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August 10, 2023

John Hagemann/SMCJ

Two hikers rest along the shores of Inspiration Lake in the Enchantments.

"We don't have to get fat,

We don't have to get old.

We don't have information that we have to withhold."

-The Pretenders, "Let the Sun Come In"

Mrs. Ericson and I are doing fine money-wise, but we definitely don't have helicopter rescue money.

That thought arose as I looked up at Aasgard Pass, a muscle-bound stretch of slope that rises from the tourmaline-green shores of Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the central Cascades, just outside of Leavenworth. That incline of nearly 2,000 feet in two-thirds of a mile loomed like a mocking high school bully, and I wondered whether...

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