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by leiavoia
August 14th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Water Filter/treatment for Timberline?
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: Water Filter/treatment for Timberline?

I got around the mountain just fine with my Platypus gravity system. The one stream that was a bit iffy was the one next to Cairn Basin. I had to let it settle for a few hours in the bag before filtering. The nice thing about gravity systems is that they are easy to backflush silt out and keep it go...
by leiavoia
August 14th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Beginners Backpacking Recommendation Needed
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Beginners Backpacking Recommendation Needed

Serene Lake Loop (12 mile loop, Roaring River Wilderness) and Big Slide Lake (12 miles out and back, Bull of the Woods Wilderness) make good first-time trips. These are better after labor day weekend when kids are back in school and crowds have gone home. They are also accessible later into the fall...
by leiavoia
August 14th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt Adams Killen Creek - High Camp 8/8-10
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Mt Adams Killen Creek - High Camp 8/8-10

i got caught in that same storm not far from there, in the Green River area over by St Helens. It was lightning every 5 seconds for about 2 hours. I've never seen so much lightning in one storm before. My flash-to-bang counting put the distance at about 1 mile away. Pretty intense! I had planned to ...
by leiavoia
July 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: 2 night-backpacking Trip Near-Ish to Portland
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: 2 night-backpacking Trip Near-Ish to Portland

Big Slide Lake in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
~1 hour from PDX.
6 Miles to camp.
Day hike to the lookout tower or any other surrounding lake on Day 2. (or swim or fish at the lake)
Hike out the way you came.
by leiavoia
June 30th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: GoalTechHikes Glisan Glacier Traverse - 06/23/19
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: GoalTechHikes Glisan Glacier Traverse - 06/23/19

Thanks for the detailed writeup. I recognized that campsite immediately! I had tromped up there through early autumn snow in 2017 and stopped near Ho Rock. I have always wondered how much further up you could go and would like to go back for a rematch some day. What is this area like at the top of s...
by leiavoia
June 4th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Looking for a 2-night backpack in July
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Looking for a 2-night backpack in July

The "Three Fingered Jack Loop" as documented by Douglas Lorraine would be good that time of year. This also starts at Santiam Pass and goes North, but takes the trail to the right instead of the left. It includes a fun cross-country section and amazing scramble over a scenic saddle right next to the...
by leiavoia
June 1st, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Timberline Trail June 28-29
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Timberline Trail June 28-29

I strongly doubt the Timberline Trail will be hikeable by late June. In years past, I've been foiled by 4 feet of snow right at the trailhead in mid-July.

+1 on Loowit as an alternative.
by leiavoia
May 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Recommendations for a new hiker
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: Recommendations for a new hiker

For sleeping bags: This is one thing you should not skimp on. Saving some money just so you can spend 8 hours shivering on some mountaintop isn't worth it. Consider getting a quilt instead. A quilt is an "open-backed sleeping bag" that drapes over you instead of zipping up. It saves a lot of weight ...
by leiavoia
May 19th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Any Rules When Backpacking
Replies: 4
Views: 368

Re: Any Rules When Backpacking

The best "rule" is probably Leave No Trace . When you leave camp, it should appear as if you were never there. Wilderness and forest areas each have their own rules (posted online and often at trailheads), some more strict than others. In high-traffic areas (Mt Rainer) or sensitive areas (St Helens)...
by leiavoia
March 26th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Is Hillmap.com being maintained anymore?
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Is Hillmap.com being maintained anymore?

While hillmap is better for browsing and reconnaissance , caltopo is better for building paper maps due to nice PDF output features.