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by arlohike
February 3rd, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: disappointing lifespan for shoes
Replies: 30
Views: 3046

Re: disappointing lifespan for shoes

The Columbia "PeakFreak XCRSN II XCEL Low OutDry" (ridiculous name) shoes I ordered for $70 a year ago fit fine and served me well, until I finally got some significant leaking today. My records show 387 miles on these shoes, so it's nothing to crow about, but definitely a better value than the prev...
by arlohike
February 3rd, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday!
Replies: 134
Views: 17815

Re: Happy Birthday!

Look at this haul from today: seven mylar balloons, scattered across a small area just off the Two Chiefs trail. I saw two or three more, but they were further down a steepening slope and I didn't think I'd get enough buoyancy out of these to save me if I fell. One of them somehow contained about a ...
by arlohike
February 2nd, 2019, 11:07 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: I'm so tired of boot manufacturers lying to us.
Replies: 29
Views: 2151

Re: I'm so tired of boot manufacturers lying to us.

Since you're considering some relatively inexpensive Columbia boots ... I gave that a try about a year ago: https://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=26335 I've just recently noticed them starting to leak, and the leaking was significant on a long, wet hike today, so I'm calling it. To...
by arlohike
January 24th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ello! Stoked...
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Ello! Stoked...

Welcome! I moved here from Chicago 10 years ago, and it didn't take long to adapt to the slower pace. Unfortunately, my standard for what a cold winter feels like has also changed. But I've never gotten tired of the rain and all the green it brings.
by arlohike
January 24th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Idea for Trailhead Parking App
Replies: 18
Views: 1511

Re: Idea for Trailhead Parking App

This is available now! http://www.trailcheck.info You can read through the Instructions page to see how it works. I've only made an iPhone version so far; Android will come sooner or later depending on how much use it gets. If you download the app today, it won't do much because it relies on user da...
by arlohike
January 20th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Trail Rx
Topic: Larch Mtn Trail New Bridge Drainage
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Larch Mtn Trail New Bridge Drainage

This is the new bridge on Larch Mountain Trail, just south of the Wahkeena junction. Unfortunately the far end is a big puddle collector! Not a huge obstacle, but it stood out in contrast to the nice new construction. Perhaps a slight adjustment to that log on the right would allow it all to drain o...
by arlohike
January 7th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Wild rhododendrons?
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Wild rhododendrons?

Nice -- thanks again to all of you for the suggestions and photos. (I love the rhododendrons with Rhododendron in the background!)
by arlohike
January 7th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Book about trail history?
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Book about trail history?

Interesting, thanks for sharing that.
by arlohike
January 7th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Wild rhododendrons?
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Wild rhododendrons?

Cool, thanks. I usually switch over to biking some time in May, but I'll have to note some spots where I see these and return later and try to catch them blooming.
by arlohike
January 6th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Wild rhododendrons?
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Wild rhododendrons?

Thanks! Do the wild ones bloom as extravagantly as the ones around the city? The branches are usually a lot sparser, like the one here; but it would still be neat to find some of these when they're blooming.