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Somewhere midstream on Dorado Needle's SW Buttress last summer. Looking forward to more adventurous climbs in the North Cascades this summer! . . . . . #noca50 #choosemountains #ourpnw #optoutside #rei1440project #outdoorresearch #dirtbagdreams #outdoorprolink #olymountaineers #wanderwashington #ilovewashington #alpinerock #tradisrad #arcteryx #petzlgram #ourpnw #blackdiamondclimbing
North Cascades National Park has different Junior Ranger programs for people of different ages... Pacific Treefrog (3-5), Black Bear (5-8), Raven (8-11) and Mountain Goat (11+). We completed the Mountain Goat book during our trip. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
We picked up some stamps in our National Park Passport book. The North Cascades National Park stamp has a mountain goat. Moutain goats are not really goats, they are actually members of the antelope family. They are specialized in their hoof and body shape so they can be the most successful travelers on the cliffs where few predators will follow. They live at a variety of elevations, near different forest types, but always near cliffs. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #passporttonationalparks
Pikas are often found scurrying around the rocky alpine slopes of North Cascades with their mouths full of wildflowers. They are considered a climate change indicator species because of their sensitivity to heat and restrictive habitat requirements. Pikas like cold weather, so as climates warm, they disappear from the lower elevations where they used to live. When young pikas go out on their own, they tend to move downhill to look for living space (there territories are about a 25 meters from their nest). Once they get there, scientists are finding that they are dying off instead of establishing lower-altitude populations. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
The Sterling Munro trail offers this wonderful view of the Picket Range up the Goodell Creek drainage. S. Sterling Munro, Jr. was a longtime Chief of Staff to Senator Henry M. Jackson. He was devoted to preserving parks and wilderness, and the trail through the forest leading to Sterling's favorite view - the Picket Range - is dedicated to him. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #nofilter #notgreenscreen
North Cascades National Park was established on October 2, 1968. It was established to preserve the majestic moutain scenery, snowfields, glaciers, alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls, and other unique natural features of the North Cascade Range. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
The water that flows through the Gorge Powerhouse is returned into the Skagit River after powering the turbines. The Gorge Powerhouse does not serve as an effective natural fish barrier. Before the Gorge Dam was built, migratory fish would not travel up the Skagit River's steep grade to this area. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
J.D. Ross was the "Father of Seattle City Light". As the Gorge Powerhouse was built, he found it important that the area around the company town remain aesthetically pleasing. He made sure that a nice garden was created around the powerhouse for the public to enjoy. The garden includes tropical plants and an evening light and music show. In 2011, Seattle City Light restored the light show. Every night, visitors can enjoy a tumbling creek of alternating red, blue, purple, and white lights from dusk to midnight. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
These ceramic "bells" are insulate the metal towers from high voltage transmission lines. Electricity does not travel through ceramic easily, so electricity would have to travel around each on to reach the tower. Workers install enough bell insulators to create a path so long that the 240,000 volts in the transmission wire cannot travel that far. The underside of the insulator is a wave like surface, which makes the electricity's journey much longer than if the surface was flat. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
The Gorge Powerhouse has four generators, and can produce a total of 175,000 kilowatts. When it opened in 1924, it produced 40% of the power used by the city of Seattle. The turbines usually last 30-40 years before they need to be replaced, and the process of replacing them can take over a year of planning. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
The Gorge Powerhouse has a visitor gallery that is worth visiting if you are going through Newhalem, Washington. It has interpretive displays containing a wealth of information relating to the dams along the Skagit River and how electricity is generated and delivered. It features large viewing windows allowing visitors to see into the Generator Room. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
The Gorge Powerhouse is 2.7 miles downstream from Gorge Dam. Water behind Gorge Dam arrives at the powerhouse through a 24.5 foot diameter "power tunnel" cut into the moutain. The power tunnel drops 380 feet lower than the elevation of the dam, allowing for extra water pressure to turn the turbines. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #SeattleCityLight #Newhalem #GorgePowerhouse
Trees obscured our view of the 300 foot tall Gorge Dam from the Gorge Dam Trail. The Gorge Dam was completed in 1961, but the construction faced challenges. During construction, engineers drilled to find bedrock, but encountered unstable deposits of glacial till (loose gravel and sand). Water kept seeping through diversion dams built to allow excavation. To solve the problem, the crews inserted a network of refrigeration tubes into the till, and created a giant ice plug, freezing the gravel in place so the excavation could continue. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeOverlookTrail #SeattleCityLight #ChainOfDams
The Gorge Creek Bridge (completed in 1955) has a metal grate walkway, so you can see 200 feet down to the creek below (this is not one that is enjoyed by people that are leery of heights). In 2003, major flooding changed this area. A massive flash flood ripped out several trees and very large boulders that were adjacent to Gorge Creek Falls, and created a gravel bar in the gorge where Gorge Creek enters Gorge Lake. Pictures from before and after the flood revealed high water marks 50 feet above the canyon floor. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreek #GorgeLake #GorgeOverlookTrail
Gorge Creek Falls plunges 242 feet into Gorge Creek Canyon shortly before the Gorge Creek reaches Gorge Lake. There are five distinct sections to the falls, which are fed by runoff. The best flow for the falls usually occurs from March to July. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreekFalls #GorgeOverlookTrail
Gorge Creek Falls plunges 242 feet into Gorge Creek Canyon shortly before the Gorge Creek reaches Gorge Lake. There are five distinct sections to the falls, which are fed by runoff. The best flow for the falls usually occurs from March to July. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreekFalls #GorgeOverlookTrail
Colonial Peak epitomizes the North Cascades range. Colonial's metamorphic rocks defy the elements, although glaciers continue to grind away at it. Ice aged glaciers carved away its summit and deep cirque basins. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
The water in Diablo Lake has a unique blue-green appearance due to "rock flour". This a fine silt suspended in the water that is carried down into the lake from glaciers grinding rocks against rocks down streams. The rock flour at Diablo Lake is a very beautiful change from the silver/grey sediment that we have seen in other glacial fed streams. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
Between Ross Dam and Diablo Lake is Sourdough Mountain (on the right of this picture). At the summit of Sourdough was one of the first "lookout" points established by the U.S. Forest Service in 1915. Glee Davis built the original lookout in 1917. "Bush" Osborne chose this location to test his fire locating device. The Osborne Firefinder soon became standard equipment in lookouts. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
Ross Lake NRA follows the Skagit River corridor from the Canadaโ€“US border to the western foothills of the Cascades. The NRA contains a portion of scenic Washington State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, and includes three reservoirs: Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, and Gorge Lake. Named after James D. Ross, the superintendent of Seattle City Light's Skagit River Hydoroelectric Project which built Ross Dam, the Ross Lake NRA bisects the north and south units of North Cascades National Park. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles between Canada and Mexico, going through Washington, Oregon, and California. The trail crosses over 57 major mountain passes, and goes through 19 major canyons. We saw the trail as it crossed Highway 20 at Rainy Pass in Washington. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
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