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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:25 pm
by Baby Hercules
vivalasvegans wrote:Do you know of any good out of the way hikes close by? I wish your PMs were turned on. We need to talk :D


"Out of the way" and "close by" are not mutually inclusive in Oregon. If you want serenity, I'm afraid you'll have to drive for it. My PM is turned back on. I had it off for a few months; was getting too much attention from some groupies in here. ;-)

I know Forest Park, Sauvie Island, the Gorge on the Washington side, Mt. Hood, and the entire coast from southern Washington down to Newport, Oregon, really well. I've done hot spots south of here like Silver Falls, Smith Rock, etc. but I'd like to do a lot more in that area. I focus on remote, wild areas with wide, open spaces and elevation. Otherwise, your view is just one tree after another the whole, damned way--yawn! That's why I've only done a dozen or so hikes on the Oregon side of the Gorge. If you are willing to break the one-hour-driving barrier, you'll see your options explode into much higher numbers and the crowds fade away.

A trail that's got it all is Saddle Mountain, which I did again last Friday. It'll be up on my hiking blog soon. The first time I was there, it was so socked in with moisture and clouds, I couldn't see twenty feet in front of me the entire way. My hiking companion kept whining, "There really IS a view, honest!" but all I saw that day was grey and ravens. Well, last Friday, it was mostly sunny and, Oh, Mama, what a freakin' view! From the summit, you can see the ocean, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, and something snow covered very far away to the east--the Blue Mountains, maybe. You are literally surrounded by snow capped volcanoes. Caveat: very crowded on peak days, not for the acrophobic, poison oak and other nasties abound, a relatively easy trail that attracts a high Idiot Factor. Still, it's close enough to the coast that you can polish off the hike and then cruise down to the beach to dangle your tootsies in the chilly waves.

If you want seclusion, pick any hike and do it on a Tuesday. When it's raining. In November. :wink:

So, do you want elevation or distance? Silence or people? Ease or mud? Danger or safety? Mosquitoes or poison oak? Ha, ha, that last one was a trick question.

Baby Herc

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:35 pm
by vivalasvegans
awesome

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:46 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
Sounds great BH!

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:50 pm
by Baby Hercules
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:Sounds great BH!


You're neglecting your fans, Fork. More NZ pics, please! :D

Baby Herc

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:01 am
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
Haha, okay I will see what I can come up with tomorrow. Leave it with me...

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:03 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
Baby Hercules wrote:You're neglecting your fans, Fork. More NZ pics, please! :D

Baby Herc

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Tough but beautiful off-road hill marathon

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Negotiating the best route ~ St. James off-road ultramarathon

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:08 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
... and a final couple that would seem to upload properly for some reason :roll:

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:07 pm
by Baby Hercules
That top one looks a LOT like central Colorado where I used to spend a great deal of my time. Drool, drool, drool. All that space and elevation is intoxicating.

Baby Herc

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:20 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
Baby Hercules wrote:That top one looks a LOT like central Colorado where I used to spend a great deal of my time. Drool, drool, drool. All that space and elevation is intoxicating.

Baby Herc

Definately ~ the more elevation gained the better !!!!!

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Now that's what you call 'trail running'!

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:21 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
Baby Hercules wrote:That top one looks a LOT like central Colorado where I used to spend a great deal of my time. Drool, drool, drool. All that space and elevation is intoxicating.

Baby Herc

Oooooh, your turn to post some photos!

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:44 pm
by Baby Hercules
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:Oooooh, your turn to post some photos!


My Colorado stuff is all old school film photos, I'll have to scan them, but I'll get around to it, I promise.

In the meantime, I'm basking in the glow of a six mile walk of pure ecstatic silence (soooo glad I'm not one of those people who need to bring along technology) that involved free treats: the naturalized cherry trees along tonight's trail were full of plump, ripe fruit. My fingers are stained but I'm happy. Burp.

Baby Herc

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:12 pm
by Baby Hercules
Holy crap on a cracker. Just survived (barely) a nine mile hike with 2300' of elevation gain...all on one apple and a small handful of trailmix. A bad time to learn that my stomach no longer enjoys nuts with dried fruit. Most wildflowers I've ever seen in one place, though. Ever. Soon as my dogs stop barking, I'll get up at my standing desk and process the 200+ photos I churned out.

Baby Herc

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:30 pm
by Mini Forklift Ⓥ
That sounds beautiful, wow you sure like taking photos !!! Look forward to seeing the best ones BH *hint hint*

Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:51 pm
by Baby Hercules
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:That sounds beautiful, wow you sure like taking photos !!! Look forward to seeing the best ones BH *hint hint*


:lol: That's a promise, NZ.

Baby Herc