CORSO SOLO I - OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WA

CORSO SOLO I - First Solo hike for Chef Corso

-Chef Corso

Follow along as I plan for my first solo hike. Heading into the Olympic National Park, WA for 4 days, 3 nights.

The Olympic National Park is my home park.  But oddly enough, I have only explored a few pockets.  When I was growing up, we didn’t camp that much. We did a few day hikes, a few car camping situations.  But never backcountry. As the years passed, I ventured farther out with more miles and more days in the bushes.  I’m excited about getting into the belly of the park, covering some miles and seeing some new areas. The park is one of the most diverse parks in the country consisting of high alpine traverses around picturesque glacial lakes, old growth temperate rainforests dripping with moss like you’ve never seen before and beach camping along the Pacific Ocean.  You can literally be in a different climate and view every day on the same trip. I also think it’s somewhat forgotten in the very NW part of the country.  

I’ve never done a solo hike.  I’m excited, curious, not really worried, but taking a solo trip is a different experience.  Usually you go on a trip with your friends or family to be WITH THEM. That’s the whole idea.  With this trip, I’m choosing to head out by myself and be with my thoughts with nature as my guide.  I’ll post videos and blogs for each day to document the process for what I’m eating, where I am and how I’m feeling.  

Let’s do this thing!

WHERE WE GOIN 

Olympic National Park, WA

Lake Quinault → Elwha River/Madison Falls 

DO I NEED PERMITS/RESERVATIONS

Yes.  Reserved 1 month prior to trip

3 nights, 4 days

DAY 1 - North Fork Trailhead - Low Divide - 15.8 miles

DAY 2 - Low Divide - Hayes River -11.8 miles

DAY 3 - Hayes River - Lilian Camp - 12.9 miles

DAY 4  -Lillian Camp -Elwah/Olympic Hot Springs - 11.1 miles DONE

WHEN AM I GOIN

July 28-Aug 1

WHO’S GOIN

Chef Corso Solo      

       

WATER - pump needed.  Primary and backup

CLOTHES  

EQUIPMENT

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FOOD  Corso eats just about everything

For this solo trip, I’m really focusing on a few tasty, light base ingredients that  I can use multiple times.

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Ramen Noodles.  Cous Cous. Polenta. Dried Black Beans. Powdered Eggs.

I will be packing ZERO packaged meals and cooking at every meal.

I also want to mix up my flavors by day so I don’t get bored.

You might be looking at some of these ingredients and saying “you can’t take bok choy, you can’t take a tomato.” I’m here to tell you you can as they last for multiple days and the fresh ingredients taste amazing after a long day.

TOTAL WEIGHT FOR THE FULL MENU & SNACKS ~ 10lbs


ON THE MENU

DAY 1

Tropical Overnight Oats

Yanger, Cheddar Toast

Soy Sesame Shiitake Noodles w Tofu & boc choy

DAY 2

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Portugese Sausage and Eggs

Greek Couscous

Cheddar Bacon Polenta w Eggs

Candied Nuts

DAY 3

Brekkie Tacos w Black beans, Avo

Spicy Coconut Tofu Ramen Noodles 

Sundried Tomato, Soppressata Polenta

DAY 4

Overnight Oats

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Snacks

OUT

PACK IT UP

Im ready!

Stay tuned for day-by-day posts and videos!

Steve Corson