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by jdemott
August 14th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Steens Mt Area advice
Replies: 2
Views: 159

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: 365

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.
by jdemott
February 7th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Rescued hiker on Mt. Defiance
Replies: 36
Views: 1841

Re: Rescued hiker on Mt. Defiance

So I'm not sure a 2nd person would have helped in this situation, unless that person had additional equipment or better navigational skills. My speculation (and it is only speculation) that a companion would have helped was based on the simple assumption that two people are unlikely to both sprain ...
by jdemott
February 7th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Rescued hiker on Mt. Defiance
Replies: 36
Views: 1841

Rescued hiker on Mt. Defiance

https://katu.com/news/local/raw-interview-how-rescued-gorge-hiker-survived-night-alone-and-injured-in-snow Kudos to the hiker for being willing to share her story in such detail. It is interesting how a few relatively minor problems combined to lead to a truly life threatening situation. A navigatio...
by jdemott
November 15th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Visit the Central Cascades while you still can...
Replies: 182
Views: 7366

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

Unfortunately, shutting down Instagram and Facebook is not an option. :roll:

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by jdemott
November 6th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hike conditioning: do lots of short hikes prepare you for long ones?
Replies: 38
Views: 1691

Re: Hike conditioning: do lots of short hikes prepare you for long ones?

I'm 69 and I'd say I started noticing that I was really slowing down around age 60. Like Jerry, I'm now down to about 2mph average. It sounds like you do a really good job of staying in shape and you like to push the pace. The reality is that your maximum heart rate decreases with every year of age,...
by jdemott
September 8th, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Minimum pack size / emergency supplies
Replies: 28
Views: 1870

Re: Minimum pack size / emergency supplies

I hesitate to suggest changes to what you carry since there are a lot of different possible conditions within 90 minutes of Portland during the course of a year. What you carry has to make sense to let you survive an unplanned overnight stay. Does your old injury affect just one shoulder? Maybe a sl...
by jdemott
September 7th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to hiking gorge
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: New to hiking gorge

Staying in White Salmon, I'd think seriously about making one of my day hikes in Indian Heaven Wilderness...late September is usually an ideal time to visit there. If you are set on hiking in the Gorge, you might consider exploring the Catherine Creek area...not a good destination in summer but nice...
by jdemott
June 29th, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Conditions on Elk Cove/Dollar Lake/Cairn Basin
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: Conditions on Elk Cove/Dollar Lake/Cairn Basin

We hiked up Vista Ridge on Wednesday 6-27, thanks to a great trip report from justpeachy. We got up to just beyond the Eden Park junction (so probably a few hundred yards from the Timberline Trail) where it appeared everything ahead was covered in deep snow. I think the elevation was about 5650 wher...