Intermountain Alpine Club is what IMAC stands for. The outdoor activity group has been around for over 70 years and is based out of Richland, WA. As stated on the imacnw.org website, “Our primary purpose is to encourage the enjoyment of the outdoors and to promote hiking, mountain climbing, and other activities in the Pacific Northwest”.
Meet the Tramily. Ernie, Mike, Tom, Cynthia, Russell, Mafer, Don, Jay, Chris, Elena, Shelly, Astra, David, Ray, and me. The trip was planned and led by Jay Reinhardt, who is actually a friend of my father. Jay had seen some of my photography before, and well, after a quick phone call I was assigned as photographer for the trip.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Well, for the first 2 days, that is. Because of the rain forecast on the 3rd day we did improvise a bit with the plan. We actually made it to all the major destinations in the first 2 days so that some people could hike out the evening of the 2nd day. Those destinations being Snowgrass Flats, Old Snowy Mountain summit, Goat Lake, and the Knife Edge.
Day One: We chose 2 campsites near Snowgrass Flats about a half a mile apart, set up camp, and then headed up to Goat Lake. 12 hikers is the limit for a group to camp together. And while hiking we were often split into two, and sometimes three, groups.
Day Two: We hiked to Old Snowy Mountain summit and out on the Knife Edge. This was my second time out in these areas and I was already starting to feel like it’s my own backyard.
It was the second evening that the majority of the group decided to hike out to skip the coming rain. So I took the opportunity to do some solo hiking and self-portrait landscape photography.
Between August and September I have spent two evenings up on Old Snowy Summit alone to climb down in the dark and hike the 2.5 miles back to Snowgrass Flats. The first time I almost ran into some mountain goats. That got my adrenaline pumping a bit. But this time was more like a midnight walk in the park.
At night I put on everything I could to stay warm and went out and tried some Astrophotography. Sunrise on the third morning was beautiful. Didn’t feel the first drop of rain until about 9am.
See all 53 photos below:
If you are one of the 15 on the hike or are with IMAC then you can use the pin # to download the images here