04
Jan
2015
jloomis

Snow camping near Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

I wanted to take advantage of the snow while it's around, so I planned a snow camping trip with my friend John. I had Friday after New Years off, so I went up alone and spent the day scouting out a spot and setting up camp for the weekend. I had to make two trips pulling gear behind my snowmobile since I was alone. I found a secluded spot just below Frog Lake Buttes (right above Green Lake). The weather was pleasant Friday and the snow still deep up higher.

28
Dec
2014
jloomis

Tons of snow! Snowmobile ride to Bonney Meadows and more.

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood

Almost a foot of fresh snow fell this weekend around Mt Hood. My friend Jordan and I drove up to Frog Lake SnoPark for a fun day of snowmobile riding. I was sure just how much snow had fallen in the area, but I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the snopark Sunday morning. I nearly got my truck stuck parking, due to how much fresh snow was on the ground.

26
Dec
2014
jloomis

Snow on Mt Hood, but will it last?

Picture of snowmobiling on Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

Merry Christmas! While we didn't get a white Christmas in town, Mt Hood finally received about 4-10" of snow at pass level. I had Friday off from work, so I decided to go up to Frog Lake SnoPark and check it out.

07
Dec
2014
jloomis

Snow Camping and Lookout Mountain Hike

Picture of snow camping near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Its looking like another late year for snow unfortunately. I have had a snow camping trip planned for months with friends, but it was shaping up to be more of a wet weekend than a snowy one. We waited until the last minute to choose our destination hoping snow would come. Unfortunately that was not the case. We all took Friday off and I headed up early in the morning. Our destination was High Prairie just below Lookout Mountain at about 6,000 feet elevation. High Prairie is East of Mount Hood about 45 minutes (26 miles) from Government Camp off Hwy 35.

30
Nov
2014
jloomis

A futile hunt for snow: snowmobiling near Little John SnoPark

Picture of little amount of snow on East side of Mt Hood

Most of our mountain snow melted during the week, but some fresh snow fell this weekend. I found reports of snowfall amounts from a couple inches to almost a foot! I was excited to get out snowmobiling again, so I convinced my friend John to go up Sunday morning with me. Our plan was to head to Little John SnoPark and drive up road 44 as high as we needed to before unloading the snowmobiles.

25
Nov
2014
jloomis

HMK Cascade Jacket Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of HMK Cascade Jacket

Features:

The new Cascade snowmobile jacket by HMK features XR-Platinum 3-layer weatherproof technology (windproof/waterproof/breathable). This lightweight durable shell is fully seam sealed and has laser cut vapor vents on the collar. The Cascade jacket sports YKK AquaGuard waterproof zippers and forward facing zippered ventilation and back ventilation. There are plenty of pockets including a goggle pocket as well as reflective piping for better visibility. A powder skirt, lycra wrist gaiters, and bottom hem adjustable draw cord round out the features.

23
Nov
2014
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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
jloomis

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—

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