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by sparklehorse
September 12th, 2021, 8:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Three Fingered Jack backpack, Sept. 2021
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Three Fingered Jack backpack, Sept. 2021

Reading this, it leads me to think you may misunderstand the permit/quota system. As I understand it, all you need is a single permit to enter a wilderness via a particular trailhead on a particular day. That one permit is then good for a group of up to 12 hikers to engage in unlimited travel withi...
by sparklehorse
September 12th, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Three Fingered Jack backpack, Sept. 2021
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Three Fingered Jack backpack, Sept. 2021

84760F42-281F-4E16-B204-06149D66E81E.jpeg (opening shot) It’s been 30 years since I last visited the Canyon Creek Meadows near Three Fingered Jack. I remember being quite impressed with the area, so a return trip has been on my list for quite a long time. It also happens to be one of the few places...
by sparklehorse
July 26th, 2021, 7:38 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: DEET Disaster Cleanup?
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: DEET Disaster Cleanup?

+2 on Picaridin.
by sparklehorse
June 28th, 2021, 10:48 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Water filtration suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 1066

Re: Water filtration suggestions

I third the BeFree recommendation. It works great for day hikes and for backpacking. I've been using this filter for five years now (not the same one, I'm on my second filter now I think, but they're fairly cheap). For overnights I also take a 3 liter HydraPak Seeker water container bag. It's lightw...
by sparklehorse
June 14th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mill Creek Wilderness 5/28-31/2021 (and lessons in getting lost)
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: Mill Creek Wilderness 5/28-31/2021 (and lessons in getting lost)

Besides taking a whistle, water and your phone on a poop mission, it's also a good idea to have a decent pocket knife on you at all times as well as a good fire starter like a mini-Bic or a ferro rod. Fire could make all the difference on a cold night lost in the woods.
by sparklehorse
May 18th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Plains of Abraham, 1987
Replies: 7
Views: 2019

Re: The Plains of Abraham, 1987

I also found this pre-eruption image I intended to use for my 2009 trip report on the Plains of Abraham. It’s hard to tell, but it may show some stunted trees growing there prior to the eruption... https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent-Galleries/The-Plains-of-Abraham/i-BPgg55p/0/6a9e8038/O/plains%20of%2...
by sparklehorse
May 18th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Plains of Abraham, 1987
Replies: 7
Views: 2019

Re: The Plains of Abraham, 1987

Does anybody have a photo of the plains from before? Was it forested? Hi Dean, According to one book I have, the Plains of Abraham was mostly treeless prior to the eruption due to frequent winter avalanches. The book includes a 1962 USFS photo of the Plains showing some avalanche activity... https:...
by sparklehorse
May 17th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Plains of Abraham, 1987
Replies: 7
Views: 2019

The Plains of Abraham, 1987

D952AD28-A1B7-4598-AD44-3FE5FA040DBD.jpeg (Opening shot) Well, here’s a blast from the past, pun intended. In June of 1987 I hiked the eastern flank of Mt. St. Helens with my friend Jeff and my dog Dusty. This was the first year the area was opened to hikers following the eruption seven years earli...
by sparklehorse
May 14th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sawtooths Backpack, July 1995
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Re: Sawtooths Backpack, July 1995

Thanks everyone! Glad you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I have one more 'time machine' trip I'll be posting soon. Glad to see a number of people have been to the Sawtooths already. Sure is purdy up that way! And not really that far of a drive either. To Bobcat: In case you're interested...
by sparklehorse
May 10th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sawtooths Backpack, July 1995
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Sawtooths Backpack, July 1995

95-07 4267 Sawtooths 23 opening.jpg (Opening shot) Temporarily laid off from work, I decided to make use of my stay-at-home time by scanning some of the many Kodachrome slides I shot back during the ‘age of film’. So, now that I have some of those photos digitized, here’s a VERY belated Sawtooths t...