Kelly Borkclimbing

Exit 38, WA

Kelly Borkclimbing
Exit 38, WA

It was a mostly rainy weekend, but we caught a bit of clear skies on Saturday morning by staying fairly close to home. The more time I spend in the Snoqualmie Pass region, the more I realize I’ve totally overlooked its splendor. The most obvious spots off the 90 corridor are well travelled paths… WAY too crowded to get any real sense of nature, but the more I look just outside of the popular areas, I’m struck by how much unexplored terrain, climbable rock, and beautiful details there are around Snoqualmie Pass.

Reading an Ansel Adams book this morning, this quote from his 1945 bulletin to the Sierra Club feels very applicable:

“Our weakness in our appreciation of nature is the emphasis placed upon scenery, which in its exploited aspect is merely a gargantuan curio. Things are appreciated for size, unusuality, and scarcity more than for their subtleties and emotional relationship to everyday life…common grass growing against stone may be of more poignant beauty than an entire grove of sequoias in their most conventional “tourist” aspect…”

Details I’m appreciating this weekend are: bits of low hanging cloud rolling through an open valley, small maple trees with just a few leaves that have started turning for the fall, and the clarity of medium sized mountain rivers as they slow down from lack of meltwater and no new rain (yet).