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by Aimless
June 23rd, 2021, 8:42 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2021 Bug Conditions Reports
Replies: 2
Views: 13

2021 Bug Conditions Reports

This thread is meant for briefly sharing info on the bug conditions you encountered on a hike, if you don't want to go to the trouble of writing up a full trip report. For example: I hiked today (June 23) on the Hidden Lake trail that starts on Kiwanis Camp Road on Mt. Hood. Mosquitos were present f...
by Aimless
June 22nd, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Water filtration suggestions
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Water filtration suggestions

The Lifestraw is no doubt quick and easy for day hiking, although I often hike trails with little or no water source, so I generally just pack city water with me. For backpacking I want something reliable and durable so my go-to water filter system combines an Evernew 1 qt bag for dirty water connec...
by Aimless
June 22nd, 2021, 10:01 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?

Many legacy trails from before 1940 were built to service fire lookouts which were too remote to service any way but via pack animals. Since the horses or mules were doing all the walking, while the wrangler rode along, such niceties as switchbacks and an even gradient were not a high priority. When...
by Aimless
June 21st, 2021, 2:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass 2021.06.21
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass 2021.06.21

Yup, the opinion of experienced hikers who've checked out that trail section are that the trail is basically destroyed for about two miles. It's worse than just straightforward bushwhacking through the undergrowth; there are too many big trees knocked over and jumbled on top of one another to get th...
by Aimless
June 21st, 2021, 2:01 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Mother of 3 looking for adventure. (Pun intended)
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Mother of 3 looking for adventure. (Pun intended)

A PCT thru-hike ought to provide loads of adventure. Even shorter sections of 150 to 200 or so miles can be very memorable and exciting trips. Hard for me to imagine how much adventure could fit into the whole 2650 miles. Good luck in your endeavor. ORHikers is a great resource for shorter sections ...
by Aimless
June 21st, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?

There's also the factor of rocky outcroppings and minor cliffs that are impossible to build a trail across and must be avoided. These occur more often along ridge lines than on side hills, because the top of a ridge is usually where the hardest strata are exposed which have resisted erosion the long...
by Aimless
June 20th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?

Trails usually start at or near the bottoms of ridges, near major watercourses, so they must ascend to reach ridge crests. Ridges usually rise abruptly and steeply from river bottoms. Engineers (and most hikers) prefer a smooth, evenly ascending gradient to a series of unpredictable ascents and desc...
by Aimless
June 19th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2021 Snow Level
Replies: 149
Views: 9753

Re: 2021 Snow Level

naturallog wrote:
June 19th, 2021, 7:18 am
The mosquitos on the other hand...
Yep. Getting on time to start a 'Bug Report' thread. :)
by Aimless
June 18th, 2021, 8:48 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: disappointing lifespan for shoes
Replies: 67
Views: 11822

Re: disappointing lifespan for shoes

Years ago I had some Vasque leather boots I truly adored. They lasted me a decade and when they died I grieved. Sure, they were saunas for my feet and gave me many blisters, but compared to my previous pair of leather boots that destroyed my feet on a regular basis they seemed like heaven. Those ear...
by Aimless
June 14th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Clackamas County crews rescue 7 hikers near Ramona Falls
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Clackamas County crews rescue 7 hikers near Ramona Falls

When the possibility of being turned back during a loop hike was never factored in by the hikers involved, there is a very strong impetus to keep going forward no matter what and trust it will work out somehow rather than turn around and backtrack.