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by Excursionista
June 25th, 2012, 4:48 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Too Many Options: Help Me Plan For South Sister in Late July
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Re: Too Many Options: Help Me Plan For South Sister in Late

Thanks for the info. I have about 15 TR's from the last two years already saved in my favorites and I think I may have to reassess and limit which areas I "have to" see on this trip. The trouble I'm running into is planning a loop that includes the South Sister summit day. If we camp at Moraine Lake...
by Excursionista
June 25th, 2012, 4:31 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Coyote Attacks 5yo Girl Near Nehalem
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Coyote Attacks 5yo Girl Near Nehalem

How crazy is this? This doesn't sound like normal coyote behavior, but then again, that doesn't matter to the little girl who was bitten.

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Coyote-bi ... 56965.html
by Excursionista
June 24th, 2012, 1:05 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Too Many Options: Help Me Plan For South Sister in Late July
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Too Many Options: Help Me Plan For South Sister in Late July

In late July some friends and I are planning a backpacking trip near/around the Three Sisters. We’re leaving Portland in the evening and car camping nearby, followed by five days/four nights on the trail (which includes the travel time back to Portland). My friends want to attempt a South Sister sum...
by Excursionista
June 14th, 2012, 3:52 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Unknown Flower on Hamilton Mountain
Replies: 3
Views: 945

Unknown Flower on Hamilton Mountain

On the 6th, I hiked up Hamilton Mountain in the rain. The flowers are out, including this one I can’t identify. Any ideas? DSCN3842.JPG I only saw it on the short stretch of meadow below Little Hamilton. This photo of a deer is from the same place I saw the flowers: DSCN3849.JPG This was the best sh...
by Excursionista
June 8th, 2012, 9:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cougar Sighting
Replies: 42
Views: 8209

Re: Cougar Sighting

Awesome! Like everyone else, I want to see a cougar so bad. Great job on the photo - I showed it around at the bookstore today and all the hiker/science folks were totally stoked. It might be a point-and-click, but you got great definition and focus. I solo hiked Hamilton Mountain the day before you...
by Excursionista
June 6th, 2012, 10:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Latourell Falls Closed: THEY WILL CHASE YOU ON DIRT BIKES
Replies: 40
Views: 22681

Re: Latourell Falls Closed: THEY WILL CHASE YOU ON DIRT BIKE

Ok, I'm going to be the first to say that this seems like an odd reason to sign up for this forum, but to each her own. Maybe you should try craigslist and see if any BMXers saw a girl they thought was cute and tried to talk to on the trail. Or worse, they were a pack of rapists on bikes. But no on...
by Excursionista
June 4th, 2012, 10:41 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Recommendations for a replacement hydration bladder.
Replies: 11
Views: 2383

Re: Recommendations for a replacement hydration bladder.

Earlier this year, I bought an Osprey 3L bladder with "hydroform" something or other. Basically, it's a stiff back that makes it easier to slip in and out of a hydration pocket in a pack. After a few day hikes and an overnight, I really like it. The mouthpiece spins in several directions and has a s...
by Excursionista
May 24th, 2012, 12:17 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: What Does Your PH User Name and/or Avatar Mean?
Replies: 37
Views: 3271

Re: What Does Your PH User Name and/or Avatar Mean?

In 2006 I quit my job and flew to Barcelona to meet my best friend who was studying there. After his classes ended, we backpacked for a month and half all over the continent. On that trip, we called ourselves "Excursionistas," the Spanish word for hiker. Or so I've been led to believe. I don't speak...
by Excursionista
May 19th, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: John Day fossil beds
Replies: 15
Views: 3237

Re: John Day fossil beds

When I went last year, I camped at Spray Creek, a BLM campground on the John Day. It wasn't the greatest site, but it had a covered pit toilet. Wow, that sounded enticing... In truth, the campground is run by BLM and it's right off the road. Fortunately, there was almost no traffic and there was onl...
by Excursionista
May 14th, 2012, 9:24 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Traveling to Peru, any hike recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 1150

Re: Traveling to Peru, any hike recommendations?

Whatever you do, pay good money for it. I hiked the Inca Trail in 2009 and it was absolutely incredible. I selected a guide company (Peru Treks) that charged $450 - about twice the rock-bottom price, but only two-thirds the top price. The reason I paid a little extra is because Peru Treks hired loca...