As has become a bit of a tradition, all I ask for on my birthday is a hike. This year the ol’ South America crew reunited to conquer Golden Ears. This one isn’t for the faint of heart – 1500m of elevation gain is enough to give any seasoned hiker a challenge.
We kept changing our minds about how to do the hike and didn’t come up with a plan until the night before. We ended up hiking to Alder Flats, dropping our tents/etc and continuing on for the summit.
The day was average at best. A little rain and poor visibility.
Some crazy people hiked all their equipment up to Panorama Ridge which ended up being quite the location to spend a night. With good weather it would be epic.
We got a bit of luck at the summit as the clouds cleared for a bit of a view. It was as good as we could have hoped for.
The hike down was an absolute slog. We were absolutely exhausted when we made it to the tents.