Nick Lake

Nick Lake (@nickrlake)

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Lots of doom and gloom out there in the #pnw over the rainy, cool forecast for the next week, but don’t forget, it always teases us like this before some nice late September, early October days surprise us and send summer off for real. And if they don’t, well, better get to waxing your skis. 
From a deep summer trip into the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness—more to come from here soon!
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #beautifuldestinations #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #cascades #alpinelakeswilderness #mtdaniel #explorewashington #explorewashingtonstate #washingtonexplored #ic_adventures #nikond850 #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #pnw #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #visualsoflife #wildernessculture #nwisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest #jadelake

Lots of doom and gloom out there in the  #pnw over the rainy, cool forecast for the next week, but don’t forget, it always teases us like this before some nice late September, early October days surprise us and send summer off for real. And if they don’t, well, better get to waxing your skis. From a deep summer trip into the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness—more to come from here soon! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #beautifuldestinations  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #alpinelakeswilderness  #mtdaniel  #explorewashington  #explorewashingtonstate  #washingtonexplored  #ic_adventures  #nikond850  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #pnw  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #jadelake

This was the trail that made me fall in love with the Pacific Northwest eleven years ago. I’ve hiked it many times since and I never get sick of it. The way the path bends, the steep slopes and jagged peaks, unique in each season and yet always familiar. I love to bring friends and family here when they visit and see the look of sheer awe on their faces when they see the scale and wildness of the North Cascades, hoping it moves them the same way it moved me so many years ago. #whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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#pnwonderland #pnwphotographer #pnwexplored #pnwdiscovered #northcascades #ncascades #pasaytenwilderness #visualsoflife #artofvisuals #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #cascades #nakedplanet #nikonusa #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #wildernessculture #washingtonstate #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #stayandwander #wishyouwerenorthwest #nationalparks #ncnp

This was the trail that made me fall in love with the Pacific Northwest eleven years ago. I’ve hiked it many times since and I never get sick of it. The way the path bends, the steep slopes and jagged peaks, unique in each season and yet always familiar. I love to bring friends and family here when they visit and see the look of sheer awe on their faces when they see the scale and wildness of the North Cascades, hoping it moves them the same way it moved me so many years ago.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #pnwonderland  #pnwphotographer  #pnwexplored  #pnwdiscovered  #northcascades  #ncascades  #pasaytenwilderness  #visualsoflife  #artofvisuals  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #nakedplanet  #nikonusa  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #wildernessculture  #washingtonstate  #explorewashington  #washingtonexplored  #stayandwander  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #nationalparks  #ncnp

It’s no mystery why people thought for millennia that gods and titans and monsters and spirits lived high on mountain peaks; that the tempests and gales and peals of thunder and shocks of lightning were, in fact, fury and conflict on display. Anyone who’s heard a glacier calving or a massive rock fall or even listened from inside a tent as thunder pounds the alpine valley around them knows the supernatural power that abides in these high places. And it’s an experience you’ll never forget. .
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#artofvisuals #bestmountainartists #cascades #cascadiaexplored #alpinelakeswilderness #stonekingdom #explorewashington #explorewashingtonstate #washingtonexplored #northwestisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest #nikond850 #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #exploretocreate #mountainportraits #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #theoutbound #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #wildernessculture

It’s no mystery why people thought for millennia that gods and titans and monsters and spirits lived high on mountain peaks; that the tempests and gales and peals of thunder and shocks of lightning were, in fact, fury and conflict on display. Anyone who’s heard a glacier calving or a massive rock fall or even listened from inside a tent as thunder pounds the alpine valley around them knows the supernatural power that abides in these high places. And it’s an experience you’ll never forget. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bestmountainartists  #cascades  #cascadiaexplored  #alpinelakeswilderness  #stonekingdom  #explorewashington  #explorewashingtonstate  #washingtonexplored  #northwestisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #nikond850  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #exploretocreate  #mountainportraits  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #theoutbound  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #wildernessculture

Time really flies by. It gets away from you. Daily life so often runs together like a mudslide: thick, shapeless, torrentially unremarkable. And then moments like this stop you dead in your tracks and burn themselves into the back of your brain and remind you to breath in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Let the world stand still around you and just. breathe. 
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #cascadiaexplored #cascades #auroraborealis #northernlights #explorewashington #explorewashingtonstate #washingtonexplored #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnw #roamtheplanet #theoutbound #visualsoflife #wildernessculture #wishyouwerenorthwest #nwisbest #nightshooterz #astrophotography #nightsky #skyshooting

Time really flies by. It gets away from you. Daily life so often runs together like a mudslide: thick, shapeless, torrentially unremarkable. And then moments like this stop you dead in your tracks and burn themselves into the back of your brain and remind you to breath in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Let the world stand still around you and just. breathe.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #auroraborealis  #northernlights  #explorewashington  #explorewashingtonstate  #washingtonexplored  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnw  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #nwisbest  #nightshooterz  #astrophotography  #nightsky  #skyshooting

Wild ideas for adventures in far off places; great friends who keep the stoke high and the laughs plentiful; perfect summer weather; and campsites with views that constantly take your breath away. These are just a few of the things that make human powered travel so special. Thankful for legs that can get me there! #whyihike @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #beautifuldestinations #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #cascades #alpinelakeswilderness #mtdaniel #explorewashingtonstate #washingtonexplored #ic_adventures #nikond850 #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #pnw #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #visualsoflife #wildernessculture #nwisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest

Wild ideas for adventures in far off places; great friends who keep the stoke high and the laughs plentiful; perfect summer weather; and campsites with views that constantly take your breath away. These are just a few of the things that make human powered travel so special. Thankful for legs that can get me there!  #whyihike @eddiebauer  #liveyouradventure  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #beautifuldestinations  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #alpinelakeswilderness  #mtdaniel  #explorewashingtonstate  #washingtonexplored  #ic_adventures  #nikond850  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #pnw  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest

For me, the greatest appeal of being on a mountain top is that, from that high perch, the world below lays out like a map--rivers in blue, mountains and forest in green. The path ahead and behind rolls over and around myriad obstacles, reminding you of each bit of struggle you overcame to achieve your vista and each hurdle yet to come.  From nowhere else is your perspective so clear and straightforward. It’s the balancing point between where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. #whyihike #liveyouradventure #sponsored @eddiebauer .
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #beautifuldestinations #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #cascades #alpinelakeswilderness #mtdaniel #explorewashington #explorewashingtonstate #washingtonexplored #ic_adventures #nikond850 #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #pnw #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #visualsoflife #wildernessculture #nwisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest

For me, the greatest appeal of being on a mountain top is that, from that high perch, the world below lays out like a map--rivers in blue, mountains and forest in green. The path ahead and behind rolls over and around myriad obstacles, reminding you of each bit of struggle you overcame to achieve your vista and each hurdle yet to come. From nowhere else is your perspective so clear and straightforward. It’s the balancing point between where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure  #sponsored @eddiebauer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #beautifuldestinations  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #alpinelakeswilderness  #mtdaniel  #explorewashington  #explorewashingtonstate  #washingtonexplored  #ic_adventures  #nikond850  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #pnw  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest

For thirty minutes now I’ve been pondering the ever-pressing question of whether I like to hike more at sunrise or sunset. My initial inclination is towards the latter, predominantly because I’m a terrible morning person, but also because I love the satisfaction of it. A sunset is a walk-off home run; it’s going out with a bang, capping off a day well spent; it’s getting that smack of fiery glory (and the moody navy hues that immediately follow) after a long day of anticipation. 
But sunrise hikes have crept up in the standings lately. A sunrise is pure potential. It’s a day that hasn’t been lived yet; a painting yet-to-be painted. It’s a dark landscape that reveals itself in its own due time and, when it arrives, it doesn’t just creep in unnoticed but it explodes in an instant with all the neon subtlety of a 1980s roller rink on a Friday night.  Plus, you can nap afterwards. 
I guess the real takeaway here is: go outside more. #whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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#rockymountains #rockymountainhigh #estespark #nationalparks #rmnp #visitcolorado #colorado #roadtrip #westisbest #ourplanetdaily #bestmountainartists #artofvisuals #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #seeyououtthere #coloradoexplored #explorecolorado #discovercolorado #coloradolive #sunrise #sunrisers

For thirty minutes now I’ve been pondering the ever-pressing question of whether I like to hike more at sunrise or sunset. My initial inclination is towards the latter, predominantly because I’m a terrible morning person, but also because I love the satisfaction of it. A sunset is a walk-off home run; it’s going out with a bang, capping off a day well spent; it’s getting that smack of fiery glory (and the moody navy hues that immediately follow) after a long day of anticipation. But sunrise hikes have crept up in the standings lately. A sunrise is pure potential. It’s a day that hasn’t been lived yet; a painting yet-to-be painted. It’s a dark landscape that reveals itself in its own due time and, when it arrives, it doesn’t just creep in unnoticed but it explodes in an instant with all the neon subtlety of a 1980s roller rink on a Friday night. Plus, you can nap afterwards. I guess the real takeaway here is: go outside more.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #rockymountains  #rockymountainhigh  #estespark  #nationalparks  #rmnp  #visitcolorado  #colorado  #roadtrip  #westisbest  #ourplanetdaily  #bestmountainartists  #artofvisuals  #roamtheplanet  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #coloradoexplored  #explorecolorado  #discovercolorado  #coloradolive  #sunrise  #sunrisers

Sometimes you've just gotta be a beach bum.  Many of Washington's coastal beaches are accessible via relatively short, flat trails which means you can bring some creature comforts along for the night.  We made sure to include a cast-iron dutch oven, real food for our breakfast and dinner (not dehydrated backpacking meals), a pillow or two, and a few extra beverages.
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All that being said, those extra little bonus items don't compare to the majesty of the Pacific Coast.  Huge sea stacks, gulls and eagles circling overhead, crashing surf, and that dreamy golden light of sunset at the edge of the world all add up to create a truly special experience in a wonderfully unique place. 
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #cascadiaexplored #nakedplanet #olympicnationalpark #olympics #pnwonderland #northwestisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest #washingtonexplored #explorewashington #explorewashingtonstate #nationalparks #publiclands #weekendwarrior #pnwdiscovered #roamtheplanet #theoutbound #wildernessculture #seeyououtthere #coastalstyle

Sometimes you've just gotta be a beach bum. Many of Washington's coastal beaches are accessible via relatively short, flat trails which means you can bring some creature comforts along for the night. We made sure to include a cast-iron dutch oven, real food for our breakfast and dinner (not dehydrated backpacking meals), a pillow or two, and a few extra beverages. . All that being said, those extra little bonus items don't compare to the majesty of the Pacific Coast. Huge sea stacks, gulls and eagles circling overhead, crashing surf, and that dreamy golden light of sunset at the edge of the world all add up to create a truly special experience in a wonderfully unique place.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #cascadiaexplored  #nakedplanet  #olympicnationalpark  #olympics  #pnwonderland  #northwestisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #washingtonexplored  #explorewashington  #explorewashingtonstate  #nationalparks  #publiclands  #weekendwarrior  #pnwdiscovered  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #coastalstyle

A lot of life has happened since I first watched the sun set over these peaks over a dozen years ago: I moved 3,000 miles across the country; celebrated nine years married to @kellywlake; left a stable job to pursue a dream career; and am gearing up for the first little addition to our family (coming this fall). So much has changed, yet these mountains stay the same. .
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#artofvisuals #bpmag #bestmountainartists #choosemountains #cascadiaexplored #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #northwestisbest #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #thatswy #wyominglife #wyomingexplored #explorewyoming #discoverwyoming #gtnp #grandtetonnationalpark #grandteton #tetons #usinterior #jacksonhole #jacksonwyoming #visitjacksonhole

A lot of life has happened since I first watched the sun set over these peaks over a dozen years ago: I moved 3,000 miles across the country; celebrated nine years married to @kellywlake; left a stable job to pursue a dream career; and am gearing up for the first little addition to our family (coming this fall). So much has changed, yet these mountains stay the same. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #bestmountainartists  #choosemountains  #cascadiaexplored  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #northwestisbest  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #thatswy  #wyominglife  #wyomingexplored  #explorewyoming  #discoverwyoming  #gtnp  #grandtetonnationalpark  #grandteton  #tetons  #usinterior  #jacksonhole  #jacksonwyoming  #visitjacksonhole

“The higher you get, the higher you get,” is written in white block letters atop the Pioneer Cabin outside Sun Valley, Idaho. I don’t know the origins of the phrase or how it came to grace the cabin’s roof, but I can say with confidence that these mountains in central Idaho are transformative. I did my first solo backpacking trip a few years go here and was moved by the solitude and ruggedness I found. Returning with local @eddiebauer guide and athlete @erikleidecker helped to renew my love for the range and added another layer of history and context to it, deepening my respect for the Pioneers and opening up further possibilities for exploration there. #whyihike #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor .
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#idaho #idahome #visitidaho #idahogram #pioneers #sunvalley #rockymountainhigh #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #choosemountains #awesome_earthpix #getoutside #ic_landscapes #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #pnwphotographer #pnwdiscovered #roamtheplanet #thenwadventure #wildernessculture #takemebackpacking #gemstate #northwestisbest #wishyouwerenorthwest #modernoutdoorsman

“The higher you get, the higher you get,” is written in white block letters atop the Pioneer Cabin outside Sun Valley, Idaho. I don’t know the origins of the phrase or how it came to grace the cabin’s roof, but I can say with confidence that these mountains in central Idaho are transformative. I did my first solo backpacking trip a few years go here and was moved by the solitude and ruggedness I found. Returning with local @eddiebauer guide and athlete @erikleidecker helped to renew my love for the range and added another layer of history and context to it, deepening my respect for the Pioneers and opening up further possibilities for exploration there.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #idaho  #idahome  #visitidaho  #idahogram  #pioneers  #sunvalley  #rockymountainhigh  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #choosemountains  #awesome_earthpix  #getoutside  #ic_landscapes  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwphotographer  #pnwdiscovered  #roamtheplanet  #thenwadventure  #wildernessculture  #takemebackpacking  #gemstate  #northwestisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #modernoutdoorsman

100 points for jumping into every mountain lake you come across on your hikes. Bonus if you go full send like @scott_kranz here. 
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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#sawtoothmountains #redfish #redfishlake #stanleyidaho #idaho #idahome #idahogram #visitidaho #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotographer #cascadiaexplored #bestmountainartists #choosemountains #roamtheplanet #theoutbound #ourplanetdaily #wishyouwerenorthwest #wildernessculture #rockymountains #rockymountainhigh

100 points for jumping into every mountain lake you come across on your hikes. Bonus if you go full send like @scott_kranz here.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #sawtoothmountains  #redfish  #redfishlake  #stanleyidaho  #idaho  #idahome  #idahogram  #visitidaho  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #cascadiaexplored  #bestmountainartists  #choosemountains  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #ourplanetdaily  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #wildernessculture  #rockymountains  #rockymountainhigh

I’ve been fortunate to spend the better part of this past month traveling the Rocky Mountains, observing their evolution along a northerly sojourn, and Glacier National Park stood out as the unrivaled jewel of the range. It’s here that the forces of uplift and erosion—tectonics, wind, water, ice—are most vividly and dramatically on display. It’s here that icons of the wilderness—grizzly, wolf, moose—dominate both the landscape and the imagination. It’s a place on the edge, both physically from its perch on the country’s northern border, and figuratively as its preservation is predicated on its existence as an untamed and inhospitable space. It asserts itself with the water and wind it hurls in your face and with its impassable craggy spine. And so when the sun does break through, when you finally reach that pass or peak, when you look on as one of earth’s great beasts treads the hillsides and valleys and lakeshores, its essence is what reaches in and grabs hold of something inside you, gives you butterflies, and keeps you dreaming of coming back again and again. 
#montanamoment @visitmontana #sponsored .
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#glaciermt #glaciernps #usinterior #wishyouwerenorthwest #pnwphotographer #northwestisbest #ourplanetdaily #pnwonderland #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #visitmontana #rockymountainhigh #nationalparks #westglacier #sunrise #roamtheplanet #theoutbound #wildernessculture #goingtothesun #glaciernationalpark #glaciernationalparkmontana #sunrise #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #loganpass

I’ve been fortunate to spend the better part of this past month traveling the Rocky Mountains, observing their evolution along a northerly sojourn, and Glacier National Park stood out as the unrivaled jewel of the range. It’s here that the forces of uplift and erosion—tectonics, wind, water, ice—are most vividly and dramatically on display. It’s here that icons of the wilderness—grizzly, wolf, moose—dominate both the landscape and the imagination. It’s a place on the edge, both physically from its perch on the country’s northern border, and figuratively as its preservation is predicated on its existence as an untamed and inhospitable space. It asserts itself with the water and wind it hurls in your face and with its impassable craggy spine. And so when the sun does break through, when you finally reach that pass or peak, when you look on as one of earth’s great beasts treads the hillsides and valleys and lakeshores, its essence is what reaches in and grabs hold of something inside you, gives you butterflies, and keeps you dreaming of coming back again and again.  #montanamoment @visitmontana  #sponsored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #glaciermt  #glaciernps  #usinterior  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #pnwphotographer  #northwestisbest  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #visitmontana  #rockymountainhigh  #nationalparks  #westglacier  #sunrise  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture  #goingtothesun  #glaciernationalpark  #glaciernationalparkmontana  #sunrise  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #loganpass

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