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by sparklehorse
August 26th, 2017, 8:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wind Rivers Eclipse
Replies: 10
Views: 2141

Re: Wind Rivers Eclipse

What a great place to view the eclipse! And having that lake all to yourself must have been the icing on the cake. I love the Winds, and had considered them for the eclipse, but thought the weather there might be more of a gamble. You sure lucked out though. That lake might well have been the pretti...
by sparklehorse
August 25th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Strawberry Eclipse Backpack
Replies: 11
Views: 3400

Strawberry Eclipse Backpack

1 Thinking I might avoid the great eclipse crowds, I opted for the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness near John Day, Oregon. I had done the loop there almost thirty years ago, and was eager to see it all again. I made the drive late on Wednesday, Aug 16th, only to find the small campground next to the ...
by sparklehorse
August 9th, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Avoiding the smoke Aug 10-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1894

Re: Avoiding the smoke Aug 10-14

Here's another smoke map I just stumbled across that's kinda interesting. Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere previously:

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/p ... 591,22.989

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by sparklehorse
August 7th, 2017, 11:16 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Avoiding the smoke Aug 10-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1894

Re: Avoiding the smoke Aug 10-14

Yeah, it's really hard to predict where the smoke will be ahead of time, especially this time of year when new fires can break out almost anywhere and develop quickly. Here's some available satellite imagery, just another tool for determining where the smoke is currently: https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm...
by sparklehorse
August 3rd, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Reliable water - August backpacking Ochoco or Malheur NF
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: Reliable water - August backpacking Ochoco or Malheur NF

I have not been to the other areas on your list, but I did hike into the eastern half of the Black Canyon wilderness in the late 80's. That part of the wilderness is fairly low elevation, and I did not find it very interesting. I would think in August it could be quite hot as well. The western half ...
by sparklehorse
August 2nd, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Jefferson is on fire...
Replies: 43
Views: 5204

Re: Jefferson is on fire...

Yeah that fire is pretty big now, and it's already encroaching on Jeff Park. Hard to see the Park escaping unscathed here. Sad.
by sparklehorse
August 2nd, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 9569

Re: Drinking Stream Water

<snip> As to whether filtering is a hassle, some friends who filter 100% of all water they use are always seen lugging their bottles to the creek and spending a good amount of time filtering when we reach camp. They are often gone 15-30 minutes, though they are preparing water for a full day. It is...
by sparklehorse
August 1st, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 9569

Re: Drinking Stream Water

I understand that Katadyn, who makes the Befree, was showing a 3L gravity system based off the Befree filter at the Outdoor Retailer expo in Denver. Looks like they are selling that online at REI now: https://www.rei.com/product/100657/katadyn-befree-gravity-water-filter-3-liter When I last checked...
by sparklehorse
July 31st, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 9569

Re: Drinking Stream Water

Here's another filter option to throw out there. Last year I tried that new Katadyn BeFree filter and I liked it a lot. I'm using it again this year. It's somewhat similar to the Sawyer filters, but has a much improved flow rate, even vs. the Squeeze. They make a 1-liter bottle for it now (originall...
by sparklehorse
July 27th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 9569

Re: Drinking Stream Water

This is old news, but someone did an interesting meta-analysis that concluded: Published reports of confirmed giardiasis among outdoor recreationalists clearly demonstrate a high incidence among this population. However, the evidence for an association between drinking backcountry water and acquiri...