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Everybody knows the Palouse, Columbia Hills, Mount Rainier, Olympic Peninsula; but I'm betting there are few but the locals who are familiar with the Colockum Pass, the historical route from Wenatchee to Ellensburg, a wagon trail and cattle-driving route that lies to the west side of the Columbia River in Central Washington.

In a search for the road less traveled, I took a tour through some of the roughest, axle-busting lo-gear 4WD terrain this hiker/backpacker has ever encountered, with a guy who grew up pounding these roads and updating some four decades of adventures with detailed maps and other afflictions of OCD (GPS wasn't helpful). He took me to areas where I have never encountered such a profusion of wildflower species, many I've never seen before, amidst the unique settings of the area, comprised of features of the eastern Cascades mixed with those of the desert of eastern Washington. All of this thanks to the incredible force of the Missoula ice-dam floods that carved the Columbia basin scablands at the end of the last ice age (you know, waterfalls 10x the size of Niagara and all).

Before you decide to check this area out, you should know that a serious, lo-gear, high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required to navigate the best routes, no kidding (i.e, a Subaru won't do it). If you should break down, you are in big trouble. If it's raining/wet, you best avoid it unless you thrive on that kind of punishment and are equipped to deal with it.

A satisfying adventure resulting in a few images I'm posting here first. Sorry I didn't really go into the details around the shots, but I will if you ask.

Regards,

Geoff
www.geoffreyschmidphotography.com





Creation in the Colockum







The Right Direction







First Dawn in the Colockum







Ancient Lakes




Jun 02, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Creation in the Colockum


first one is my favorite


Jun 02, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Creation in the Colockum


Hey Geoffrey,

What a cool place you found here! And how cool to have found someone with that many years of experience to get you back in there. It's definitely unique! My favorite is #1, followed by 2 and then 3. #4 is the only one I don't quite care for as much, to me it appears the sky is a bit too bright. But the location in #4 looks very sweet.

Jim



Jun 02, 2013 at 07:33 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Creation in the Colockum


Wow these are fantastic. I like #1 the most, and Im sure it is your favourite from the entire trip as well. #3 is a close runner up also. You got my weekly winner vote


Jun 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Creation in the Colockum


The first one is spectacular but all are great Geoffrey. Love all those backlit wildflowers. Can you take me there next time? All I have is one of those crappy Subarus.


Jun 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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interesting colors


Jun 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Creation in the Colockum


Wow, wow, wow and wow! Lovely and radiant!


Jun 03, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Creation in the Colockum


Geoff,
holySchmoly! that is 1 overload of eye candy here. Fantastic stuff. WOW



Jun 03, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Creation in the Colockum


Really beautiful. interested in knowing what equipment you used, and how you ballanced the exposure and dof.


Jun 04, 2013 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Creation in the Colockum


Gorgeous shots...esp the first one. Perfect light




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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Creation in the Colockum


Fantastic images, Geoff, from a road less traveled. Good to see photographs from a place well off the beaten track.

Bob



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Creation in the Colockum


Breathtaking. I think #1 and #3 are in a dead heat for first. But I like them all.


Jun 04, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Creation in the Colockum


These are stunning shots. Careful PP plays a vital role in making those shot closer to perfection.


Jun 04, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Creation in the Colockum


beautiful!



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Creation in the Colockum


Will a Jeep Wrangler sport with stock tires and no front- and rear- locks do? How long is the route?

Thanks in advance,
Yu



Jun 04, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Creation in the Colockum


Great light and nice showcasing of the bloom
Jon



Jun 05, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Creation in the Colockum


good stuff. 1 & 3 are my favs.


Jun 05, 2013 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Creation in the Colockum


great shots and lighting. really like #1 and #2


Jun 05, 2013 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Creation in the Colockum


Mighty fine photography. The first one especially tickles mah pickle!


Jun 05, 2013 at 02:34 AM
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Great set of pictures. I'll go with the crowd and proclaim the 1st as my favorite, followed by the 3rd one.


Jun 05, 2013 at 08:06 AM
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