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by kepPNW
August 10th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?
Replies: 73
Views: 3782

Re: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?

I certainly bristle at the thought of trash, fire rings, user braids, etc all over the wilderness, but their application of the "solitude" provision to justify draconian access restrictions and permit fees is off the deep end and not supported by the Act itself. I wish I'd read this more closely be...
by kepPNW
August 7th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?
Replies: 73
Views: 3782

Re: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?

retired jerry wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 3:15 pm
The forest service employees are fine people
As are most people, in general, yes! Only takes a few royal you-know-whats, especially when put in positions to make decisions, to really foul things up. (Need I point to the example-in-chief?)
by kepPNW
August 7th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?
Replies: 73
Views: 3782

Re: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?

I saw a Forest Service presentation that showed that the number of visitors in those Central Oregon locations had increased by a factor of five over just five years, and that did contribute to the move to the new regulations. So those concerns are true. I do not know if those numbers are based sole...
by kepPNW
August 6th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?
Replies: 73
Views: 3782

Re: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?

So I have been out of the hiking scene for several years. Can you give me synopsis of what the USFS is doing with trails these days? Well, it was after browsing this article that I started scanning for old threads here on permits and their misuse: Final decision: Permits required for hiking Oregon'...
by kepPNW
August 6th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?
Replies: 73
Views: 3782

Re: Do you register when entering a wilderness area?

Just stumbled across this thread. Very interesting, some of the premonitions! I always fill out the permit form if there are any available. The USFS uses this data for trail maintenance and other issues. Exactly what I'd have said (and did) until a few years ago. I have no problem with the USFS usin...
by kepPNW
August 5th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: external bladder pocket
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: external bladder pocket

Externally? What does that mean exactly? Wondered the same. I have a pack that has a water bladder pocket between the main interior compartment and my back, making it easy to pull out and refill (instead of emptying the contents of my pack). It's a cragging bag though, I don't think I've seen hikin...
by kepPNW
August 5th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail 7/21 - 7/25 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: Timberline Trail 7/21 - 7/25 2019

Elliot East was more about getting down the bank, than the crossing. Look downstream for the great log to cross. We crossed at 6pm. ;) That log sure made a great bridge last summer. Saw a video last week, taken somewhat late in the day it seemed, where the water appeared to be splashing over the le...
by kepPNW
July 30th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: Mt Hood: Snowdome (update, summer edition added)
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Mt Hood: Snowdome (update, summer edition added)

How was the crossing of Eliot on the trail? Is there a log or are there easy rocks to hop? There's a very recent video in the PH group post, if you're still there. Looked like the creek was flowing over the west (lower) end of that same log which worked as such a great bridge last summer, and it ma...
by kepPNW
July 29th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Is Elk Mtn-Kings Mtn traverse cleared of brush this year?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Is Elk Mtn-Kings Mtn traverse cleared of brush this year?

I have heard conflicting reports on the trail condition of the travers from the Elk Mtn trail to Kings Mtn. In years past it was always heavily overgrown and I had given up ever going that traverse ever again. But recently a friend said he went a couple of months ago and it was really well cleared....
by kepPNW
July 28th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: West side of Devils Elbow
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: West side of Devils Elbow

Well I hate that. Least I did get to hike it in 2017. Some great pics in that post you shared. Arent there hiking trails in the PNW that are as bad or worse than DE? FS gonna shut them down too? Yeah, very disappointing. My understanding is that WTA offered to maintain it, but could only do so unti...