Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's a ong Way toYocum Ridge!

It's a long way to Yocum Ridge 9 miles each way so it doesn't get too many day hikers. In fact my last trip was in 2003. This hike was even longer though because we went to the alpine area above the Yocum area to scout out the traverse route between Yocum & McNeil Ridges. Turned into an 11 hour, 21 mile hike with about 4300' of elevation gain but it was well worth it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mississippi Head & the B26 Plane Crash

 Sunday, August 21st Eric & I headed out for a loop around Mt. Hood's Mississippi Head. We first headed West on the PCT from Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park. At Split Rock we left the trail & headed North to the Top of Paradise Park overlooking the Sandy River Canyon. We then headed up the the snow fields to the top of Mississippi Head. After exploring for a while we found the propeller from the 1949 Air Force B26 plane crash. From here is was up hill again to about 8000' to get around the top of the Zigzag Canyon & then down to Timberline Lodge to complete the Loop. About 10.6 miles & 3,800' of Elevation gain.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Elk Mt. - Kings Mt. Loop.

Sunday I set out with Phil & Nick on the Elk Mt. - Kings Mt. Loop. A 10.5 mile butt kicking trail with about 4100' of total elevation gain. Next time I'm going to put a few more rocks in Phil & Nick's back packs...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Garfield Peak (Day7, Peak 7)

So for our 7th & final peak of the trip we chose Garfield Peak at Crater Lake, we thought about doing the higher Mt. Scott but we have done that several times before & we had never done Garfield, it also gave us the chance for a quick afternoon visit to Crater Lake. Normally Garfield Peak is an east 1.5 mile trail that begins just down from the Lodge at Rim Village & climbs up to just over 8000'. It was a little more difficult this time as parts of the trail were still heavily snow covered. The Rim drive around Crater Lake had only just opened the day before so after the hike we did the rim drive.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hedgehog Pie.

Mum, Dad & daughter Anwen have been feeding a Hedgehog that took up residence in their garden this Spring. It's fattening up nicely & should be ready for a pie by the time we arrive in October....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tipso Peak (Day7, Peak 6)

So Saturday was the 7th day of our trip & we only had 5 peaks completed which meant that to meet our goal of 7 in 7 we would have to do two peaks today! For the first we chose Tipsoo Peak about 8 miles NE of Diamond Lake.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mt. Bailey (Day 6, Peak 5)

So the day after Climbing Mt. Thielsen we headed  for the Mountain on the other side of Diamond Lake Mt. Bailey & Chiyoko was back on the team! Most of the climb was on snow, we  still had to run the gauntlet of voracious mosquitos for the first three  miles or so each way & we had to squeeze through some pretty tight  spots but it was a great day on the mountain!