Labor Day in Leavenworth by Ray Phung

A short post this time! Over the long Labor Day holiday this year, Leavenworth was experiencing some relatively cool weather for September, so I grabbed my friend Jenn and drove up.  We met up Kevin, who you may recognize from other adventure posts, as well as some other Portland folk who also made the trek up to utilize the nice weather window.  

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4th of July in the Enchantments by Ray Phung

My prior experience in the Enchantments was several years ago, when me and Temo "tried" to climb Dragontail Peak via Serpentine Ridge.  Little did I know that Dragontail Peak was only the start of a whole chain of alpine lakes and towering granite peaks, known collectively as the Enchantments.  I have long desired to backpack up to the Enchantments to both climb some of the famous routes there and to photograph the beautiful scenery.  But for the longest time, the permit system in place to protect this fragile landscape kept this desire from becoming reality.   Early this winter, I circled on my calendar the day the lottery opened for permits, and signed up as soon I could.  I was miraculously awarded a pass for the 4th of July weekend to the Core Enchantment Zone, which is the most coveted permit as it allows camping in all of the other zones.  

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Spring at Smith Rock and Leavenworth by Ray Phung

Over the month of April, I took a few trips to Smith Rock and Leavenworth, WA for various climbing exploits, as well as to escape to the woods be out of my awkward living situation. These are also the rolls where I began to user ColorPerfect to set the film base.  I will try to have a post dedicated to this awesome software. I haven't been to Smith Rock in quite some time and revisiting this area was an eye-opening experience. I only got on two routes this weekend, but still had an amazing time with some fun people.  Leavenworth is like a 2nd home.  Spring climbing there is a blast.  From the pictures on this roll, I was apparently more focused on photographing people.  But rather than bore you with my banter, here are pictures! 

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