23
Nov
2014
jloomis

Snow at Last! Snowmobiling with the family at Frog Lake

Picture of Christmas is in the air!

It has been a while since our last adventure. We gave up our search for a house and instead decided to have a new home built. Before construction started in September, we sold our old house and moved in with Katie's parents. We were hoping to be in our new home by Christmas, but it's looking like it won't be finished until the end of January. Most of my free time has been spent at the new house, but we finally managed to plan a quick trip up to the mountain.

29
Sep
2014
jloomis

Dorcy Metal Gear XLM 618 Lumen LED Flashlight Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Dorcy Metal Gear XLM LED Flashlight

Features:

From Dorcy website, "Dorcy is proud to announce our next generation of lights. The Metal Gear series of of high performance lights will outshine the competition. The new Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (Extreme Lumens) flashlight produces 618 lumens of light from a single LED chip. Utilizing the Cree XM-L LED module which allows Dorcy to drive the chip with 6 alkaline batteries to produce a intense beam of light. With beam distances over 300 meters (1100 feet) the 41-0435 utilizes Dorcy's TrueSpot® Optimized Reflector System."

15
Sep
2014
jloomis

Columbia Men's Head Wall Pants Review

Product Rating: 
5
Columbia Head Wall Pant

Features:

Columbia's technical Head Wall™ pants are a union of utility and style. These durable pants block wind, repel harmful UV rays, and resist rain and stains. Two-way comfort stretch and gusset detail enhance mobility while adjustable toggles and a convenient bootlace hook ensure the pants stay in place on any adventure. Head Wall™ pants feature two front and one thigh zip-closed security pockets to keep valuables safe. Made from 62% recycled polyester.

14
Sep
2014
jloomis

Dorcy 160 Lumen LED Twin Globe Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Dorcy 160 Lumen LED Twin Globe Lantern

Features:

From Dorcy website, "The 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern is the first battery operated lantern to approximate the illumination characteristics of traditional gas / mantel lanterns. This lantern’s design allows it to radiate 360° of light with 160 Lumens of light output. The durable body construction allows this lantern to float and makes it completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The Twin Globe Lantern contains two brightness settings, for high and low settings, and an amber night light. The highest LED settings allows for 175 hours of continuous use, the lowest giving 350 hours, and the amber LED allows for 700 hour of continuous use."

07
Sep
2014
jloomis

Kni-Co Alaskan Jr Camp Wood Stove Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Kni-Co Alaskan Junior Camp Stove

Features:

From Kni-Co, "As rugged as our Alaskan stove, the Alaskan Junior has the same front as the Alaskan, differing only in its depth, which is 18 inches instead of 24, meaning it is lighter and burns a four inch shorter piece of wood."

07
Sep
2014
jloomis

Dorcy ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Dorcy ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

Features:

From Dorcy website, "The Dorcy International’s new Zoom Focus flashlights are state of the art. Zoom Focus technology enables the user to adjust the beam/focus of the light from a tightly focused spot with maximum reach all the way out to an extremely wide area flood light with perfectly even edge to edge light distribution. All this is made possible by Dorcy’s Patented TIR optical technology. The Total Internal Reflectance optical system uses a patented acrylic lens that is so efficient almost 100% of the light produced is projected onto your target with incredible precision."

03
Aug
2014
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Camping at Barlow Crossing Campground

Picture of Katie and Julian on steps of trailer

Katie and I took a couple days off to enjoy a longer camping trip with our Mini-Adventurer. We planned on camping in our travel trailer along Barlow Creek near Barlow Crossing Campground. This weekend also happened to correspond with my friend's annual birthday camping trip, so it worked out perfect. Barlow crossing is located close to the junction of NF-43 and NF-48 South of Mt Hood. The actual campground is small with only four sites, but there are numerous dispersed camping sites farther down road 3530 along Barlow Creek.

23
Jun
2014
jloomis

Camping and Fishing at Devil's Lake State Park, Oregon

Picture of Mini-Adventurer and I lounging by the campfire

After a disappointing several months looking for a new home, we finally made time to go camping with our one year old Mini-Adventurer. Katie and I decided to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with our son while staying in a yurt at Devil's Lake State Park near Lincoln City, Oregon. Normally we camp in a tent or our trailer, but decided to try something different. This was our first time in one of the many yurts available in campgrounds across Oregon.

12
May
2014
jloomis

UCO Lumora LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of UCO Lumora LED Lantern

Features:

from the UCO website: "The UCO Lumora LED Lantern™ is a compact and collapsible lantern that provides up to 180 lumens of light that is comfortable to read by. The Lumora's frosted globe slides down easily to switch between lantern and flashlight modes when you need more focused lighting. The Lumora can also be attached to any tripod, walking stick, or other device with a 1/4-20 mounting screw. The on/off switch controls the brightness of the lantern—

12
Apr
2014
jloomis

Last Snowmobile Ride of 2013/14 Season - Bennett Pass, Oregon

Picture of the "Terrible Traverse" with Mt Hood in the background

I wanted to go out snowmobiling one more time this season before calling it quits this season. My friend John was back from vacation in Panama, so we decided to go riding Saturday out of Bennett Pass SnoPark. The snow is gone from all the lower elevation snoparks, so Bennett Pass was our only option. It's right across from Mt Hood Meadows at almost 4,700' in elevation. We often rider here early and late in the season as it's the first place snow falls and the last place it melts.

30
Mar
2014
jloomis

Clear Lake & Frog Lake Spring Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling above Clear Lake, Oregon

Even though it is officially Spring now, I am clinging to winter as long as I can. My reward for loyalty was some fresh snow in the mountains. My friend Nick and I took advantage and drove up to Frog Lake SnoPark early Sunday morning to go snowmobiling in the fresh snow.

22
Mar
2014
jloomis

Early Spring Climb of Olallie Butte, Oregon

Picture of me climbing Olallie Butte in the snow and ice

After my scouting trip via snowmobile on Thursday afternoon, I decided to head back to Olallie Lake Scenic Area on Saturday to climb Olallie Butte. I have wanted to climb Olallie Butte in the winter for some time as I prefer snow and ice to dust and rocks. Olallie Butte is a shield volcano situated in the Oregon Cascades between Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood. At 7,215 feet tall it is the tallest peak between Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. Most of it lies on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation land except for the Western flank where the trailhead is located.

20
Mar
2014
jloomis

Snowmobiling to Olallie Lake from the Upper Clackamas

Picture of Olallie Lake in the Winter with Mt Jefferson in the background

Since Thursday afternoon was beautiful, I decided to make a quick drive to the Upper Clackamas for a snowmobile trip to Olallie Lake. I had never ridden this route and was curious what the snow conditions were currently like. We received about 10 inches of new snow earlier in the week before the sun came out and warmed things up again.

15
Mar
2014
jloomis

Frog Lake and Frog Lake Buttes Snowmobile Ride

Photo of snowmobiling across frozen Frog Lake

I finished rebuilding the fuel injected engine (top end) on our 2008 Polaris 700 Dragon RMK Friday night. During the rebuild, I discovered the previous owner didn't use Loctite® on the exhaust valve guillotines and after we put just over 100 miles on the sled, they loosened up and started hitting the pistons causing the engine failure. A local dealer said the sled was basically junk without a repaired engine. They gave me an estimate of $1,500-$2,500, so I decided to tackle the project myself.

02
Mar
2014
jloomis

Overnight Stay at Warm Springs Cabin and Snowmobiling to Olallie Lake

Picture of Warm Springs Cabin in the winter

Ever since learning about the Warm Springs Cabin on forest service road 42, I have wanted to snowmobile to it and spend the night. My cards finally lined up and I planned a trip this weekend with a couple friends. The Warm Springs Cabin is maintained by the Mt Hood Snowmobile Club. It's a log cabin with a concrete floor, large wood stove, and sleeping loft.

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