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Mt Shasta

13.5 miles of hiking • 8750' elevation gain • 2 nights

Came down early to acclimate, and our climb was again pushed back another day , hoping for a weather window. So I did a little hiking around the mountain on Saturday, then we started our climb on Sunday. Weather was great, and 8 out of 10 of us summited.

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June 18 – June 20, 2022

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Mt Eddy, CA

12 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Started at Park Creek summit and took the PCT to Deadfall Lakes. Loved the alpine parkland with Jeffrey Pines, Shasta firs and cool serpentine rocks all around. Was surprised to find big meadows of Darlingtonia at 8000 ft elevation. Mt Eddy is a former LO site, with some remnants, a very nice mountaintop with cool ridges to explore. I wandered along one of them, then had to downclimb sketchy scree field and traverse a beautiful alpine basin to return to the PCT. Shasta is supposed to be in your face, but it was hiding behind cloud all day. Hiked out in a snowstorm.

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June 17, 2022

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Gales Creek

7.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Stayed mostly dry despite the forecast! Trail is in great shape.

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June 11, 2022

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Dog in Bloom

6.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Little weather window! Balsamroot is bangin.

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June 6, 2022

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Table Mtn Adventure

11 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Came up via south scree fields and shimmied up a notch to gain Heartbreak Ridge. What a hoot!

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June 1, 2022

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Kniebal Springs-Bottle Prairie Loop

9.5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Found a few morels.

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May 26, 2022

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Chehalem Ridge

10 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Exploring new park. The drive was so lovely, so bucolic! Nice trails.

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May 25, 2022

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PCT Trout Creek to Sedum Point

10.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Nice day in the woods. Passed a PCT crew logging out this section.

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May 21, 2022

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Surveyor's Ridge

7.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Came up via the Oak Ridge Trail. Found some morels.

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May 18, 2022

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Reeher's Camp

3 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Finally tried the Triple C trail, plus a little out and back on Gales Creek, didnt last too long today. Soggy day, mucky trails, but the many hues of green were soothing.

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May 12, 2022

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Mt Defiance

12.5 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain •

What a slog! But weather was decent for once. Snow above 3500 ft, good consolidated boot tracks to follow today.

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May 10, 2022

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Oregon Outback

17.5 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain • 2 nights

Had a trip to SE Oregon with several stops. I had a volunteer project with ONDA monitoring cattle impacts on BLM land near Juntura. Struggled with the weather, high winds, hail, rain, wet tent and stayed in hotel for two of the 4 nights. I went down to Chalk Basin, which is just magnificent. Stopped on my way home to hike Nine Mile Ridge east of Pendleton( snowshowers and flowers!).

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May 5 – May 7, 2022

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Silver Star South Ridge

6 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

All kinds of weather and trudging through wet snow. After gaining the south ridge near the vision pits, we decided that was enough. Got some of that sideways hail that stings your face on the way down.

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April 30, 2022

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High and Lonesome

17.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain • 1 night

Explored Spring Basin. We carried full backpacks but couldnt find a running spring, so circled back to car and camped near trailhead. 13.5 mi 3000 ft. Next day explored bluffs above the river near Kent. 4 miles 500 ft.

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April 25 – April 26, 2022

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Cook HIll

8.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

With the Alpenhounds. Snow above 2200 ft

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April 23, 2022

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Newton-BPA Loop

6 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

February conditions. Downed trees, slippery trails, rain and hail.

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April 18, 2022

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Coast Trip

7 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

At the coast with the hubs for the weekend. We visited the Ecola Forest Preserve, then hiked Neahkahnie after the snow storm. Breaking trail on a tourist hike, and getting bombed by slushballs, fun times.

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April 10, 2022

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Archer Loop

7.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

We were supposed to do Hamilton, but I convinced our leaders that a group of 16 on a Sunday was too high of an impact. Dont want to be part of a boorish herd of Mazamas.

Only one other person had been here before, and everyone loved it. Spectacular finish with Cloud Point and some sketchy down climbing, the students got a real adventure hike. Hope I didn't scare anybody off.

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March 27, 2022

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MSH in bad weather

8 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

This was a dumb idea. We turned around at 6200 ft. 100s of others out there too in this lousy weather, what were they thinking?

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March 25, 2022

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Lyle Cherry Orchard

7 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Brought my neighbor Kenai on this hike. He was a pretty good companion.

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March 23, 2022

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Deschutes/Whychus

9 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain • 1 night

Third time doing this trip, first was in 2013, then 2017. Love coming here before they open the Holmes Road gate on 4/1. We started on the Geneva side,carefully avoiding private property. Descended via Carcass Canyon, fun scrambling. Camped near the confluence. Hiked out up Whychus. Very pleasant trip.

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March 16 – March 17, 2022

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Saltzman-Maple Loop

7.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

First get to know you hike for my BCEP group this year. A little sloppy but the trails were quiet.

The students are like eager puppies and we are all craving the socialness and excited about the season!

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March 13, 2022

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Harry's Ridge

5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

I parked my car at the hummocks and slowly rode my bike 4 miles up to the hairpin turn where it crosses S Coldwater Creek. This is where they stopped plowing. Dropped bike and headed up to Coldwater Ridge and spent the rest of the day wandering around traversing some very steep snow fields. Saw coyotes, elks and goats. Epic views all day. Snow got really soft. Glad I had my ice axe and microspikes. One slip and fall with arrest-runout was not sure death, but it was kinda scary. Had a few good glissades too..

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March 7, 2022

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John Day

9 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

I had two days in the high desert this week. Tuesday for hiking, and Wednesday for a volunteer gig with ONDA at Clarno. I started at the Starvation boat ramp, downstream from Cottonwood Canyon SP main entrance, but still part of the park.Dreamy walk up and down the river. Unfortunately a little corner of private land with a gate and no trespassing sign prevents you from walking all the way upstream to the Pinnacles trail. I did hear from an ONDA person that it may become public in the future!

Snagged a cabin reservation for the night-the cabins are clean and new with heat and electricity, and have lovely front porches. Had a pleasant evening walk downstream from the campground, return by headlamp. Stars fantastic.

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March 1, 2022

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Hospital Hill

8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Enjoyed a quiet wander on the sun kissed slopes above White Salmon.

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February 22, 2022

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Mt Ellinor

10 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •

We were treated to some gorgeous views of the Olympic peaks on the drive and were very excited about the day. Decent forecast. We parked along the road where a snowbank kept us from driving further. The snow was not persistent for the first mile and half, so we carried our skis up and then eventually put them. The road snow was stiff and pockmarked with postholes, not a fun ski, but better than walking. We skiied up to the middle TH where we switched back to boots. At about 4K ft we encountered a light layer of new snow and the trees were flocked-magical! We also entered what we hoped was just a marine layer of clouds, and only had intermittent views of the summit ridge. By the time we arrived at the base of the winter chute, we were totally socked in. The climb up the chute was several inches of new wet snow over a firm crust. Had to use our skillz with intense focus. Top narrow section was a bit frightening as the snow was more windswept, and we front pointed up and down this part.

Upper ridges total whiteout and it was rather disorienting to navigate to summit. Never got any views.

On the way down the light was so flat, we could not tell what the slope was like, just had to feel it change under our feet. After coming down the top narrow sxn of the chute, I decided to go for the glissade. My partner declined. Started out with some short slides and practice arresting just to figure out the control, then I let 'er rip!!!!

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February 15, 2022

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Tilly Jane

6.5 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

New winter camera assignment. Snow falling all day. Sustained wind on open ridges, but not as strong as forecasted. Was very pleasant to break trail in 8-12 inches of fresh snow with a solid crust underneath. Very few animal pictures on this set, but I look forward to returning several times this season to see how things change.

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January 31, 2022

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Archer Mtn

7.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Wow some of the trails here have been really fancified!

More northerly trails are less maintained with faint tread and some blowdown, yay!

All the snow I encountered (back part of loop) was stiff and easy to walk on. Still got some great bushwacking in and found a few more cardavers. Perfect day.

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January 26, 2022

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Elevator Shaft

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Well the 400 is now open, so I took a trip up the Elevator Shaft. Fun as ever,with poison oak down low and icy scree scrambles up top. I then had a nice bushwacking, postholing wander up through Multnomah Basin, visiting Cougar Rock and Nesika Lodge Didnt see anyone for 6 hours until I entered the flowing parade of humanity at Multhomah Falls.

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January 16, 2022

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Scouting

10 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Was scouting out for a trip in the future. Trying to find closer approach than Bonneville. Started at Kidney Lake and was able to skip those boring ugly miles on the pCT, and use the nice bridge to cross Greenleaf Creek, but still had to contend with a long stretch of the Two Chiefs trail. Last mile before Greenleaf Creek was deep, wet snow, breaking trail tiresome! Blue Lake side approach better except for that creek crossing. New small landslide at the creek.

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January 12, 2022

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Tualatin Hills Nature Reserve

5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

This morning, I found myself in Beaverton- a place I've been avoiding for a decade. Decided to go visit this park afterwards. It's quite lovely, but despite the name, there are no hills. Looped all the trails. This area is well loved and cared for, and it was nice to enjoy a suburban park with no dogs.

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January 10, 2022

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Newton-BPA Loop

5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Well I forgot microspikes, but that made it more exciting! Frozen mud, black ice, and just a little bit of nice snow here and there. Newton Road was fine, BPA road was sketchier but it was wide enough that you could zigzag around the worst parts. Wildwood was the worst.

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January 2, 2022

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