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Welcome to AlpineQuest.com


Of Granite, Heather & High Lakes

Alpine :

of the Alps, of like
high mountains


Quest :

a seeking, a journey
for adventure

Hiking/Spirit Sticks
Links Page


Mt. Baker Reflection © AlpineQuest.com

This site is dedicated to lovers of wilderness and remote places of grandeur - an intimate exposure to the alpine country;  its mountains and glaciers, jagged peaks, streams and high lakes, meadow wildflowers, and old growth forests, as well as nature (landscape and wildlife) itself.

In addition: this site endorsed the proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Expansion Project. And endorses the Stehekin Road Bill as a recreational access to the North Cascades National Park, as well as reopening the Suiattle River Road, Illabot Creek Road, and White Chuck River Roads. This site also supports the WDFW fish stocking program herein Washinton state's alpine lakes, as well as having hatchery support for our salmon & steelhead resources, simply because it's a shared resource for all, not for a select few elitist. And too, without the aid of our hatcheries, there will be little to fish for in the future, especially with climate changes.

It is intended to remind man of his commitment to the preservation of wild lands thereby protecting them for future generations to enjoy, as well as the creatures they nourish.  In so doing,"we must remember not to exclude ourselves from what we wish to preserve, to include maintaining access roads for recreational purposes such as hiking, climbing, fishing and hunting." And in our wandering, let us respect the wild for what it is and tread lightly thereupon it recognizing its fragility. 

The concept of this site actually began in manuscript form during the 1960s when I first became incensed with the multiude of destructive practices affecting our natural resources such as: clear-cutting in National Forests and causing siltation of salmon streams. Thus, it is my sincere hope that you enjoy the text and photos of this site, and perhaps rediscover your own inner feelings about how we view what wild lands remain and how we should treat them. Ceratinly, the aesthetic value these wild lands have upon mankind, is far more important to him and the earth now, than the amount of monetary gains that can be derived from them. In essence, the true meaning of our public lands and wild lands lies in the aesthetic value it brings to mankind, not the dollars it can generate through industrial revenue, and or commercial greed.

"Without trees (to include the huge lowland-river second growth) and land set aside, there is no forest."

"If our children never experience the grandeur of these environs, surely mankind will suffer for it in the end."

note: this site contains only a small fraction of the many photo adventures in the wild, that my friends and I have shared together for a great many years. We hope you enjoy them as I've tried to capture the essence of it all through photography and my writings, as part of the spirited relay team of conservationists who have gone before me - carrying the torch of conservation and trying to keep that theme/dream alive . . .

Kispiox River Fly Fishing
Kispiox River Rain Squall
Kispiox River Steelheads
Kispiox Steelhead
North Fork Stillaguamish Rv. Sunset
Wild Summer-run Steelhead
McLeod Ugly Steelhead Flies
McLeod Steelhead Flies
Ken McLeod 1923 Deer Creek Summer-run
Skykomish Sunrise Wet Fly
Purple Peril Evening
Fly Fishing Silhouette
Angel On The Water
Rocky Ford Giant
Steelhead Driven
Coast Steelheading
The River Why
In The Mossy Realm
Wild Trout Waters
Wild Fork Shangri-La River
Home Stream
The Last Cast
Trapper Nelson Backpack History
Gone Hunting
La Push & Moclips Sunset Series
Sea Scapes Series
Wild Sky Legislation


The air, soil, forests, and waters are sacred to me.


Into the wild thus I go, as I am forever drawn to it like a magnet is to steel . . .


He that seeks the high land

shall be blessed with a wealth of beauty




Its been said, if a mountain could sing, it would do so like Tibetan Monks of Lhasa, Tibet...the experience of Ten-trul Yul-tru: purifying the environment and its inhabitants through Sacred Music Sacred Dance...and I concur.


In wildness is the preservation of the world (Thoreau)


Not all those who wander are lost (Tolkien)


There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why . . . I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? (Robert F. Kennedy)

"Let us probe the silent places,
Let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.

There's a whisper on the night-wind,
There's a star a gleam to guide us,
And the wild is calling, calling
. . . Let us go."

Closing verse: 
Call Of The Wild, by Robert Service



I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big. For all the vital things I had to get and to reach. And yet there is only one great thing, the only thing, to live to see the great day that dawns and the light that fills the world . . . Old Inuit Song

see: Sunrise & Sunsets

.WebWork and content by:
Ken James McLeod
& German Shorthaired Pointers
Thanks To: Bruce McFarlane, Glen Lee, Mark Boyle, Gary Carlson, Greg Relf, Hans Helm, Steve White
& in memory of Uncle Don Sherr, Paul Pugachoff, Ben Cantu, Jamie Van Etten, Martin Jensen, Bob Heirman.
original web site design thanks to: Glenn Paul Williams

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email: alpinequest08@yahoo.com

1986 photo