That's almost never possible, but it's the ideal I reach for.

I spend at least 100 days per year hiking, and I'm a little baffled at how people associate hiking with "the woods." People like to say "the trees are the view," and there are folks who love to see giant cedars, or walk among the redwoods down south. I'm not one of them. Trees block the view, they prevent the light of day from reaching the forest floor, shade out wildflowers that would be growing there. For me, the magic happens when you break out of the forest, reach the timber line, and the views open up, distant peaks become visible, the sun warms your skin as the breeze cools you.

Walking through the woods is the price you I to reach the alpine meadows.

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