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by jdemott
August 24th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Trailhead Vandalism
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Trailhead Vandalism

I've been hiking here in the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years. I've seen a fair amount of broken glass at trailheads, but fortunately I've never been hit myself (knock on wood). I always remove valuables from the car, including the vehicle registration papers. Once or twice I have changed my plan...
by jdemott
April 19th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Eastern Sierra in 2016 - Bodie, Mono Lake and Tuolumne Meadows
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Eastern Sierra in 2016 - Bodie, Mono Lake and Tuolumne Meadows

That whole drive along Hwy 395 is a treat! So much to see and explore. Here's my favorite Mono Lake photo:

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by jdemott
March 2nd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Google Photos Memories of Closed Trails
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Google Photos Memories of Closed Trails

I've been feeling that way about the Perdition Trail for many years. Since the fire, I've really missed the trail along Oneonta Creek above Triple Falls.
by jdemott
January 30th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Maps and Navigation
Topic: Gaia GPS Rolls Out New Topo Maps
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: Gaia GPS Rolls Out New Topo Maps

I had just finished a first look at the new interface, and then saw this post. From a graphic design standpoint, the new look is very nice. The maps look very clean and easy to read; the info you need appears to be all there. Zooming in and out is very smooth with appropriate levels of detail at eac...
by jdemott
January 17th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Snow Chains - Noobie
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Snow Chains - Noobie

Don't ignore the importance of good tires for winter driving, with or without chains. When conditions are marginal, good tires can get you through without chaining up. And even with chains on, unless you put chains on all four wheels, the tires on the unchained wheels still are needed to control the...
by jdemott
October 17th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Advisory panel recommends privatizing National Park campgrounds
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Advisory panel recommends privatizing National Park campgrounds

A big part of the reason why this sort of proposal is even possible involves the public's changing ideas about what they want from our national parks. When I was a kid (60 years ago) our family went to Rocky Mountain NP for a week, staying in a very rustic cabin. There were lots of ranger-led activi...
by jdemott
October 16th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Safe rainy day hikes
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Safe rainy day hikes

A good pair of boots can help you feel more confident on slippery surfaces. Even better is a set of hiking poles. Mostly just pay attention to your footing. As with anything in hiking, if something feels unsafe don't do it. As Bosterson said, the bigger concern is avoiding the recently burned areas ...
by jdemott
August 14th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Steens Mt Area advice
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: Steens Mt Area advice

That's a great area to explore! There is the Malheur wildlife refuge, although this may be a quiet time of year. I enjoy the area of the Hart Mtn antelope refuge, which is a bit of a drive. (Everything out in that part of the state is a bit of a drive so be sure to keep a full gas tank.) For a long ...
by jdemott
July 4th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: England: May-June 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: England: May-June 2019

Great report! Looks like a fun trip.

I recall the problems of finding my way on public footpaths across private property. In many places there is no indication of where the path leads, so I'm sure I was out of bounds at times...I was a bit anxious but no one ever objected.