Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mt. Thielsen (Day 5, Peak 4)

Day 5 dawned clear & sunny so we figured it was the day to tackle Mt. Thielsen. Our Goal wasn't the Summit as we had heard that the last 82' is a near vertical serious climb, our goal was the ledge just below this final wall at 9,100'. Apparently known as Chicken Ledge as this is where many people chicken out!! This was my favorite climb of the whole trip. Chiyoko decided that is was time for day off & so did a hike around the lake instead of joining us on this one.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rodley Butte (Day4, Peak 3)

Day 4 we decided to return to Diamond Lake, the weather was clear & Sunny in Mitchell but we didn't breath a sigh of relief until we crossed the Ochoco Divide and could see that all the Cascade peaks were in Sunshine. We got back to Diamond Lake about 12:30 & set up camp. Just a Mile down the road from Thielsen Camp Ground we had noticed a trailhead sign for Rodley Butte & figured that would be a good hike for the half a day we had left.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fields Peak (Day3, Peak 2)

So day 3 of our trip we woke up to rain in Mitchell, we decided to leave the tents were they were &head East on a day trip to Fields Peak. Apparently the highest mountain between the Cascades & Strawberry Mountain.

The day started out well but we had to abandon our plans to also bag Moore & Moon Mountain on the same trip when we got stuck in rainstorm under a hastily made shelter!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Sutton Mountain (Day 2, Peak 1)

We had no plans to climb in central Oregon during our week off but the pouring rain at Diamond Lake changed our plans & we headed for the tiny town of Mitchell in central Oregon were we found drier weather. Sutton Mountain is about 10 miles North of Mitchell on highway 207 (milepost 15). It's written up in Barbara Bond's book 75 scrambles in Oregon (#39). A cool find on the North side of the mountain was a colony of Pediocactus simpsonii but unfortunately we had missed the flowers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Birhtday Cake on the Muddy Fork..

Last Sunay we headed out with a group of friends to celebrate Kazuko & Chiyoko's birthdays on the banks of the Muddy Fork! Birthday Cup Cakes & Champagne were of course packed in for the occasion :^)..

Thursday, July 7, 2011

East Zigzag

Sunday we headed on up to Mt. Hood again, this time we went with friends Kazuko, Pascal and Dominic. We first went to Burnt Lake and then battled the snow to get up to East Zigzag Mountain.

Practice their log rolling skills.

Back on Mt. Hood.

Every July 4th weekend we hike up to McNeil point, then on up the ridge, it's normally our First Mt. Hood hike of each year. This year there is so much snow we were not sure we would make it but we did & the views were as stunning as ever!