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by leiavoia
March 3rd, 2021, 11:54 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2021 Snow Level
Replies: 32
Views: 1344

Re: 2021 Snow Level

Would the Gorton Creek Trail to Green Point be navigable this time of year in normal foot ware? I have a week off starting March 15 and am considering a 3-4 backpack trip around the area. I have not been to Herman Creek area since the fire. I do not have special snow traction and am wondering if sno...
by leiavoia
February 23rd, 2021, 8:05 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Meal planning for extended backpacking (no resupply)
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Meal planning for extended backpacking (no resupply)

Every body is different, so you won’t get any hard answers here. I actually lose my appetite when I hike. I get about 1800cal a day on backpack trips. Some of that is force feeding myself granola bars in the morning. At home I get about 1600 working a desk job. I went partway around the Wonderland T...
by leiavoia
February 20th, 2021, 7:24 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Gemstone ID
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Gemstone ID

Looks amethyst-y to me. It almost looks like the inside of a geode, but Oregon-flavored geodes or "thunder eggs" are usually solid or agate-like, not the sparkly glitterbombs you sometimes see pictures off. It's a lovely specimen by itself, but would also make a monster of a cut gemstone if you want...
by leiavoia
February 19th, 2021, 4:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Petroglyph Lake, Hart Mtn 10/22/20
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Petroglyph Lake, Hart Mtn 10/22/20

Thanks for posting this. I've been putting off a trip to Hart Mt for a decade. What was the weather like in October? I would like to be able to go and see Hart, Steens, Alvord, and Three Forks in one trip and want to know what to expect that time of year. I've been out to the Sunstone Area in May/Ju...
by leiavoia
February 19th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: New Permitting System for Mt Rainier NP
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: New Permitting System for Mt Rainier NP

I'll give it a shot in two weeks. I'm looking to get a 10-day trip in September. I'll let you know how it goes. It will be nice to just see campsite availability upfront like when buying movie tickets online. Thats better than taking a wild shot in the dark and hoping the entire plan gets approved a...
by leiavoia
February 19th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: New Permitting System for Mt Rainier NP
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: New Permitting System for Mt Rainier NP

I don't understand how this is significantly different. What am i missing?
by leiavoia
February 17th, 2021, 9:37 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Seeking cheap, homemade, high-cal energy!
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Seeking cheap, homemade, high-cal energy!

Fudge . One of the highest calorie things you can eat, and soft too. Great after dinner option on long cold nights when backpacking. You can make this yourself. Gummies . These are basically pure sugar, but always refreshing and welcomed on long uphill climbs. It’s the one thing that rides up front...
by leiavoia
February 15th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Information on Edible Plants?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Information on Edible Plants?

Those apps do a decent job getting the ID down to genus level... but if species is important, forget it. I would say its about ~90% accurate to the species. There are certain things it has trouble with. Basically, anything that a human would also have trouble with from a quick visual inspection: mu...
by leiavoia
February 15th, 2021, 9:59 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Information on Edible Plants?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Information on Edible Plants?

I have enjoyed using the free "Seek" phone app from National Geographic. It uses onboard AI to identify plants, insects, and animals by just pointing your camera at something. No internet required. Especially fun during wildflower season. It's not 100% accurate but its surprisingly good.
by leiavoia
February 14th, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Information on Edible Plants?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Information on Edible Plants?

Agree with Adam on the Plants of the PNW book. It has lots of footnotes on what is edible, medicinal, useful, or poisonous.

John Kallas is a local portlander who teaches wild edible classes and also has a book.

For general wild edibles, I prefer Thayer’s Natures Garden