Moving With Your Mind In The Land

The author wading across a more tame section of the North Fork of the Nooksack River near its headwaters at Icy Peak (L) and Mt Shuksan (R) - Photo: iPhone 11 Pro camera triggered remotely by an Apple Watch
Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho
an early June crossing of the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River to access camping at Elbow Lake
The second-to-last crossing of the North Fork before reaching the top of the cirque at the base of Mt Shuksan (with impossible shorelines visible)

Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast.

ascending a snowfield on a WSW aspect of Icy Peak, high above the Nooksack Cirque. Part of the East Nooksack Glacer on Mt Shuksan is visible below

Mind over matter. The land is my mind. My mind is in the land.

ascending the ridgeline to Icy Peak’s summit (which I bypassed) looking back at Seahpo Peak (L), E Nooksack Glacier (center) and Nooksack Tower (R) on Mt Shuksan. Nearly all the glacier and snow visible here drains into the North Fork of the Nooksack River.
looking back at Icy Peak en route to Ruth Mountain. My path traversed in the snow from the saddle right of the summit pyramids and above the one crevasse visible
the steepest sections of the southern aspect of Ruth Mountain do not have an obvious ‘easy’ path when approached from Icy Peak
attaining the safer ground on Ruth Mountain, looking back at the route so far - Icy Peak (L), the E Nooksack Glacier on Mt Shuksan (R), and the cirque below
Copper Ridge (R) from the summit of Ruth Mountain, looking due north. Hannegan Pass is to the lower left of the orange-ish rock hillside on Hannegan Peak (L)
the heavily suncupped slip-and-slide foot path down Ruth Mountain’s north face
approaching the well-trodden Hannegan Pass area and my exit via the Ruth Creek valley. Campers trails braid the delicate meadows below.
at the Hannegan Pass TH, with all my gear loaded up on my pack for the descent via mountain bike back to the Nooksack Cirque TH via approx. 2 miles of logging roads
basecamp for the one day expedition, where the Nooksack Cirque trail ends in the North Fork river bed
a quick, refreshing dip in the North Fork of the Nooksack River descending towards one of its major mountain tributaries, Ruth Creek

End Notes




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Ryan Rickerts

Ryan Rickerts

climbing my way to higher states of consciousness.

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