I don't camp. But if I did...[update: follow-up trip 8/2]

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Re: I don't camp. But if I did...

Post by Chip Down » July 28th, 2020, 9:21 pm

mjirving wrote:
July 28th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Yep indeed. Although the spot I love in there is the big ass spaceship rock “football field” with the creek running through it.
You could literally play football there! :D And because it's ringed by higher terrain, it has built-in bleachers for spectators. Mike and I could be captains, and we'd pick our team from the oregonhikers roster. More realistically, it would be a fun place for something requiring less people, like maybe frisbee golf.

Anyway, as a summer camp site, I think it would be too dry. I don't even think you'd be close to snow this time of year.

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Re: I don't camp. But if I did...

Post by mjirving » July 28th, 2020, 10:06 pm

I have pics of water running through the “field” on Aug 25th last year.

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Re: I don't camp. But if I did...

Post by Chip Down » August 3rd, 2020, 9:28 pm

Okay, I retract my statement that you could play football there. Lots of flowers, lovely braided creeks. I don't think I've seen it like this. I think I've been here only late in the year, like oct/nov. Now I love this place even more!

This wasn't a planned trip. Early Sunday morning I was looking for something to do, and decided this was it. So with essentially no sleep, I packed up and hit the road, arriving at Cloudcap at 7am. It was a hot hike along the crowded trail, but I suffered through it knowing the cold zone awaited.

First creek I hit was silty, and I hadn't thought to bring a prefilter, but the football field was braided with strong-running clear creeks. Although I had other places I wanted to visit, this was a perfect campsite, so I dropped all the overnight gear and continued up and clockwise, revisiting some favorite Newton Clark sites.

When I finally returned, later than expected, it was windy and in the shade, the sun already behind hood. I discovered the football field was a bit damp under three inches of sand-and-gravel, and I worried slightly about seepage, but I decided it was drained well enough. (Indeed, the bottom of my footprint was just a little soppy in the morning, no problem. Overnight wind was more of a problem, as if pranksters were molesting my tent all night.)

With a couple hours left before total darkness, I played a little more, reminiscing about certain spots, remembering what they looked like when ice dams formed and created skating rinks (seems to be a common occurrence here).

I couldn't see the sunset from here, but I was treated to moonrise, full, tinted (maybe because of a fire I noticed earlier).
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One of my favorite waterfalls. A bit secluded, easy to overlook. No chance of having to share it. Cool overhanging rock. Nice place to sit and just watch the water tumble into the void.
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A little pond on ridgecrest! Had to go check it out.
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Here it is. No inlet, must be fed by water that drains from snowfield under the rocky surface of the ridge.
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Great campsite. Sandy level spaces, smooth glacier-polished rocks for comfortable seating, even some flowers. But nothing to do here, you're kinda stuck. Anyway, did it already, many years ago.
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Tent circled.
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Another perspective on my camp (lower right).
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sunrise
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Found on NC glacier
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Aircraft part.
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Given the state of our China relations, I thought this was appropriate. Discovered in the morning that I didn't finish my second one, so had stout with my oatmeal.

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Re: I don't camp. But if I did...[update: follow-up trip 8/2]

Post by mjirving » August 3rd, 2020, 9:34 pm

Awesome...love that spot.

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Re: I don't camp. But if I did...[update: follow-up trip 8/2]

Post by Chip Down » August 6th, 2020, 8:10 pm

Matt Zaffino, KGW meteorologist, tells of recently forgetting his sleeping bag! Funny, considering he was able to borrow three jackets plus a tent fly from his hiking partners, and considering his camp elevation, I'm confident he slept warmer than I did :lol:

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBZ-E0UJMMU

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