This decommissioned fire lookout sits atop a mountain in Washington’s North Cascades range.  I friend and I put in the slog to access the lookout mid winter, to use it as a shelter while spending a few days skiing some of the surrounding terrain.  It started storming on our approach to the lookout, and with minimal visibility we hadn’t spotted the shelter.  Fifteen minutes from digging a snow cave to spend the night in, we caught a glimpse of the shelter, and to borrow the words of Derrick Girard it was “all smiles” from there.  This photo was from the following morning prior to sunrise, waking up to clear skies and 360 degrees of possibility.

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photos by Ryan Worcester