Adam Wells and Greg Balkin are no strangers to the outdoor lifestyle. More often than not, they will be found adventuring to far off places around the globe. From weekend excursions in their backyard of the Pacific Northwest to month long road trips across New Zealand, Adam and Greg are true advocates of living life to the fullest and having fun in the outdoors.
What isn’t so familiar to these two, however, are backcountry hut trips – especially those that are only accessible on first come, first serve basis. With less than a handful of these trips under their belts, they are learning just what it takes to pull off a successful hut trip.
Their most recent trip boasted 360 degree views of multiple mountain ranges, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and roaring waterfalls! Park Butte, located in the North Cascades of Washington State hosts one of the very few remaining and maintained fire look outs. It is a first come first serve hut, which presents its challenges.
Both Adam and Greg learned a lot on this trip and wanted to share their experiences. Whether you’re a first timer, seasoned pro or somewhere in-between, these tips can be applied to any backcountry hut adventure.