July 5-15, 2020: Mount Adams, South Sister, Broken Top, Middle Sister, Loowit Trail

After experiencing intense analysis paralysis, a common occurrence in the Kam household, we settled on chasing the warm sun down south.

The pandemic requires serious travel-related problem solving! To limit stops on the road, we loaded our 4Runner with lots of dehydrated food, a complete bathroom system (if you want to know, ask), an audiobook, and of course, our rooftop tent! Not to mention glacier gear, skis, climbing gear, and running gear. 😆

DAY 1 & 2: ADAMS

marshmallow thumbs up 👍 Rainier in the background
Ran over the to true summit as soon as there was enough space for a quick selfie
Summit 360 with joy of snacks 😅😆😅😆
Marshmallow is okay with not skiing down
REALLY OKAY WITH NOT SKIING 😅
walking skills
I found a recliner chair after taking down camp!
Cleaning gear, relaxing, camping at the base of Adams

Mount Adams Totals

Total Moving Time: 8:24:48

Total Distance: 13.6 miles

Total Gain: 6,657 feet

DAY 3-5: SOUTH SISTER AND BROKEN TOP

In the morning, we drove to Bend, Oregon. We got to the trailhead by 3pm, packed for a 3-day backpacking trip, and hiked into the Green Lakes basin.

Andrew’s bear hang- we always hang our food so we don’t attract bears and rodents
Why doesn’t it look as steep as it felt?
This view! Descending boulder fields and looking at Broken Top

Andrew mastered the fine art of boot skiing 😂

LOL!

After 5 hours and 20 minutes of moving time, we made it back to camp in time for dinner, a water filter shower, route study, and early sleep.

To avoid the heat, we woke up at 4:30am. The approach was easy, and after about an hour of hiking we were on the ridge to Broken Top.

Going up the spine involved exposed Class 3 scrambling.

We roped up for the last 500 feet.

Before starting the Class 5 climbing

I belayed Andrew for the last 60 feet to the summit. I wasn’t interested in climbing the summit block and enjoyed my ledge.

Summary of the climb!

We drove into Bend, got takeout Cafe Yumm (our fav!), and found a free campground on a forest road.

South Sister + Broken Top Totals

Total Moving Time: 13.12.39

Total Distance: 21.3 miles

Total Gain: 7,523 feet

DAY 6: BELKNAP CRATER

Crater selfie!
Running down ash is funnnnn

Belknap Totals

Total Moving Time: 1:51:12

Total Distance: 6.6 miles

Total Gain: 1,696 feet

DAY 7: CHILLIN’

In the afternoon we drove to the Pole Creek Trailhead, ate dinner in our tent (bad mosquitos!) and went to bed early.

DAY 8: MIDDLE SISTER

We woke up at 3am, had breakfast, gazed at the comet Neowise, and hiked for 2.5 hours before hitting the glacier.

confirming- this sucked
Summit selfie- yes, I made a duct tape nose guard to protect from the sun
I’M A BABY
WHY ARE YOU DANCING DOWN THE SLOPE?!

We got off the glacier quickly, took a lunch break on some rocks, and booked it back to the car.

MIDDLE SISTER TOTALS

Total Moving Time: 7:58:42

Total Distance: 15.5 miles

Total Gain: 4,931 feet

LOOWIT TRAIL

We woke up at 5am and made our way to the June Lake Trailhead.

There was no water between Chocolate Falls and Toutle River (almost a 9 mile stretch), and Andrew’s water bottle exploded when it fell out of his vest early in the run. He had to ration a 12 oz. bottle for the first 1/3 of the day!

OKAY, only 20 miles left! Time to go through the blast zone. The views were so magnificent that we slowed our pace to a stroll to take it all in.

BUT HOW

After crossing the blast zone, only about 12 miles left! Couldn’t be too hard, right…?

Lots of this.
And this.
Some wind.
SO GRACEFUL
Kind of dead

LOOWIT TRAIL TOTALS

Total Moving Time: 10:31:10

Total Distance: 32.2 miles

Total Gain: 7,418 feet

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