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by A. Hugh Jass
October 10th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 54
Views: 709

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: 54
Views: 709

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: 258

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 1138

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...
by A. Hugh Jass
September 3rd, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking
Replies: 19
Views: 1623

Re: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking

I enjoyed reading your full post on your site. Good for you. I will be doing Timberline as a single-day-night effort starting tomorrow. I'll be moving at the speed of hike for most of it, but I do run the downhills. I got a kick out of the people at Newton getting freaked out about your river crossi...
by A. Hugh Jass
August 26th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hurwal Divide Traverse: 8/22/19-8/23/19
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Hurwal Divide Traverse: 8/22/19-8/23/19

Nice loop. Thanks for posting. There is so much great hiking out there.
by A. Hugh Jass
August 25th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Circumnavigate South Sister - August 23, 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Circumnavigate South Sister - August 23, 2019

I would strongly prefer narration instead of music. Thanks for the feedback. My voice sounds like a cross between Bobcat Goldthwait and Smeagol, so I'm sparing the public from that horror with the background music - try the mute button ;) What was that fine-threatening plaque towards the end? I cou...