Wild Places We Go

Summitting Mount Ellinor

That’s Mount Ellinor (located in the Olympic National Forest) at the top – taken from the final staging area:

Mount-Ellinor

This is my nephew Nick with me admiring Mount Rainier in the distance from the final staging area:

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Headed up The Chute with Lake Cushman in the background… Right above where this picture was taken you have to start scrambling essentially straight up the cliff face:

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I snapped these pictures on the way up The Chute. Yeah, that is the kind of terrain we’re climbing straight up:

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Mount-Ellinor

I was the first one to make it into this bowl and startled a mountain goat that was hanging out in here:

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This is the back side of the bowl:

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I climbed out along the edge of this cliff for quite a ways before realizing that I was setting a bad example for Nick and turning back:

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More pictures I took on the relentless climb up:

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Another view of Rainier:

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Success! Me on the Ellinor summit at 5,944 Feet:

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The view from the top:

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Mount-Ellinor

Mount-Ellinor

The spotting scope allowed us to get some great views of Seattle:

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Life can survive practically anywhere:

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Starting back down:

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We took a much easier route down the mountain:

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Quintessential Pacific Northwest:

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