Early Timberline Trail Attempt

This forum is used to share your experiences out on the trails.
User avatar
ghsmith76
Posts: 100
Joined: May 2nd, 2011, 1:32 pm
Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Contact:

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by ghsmith76 » June 23rd, 2019, 8:51 am

OregonSurveyor wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Hi Greg,
Your photo of that waterfall brings back a great SAR story from June 2017. Two young ladies from Oklahoma were NOBO on the PCT, hoping to go from TLL to White Pass. After leaving the Paradise Park area and heading down to Ramona they missed the first hard left turn and inexplicably thought they needed to go tumbling straight ahead down that steep, sandy slope to the river (just upstream of that falls).
Very interesting, I could see how that could happen. I had to scold my dog for probing to far over the edge. BTW - I'm reading “The Last Season”, essentially a SAR story about NP Ranger Randy Morgenson.
GHSMITH76
Blog:AdventureContinues.org

User avatar
retired jerry
Posts: 12743
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by retired jerry » June 23rd, 2019, 9:18 am

who carries in the 950 feet of line, that must be heavy :)

User avatar
Chip Down
Posts: 1780
Joined: November 8th, 2014, 8:41 pm

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by Chip Down » June 23rd, 2019, 1:10 pm

ghsmith76 wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 9:35 am
Chip Down wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 5:48 pm
Opening pic is fantastic. Had a little trouble placing it, but then realized I went to the bottom of that waterfall last year. Possible I've never been on that section of trail though.
So how did you get to that waterfall. The photo is taken from the trail coming down from Paradise Park. But that area behind the waterfall looks intriguing and I would probably want to check it out someday.
Greg
Where the PCT crosses the Sandy, I followed the river upstream to that tributary canyon, and followed it up to the falls. Pretty straightforward.

Interesting story about that rescue. I don't remember hearing about that.

Ron Goodwin
Posts: 114
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by Ron Goodwin » June 23rd, 2019, 8:15 pm

Good story Jerry as you are the man. Getting off the trail has consequences around the mountain.

User avatar
drm
Posts: 5125
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Location: The Dalles, OR
Contact:

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by drm » June 24th, 2019, 6:07 am

retired jerry wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 9:18 am
who carries in the 950 feet of line, that must be heavy :)
I think you're on call next time. Maybe 40 pounds or so? Not sure what type of line they use.

timbernet
Posts: 6
Joined: August 7th, 2010, 8:15 pm

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by timbernet » June 24th, 2019, 11:40 am

retired jerry wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 9:18 am
who carries in the 950 feet of line, that must be heavy :)
It was multiple ropes tied together. Several ~100-150ft ropes, a few 300ft ropes, etc.

Aimless
Posts: 1471
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:02 pm
Location: Lake Oswego

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by Aimless » June 24th, 2019, 12:12 pm

When people's lives are in the balance, you use climbing rope, not something like paracord. 950 feet of climbing rope is heavy!

User avatar
retired jerry
Posts: 12743
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by retired jerry » June 24th, 2019, 12:53 pm

okay, that makes sense, I could carry a 100 foot rope

User avatar
drm
Posts: 5125
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Location: The Dalles, OR
Contact:

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by drm » June 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm

Aimless wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 12:12 pm
When people's lives are in the balance, you use climbing rope, not something like paracord. 950 feet of climbing rope is heavy!
Back in my climbing days, a 165 foot rope designed to hold long climber falls weighed about 8 or 9 pounds. Not sure if that has changed or if they used lighter rope for rescues.

anteater
Posts: 2
Joined: June 26th, 2019, 11:08 am

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

Post by anteater » June 26th, 2019, 11:11 am

Great report! Would you say its relatively clear of snow and safe to hike from Timberline to Paradise Park?

Post Reply