Monday night I returned home from a lovely few days on the eastside of the N. Cascade mountains. My boyfriend and I took his mom on a lovely overnight to Cutthroat Pass. It’s a 5 mile hike in from Highway 20 that ends with fantastic 300 degree views. (Read a trail description here.) I did the entire hike in using my Vibram Five Finger shoes and also wore them for half of the way down. (Snow patches were a bit chilly, but my toes were able to grip it like little crampons). I also tried my new Golite backpack which I’m quite excited about. It’s a step up from my former one which would wear my shoulders raw. This new pack also has a great pocket in back which fits my lightweight drawing kit well. I’m looking forward to heading back out to the mountains soon! I need a few more shakedowns before I begin working later this month with Girls on Ice.