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by Bosterson
September 19th, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: How do I select an area to camp in without a campground?
Replies: 14
Views: 206

Re: How do I select an area to camp in without a campground?

For car camping (and really, if you're not going to go properly backpacking, why bother going far from your car when the car can have lots of fresh food, a bigger stove, not having to carry sleeping gear, etc), the Gifford Pinchot should offer lots of options, as it's basically a network of back roa...
by Bosterson
September 18th, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: How do I select an area to camp in without a campground?
Replies: 14
Views: 206

Re: How do I select an area to camp in without a campground?

As Aimless said, the whole Bull Run area is off limits. Most other places in the wilderness are accessible, though. I would recommend checking out actual Forest Service maps (not Google) of where you want to go, both to see what's there and to see what's accessible. There are plenty of sites online ...
by Bosterson
September 16th, 2021, 8:25 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2021 Snow Level
Replies: 155
Views: 13347

Re: 2021 Snow Level

Snow can't fall when there's no moisture in the sky. Seems like forever since we've seen more than 0.02" of rain at one time. Somebody got some 'splaining to do. A fresh half foot on Skamania Mountain: https://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/download/file.php?id=81065&mode=view I think your photo is mis...
by Bosterson
September 10th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt Defiance/Starvation Ridge -- 09/09/21
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Mt Defiance/Starvation Ridge -- 09/09/21

The cutoff is closed for hazardous conditions after the fire. The Starvation Cutoff is actually closed because of a washout where some trees took out the trail bench not far from the bottom - you can actually see it from the paved path a little before you reach the cutoff junction. The fire didn't ...
by Bosterson
September 4th, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: can someone help me to understand crampons?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: can someone help me to understand crampons?

Those boots are hunting boots and they do not have crampon welts. Look up La Sportiva Nepal boots as an example - the plastic reinforced notches at the toe and heel are the crampon welts. For the boots you have, any simple strap on crampon (ie, straps for both toe and heel, no lever) should work. Pe...
by Bosterson
September 2nd, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Tatoosh Peak
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Tatoosh Peak

Neat, Jen! I haven't been back to Tatoosh since going 12 years ago - hopefully it is still not a busy place. Martha Hardy's book "Tatoosh," about her time in the old fire lookout up there, is a good read. We were there in late Aug 2009 - flowers were quite nice. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/o1-...
by Bosterson
August 30th, 2021, 10:19 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Gorge Loop: return route recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Gorge Loop: return route recommendation

Casey Creek is decently burned and required routefinding and thrashing (I last did it almost two years ago but I doubt a good track has been really beaten in since then), so I would not recommend it if you're not familiar with it or don't want to effectively have to go offtrail and sidehill through ...
by Bosterson
August 28th, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 100 Miles in the Wallowas: Aug. 14-19, 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: 100 Miles in the Wallowas: Aug. 14-19, 2020

Robin! You live! Great long Wallowas ramble - did you head out there without a specific plan and just see where your feet took you? That's a great way to do it. The Razz lakes are great, though there definitely wasn't a cairn at the bottom of the abandoned trail the last time I was in that area in 2...
by Bosterson
August 2nd, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lookingglass-Bear Lakes; Cached Lake Loop (Wallowas) 7-26-21 – 7-29-21
Replies: 6
Views: 945

Re: Lookingglass-Bear Lakes; Cached Lake Loop (Wallowas) 7-26-21 – 7-29-21

Nice trip, John. Eagle Cap is a nice place to not be in a rush. Bummer about the smoke haze. I've meant to go back to Main Eagle to side trip up to Lookingglass Lake, sad to see how low the water is! If you ever get out there again, Needle Point is a pretty fun little side trip scramble along the we...
by Bosterson
July 30th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Help me plan a 5-day Wallowa route
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Help me plan a 5-day Wallowa route

I would recommend going to the southern side. It's a little different, and is (used to be?) less crowded. I think Cornucopia - Pine Lakes - Crater Lake - Imnaha - Cusick - Norway Pass - Cornucopia was one of the most spectacular trips I took down there. Cusick from that side is nontechnical, but if ...