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by Schrauf
August 9th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking

I was just trying to get at the predominance of people I've seen on Mt Hood that appear to be struggling with heavy packs and longer than planned hiking days, and appear to be able to benefit from more awareness regarding lighter gear options, unnecessary gear choices, or at least less daily mileag...
by Schrauf
August 9th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking

Your WordPress blog posts suggests you're considering bringing "a slingshot" to deal with animals: that's a manifestation of nearly incredible arrogance and disrespect for nature. If you actually managed to hit a cougar with a slingshot, you'd likely provoke a justly deserved defensive attack. Ever...
by Schrauf
August 9th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking

I think they realize there are other options, maybe they just don't prefer them. Not everybody has maximization of mileage as a top goal. While this nighttime loop is quite a feat, it's not one I aspire too because I like the daytime views! I agree there are many acceptable ways to hike, and gear s...
by Schrauf
August 5th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Timberline Trail - nighttime loop 8/2/19 - cougar stalking

This is super cool and thanks for sharing. There’s certainly more risk to nighttime hiking (tripping, creek crossings, navigation, predators) but nothing that is unreasonably dangerous if you have the appropriate experience. Sorry you had to deal with those idiots! Half the people backpacking on Hoo...
by Schrauf
July 25th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heart of Darkness/Black Canyon Wilderness/Ochochos
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Heart of Darkness/Black Canyon Wilderness/Ochochos

Do you have an feedback if a hike this time of year (August) that stream crossing would be easy. We are planning on starting at the south fork of the John Day and going up canyon. Easy stream crossings this time of year except after heavy rain/thunderstorms. The first crossing is the actual South F...
by Schrauf
July 22nd, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Tarptent Scarp 1 [SOLD]
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: Tarptent Scarp 1

SOLD
by Schrauf
July 16th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Reports on Portland Hikers and Reddit from trips in the last week have indicated ample snow (maybe 30% coverage?) on the west side in the area Retired Jerry mentions, but all very passable. Probably no ice axe needed but microspikes helpful if you hit steeper slopes in the morning when relatively so...
by Schrauf
July 16th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heart of Darkness/Black Canyon Wilderness/Ochochos
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Heart of Darkness/Black Canyon Wilderness/Ochochos

Yeah, it's a good loop. I did it last year by myself ( https://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26672 ) and again this year with my wife in late May. At that time there was some brief heavy snow coverage east of Spanish Peak that made navigation tougher, but otherwise it sounds like naviga...
by Schrauf
July 3rd, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Sentinel Satellite Snow Coverage Data
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Sentinel Satellite Snow Coverage Data

Haven't seen this mentioned here yet. Awesome tool to check snow coverage before your hike. Updates every five days, although with cloud coverage the most useful image might still be several weeks old. However, it has better resolution than other free sources I've seen. Play around with the controls...
by Schrauf
June 15th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt Margaret Loop & Snow Report
Replies: 9
Views: 1280

Re: Mt Margaret Loop & Snow Report

I don't recall anything so rocky, so maybe some of that has flushed down the hill. They were more just steep gullies that required some large steps up/down. A fear of exposure might create some concerns about these sections, but if one is connecting the loop via Whittier Ridge, it won't be any worse...