‘Tis the season! It’s full swing Holiday season, and I am personally loving the distraction of decorating for Christmas and searching for the perfect present for all of my friends and family, despite not being able to celebrate together like I wish we could. This year, I’ve dedicated more thought into supporting small business and sustainable products with my gifts, and I wanted to share them for those still hunting down gift ideas for an outdoorsy friend!
If you’re a Washington State hiker, you’re sure to have heard of the beautiful (and daunting) Enchantments. The thru hike itself ranges somewhere between 18 – 24 miles and over 4,500 ft. in elevation gain, although can be even longer/higher if you lose the trail or choose to explore off the path. The Enchantments are more commonly known for backpackers — there’s a lottery-style permit system every year that generally rewards less than 10% of entrants to camp out overnight along the trail. I’ve entered the lottery for 4 years now without winning, so this year I decided to take on the Enchantments as a thru hike, and I want to share my experience for those of you hoping to do the same!