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HIKE 05: Iron Bear - Teanaway Ridge (Central Cascades, WA)

My brother scored tickets to hike the enchantments this September 2021 and I’m going on a bunch of hikes to get my butt in shape. Will be documenting and reviewing these hikes and talking about the gear I’m using.

Hike 05: Iron Bear - Teanaway Ridge (Central Cascades, WA)

May 23, 2021

Length: 6.5 miles round trip

Gain: 1900 ft.

Highest Point: 5489 ft

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Running on 2 hours of sleep, I somehow got my butt out of bed to do this beautiful hike just east of the Cascades. The trail starts in the forest then opens up to spectacular mountain views. Tons of wildflowers line the path which proceeds through a stunning ridge line. At the top, there are plenty of rocks to lunch on. An intermediate hike, this one is highly recommended, especially on a clear day!


REI Stormbolt Rain Jacket ($279)

A replacement for my last jacket that did not keep me dry. Didn't get a chance to use it, but from what it feels like, it should do a much better job in the rain.

Patagonia Nano Puff ($200)

Love these jackets. I had a blue one, but too small for me right now. I FELT LIKE A SAUSAGE IN IT (ugh), so I bought a larger size.

Garmin Solar Instict Watch ($399)

Altitude, barometer, compass, carolrie counter, GPS, steps, heart rate, oximeter all in one watch.

Russell Dri-fit shirt ($12)

Seems good so far.

Nike headband and Wristband ($12)

Underrated must haves. Salty sweat in eyes is no fun.

Hoka One Hiking Boots ($220)

Still feels great. A little bounce makes me feel like I've got Jordans on.

Costco Carbon Fiber Polls ($30)

Great, especially for the price.

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