13
Mar
2016
jloomis

Finally a spring snowstorm worthy of another snowmobile trip

Picture of snowmobiling near High Rock, Oregon

Snow levels have finally come back down to pass level, so my friend John and I went snowmobiling near Mt Hood on Sunday. We were the only ones at Skyline Sno Park. Most of the snow at pass level had melted since we were last up. But luckily there was enough new snow to cover the bare spots.

13
Feb
2016
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2016 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day 2016 near Frog Lake, Oregon

After not being able to host our annual family snow day last year due to a lack of snow, we were happy to continue with our tradition this weekend. We had eighteen of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was nearly perfect with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.

06
Feb
2016
jloomis

Snowmobiling around Mt Hood, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood, Oregon

I took my brother-in-law Scott snowmobiling Saturday near Mt Hood. We unloaded from Frog Lake SnoPark and had beautiful weather. The temperature started just below freezing and warmed into the upper 30's. The trails were packed snow with consolidated snow off trail.

03
Feb
2016
jloomis

UST 10-Day Classic LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
1
Picture of UST 10-Day Classic LED Lantern

***** BUYER BEWARE *****
Stay away from Ultimate Survival Technologies.
Cheap circuitry, false advertising, and potentially dangerous LED products.

Features:

From UST, "The 10-Day Classic LED Lantern combines state-of-the-art functionality and a classic look to provide up to 10 days of emergency lighting."

24
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Elk Lake - Detroit Ranger District, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Elk Lake, Oregon

The annual snow camping trip with my friend Kyle had finally arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecast was less than stellar, with rain in the mountains in January. That's Western Oregon for you: never predictable which makes planning anything in advance difficult.

17
Jan
2016
jloomis

Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED Tent Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of Suboos Gen 2 LED Tent Lantern

Features:

The Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED Tent Lantern features 3 light modes: 280 lumens on high, 100 lumens on medium, and red light on low. It will run off one or two 18650 Li-ion rechargeable batteries (2 included) and can charge them via USB. The Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED tent lantern can also be used to charge mobile devices.

16
Jan
2016
jloomis

Eskimo FatFish 6120i Pop-Up Shelter Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Eskimo FatFish 6120i Pop-Up Shelter

Features:

The Eskimo FatFish 6120i features up to 23% more fishable area than shelters with similar capacity and size. The FatFish 6120i is built with fully insulated 300 denier IceTight™ fabric which features a 59% higher thread count than similar shelter skins. The portability, durable design and materials, ample storage pockets, removable windows, and two doors make the Eskimo FatFish 6120i pop-up shelter a great winter tent.

10
Jan
2016
jloomis

Trillium Lake Snowshoeing with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowshoeing to Trillium Lake, Oregon

It has been a while since Katie and I have snowshoed, so we finally planned a trip Sunday to Twin Lakes. Our Mini Adventurer traveled along on my back. Twin Lakes are a pair of hike-in lakes near Frog Lake about 8 miles SE of Government Camp, Oregon. It's about a 2.2 mile hike each way to the first lake (the bigger of the two). It was a beautiful day today with the temperature around 28°F with partly cloudy skies. Frog Lake SnoPark was already packed with dog sled racers by the time we arrived around 8:15 AM.

10
Jan
2016
jloomis

ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heated Insoles Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of ThermaCell ProFLEX Heated Insoles

Features:

ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heated Insoles charge in 4 hours using a USB port or wall charger. They are operated by a small wireless remote. They feature removable lithium-ion batteries and extra sets are available as spares. The ProFLEX Heated Insoles can be trimmed to fit most shoe sizes.

09
Jan
2016
jloomis

Barlow Creek and Bonney Meadows Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling at Bonney Meadows, Oregon

While Julian spent the day with "Grammy", Katie and I went to the mountain to snowmobile. Originally we planned to ride from Frog Lake SnoPark, but it was too busy with dog sled races, so we ended up nearby at Skyline SnoPark. It was snowing lightly and about 24°F which was quite a bit warmer than last weekend.

02
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Clear Lake, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Clear Lake, Oregon along Clear Creek

It's the new year, so it's time for another adventure - snow camping with a two year old. Even through we were working around a toddler's schedule, we still managed to leave only 15 minutes later than I wanted. Luckily we still made it to Skyline SnoPark before it became crowded. It was 9°F when we arrived with moderate wind and snow flurries. It was definitely going to be a cold snow camping trip.

31
Dec
2015
jloomis

Setting up snow camp for the New Year

Picture of snow camping gear hauled in by snowmobile

I had the last day of 2015 off today, so I took advantage and went up to the mountain to set up snow camp for tomorrow. I found a nice snow camping spot along Clear Creek not far from Skyline SnoPark a couple weeks ago, so Katie, Julian, and I plan to snow camp for one night on New Years Day 2016.

24
Dec
2015
jloomis

Snowmobiling near Frog Lake with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

Katie and I both had Christmas eve off work, so we went up to Frog Lake SnoPark with our Mini Adventurer to introduce him to snowmobiling. We pulled him in a sled behind the snowmobiles last year, but this was his first time actually riding on one. We have a harness that attaches a child either to the front (which is what we did) or the back of an adult rider.

21
Dec
2015
jloomis

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat Winter Boots Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of Columbia Men's Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat

Features:

From Columbia Sportswear, "Now part of the Titanium line, we loaded this classic with the best of our technologies and materials. 600g insulation and thermal reflectors make this super warm and waterproof boot perfect for days as cold as -65F/-54C."

20
Dec
2015
jloomis

Frog Lake to Rock Creek Reservoir Snowmobile Adventure

Picture of Snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

After a fun day snowmobiling yesterday, my friend Ryan and I headed to Frog Lake SnoPark today to ride. We were the first ones in the parking lot around 7:15 AM besides two cars that had been there overnight. It was about 28°F and dumping snow.

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