About the Mind/Body Challenge
Here's the scoop: The Route is an out and back from the Diablo Street/Sourdough Trail head off Highway 20 in the North Cascades to Hannegan Pass Trail Head and back. Here's the catch: you must summit Sourdough Mountain twice, on both the out and the back. So the complete route is Sourdough Lookout Trail, Pierce Mountain Way, Ross Dam Trail, Big Beaver Trail, Bush Creek Trail, Chilliwack River Trail, Hannegan Pass Trail, to the Hannegan Pass Campground, tag the shed, turn around and head back. The entire route adds up to 100+ miles. That's the Body part.
Local time: 5:59 AM
Here's the Mind part: Gary Snyder spent two summers as a fire lookout in the North Cascades on Crater Mountain in 1952 and Sourdough Mountain in 1953. Before that Snyder had spent considerable time in Japan studying Zen Buddhism. His experiences were semi-fictionalized as the character of Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac's novel The Dharma Bums (1958). Snyder’s experiences contributed to his works: RipRap, Cold Mountain Poems, The Back Country, Myths and Texts, Six Sections from Mountains and Rivers Without End, and the essays Buddhist Anarchism and Ancient Forests of the Far West.
To complete the UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge you must read or listen to one or more of the works attributed to this period in Snyder’s career, and in your trip report tie in your experience on the trail to one of the books. This can be done in any way you see fit, through words, pictures, video, song, whatever expression you choose.
Anyone who completes the route, reading, and writing assignment will receive a one of a kind finisher's patch. Only 100 patches have been made.