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 just east of the peak -- the larger one is further east i.e. deeper in the Pasayten.  Some of the [...]

Fires 9-9-22

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 Speedgoat 5.  These are trail runners but I used them for hiking the trail.  Turned out to be an excellent [...]

Busted Toenails

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 can access it without a paywall in the way.... bruce

Seattle Times

The Fiery Spell of Desolation

7-30-22   When I was recently up at the Deso Lookout --Jim mentioned an interview he did for a podcast as it happened on the last day of the 2021 season.  It is very nicely done.  You can find it in a series:  The Wild with Chris Morgan  -- a production of KUOW which is [...]

The Fiery Spell of Desolation

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 very nice to visit with Jim again.  I will be posting some more pictures and am going to add a [...]

Made it

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 to the top and the risk of training  injuries -- is a pretty small window of success.  Not sure how [...]

Training

New book by Trina Moyles

Just about finished a new book by a lookout up in Alberta.  I believe her LO was a 100 foot tower !  Yikes !  Not sure I could climb that.  The story is much more than about fire operations although there is plenty of that.  Considerable content is about her personal life and is very [...]

New book by Trina Moyles

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 listening to it.......   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LLpNKo09Xk

Jack Kerouac reads

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 Hozomeen but otherwise.....  : )

If there ever was

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.  Here is a small section that talks about the last 150 years: " In circa 1880, much of the west [...]

Forest Fires on Desolation Peak
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