All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

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querulous
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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by querulous » December 20th, 2021, 5:48 pm

I'm not sure I'd call it an "accomplishment", but rather a cool thing to do. Well done.

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BigBear
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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by BigBear » December 20th, 2021, 6:04 pm

Congratulations. I counted along and acme up with 26 of the 48 I have visited over the years.

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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by bobcat » December 20th, 2021, 7:16 pm

querulous wrote:
December 20th, 2021, 5:48 pm
I'm not sure I'd call it an "accomplishment", but rather a cool thing to do.
Yes, it was not a terribly difficult project to complete once I'd set my mind to it in a systematic way. You do need the time (although I was in no hurry). It took me to some nooks and crannies of the state that I'd never been and made me appreciate some wild areas that were not just the Instragrammable alpine views and spectacular formations but the more subtle features of the many ecosystems we have in Oregon (and I was inspired to appreciate why they were worth protecting).

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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by querulous » December 21st, 2021, 10:05 am

I can see how it would be a good discipline, motivating one to explore otherwise overlooked areas. When I used to monitor federal timber sales I was often struck by how much interesting natural stuff there was in e.g. the half-mile of second-growth forest between stacked roads, which I would have never explored as a purely recreational choice.

Another benefit of your project would be getting one out of the what I might call the Willamette valley rut. When I moved here from Pugetopolis a few years ago I missed nearby "big wild". There's nothing on the west side of Oregon like, for example, the wild Olympic core (a million acres of statutory and de-facto wilderness) or the ninety-mile east-west roadless extent between Mount Baker on the west and the Okanogan valley on the east. But farther afield in Oregon there are some very grand, very interesting landscapes. NE Oregon is, to a wildland connoisseur, a fine place. Snake river canyon country, Wallowas, the Wenaha-Tucannon, to name some highlights. And the basin-and-range down in Harney county...I also have a soft spot for the Siskiyous in the far south...so much ruggedness and botanical richness in a relatively small package.

One might almost say that the relative intactness and attractiveness of east and west sides in Oregon and Washington is flipped. Eastern (and far southern) Oregon is grand, and empty. Eastern Washington is the Columbia Basin project, Spokane, and Palouse dryland farming. A few scraps of wild country if one looks hard. Just like Western Oregon: a few scraps of wild country if one looks in the right places. I exaggerate for effect, but stick by the overall point.

Here's a quiz:
Oregon's least populous county: Wheeler county, pop 1,332, less than half of what it was in 1930.
Oregon's least densely populated county: Harney county, about .74 residents per square mile, ~7400 people in an area about the size of Massachusetts.

Pretty neat, if you like empty.

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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by Charley » December 21st, 2021, 2:58 pm

querulous wrote:
December 20th, 2021, 5:48 pm
I'm not sure I'd call it an "accomplishment", but rather a cool thing to do. Well done.
I can tell by your follow up comment that you're not trolling! You're pointing out that the word accomplishment has different meanings, and that's valid.

I'd like to stick up for the word used in this case:

Narrowly speaking, Google suggests "the successful achievement of a task" as a definition for accomplishment, and in the case of bobcat, it looks like he made a goal and achieved it! So I think the term is quite appropriate.

Speaking more grandly, I think people often make outdoor recreation goals for themselves and then, when completed, think of those goals as valuable achievements in the course of their life.

Perhaps these are not accomplishments in the normal use of the term, such as completing a college degree, attaining professional success, or raising a family. But these kinds of accomplishments do require focus, effort, and planning over a long period of time, as well as possibly athletic training, physical risk, and risk of failure.

I think these goals are a valid source of meaning in one's life, and their completion represents an accomplishment!

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Re: All of Oregon’s Wildernesses

Post by Waffle Stomper » December 22nd, 2021, 8:26 am

That's incredible. Congratulations. I think it's time we add a few wilderness areas for you to explore.
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

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