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by mreha
June 29th, 2016, 9:13 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: 3/4 day trip recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 1124

Re: 3/4 day trip recommendation

I did a variation of this one a few week ago and it was a lot of fun and 100% free of snow: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Eagle_Creek_to_Wahtum_Lake_Hike (I stayed on the Pacific Crest Trail instead of taking Ruckel Creek as described, though, and ended in Cascade Locks. That ended up bein...
by mreha
June 26th, 2016, 8:22 am
Forum: Hiking Health & Safety
Topic: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....
Replies: 13
Views: 3990

Re: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....

I think one of the deceiving things about frequently using a GPS is the idea that checking a physical map and compass is not needed. In reality, if you don’t need to check your GPS, you don’t need to check your map or compass, and the opposite is also true. There are situations even only on trails ...
by mreha
June 26th, 2016, 6:10 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Interesting Cairn!
Replies: 85
Views: 18659

Re: Interesting Cairn!

This is purely philosophical musing, but... It seems like there's an underlying assumption at work here that human beings are completely separate and apart from Nature-with-a-capital-N. Since anatomically modern humans evolved around 200,000 years ago, insisting on a version of Nature that is untouc...
by mreha
June 25th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Dogs, dogs, dogs
Replies: 37
Views: 3574

Re: Dogs, dogs, dogs

that's not so bad as the second ammendment though - this sentance will get deleted for even mentioning it :) Well, personally, I always carry an assault rifle with me on my hikes, so I can shoot dogs that are off-leash. And owners that don't pick up their dogs poop. And bears that look at me funny,...
by mreha
June 25th, 2016, 6:22 am
Forum: Hiking Health & Safety
Topic: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....
Replies: 13
Views: 3990

Re: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....

I use both...the GPS is handy to pinpoint exactly where I am, but I follow along on a paper map, too. the trick is to be able to pin point exactly where you are on the paper map, sans GPS. Honestly, unless you enjoy that aspect of it (as many people do), that seems kind of like a waste of time to m...
by mreha
June 24th, 2016, 4:22 pm
Forum: Hiking Health & Safety
Topic: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....
Replies: 13
Views: 3990

Re: When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply....

I use both...the GPS is handy to pinpoint exactly where I am, but I follow along on a paper map, too. A few weeks ago I ran into a nice young couple that seemed pretty lost (incidentally, if you've been following the discussion on creepy Benson Plateau, they were the ones with the dog that ended up ...
by mreha
June 24th, 2016, 4:16 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Solo Backpacking with Child?
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Solo Backpacking with Child?

It's probably doable, since it's not that far, but I'm wondering about the logistics of having a backpack and a baby carrier on at the same time? Although if you had one of the ones where you carry the baby in the front maybe it would balance out the weight of the pack? :lol: It also depends on the ...
by mreha
June 23rd, 2016, 8:04 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Dogs, dogs, dogs
Replies: 37
Views: 3574

Re: Dogs, dogs, dogs

Nowadays, Eagle Creek is best visited Tuesday through Thursday mornings at 6 am. It's not that bad past Punchbowl, lots of people seem to stop there...when I was there a few weeks ago I saw only a few people past there, and practically none past Tunnel Falls, and it was a beautiful sunny day. I was...
by mreha
June 23rd, 2016, 2:59 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Dogs, dogs, dogs
Replies: 37
Views: 3574

Re: Dogs, dogs, dogs

Huh...I was out there a few weeks ago and I only saw a few dogs. But yeah, generally I think if it's not a good trail for kids (which that is not, in spite of how many people bring theirs anyway) it's probably not a good trail for dogs, either.
by mreha
June 23rd, 2016, 7:06 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Creepy spot on Benson Plateau
Replies: 30
Views: 10589

Re: Creepy spot on Benson Plateau

I had a similar feeling on the Wyeth trail a few years back. Even my dog was acting weird and it was only while hiking through a short section of trail. It was winter and there was snow on the ground, coming back through that spot after visiting North lake there was cougar tracks all over the foot ...