One year ago my good friend Tyler Howie and I set off trekking on the Crow Pass Trail Pass Trail with his dog Freija leading the way. It was pouring rain when we started, which continued for the first 8 miles or so, eventually clearing off for a spectacular midnight sky. We are planning to do the hike again this year with pack rafts and float most of the way back to the Eagle River Nature Center. Traveling in a pack raft with my camera gear is going to be a new experience for me, so I've been spending some time on the river to get used to maneuvering before we depart.
Sunset, day one, Crow Pass Trail with Tyler Howie. Looking down from the pass toward Eagle River Valley. As anticipated, the fall colors were stunning at higher elevations. We camped just below the hill in the center foreground, where Raven and Clear Creeks merge. This was the last bit of sunshine we would enjoy on the trek.
A couple shots from our way up to and on top of Crow Pass on Tuesday. Approximately 3 miles and 2,000 vertical feet to the top, each step a brutal reminder that I was carrying more than 25% of my body weight in my pack, half of which was camera gear. I was happy to have used all the gear I carried throughout the trek, thereby justifying the extra effort.