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by BigBear
May 18th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: $36M "restitution" sought from 15 year old Eagle Creek Fire setter
Replies: 29
Views: 478

Re: $36M "restitution" sought from 15 year old Eagle Creek Fire setter

The defendant in this case lit off multiple fire works in a national forest (prohibited activity) during an extreme fire danger (emphasis on prohibited) on a trail already partially closed due to a fireworks fire three months earlier. Even more interesting, while Hood River was under a level-2 evacu...
by BigBear
May 15th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed over Mt Hood Fatality
Replies: 13
Views: 382

Re: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed over Mt Hood Fatality

It is unfortunate that this person's summit attempt ended tragically. The details of the response are sketchy in the media coverage. However, I am concerned over lawsuits in the wilderness. In this situation, if the family is seeking a specific response time, that may mean that the forest will be cl...
by BigBear
May 3rd, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Very secluded lakes or rivers
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Very secluded lakes or rivers

My suggestion is that you invest in some Green trails topo maps and evaluate what works for you. This way you can ensure all of your criteria are met. The basic problem with your request is that if the lake is known by name, it probably has a user trail beaten to it (e.g. Golden Lake) or its so obsc...
by BigBear
May 3rd, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Augspurger Mt from Cook via Can Lid Lane
Replies: 13
Views: 686

Re: Augspurger Mt from Cook via Can Lid Lane

You noted "Jolley Trail" in your report, but Dick Thomas was the driving force behind the Cook Mountain trail from the Columbia River side, while Frank & Charolotte Head were the designers of the long ridge trail from the gravel pit ont he north side of Augspurger.
by BigBear
April 30th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: ISO: "boring" hikes
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: ISO: "boring" hikes

Since you live in Troutdale, the obvious suggestion would be to drive up Larch Mtn. and explore those gated logging roads on the south side of the road. Looking at the USDA closure map, only sections to the north appear to be in the closure zone.
by BigBear
April 27th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: FYI: hiking is "risky"
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: FYI: hiking is "risky"

No, I agree with Penn State. Hiking is very risky. You should not under-estimate the dangers involved in hiking. For example, there's the trailhead. There are no many vehicles battling for limited parking that you are more likely to get ran down in a car tying your boots at your back bumper than pla...
by BigBear
April 24th, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: hiking community fails to embrace fat queer hikers
Replies: 107
Views: 3295

Re: hiking community fails to embrace fat queer hikers

Wow, what an exchange The three takeaways I have from conversations of the past decade are: 1) Everyone says they want to be free to think and act the way they want...but they also believe it mandatory that other people take what is shoved at them. In other words, only my beliefs are moral, and the ...
by BigBear
April 16th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: hiking community fails to embrace fat queer hikers
Replies: 107
Views: 3295

Re: hiking community fails to embrace fat queer hikers

I have hiked for 30 years and do not find that "the hiking community" discriminates, but I do feel that the retailers do discriminate. REI does not stock anything larger than 2X and Columbia Sportswear struggles to add 4X on their clothing racks. I say struggle because I find their 4X pants are tigh...
by BigBear
April 11th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Winter Camping at Coyote Lake, Mt. Jefferson
Replies: 14
Views: 1879

Re: Winter Camping at Coyote Lake, Mt. Jefferson

I think we're about to see a big money grab by USFS for those who want to go hiking. These closures went into affect ahead of the fires to limit eclipse viewers last August (perhaps you remeber all of the closures that went into effect less than 7 days before the eclipse). Willamette NF is looking a...
by BigBear
April 10th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Dog Mountain - the flower show commences - well, sort of
Replies: 1
Views: 2500

Re: Dog Mountain - the flower show commences - well, sort of

I'd say the wildflower show has commenced: gold stars, Columbia kittentails and some montia too blurry to identify. Just because the headliner (balsamroot) are some weeks away doesn't mean the concert hasn't began.