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1981 Mini Miler

1981 Mini Miler
Boulder Pass
Napeequa Ford
Little Giant Pass

Mike Baker Crossing the Napeequa

Troop 24 Adults: "Cascade" Bill Mooseker, Merl Weatherhogge, Larry Throndsen

Troop 24 Scouts: Scott Weatherhogge, Greg Mooseker, Randy Miller, Mike Ruhsenberger, Pat Haller, Mike Baker, Jim Hunt, Greg Emens, Todd Throndsen

Mini-Miler from the White River trailhead near Lake Wenatchee, up and over Boulder Pass, down to the Napeequa River, up and over Little Giant Pass (Don't ever want to go over Big Giant!), and down to trails end at the Chiwawa river.

Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker

Date(s): August 1981. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 35 of 35 Total. 1329 Visits.
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Thanks bill, it brings back memories of the great times Todd and I had as part of troop 24. I only wished Todd was still with us…….I know he is in spirit.  Thanks again for posting all the photos….now I going to look for my photos.  Larry Throndsen
Larry Throndsen, Wed, 26 Feb 2014 6:04AM
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Troop 24 Mini Milers - Heading through meadows near Boulder Pass on our second day.

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Another view

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Left to Right:
Greg "Wait for Me" Mooseker
Mike "Rootin Tootin Regular" Ruhsenberger
Pat "Hootin Hippie" Haller
Jim "H.L." Hunt
Randy "50 and Out" Miller
Greg "Nose Dive" Emens
Todd "Coca-Cola" Throndsen
Mike "Tea Bags" Baker
Scott "Screamer" Weatherhogge
Merl "Mountain Man" Weatherhogge
Larry "Death March" Throndsen

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Its a long climb up to the meadows of Boulder Pass.

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Taking a break before the final climb to the pass -
Greg "Nose Dive" Emens ( for his spectacular falls going up Little Giant Pass.
Todd "Coca-Cola" Throndsen (for trying to smuggle a full six pack of Coke.)
Mike "Tea Bags" Baker (His total troop gear was a bag of tea-bags.)
"Screamer" Scott Weatherhogge - (for his penchant of waking up in the middle of the night screaming.)
Randy "50 'N Out" Miller (See '81 Paseyton)
Pat "Hootin Hippie" Haller (See '81 Paseyton)
Jim "H.L." Hunt (You don't want to know!)
Cascade Bill Mooseker

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Boulder Pass is in view (a lot of switchbacks to go yet)

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A shoulder of Clark Mountain

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Taking a break - Mike B., Pat H., Mike R., Greg M., Merle W.

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Saddling up to hit the trail -
Larry T, Scott W., Greg E., Randy M.

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Merle, Scott, Larry, Todd, Mike R.(getting Kool Aid), Greg E., Bill M., Jim, Pat, Mike B. (Greg M. taking photo)

Kool Aid Break - This is back in the days before water filters, when you didn't need to worry about water quality in the high country.  We would mix a bunch of Kool Aid with water from a convenient stream and drink it. I saw my first water filter in 1984 while filling my canteen from a stream that a couple was filtering  their water from.  I often wonder if the only reason we use a filter today is because they're available.

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At the top of Boulder Pass - Larry and Scott.

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Larry and Scott looking down into the Napeequa valley.

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Jim (behind sign), Greg E., Todd, Mike R., Merle, Pat. at the top of the pass.

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Another view.

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The Napeequa River far below - Little Giant Pass is over the ridge across the valley.

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We thought that there were a lot of switchbacks on the way up, but there were many, many more on the other side.

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Switchbacks almost ad infinitum.

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Hugging the edge of a cliff, the trail makes a steep descent.

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Greg M., Larry, Todd, Greg E., Jim and Scott.

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More Switchbacks - Larry, Todd, Greg E., Mike B., Randy, Pat, Mike R., and Merle.

Our camp is just ahead.

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Another shot of the same series of switchbacks.

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The next day we continued to head down to the Napeequa.  We camped on a bench with a good view.  Greg borrowed a bivvy bag to sleep under the stars and I decided to join him with just my sleeping bag.  In the middle of the night, it started to pour and Greg got a good laugh as I struggled to get out of my bag and into the tent before getting soaked.

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Heading down.

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Larry on the trail.

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Its a long way down.

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You have to ford the Napeequa, which is pretty daunting.  Before we got to the ford, we got into shorts or underwear (in my case) and walked out to the ford where we met a group of Swedish hikers, who asked us where the bridge was.  I told them that I always hiked in my underwear!

Here Mike Baker is making his way across.

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Todd making his way across -

To make the crossing safer for the younger scouts, Greg and I crossed first without packs.  We strung a rope across the river to have a safety line.  Scott is belaying the rope on the far side.

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Randy's turn.

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Greg Emens

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Bill in his undies (had to go back and get my pack).

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Scott - almost across.

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Greg makes the final crossing.

I didn't get any more pictures - it was a grind going up Little Giant, with Greg Emens doing his nose dives and also having a run in with a yellow jacket.  We found a spartan camp just below the pass as night fell.  I used to have the boys bake "snacks" from recipes that I handed out, we would eat them at lunch breaks, etc.  Our last one was Mike Baker's, who had a "trail bread" recipe.  He got it out and we found that it was just whole wheat bread from Safeway - he never lived that down.

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