10
Feb
2018
jloomis

Mt St. Helens Snowmobile - Icy and Little Snow

Picture of snowmobiling on Mt Saint Helens, Washington

We haven't received any new snow in the mountains the past two weeks, but it was forecast to be sunny on Saturday. My friends Kevin, Nick, and I planed to snowmobile around Mount Saint Helens and the Plains of Abraham. Mount Saint Helens (famous for its eruption on May 18, 1980) is 50 miles NE of Portland, Oregon in Washington state . Now only 8,363 feet tall, the mountain previously stood at 9,677 feet tall. The Plains of Abraham on the East side of Mount St. Helens is a popular destination for snowmobilers.

26
Jan
2018
jloomis

Lone Butte Sno Park snowmobile adventure near Mt Adams

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Adams from Lone Butte Sno Park

Winter continues to be disappointing with the ups and downs. One day it snows then the next it rains. The forecast called for lowering snow levels Thursday and Friday, so Kevin and I took Friday off to go snowmobiling near Mt Adams. We chose one to launch from Lone Butte Sno-Park on the Western side of Indian Heaven Wilderness. It sits an elevation of 3,160 feet off Forest Road 30 at it's junction with Forest Road 32.

01
Jan
2018
jloomis

New Years snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Picture of snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Katie and I wanted to take Julian snow camping again this new year like we did last new year. We like to start and finish the year snow camping. It has been an odd winter so far with alternating low and high snow levels, so I went out scouting for a spot Saturday. We wanted to avoid the crowds near snoparks this year. I found about 6-12 inches of snow at one of my favorite upper Clackamas River areas, Shellrock Creek campground. And I was able to drive my truck there so we wouldn't need the snowmobiles this trip.

29
Dec
2017
jloomis

Survival Hax Fire Starter Flint Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of Survival Hax Fire Starter Flint

Features:

From Survival Hax, "The 6 inch Fire Starter Rod by Survival Hax is a heavy duty Ferrocerium Firesteel capable of producing a shower of hot sparks, no matter what the conditions."

It includes a tinder holder with a piece of cotton for wet conditions along with 5 feet of paracord and a whistle. The multi-function scraper tool includes both a smooth and serrated scraper, ruler, and hex wrench/bottle opener.

23
Dec
2017
jloomis

Great powder snowmobile ride to Bonney Meadows, Oregon

We had a couple good snow storms on Mt Hood this week. The latest happened overnight and came down as low as my house! I was really excited when I saw it snowing at home as I was loading the snowmobiles to leave. It was going to be a great trip with my friend John. About a foot of snow fell overnight.

18
Nov
2017
jloomis

Snowmobiling from White River East SnoPark

Picture of snowmobiling near White River East SnoPark

We went chasing the recent snowfall on Mt Hood Saturday. My friend Kevin recently bought a new Arctic Cat and he was eager to take it on an inaugural ride. Our plant was to launch from White River East SnoPark and hopefully ride up to Bonney Meadows.

11
Nov
2017
jloomis

First snowmobile ride of 2017/18 season - Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

It's nice to see some early season snow this year. Hopefully it will be another good winter. I was busy with projects around the house last season, so I didn't get to enjoy the snow as much as I would have liked.

29
Oct
2017
jloomis

Deer hunting 2017 - Upper Clackamas, Oregon

Picture of Fall deer hunt 2017

I didn't apply for any controlled hunts this year, but did buy a general Western deer rifle tag. My friend John and I went up to Hideaway Lake this weekend to see if we could find a buck or two. John went up early Friday and I followed shortly after getting off work a bit early.

26
Jun
2017
jloomis

Diamond Lake and Crater Lake, Oregon

Picture of Mt Bailey at sunrise from Diamond Lake, Oregon

It's been a long time (pre-Loomis Adventures), but we finally planned a trip back to Diamond Lake. We took Friday and Monday off to make it a long weekend camping trip. As always, our Mini Adventurer was super excited to go camping. We were meeting my parents (staying at a different campground in their Airstream) and Uncle Pat at Diamond Lake campground.

18
Jun
2017
jloomis

Camping SE of Mt Hood

Picture of our camp on top of a hill

My friend Tyler and I decided to go camping this weekend near where we have hunted in the past on the SE side of Mt Hood. We were hoping our friends John and Ryan would join us, but they weren't able to this trip. Tyler and I met up at the hwy 35/48 junction and then continued on forest service road 4860 to look for a camping spot.

29
May
2017
jloomis

Camping and Fishing Fall River, Oregon

Picture of Julian playing in the snow near Elk Lake, Oregon

Katie, Julian, and I spent the Memorial Day weekend camping in Central Oregon at Fall River camp ground. This is one of my favorite places in the area. It is a primitive campground with no potable water and rarely crowded. We were able to easily find a spot when we arrived on Friday.

07
Mar
2017
jloomis

Survival Hax Water Filter Straw - 50% off for 6 days only!

Product Rating: 
4

My friends at Survival Hax wanted me to pass on this deal to my readers. For the next 6 days, get 50% off the Survival Hax Water Filter Straw on Amazon.com. Normally these cost $19.99, but are only $9.99 with coupon code O37RCHPH for a limited time. These are great to add to your disaster kit or toss in your car for an emergency.

05
Mar
2017
jloomis

Olallie Lake, So much snow!

Picture of Olallie Lake in the winter

John and I spent the weekend camping at Skyline SnoPark and snowmobiling to Olallie Lake. We brought John's camper this trip. It is about a 34 mile snowmobile ride to Olalllie Lake from Skyline SnoPark.

19
Feb
2017
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2017 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day at Frog Lake, Oregon

After changing our plans last minute due to flight cancellations in San Diego, our Family Snow Day 2017 took place on Sunday. We had only ten of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.We had sun breaks and snow showers.

18
Feb
2017
jloomis

Snowshoeing from White River SnoPark, Oregon

Picture of snowshoeing along White River, Oregon

My sister Jessica and her boyfriend Nathan came to visit us this weekend from Nevada. We had a full weekend planned with lots of snow play. On Saturday we all decided to head to White River Sno-Park (off hwy 35) to snowshoe up to Boy Scout Ridge. This hike is about 2-2.5 miles (~1,800' elevation gain) depending on how far up you go and can have great views when the sun is out. It has been some years since we were last here and I am sure it was on another poor weather day.

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