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Joel David Palmer
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Editor, writer, mediator, musician, engineer. Tool user. Problem solver.
Editor, writer, mediator, musician, engineer. Tool user. Problem solver.

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Several of the first crossings from early on my media-blackout election day, which I walked from the beginning of civil twilight at dawn to the end of civil twilight at gloaming.

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Thursday, out above the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, snow levels descending.
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11/21/16
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10/3/16
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Modern ultralight gear has been a revelation to me the past two seasons: faster and farther. This all is about 12 pounds.
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10/3/16
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After work Wednesday last I drove most of the way up to Snoqualmie Pass then hiked out to Pratt Lake for an overnight. Getting cold up at 4500 ft but probably not below 38F in the morning. Moonless clear skies, and a long night in the tent, listening to bird calls and other undefinable sounds.
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10/3/16
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The Alta Mtn hike doesn't really begin until you've climbed the ramparts behind Rachel, and then it just keeps going and going and a succession of questions: Is that it? Is that it?
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2016-08-07
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Great marmot observing Wednesday on Alta Mtn. When I do see them, they're often basking or just sitting on a high place, sometimes emitting a piercing whistle. They seem a peaceful species. As I sipped my hot chocolate on the summit, the big golden one ran to a sun-warmed ledge not far from me, turned around, plopped down with its paws overhanging, and relaxed.
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2016-08-07
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Alta Mtn on Wednesday, straddling the Pacific Crest, via Box Creek, Rachel Lake, and Rampart Ridge. About 11.5 mi roundtrip and 3350 ft of climbing, to 6150 ft. Overnight rain showers had just cleared when I started up the trail at 7 and for the first couple miles along the creek there were sections of rank vegetation heavy with raindrops and I was repeatedly soaked to the skin but quickly dried again.
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Blog post on Thursday's hike.
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