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by A. Hugh Jass
October 24th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 93
Views: 3614

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

Two open-house events scheduled: The first open house will be held on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station, 301 S. Elm St, Sisters. The second open house will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Deschutes National Forest’s Bend-Ft. Ro...
by A. Hugh Jass
October 24th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A 20 mile loop hike up El Capitan, with bears, solitude, and an off-trail wilderness adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: A 20 mile loop hike up El Capitan, with bears, solitude, and an off-trail wilderness adventure

Bravo on your commitment. Starting and finishing in the dark is more than most hikers are willing to do. There are national parks where attempting to get a walk-in overnight permit has almost zero chance; therefore, I don't even try. You can do any hike, even if it lasts all night long, as a "day h...
by A. Hugh Jass
October 21st, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A 20 mile loop hike up El Capitan, with bears, solitude, and an off-trail wilderness adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 516

A 20 mile loop hike up El Capitan, with bears, solitude, and an off-trail wilderness adventure

I put together a 20 mile loop that ascends the Yosemite Falls trail, then continues up to the summit of El Capitan. From there the trail continues West and joins the Old Big Oak Road, long ago decommissioned. The Old Big Oak Road is a fun adventure to descend. It has a fair amount of dead-fall trees...
by A. Hugh Jass
October 10th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 93
Views: 3614

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

And no refunds for bad weather or last-minute changes. It's just simply too much. Bingo! Right exactly on. Here are some areas that are heavily used and do allow walk-in permits without the extra recreation.gov fee: The Enchantments, Mt. Whitney Portal, and The Wave. I climbed Whitney in a day a fe...
by A. Hugh Jass
October 10th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 93
Views: 3614

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

Follow the money.... Let's not forget about the Recreation.gov processing fees to. The Obsidian trail permit is FREE! Oops, but you MUST book it online with Recreation.gov for a $6 processing fee. Even if you show up at the FS office they require you to do it online. I told my wife months ago, "when...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 26th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Tahoe's Rubicon Peak .. Steep Short Hike, Killer Views, and a Fun 3rd Class Scramble
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Tahoe's Rubicon Peak .. Steep Short Hike, Killer Views, and a Fun 3rd Class Scramble

I love to do hikes with a fun scramble to the summit. A few weeks ago I finally did Mount Thielsen, and that was a fun hike with a very short and easy scramble to the summit. I was looking to do other scrambles in Central Oregon that I haven't done yet. I wasn't coming up with anything. So, I crosse...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 14th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: GPS Beacons?
Replies: 32
Views: 1660

Re: GPS Beacons?

Here's the thing about the ACR - if it is just a basic PLB, how can you know if it is any better at connecting to GPS than the Garmin? There is some misunderstanding on how a PLB works. It is not simply reporting your GPS location (a relatively new addition to an PLB). It transmits on a frequency t...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 11th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: GPS Beacons?
Replies: 32
Views: 1660

Re: GPS Beacons?

Aren't PLBs only good for like 5 years, though? I thought I've read that. The battery is guaranteed to work per the optimal specification for six years. That means it will transmit at full power for 30 hours at a full 5 watts during the six year lifespan. The battery will also power 220 self tests ...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 10th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: GPS Beacons?
Replies: 32
Views: 1660

Re: GPS Beacons?

Perhaps it was a bad device, did you consider swapping it for another one? The failures with my device were not specific to the one I owned. The failures were consistent with reports I've read from others. It's just plain poor engineering. I've encountered bad engineering too many times in my caree...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 10th, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: GPS Beacons?
Replies: 32
Views: 1660

Re: GPS Beacons?

I returned my Garmin InReach last month after using it for almost three months. It reminds me of the duality of Gollum and Sméagol. I both loves it and hates it. First, nearly 99% of my messages went through. That's good. However, the GPS part of the InReach is terrible. That is bad. The device woul...