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by pcg
May 22nd, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bridge of the Gods to Timberline Lodge
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Bridge of the Gods to Timberline Lodge

Would the Mt Hood loop be a much better option for us? No, it will be completely covered with snow. Water. Just trying to confirm that finding it shouldn't be an issue this time of year. Plenty of water. ...Bus Sandy to Gresham, and then a Tram to PDX? No tram. Take MAX light rail from Gresham to P...
by pcg
May 15th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Recommendations for a new hiker
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Recommendations for a new hiker

I buy almost all used gear. Here's a couple sites that frequently have deals... https://backpackinglight.com/forums/forum/commerce/gear-swap/ https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/103989416/for-sale-for-free-want-to-buy Portland Craigslist and eBay as well. Stove recommendations will vary as that se...
by pcg
May 13th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: big black bear track
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: big black bear track

RobinBaker wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 7:50 am
Where in the Mt. Hood National Forest did you find the track?
To respect the privacy and well-being of the bear, I prefer not to say. :)
by pcg
May 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: big black bear track
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: big black bear track

Yes, it appeared to be no more than a few hours old. I went back and measured the dried up track a few days ago... 1/8" shy of 7" at edges of toe impressions. One source says a 7" wide print equates to 300-400 lbs. Another source says 7" wide means 7' high.
by pcg
May 4th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: big black bear track
Replies: 7
Views: 276

big black bear track

Front left paw, 6+" wide. Mt. Hood National Forest. That's about as big a black bear print as I've seen. Anyone venture a guess as to size? I'm guessing at least 400#, maybe 500#?
by pcg
April 29th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: Cougar Rock Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Cougar Rock Trail

... I don't recall any spots where unstable rock could fall on a hiker. The rockfall danger is not up on the ridge itself, but on the approaches below. The trail beyond Benson Bridge is closed due to ongoing rockfall. This means there is no normal access to the Elevator Shaft or Larch Mountain trai...
by pcg
April 28th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: Cougar Rock Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Cougar Rock Trail

aircooled wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:25 am
I have been trying to retrace the route of the Cougar Rock Trail. Almost no trail remains since the fire. Does anybody have a GPS track?
As of 4/22/2019, when I last talked to a ranger, that entire entire is closed. I was told it would remain closed "for some time" due to unstable rock.
by pcg
March 21st, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rogue River March 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 679

Re: Rogue River March 2019

Skunks are naturally very docile, except for some old males who can get cranky. This time of year they are coming out of semi-hibernation and are out and about at daytime. They are reluctant to spray and will stamp their feet and do a handstand before they use their limited supply of smelly stuff. T...
by pcg
February 28th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Nick Eaton Ridge snowshoe, Feb. 27th
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: Nick Eaton Ridge snowshoe, Feb. 27th

Thanks for sharing Don. I'm jealous of everyone that's getting out now! I don't know what model of MSRs you have, but I have the Lightning Ascents, which a lot of people seem to have. They don't give much flotation compared to other snowshoes, but you can buy flotation tails for them. I don't have t...
by pcg
February 22nd, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: TICKS
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: TICKS

I've never been bothered much by ticks, but I do treat my clothes with pyrethrin. Also, from mid-July until Labor Day, I basically take time off from hiking. During that time there are just too many people, flies, and mosquitoes in the mountains and it's generally too hot for me. At any one time any...