20
Feb
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing to the Summit of Ghost Ridge, Oregon

Mount Hood from Ghost Ridge

After Katie and I returned from our overnight stay at the Barlow Butte Hut on Saturday morning, we headed out on our next adventure to Ghost Ridge. This is a fairly easy 1.6 mile (each way) trail to snowshoe. The first mile is along the Pacific Crest Trail. After that, the unmarked trail veers to the Southwest (to the right if coming from Barlow Pass SnoPark), away from the PCT.

19
Feb
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing with Overnight Stay at Barlow Butte Hut, Oregon

Barlow Butte Hut

Cascade Huts LLC has three huts for rent in the White River Valley and along Barlow Ridge. We had the opportunity to snowshoe two miles to the Barlow Butte Hut and spend the night Friday. We started at the Barlow Pass SnoPark around 5:15 PM just as the sun was setting. The temperature was about 26° F and there was no wind. One to two feet of fresh snow had blanketed the area during the week.

16
Feb
2011
jloomis

Columbia Sportswear Men's Core Glove Review

Product Rating: 
4
Columbia Core Winter Gloves

Features:

Columbia Sportswear's Men's Core Gloves are basic winter gloves with many great features, including a waterproof, breathable bladder. The elasticized wrist with hook-and-loop adjustable strap allows a secure fit to seal out winter weather. The polyurethane palm grip helps you keep a hold of things in slippery conditions. Polyester fiberfill insulation keeps hands toasty warm.

14
Feb
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing to the Summit of Mud Creek Ridge, Oregon

Summit of Mud Creek Ridge

After snowshoeing around Trillium Lake on Sunday, Katie and I decided to hike to the top of Mud Creek Ridge (SE of Trillium Lake). According to my map, the easiest approach is from the North with a gradual climb to the summit at 4,368 feet in elevation. The round-trip climb is less than two miles.

13
Feb
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing Around Trillium Lake, Oregon

Trillium Lake, Oregon in the Snow

After the howling winds and rains last night, this morning was calm and dry. The storm finally brought a little fresh snow to the mountains. We took advantage of the weather break and headed to Trillium Lake SnoPark for a day of snowshoeing. There were a few other cars in the lot by 8 AM (most left overnight), but it wasn't busy yet. The temperature was just below freezing and rising as the sun was peeking out. We planned to snowshoe down to Trillium Lake and then loop around the lake before heading back for a total distance of 5 miles.

10
Feb
2011
jloomis

Yukon Charlie's Trail Series Poles Review

Product Rating: 
3
Yukon Charlie's Trail Series Poles

Features:

Yukon Charlie's Trail Series Poles are made of sturdy lightweight aluminum. The three piece poles are easily adjusted to accommodate different height people and changing conditions. Great for hiking and snowshoeing with included snow baskets.

09
Feb
2011
jloomis

Yukon Charlie's Pro-Guide Aluminum Snowshoes Review

Product Rating: 
4
Yukon Charlie's Pro-Guide Aluminum Snowshoes

Features:

Yukon Charlie's Pro-Guide Aluminum Snowshoes are a basic, lightweight, and durable snowshoe designed for use on flat to rolling terrain. They feature 1-pull adjustable bindings that make putting them on and taking them off quick and easy. The snowshoe frames are built with 7000 series aluminum and have aluminum crampons. This package includes snowshoes, trekking poles, and a storage bag.

07
Feb
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing Barlow Butte Trail, Oregon (10 mile loop)

Barlow Butte Trail, Oregon

It continues to feels like spring in the middle of winter with warm temperatures and rain in the mountains. On Sunday, Katie and I decided to brave the wet conditions and head to Barlow Pass SnoPark for a full day of snowshoeing. I wanted to try the Barlow Butte Trail #670 and Katie eagerly agreed. If only she knew what she was getting herself into! I failed to mention the trail listed a difficulty rating of "Expert/Strenuous".

05
Feb
2011
jloomis

Catch-And-Release Sturgeon Fishing on the Willamette River, Oregon

Sturgeon Fishing on the Willamette River

Instead of snowshoeing on Mount Hood today (due to poor weather), I decided to go sturgeon fishing with my friend John. Experts claim White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) numbers have been declining, so fishing is currently catch-and-release only. No fish for the table this trip. We launched John's North River boat at Meldrum Bar just as it was getting light. We saw a few other boats set on trying to catch one of the first few salmon in the Willamette River. Lucky for us, it was not crowded and we had most of the river to ourselves.

03
Feb
2011
jloomis

Exped Air Pillow Review

Product Rating: 
5
Exped Air Pillow

Features:

The Exped Air Pillow is the answer to lightweight sleeping comfort. With one or two breaths, the soft polyester fabric pillow is easily inflated. The pillow has two exclusive FlatValves, one for inflation and another for deflation. It is contoured and higher on one side than the other to accommodate different sleeping positions. Two loops allow the pillow to be attached to Exped inflatable sleeping pads. Exped also includes a stuff sack and repair kit with the Air Pillow.

30
Jan
2011
jloomis

Snowshoeing Boy Scout Ridge on the Slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon

Snowshoeing Boy Scout Ridge on the Slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon

We left for White River SnoPark (off Hwy 35) before sunrise, hoping to beat the crowds of sledders and other snowshoers. Our plan was to hike up the Boy Scout Ridge trail above White River Canyon on the slopes of Mount Hood. The trail gains about 1,800 feet elevation over 2.5 miles. When we arrived, there were only 9 other vehicles in the parking lot and several had been there overnight. The temperature was about 30°F with a light breeze and low clouds. We were hoping the clouds would clear, so we could catch a glimpse of Mount Hood.

28
Jan
2011
jloomis

Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 Tent Review

Product Rating: 
1
Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 Tent

Features:

The Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 is a lightweight 2-person backpacking tent featuring simple one pole setup for 3 season use. A trekking pole can be substituted to cut down on weight. This single wall tent features two zippered mesh vents in the roof, a mesh vent at the feet, and a mesh door. There are also inner mesh storage pockets and a vestibule to store gear. It is seam sealed and coated for weather resistance.

27
Jan
2011
jloomis

Mount Hood, Oregon - Winter Hike at Sunset

Mount Hood, Oregon - Winter Hike at Sunset

Today was a gorgeous winter day in Portland, Oregon. It felt like spring with the sun shining and temperature above 50°F. Katie managed to get off work early, so we decided to go on an impromptu adventure up to White River SnoPark on Mount Hood. We left a quarter after three hoping to make it before sunset at 5:09 PM. With light traffic, we arrived at the SnoPark at 4:30 PM.

25
Jan
2011
jloomis

High Peak Alpinismo Lite n Fast Inflatable Pad Review

Product Rating: 
5
High Peak Alpinismo Lite n Fast Inflatable Pad

Features:

The Lite n Fast self-inflatable sleeping pad by High Peak is another item in their new Alpinismo line of lightweight gear. This sleeping pad packs down small into a 6 inch by 11 inch sack. The Lite n Fast sports a mummy bag-inspired shape to cut about 4 ounces off the total weight.

24
Jan
2011
jloomis

High Peak Alpinismo Arete Mummy Bag Review

Product Rating: 
5
High Peak Alpinismo Arete Mummy Bag

Features:

The Arête 0°F mummy bag by High Peak is another item in the their new Alpinismo line of lightweight gear. This 650 goose down-filled bag packs into a small 15.4 inch by 7 inch compression sack for easy carry in any backpack. The Arete is lightweight with a shell made of water repellent and windproof Cire nylon. In addition to the draw string closure on the hood, there is a chest tube with pull cord to seal out the cold.

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