awesome. It's quite shy and sits hidden in the clouds most of the time. When "it is out", to use the local lingo, you just stare at it in awe. My wife and I discussed whether or not we'd get tired of seeing it back in '05 wen we moved here. It's been almost 8 years and I still can't believe how much I just stare at it like a kid.

Jack, I was feeling the same way. The neat part of this trail is that on the other side of the pass, it becomes much more arid so you get a nice variety of scenery.

~10 miles from the campsite:

Discovery XD
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 08:58 PM
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Here's a few of mine. The dinner was amazing. I'm pretty sure there was not a speck of meat left on my bone. One of these days I'll get myself back to the plateau, but it's so nice to be 2 hours from this.

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Old June 3rd, 2013, 09:24 PM
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nice! Thanks for sharing.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 11:34 PM
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Once again-sweet pics
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Old June 4th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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Awesome.
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Old June 4th, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Here was the 5 am wake up call. You can't see in this photo but there were two elk in the back chasing a couple of the cows.

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Old June 5th, 2013, 05:36 AM
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Awesome pics.
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