The other morning while enjoying my coffee and trying not to pay attention to the latest news about what Trump did or did not do, I spotted an email that I had forgotten I was waiting for…
The Enchantments is a range in the middle of the Cascades that I had heard of before, but never really investigated. I was chatting with a guy who had entered the lottery for an overnight permit and because he sounded geeked up about the area, I figured “might as well do it myself.” Well lucky for me, I got drawn. And after sending out an email to some friends I thought would be able to take off for random backpacking trip, we soon had ourselves a full 8-person group.
The Stuart Zone of the Enchantments isn’t necessarily the most sought-after section, but beggars can’t be choosers as they say. And I suppose we’ll be avoiding much of the crowding that can happen on the trails in the Core Zone. The hike into camp near Lake Stuart is just around 5 miles…which is far from gnar (that should be t-shirt). However there are plenty of other miles & elevation feet to be chewed up in the surrounding area, so if we can hike in and drop our heavier bags at base camp then take off for some light and speedy work, I’m all good with that tactic.
Permit is good for this June and I’ll be lugging along the camera, so some good content should follow. I also have a few other trips sprinkled on the calendar over the course of the next few months, a good sign.
In other slightly related news, my employer is offering new wellness program that provides athletic training, and exercise testing & programming that focuses heavily on injury assessment, prevention, treatment and rehab. Since I’ve recently become aware of my own mortality and injuries have plagued my ability to get into the backcountry, I’m stoked to get started with the trainers.