L>R:  Summit Chief, Chimney Rock, Overcoat Peak.  These are the highest peaks in the Snoqualmie Pass area of Washington's central Cascades.  We're on a little peak called Otter Point, 6360':

This is earlier on Day 2, a simliar-sized peak called Iron Cap:



We slept right on the summit benchmark:

9:05 PM, the roiling mists materialized, and they did this to the sunset -- what you can't see is the halo rapidly expanding and contracting as the mists blow by, and the sun is just about to hit the mountain skyline -- even Al seems to like it, as if it were edible or something:

The darkest hour is always just before the breakfast:

Edit 3/24/15:  I posted the above photo on corgiaddict.com 2 months ago, and so far it's gotten 60,500 comments, likes, & reblogs.  I'm thrilled and touched that this little creature can speak to so many people just by being here.


Foss Lakes High Route, Alpine Lakes, central Washington Cascades. 3rd time I've done this, just me & Al, but never before on snow. 3 days, 2 summits, mostly on snow. Al loved it; he frapped on the first snow we reached. It was a joy to see him romping in perfect snow travel conditions, 2" of mush-on-crust, much faster and easier than trudging over rocks and boulders.  People will be  talking about the stupendous snowpack of summer 2011 in hushed, awe-stricken tones for many years.  We camped on snow at 5500', and bivouacked at 6360' on our second summit, no tent necessary that night with the corgi electric blanket.
Tried out a new freeze-dried dog food, "Vital Essentials" 100% Raw. Al loved it, but it did make him fart... and he was in my sleeping bag, remember.
One of the best trips I've ever enjoyed:


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Comment by Traci Nudelman on August 6, 2011 at 2:47am
Wow! Amazing pics.
Comment by Susan Bowles on July 10, 2011 at 8:07am

fantastic photos, corgis may only have little legs but they are always up for an adventure


Comment by Joanne Koppenaal on July 9, 2011 at 8:33pm
Aahh John, takes me to places I would never see without you and your corgi's!  Al looks smashing in the goggles!
Comment by Bax & Zigs & Rosie on July 8, 2011 at 4:13pm

Shameless dog brag? Pfft, when you're climbing mountains with your dog you have all the right in the world to brag. Especially when you take such amazing pictures to boot! Absolutely gorgeous.

Comment by Sandy Clarke on July 7, 2011 at 4:25pm

We're hoping to take Cosmo on a first camping trip this summer (no mountain climbing, though, but maybe a little flatlander hiking), and this is just so inspiring. Thanks for the post.

Comment by Kasey, Max, & Zoey on July 7, 2011 at 3:58pm
That is so awesome. I live in central washington and I have been trying to find good places to take my corgis for adventures like that! Have you ever hiked spider meadows? Thats my goal for the end of the summer with the pups. Beautiful pictures!
Comment by Tammey & Caven on July 7, 2011 at 3:52pm
Beautiful Images.  Great job!
Comment by Ellen Andersen on July 7, 2011 at 1:37pm
WOW!  Put me in for a copy of the coffeetable book too!  Absolutely gorgeous shots!  Especially the ones featuring that most handsome corgi.
Comment by Mickey on July 7, 2011 at 1:03pm
Looking forward to the coffee table book! love love...
Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on July 7, 2011 at 2:01am
Fantastic as always, John.  Al is to mountaineering what Scott Wiley's Joey is to ranching.

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