Recent Trips and Summer Plans

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Are you planning your high season trips yet? Got any great ideas, or do you need some? Our backcountry bucket list is always growing, but we’re always knocking them off the list as well. Some plans are just a weekend escape. We all need those, and put them on the calendar as often as possible. Others take more thorough planning and a bigger chunk of time. Regardless of what kind of trip you prefer, there is probably a trip below that will spark your next idea. Keep the list growing and get out there often!

These are photos of some trips that the SBM staff has taken in the last month. Maybe it will spark a new addition to your bucket list.


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Go climb a rock, or a waterfall. Whatever tickels you: Navigating one of the bigger falls in Eaton Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, CA

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Finally schedule that through hike: Mt. Baldy and Iron Mountain poking through the clouds from the PCT near, Wrightwood, CA


Find a state park in another state:  Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY

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Get in touch with your surroundings: A little way up on a rock face on Frenchman Coulee, Columbia Gorge, WA


Day hikes and weekenders near home: Ancient Lakes, Eastern Washington. This is a great hike to take early, before the eastside heat kicks up and the rattlesnakes become too active.


For the international trekker in you, plan the big one. Everest View acclimation hike above Namche, Nepal


Hike to a view you’ve always wanted to photograph: Mt Everest and Nupse Peak from Tengboche, Nepal

A native of Minnesota, Erika moved to Seattle in the late 90s and immediately fell in love with the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a photographer, specializing in landscapes, though she enjoys capturing people as well. Her travels have taken her from Newfoundland to Belize, From Paris to Nepal. She has written a book about her trek through Nepal and is the editor of SBM. Erika currently resides in Kirkland with her husband and two sons.

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