186 miles completed

August 12, 2018

So I decided to try it again. Me, Michelle, and our two doggos set out conquer Kaleetan peak again. It was a typical moody PNW day as fog rolled in and out around us, giving us little peaks of the surrounding views.

Michelle had done the hike before and this time, once we climbed past lake Melakawa we crossed the ridge, dropping in elevation, instead of traversing across. This way was much more safe for us and the dogs, but unfortunately another problem soon arose. As we began ascending again up towards the peak we hit a boulder field covered with loose slabby rock. While this is not uncommon, Michelle’s little 10 month old pup was having trouble navigating across the rock and we knew if she was having trouble here, she most definitely wouldn’t be able to summit.

So once again we made the decision to call it, maybe a mile at most from the peak. As usual not reaching the destination I set out for always leaves me with a feeling of dissatisfaction, especially in the second time in a month. Michelle is of the same mindset as me though, our dogs go everywhere with us, and if they can’t go, then neither do we. The good news is that Kaleetan Peak isn’t going anywhere, it will still be there, and I’ll be back to get to the top.

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