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Fires 9-9-22

More than any year I remember -- there are numerous fires in the Desolation Peak area.  Fire command has named them the NW Pasayten Complex.  Here are 2 links: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info#WA-OWF-000469 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8397/ The map shows them [...]

By |September 9th, 2022|Deso Blog|

Busted Toenails

I went looking for a very lightweight shoe but with a stiffer sole for the climb up Desolation.  After spending some time at my local REI and the running store - I chose the Hoka [...]

By |August 2nd, 2022|Deso Blog|

Seattle Times

7-31-22  Wow, Desolation is having its moment this month  : )  First the KUOW podcast and now yesterday the Seattle Times had an article https://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoors/93-fire-lookout-towers-remain-in-wa-heres-what-its-like-working-and-living-in-one/?amp=1 Some very nice photos from Jim, the lookout.......... hopefully you [...]

By |July 31st, 2022|Deso Blog|

Made it

Hi there, happy to report that my son and I climbed Desolation Peak last week to the top.  I got to sit in the old LO for a half hour or so.  Wonderful nostagia and [...]

By |July 24th, 2022|Deso Blog|

Training

Hi there, currently I am training to hike Desolation another time in July.  It is proving to be more difficult since I am now 71.  The " space " between training enough to make it [...]

By |June 30th, 2022|Deso Blog|

Jack Kerouac reads

This is a well known segment from a Steve Allen TV Show many years ago--- Jack is reading from his book On the Road.........unique pacing that suits the prose beautifully...... I never get tired of [...]

By |April 10th, 2022|Deso Blog|

If there ever was

If there ever was a European painting / serigraph that reminds me of Desolation and Kerouac / Synder --- it is this one by Samivel.  The mountain being contemplated doesn't have the twin spires of [...]

By |March 11th, 2022|Deso Blog|

Forest Fires on Desolation Peak

Supposedly Desolation Peak got its name from the look of the fire ravaged peak " back in the day " .  I found an article on that here: https://w3.ric.edu/faculty/rdegouvenain/Ageeetal1990.PDF.  Pretty technical by UW Forestry Department. [...]

By |December 24th, 2021|Deso Blog|
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