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by Aimless
May 21st, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Timberline to Lolo Pass-Any reports? Need advice
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Timberline to Lolo Pass-Any reports? Need advice

Even if we have a torrid hot spell to end May and start June, you will certainly be walking on snow for many miles at the start, while you are high on Mt. Hood. You'll need to be able to find the route when the trail is not visible under snow. Snow adds danger when you are on a steep hillside, wheth...
by Aimless
May 19th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Any Rules When Backpacking
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Any Rules When Backpacking

The "rules" are a bit hard to nail down. Officially, one ought not camp within 100 feet of a water source or a trail. In practice, this rule is very elastic. If there are already obviously well-established campsites that do not fit these conditions few people will frown on your camping there. If you...
by Aimless
May 19th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 66
Views: 1286

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Normally, the humans in the wilderness are confined to trails and occupy a tiny fraction of the area so don't have much impact. I agree with this in a broad way, but humans tend to congregate at lakes and sometime these are the primary water sources for animals after the snow melts. Our obvious and...
by Aimless
May 18th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Deaths at Panther Creek Falls?
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Deaths at Panther Creek Falls?

Last update on that trail was 4/16/19. Always a good idea because website info isn't always updated in a timely way:

"Contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District for current information 509-395-3402."
by Aimless
May 18th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 66
Views: 1286

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The solution, like I said before, is more trails and more available online information to help channel hikers away from popular trailheads. As it is right now, most hikers are funneled into a handful of popular, easy-access, and overused trails. I fully agree that "more trails" would be helpful, bu...
by Aimless
May 18th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Backpacking Whetstone Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Backpacking Whetstone Ridge

It's been a while since I hiked that ridge, but my memory insists that, once the snow is all melted, you won't find any other kind of water source up there. Back then the trail down to Silver King Lake was getting overgrown with brush, although it was still easy enough to follow. I'm sure someone wi...
by Aimless
May 17th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 66
Views: 1286

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

I highly doubt that anyone's choice to refrain from using instagram, or only to file trip reports about underused trails, can be construed as "not allowing" others to use public lands, or as "toxic gate-keeping" to turn people back from hiking on public trails. Lord knows there are websites, maps, t...
by Aimless
May 17th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 66
Views: 1286

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The new standard seems to be: apathy over ignorance. I want to, and that's all there is to it.

That standard has been around forever among a self-selected set of people. I see it applied in lots of places, including trails and campsites all over. I don't foresee it dying out any time soon. :(
by Aimless
May 16th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Visit the Central Cascades while you still can...
Replies: 149
Views: 4424

Re: Visit the Central Cascades while you still can...

The paradox here is that the wilderness areas designated under the Wilderness Act of 1964 are not 'uncontrolled by humans'. The USFS is made up exclusively of humans, who are engaged in controlling those lands in some manner. What they tend to control most (or try to control) is the activity of huma...
by Aimless
May 16th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 66
Views: 1286

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

I endorse the idea of Leave No Virtual Trace, but I fear it will not be enough. As with many social problems, having a preponderant majority of hikers refrain from posting location-tagged photos and glowing verbal descriptions is not enough. The sheer size of society is so vast that even 99% complia...