Weekly Photo Roundup: January 8, 2017

Every Sunday I will be posting photos collected from various NCI graduate students and staff. Please enjoy this glimpse into our everyday lives here in the North Cascades.

Photo by Jihan Grettenberger

On Monday, graduate M.Ed student Ash Dina Kunz, got creative in her transport methods from the parking lot to graduate housing at the North Cascades Institute Environmental Learning Center.

Photo by Hanna Davis

With winter in full swing, we’ve sectioned off portions of the Institute ELC due to ‘roofalanche’ risk. The sign reads “Roofalanche Zone-Trail Closed”, just in case you weren’t sure!

Photo by Melissa Biggs

Graduate student, Melissa Biggs, had to dig her car out from the Institute ELC parking lot after leaving it for several weeks while she travelled to Maryland for winter break.


Photo by Jihan Grettenberger

On Tuesday, grads snowshoed up the Sourdough Creek trail, an easy 3.5 miles out and back that starts right behind the Institute main office.

Photo by Kay Gallagher

Highway 20 is closed for vehicle use just past the Ross Dam Trail at mile 134. Only several miles from the Institute, grads and staff enjoyed numerous afternoon cross country ski treks down the highway this week.

Photo by Paula Berg

On Friday, staff at North Cascades Institute Sedro-Woolley office threw a tailgate potluck while showing their support for the Seahawks!

Photos by Dan Dubie

Grad student, Dan Dubie captured some chilly photos around the Institute ELC this week as temperatures dipped into the single digits.

Photo by Angela Burlile

Over 100 attendees from all over the nation have gathered at the Institute ELC this weekend for the biennial Residential Environmental Learning Center Conference. Grad student, Ash Kunz, guided participants on a snowshoe hike up Sourdough Creek Trail as one of several recreational activities offered.

Photo by Kay Gallagher

Having recently completed a backcountry avalanche training course at Mt. Baker, grad student Kay Gallagher investigated surface hoar and fractured surface snow in her own front yard this weekend and snapped this awesome photo!

Previous Photo Roundups can be found here:
December 4th 2016
November 27th 2016

Title photo of Highway 20 just past the closing at Ross Dam Trail, courtesy of Angela Burlile. 

Angela Burlile is a graduate student of North Cascades Institute and Western Washington University’s M.Ed. program and the current web resource editor graduate assistant. Growing up in Alaska, Angela feels most at home surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and turquoise rivers, making the North Cascades Institute a perfect fit. In her free time, Angela enjoys exploring the world, meeting its many inhabitants, sharing cups of coffee, climbing mountains and catching the sunrise.

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