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Old 07-07-2019, 03:26 AM   #3826
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Wow, great pics! What's the final elevation? I've hiked some "trails" that were basically a string of cairns, myself. They often end up being some of the best cuz it weeds out the more obnoxious hikers (your cigarette-butt-provider notwithstanding).
it's 6887', which is also the same elevation at the TH. Blue is temperature and I wear a wrist watch Garmin (fenix 5) so it is affected by the wearers temp, and so you can see relationships but neither you body temp, or the ambient temp. You can see the temp go up in relationship to ascending.



Here is a Strava link that image is of. For any that don't know, Strava is a web site and mobile software that works with navigation devices for multi-sport activities tracking and navigating you can make and follow routes using it / them.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2507817388

In the pics (the dinner and the pano,) there is a peak with a white ball, and that is a weather station at the top of Mt Ashland, a ski park.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:40 AM   #3827
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2-night backcountry hiking trip this weekend to Azalea Lake in the Red Buttes Wilderness. The trailhead starts in Oregon, and it's an intermediate/difficult 7 mile hike to the lake. It's a beautiful hike and lots of stopping for wild flowers, old growth trees and fire scaring. I think from the 2012 Fort Complex fire that started from a lightning strike. And views of the Red Buttes and Siskiyou Mountains. A day hike on Sunday took up to Frog Pond with had lots of blooming water lilies. We had lunch at the base of a giant old-growth cedar.




We decided to sleep among the burned area as it is part of area designated for hikers, and as a reminder that fires are not losses, they are births of new things.



The wood burning stove worked great. It takes a bit of work to find kindling and the fuel. I forgot to bring a few cotton balls rubbed with Vaseline - you can spark ignite them. Witches hair and pine needle branches worked really well. Then pieces from about the size of a matchstick up to 1", no more than 3" long. There were rocks all over, so I used two with a few inches between them as a base, then used a pointy 2-3 lb one to snap them. It took about 20 minutes to have boiling water.







The lake from the shore. Morning coffee spot.



Frog Pond










You can see the fire scarring pretty well here. There was a great water source, a spring that turns into a fork of the Little Applegate River, that was on the leg past the lake.


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Old 07-19-2019, 11:43 AM   #3828
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Does anyone have experience with the Gossamer Gear Mariposa?

I need a new backpack. I lost enough weight that cinched up all the way, my Exos 58 slides down. After 5 miles, I had to put a lot ow the load on my shoulders, and lift the bottom of the pack with my hands. My hips were killing me. The waist strap in integrated, so no changing that. A medium would fit my waist, but be too short I think. Good news, it and it has 7 hours of use now, so I can certainly sell it since it's PCT through-hiker season. They are $220 at REI. Any offers?

Luckily, I had a piece of ****ty pad I used as a seat pad, some duct tape and rope. The trip out was not bad, and I don't have wraps of DT to clean up.

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Old 08-12-2019, 01:42 PM   #3829
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Any of you guys ever use the Ozark 12 person cabin?
These things look awesome but are they complete ****?

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Old 08-12-2019, 05:50 PM   #3830
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In the summer with no rain and no wind they are awesome.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:55 PM   #3831
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:13 PM   #3832
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They make a 20-person one. Go big or go home.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:15 PM   #3833
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Go big or take home with you!
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:23 PM   #3834
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Just got back from a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip to the Sierra National Forest - Ansel Adams Wilderness (Cora Lakes).

I'm pretty beat so I'm keeping the post somewhat short

Overall - awesome. The weather was perfect (barely 80's during the day, 50's at night). Mosquitoes were prevalent but they don't bother me much (saw several people on the trail fully covered + bug masks).

Speaking of people it was oddly crowded - ran into a couple on horseback, a BSA patrol (10ish Scouts + adults), and 2 families (including some pre-teen kids).

The trail I took (Isberg) was very nice. It crossed a lot of streams so water wasn't a problem, was clearly defined and well maintained. From trailhead to the parts I made it to...all uphill...~7000 ft at the trailhead to ~8500 ft after 5 miles.

My heart was more ambitions than the rest of my body and I didn't make the distance I was planning on but still loved it...ended up picking my overnight spots by location vs distance (and feeling very good about it).

Truth be told the hardest part was getting there. The trailhead is ~250 miles from my place - the first 200 miles was a piece of cake to drive, the next 30 miles was mediocre maintained (yet still paved) twisty roads, but the last 20 miles was very poorly maintained to absolute dirt roads...roads that my Mazdaspeed 3 did NOT like. I'm surprised I made it

Here are a couple highlight pictures and a link to the full (and as of yet totally unorganized) album.








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Old 08-24-2019, 09:47 PM   #3835
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Old 08-24-2019, 10:01 PM   #3836
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I was not far away in King's Canyon and then Wishon Reservoir the week before, although I didn't get to do much hiking as it was a whole family thing.
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:38 PM   #3837
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Looks awesome
It was a damn fine trip.

The scenery was pretty to start with...dense forest and quite lush (lots and lots of wildflowers, very little dead grass) and I was enjoying it (aside from the constant uphill and my ex-smokers lungs).

But once I got to The Niche...the full granite boulder zone...damn it just got beautiful. I love that sparse trees among giant rocks look. And the Granite Creek was heaven to take the boots off and put my feet into. Surprisingly warm water for Sierras too.

The lake was another breathtaking sight but I didn't like it as much as the lower boulder creek area. It was just too marshy - kind of a pain in the ass to get water out of due to the vegetation...just couldn't find a comfortable place to sit (I use an old MSR sweetwater filter and enjoy that "sit back and relax" time filling the water bottles...but not when I'm sitting in muck surrounded by mosquitoes).

I do wish I had gotten higher up...I crapped out around 8500 - 8750 feet. There was a further lake I wanted to get to (Joe Crane Lake)...I made it maybe 1/2 a mile uphill and those contour lines just kept getting close and closer together. I sat, considered, and headed back downhill

Gotta get in better shape...and a vehicle with better ground clearance + softer suspension. The last 15 or so miles of dirt road was brutal. I took a beating both mentally (freaking out I'd destroy the Mazda or get stuck) and physically (so bouncy!).

There were tons of trailheads along the way...I easily passed a dozen different ones. It looks to be an awesome area to explore.
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:41 PM   #3838
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I was not far away in King's Canyon and then Wishon Reservoir the week before, although I didn't get to do much hiking as it was a whole family thing.
Very cool!

Oddly enough the FIL was backpacking in the same area I was (rather, he is now). Just a random coincidence.

I talk about going backpacking with him but the dude is a ****ing machine. Gets up at 5 AM daily to go on multiple mile runs, trains for trips by dragging a sledge filled with rocks, is a lawyer...yeah, hard no for me. I'd embarrass myself stopping every 10 minutes to "take pictures of the pretty flowers" (while catching my breath)
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:59 PM   #3839
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Does anyone have experience with the Gossamer Gear Mariposa?

I need a new backpack. I lost enough weight that cinched up all the way, my Exos 58 slides down. After 5 miles, I had to put a lot ow the load on my shoulders, and lift the bottom of the pack with my hands. My hips were killing me. The waist strap in integrated, so no changing that. A medium would fit my waist, but be too short I think. Good news, it and it has 7 hours of use now, so I can certainly sell it since it's PCT through-hiker season. They are $220 at REI. Any offers?

Luckily, I had a piece of ****ty pad I used as a seat pad, some duct tape and rope. The trip out was not bad, and I don't have wraps of DT to clean up.


I spoke with Osprey, They suggested getting it altered as they honor the All Mighty Guarantee on altered gear. I took it to a shoe repair place, and he removed some of the strap that was there to organize the belt when it is cinched up. That made a couple of inches of room, and got rid of the annoyance of all the extra belt. $15 and it's actually better than new.
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:31 PM   #3840
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:06 AM   #3841
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Looks beautiful Vick!
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Old 10-13-2019, 03:33 PM   #3842
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Finally got a chance to use my Exped Mira III HL while camping for the weekend at a Ragnar trail relay race. While rated as a 3 man tent, it's perfect for one when that one like to use wide sleeping pads and wants to keep all of their clothes and gear inside the tent with them. It's really light for a 3 man, at only 3.5 lbs. I did order the footprint for it which hasn't arrived yet, because while the floor held up fine this weekend, the ultra lightweight materials make me worry about long term durability. It does vent well, pitches very fast, and has a decent peak height of 45" so getting changed inside is pretty easy for a backpacking tent. Along with my Exped Downmat 9TT, Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed, and a combination of Exped and Thermarest pillows, I slept in absolute comfort in the mid 40's for about 3 hours. ****ing hunters started popping off at 6:30am like it was WW2.













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****ing hunters started popping off at 6:30am like it was WW2.


Were you guys running in the same area they were hunting? What sadist planned this??
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Helps you run faster! I also wore hi-viz during my night run. I saw a fat porcupine on the trail, two of my team mates saw bears. Skunks were frequent visitors to the other campsites that were dumb enough to leave food on the ground. I also wore a bear bell for two of my three runs, because I'm sure I'm delicious.
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I also wore a bear bell for two of my three runs, because I'm sure I'm delicious.
Bear in the woods as Jim runs by:

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Old 11-07-2019, 01:46 AM   #3846
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I've been looking for some snowshoe boots. I have a pair of MSR Denalli Classic w float extensions. Gore-tex hiking boots and wool socks work until it don't. So I poked around the REI used site and picked up these Garmont Ushuaya GTX Winter Hiking Boots for $76.37. They were very lightly worn. It felt to me like the footbed waw pressing up into my toe weird-like, and I was thinking of sending them back. I felt in there and there is a ridge in the toe from the footbed mould. I took out the insole and figured trimming some material from the bottom of that would flatten it out. I used to sell Garmont ski boots, and we often modified the insides to fine tune them. So anyways, it works and they fit great. I wore them at about 45 and my feet were toasty. Not much of a test.



Friday I am going to Drake Peak Lookout near Lakeview OR at 8300 feet for 2 nights, and the prediction, to my surprise, is a low of 13. Low 50's in the day at like 2 pm but it will warm up fast, 13 at 7, 30 at 9. I know what I will be wearing to the outhouse in the middle of the night if that happens. I will probably want to be up and outside for the sunrise. Activities include hiking and biking and getting some firewood before the sun goes down.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #3847
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I was going to suggest whatever you can get at REI for cheap. My North Face winter boots work great for snowshoe stuff but they donít make/sell the exact model anymore.
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I had a pair of TNF and I ended up shoeooing them heavily rather then toss them.

Night 1. At 11 it's 42. The stove is full and slow, but it might get hot. Cell service because no trees.

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