Search found 9 matches

by rllcat
July 10th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Eightmile/Lookout mtn/Fret creek/Fifteenmile 6/19-20/2021
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Eightmile/Lookout mtn/Fret creek/Fifteenmile 6/19-20/2021

Catching up on trip reports. Opening picture: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51300851526_69cb8f7a7d_z.jpg Hood from High Prairie trail My partner and I have JMT permits (NOBO) for August, so we're trying to get in a number of training backpacking trips before then. Our constraints for the weeke...
by rllcat
June 14th, 2021, 10:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mill Creek Wilderness 5/28-31/2021 (and lessons in getting lost)
Replies: 12
Views: 1158

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

One thing my wife or hiking partner have used in circumstances like this was to carry orange ribbon when we wandered off to lighten our load. We'd hang it close enough so that it was easy to follow then remove all the ribbon on the way back. If no trees then we'd put it around rocks or other visibl...
by rllcat
June 14th, 2021, 10:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mill Creek Wilderness 5/28-31/2021 (and lessons in getting lost)
Replies: 12
Views: 1158

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

Pardon me, there may be another explanation for the lack of effectiveness. The product page says "100+ decibel level sound" which is far lower than claimed by other whistles . Decibels are logarithmic such that 110 dB is ten times the sound power of 100 dB, and 120 dB is one hundred times the sound...
by rllcat
June 13th, 2021, 11:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mill Creek Wilderness 5/28-31/2021 (and lessons in getting lost)
Replies: 12
Views: 1158

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

My partner Nick and I spent Memorial Day weekend backpacking in the Mill Creek Wilderness in Ochoco NF. It was a great trip, however we also had some unwanted excitement with getting lost and separated. We learned some lessons and I think the story is valuable. I've separated this into two parts - t...
by rllcat
August 17th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Paradise Park-Hidden Lake Loop Hike
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Paradise Park-Hidden Lake Loop Hike

How were mosquitoes around Hidden Lake? Thinking of going up there Thursday evening, camping at Hidden Lake, then doing a longer loop/out and back via the Zigzag Mountain Trail towards Burnt Lake or Cast Lake. ETA: Oh, just realized you said you did it end of July - oops! Oh well, guess I'll see for...
by rllcat
August 7th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A nice big Badger Creek Loop, 2020/07/31 - 2020/08/02
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

A nice big Badger Creek Loop, 2020/07/31 - 2020/08/02

My partner and I were able to get permits for the Wonderland trail in mid-late September, so we’re trying to get in a bunch of shake out/training hikes before we go. After an awesome one-nighter on the Fifteenmile Loop a month ago, getting back to that area seemed like a great idea. We don’t own a c...
by rllcat
June 14th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Conditions in Eagle Cap/Wallowas?
Replies: 12
Views: 3867

Re: Conditions in Eagle Cap/Wallowas?

Any thoughts on what conditions might be like July 8-14? My partner and I might be able to get a ride out there and back from Portland then, which is the major benefit for us of going in early July versus having to rent a car for a week just to park it at a trailhead in early August.
by rllcat
July 14th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Red Buttes Wilderness June 19-23
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

Re: Red Buttes Wilderness June 19-23

There are a lot of great hikes & backpacks down here - many amazingly beautiful and most refreshingly uncrowded. But I've learned to take the maps - and the USFS's claims (when there are any) about trail conditions - with a grain of salt and be prepared for some "adventure" on every hike! That smal...
by rllcat
July 11th, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Red Buttes Wilderness June 19-23
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

Red Buttes Wilderness June 19-23

Long time lurker, first time poster! Unfortunately it’s taken me a little while to get this written up, and it's a bit of a novel, but hopefully the info is useful. My boyfriend and I both had the week off work June 19-23, so we decided we wanted to do a 4 or 5 day backpacking trip. We had initially...