10
Jan
2011
jloomis

Pelican Snow Trek 60 Gear Sled Review

Product Rating: 
4
Pelican Snow Trek 60 Gear Sled Review

Features:

The Snow Trek 60 gear sled by Pelican is a sturdy utility sled designed to carry lots of gear to your winter destination. It is only offered in black plastic and includes a light duty hand-pulling rope. This gear sled can be pulled by hand, ATV, or snowmobile. Pulling by ATV or snowmobile requires an optional hitch, offered by Pelican.

10
Jan
2011
jloomis

Snow Camping in Upper Clackamas, Oregon

Snow Camping in Upper Clackamas, Oregon

We began snowshoeing a little after 8 AM on Saturday in about 18 inches of snow. Our hike was about 3.5 miles uphill to 3,000 foot elevation near Shellrock Creek in the Upper Clackamas, Oregon. My brother-in-law Scott and I had been looking forward to this snow camping trip for a couple of weeks. The weather was calm with off-and-on snow showers and a temperature around 30°F. We chose this location for the relative solitude.

06
Jan
2011
jloomis

Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel Review

Product Rating: 
5
Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel

Features:

The Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel comes in three colors: red, gold, and teal. The all-aluminum construction (except top of handle) makes quick work of any task. This Lifeline Snow Shovel adjusts from 25.25 inches to 32.25 inches and breaks down to three pieces for easy storage and transport. It is great for any outdoor adventure like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Also great to keep in cars, trucks, or SUVs.

03
Jan
2011
jloomis

Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp Review

Product Rating: 
5
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp

Features:

The Petzl TIKKA XP®2 headlamp is a big improvement over my old 4-led TIKKA model. The main difference is in the brightness and the addition of a red LED. The TIKKA XP2 features a single white high-output LED paired with a red LED.

01
Jan
2011
jloomis

Snow Camping at Twin Lakes, Oregon

Snow Camping at Twin Lakes, Oregon

The weather Thursday in the Northern Oregon Cascades can only be described as perfect. The sun was shining, wind absent, and temperature around 20°F. John and I headed to Frog Lake SnoPark (SE of Government Camp on Hwy 26) on what turned out to be one of the busiest days of the year. The traffic was so bad it made the news. After about an hour delay, we finally made it to the SnoPark and set off on snowshoes to Twin Lakes.

28
Dec
2010
jloomis

Paris Expedition Sled Review

Product Rating: 
4
Paris Expedition Sled

Features:

The Paris Expedition Sled is a tough lightweight sled designed as a pulk or gear sled. It helps move wood, and fishing, camping, or other gear easily over snow and ice. The sled comes in bright orange color. It features grommet-reinforced tow holes in the front with additional non-reinforced holes along the sides to secure cargo. The Paris Expedition Sled is sold by itself, without tow rope or poles, etc.

25
Dec
2010
jloomis

Snowshoeing to Twin Lakes, Oregon

Snowshoeing to Twin Lakes, Oregon

My Grandpa, Katie, and I snowshoed to Twin Lakes yesterday. Twin Lakes are a pair of hike in lakes near Frog Lake about 8 miles SE of Government Camp, Oregon. Our dog Bella joined us outfitted with her own boots. This was my Grandpa's first time snowshoeing. It was a beautiful day with the temperature right near freezing with cloudy skies. We were the first ones to Frog Lake SnowPark at about 7:30 AM. The hike was about 1.5 miles uphill along the Pacific Crest Trail and then 0.5 mile down to Lower Twin Lake (the bigger of the two).

23
Dec
2010
jloomis

Arctic Wolf 3 Person Tent Review

Product Rating: 
3
Arctic Wolf 3 Person Tent

Features:

This freestanding, double-wall dome tent by Arctic Wolf sleeps up to 3 people. It is available in three colors: blue, green, and orange. The full coverage fly provides two vestibules, one each over the two doors. Two vents in the fly help with ventilation in addition to the roof vents and door vents in the main tent body. The coated fly and bathtub-style floor keep water out while numerous guy points help steady the tent in the wind. The tent comes with fly, shockcorded aluminum poles, aluminum stakes, guylines, and storage sack.

20
Dec
2010
jloomis

Skiing at Mt Hood Skibowl

Skiing at Mt Hood Skibowl

We hit the slopes of Mt Hood Skibowl again on Sunday evening. This time it was my wife Katie, sister Jessica, and myself. It was about 26 degrees and snowing lightly when we arrived at about 3 PM. Area map.

18
Dec
2010
jloomis

Night Skiing at Mt Hood Skibowl with Sis

Night Skiing at Mt Hood Skibowl with Sis

My Sister Jessica flew into town Friday morning. After a late arrival and lunch at the Olive Garden we took off to the mountain for a night of skiing and boarding at Mt Hood Skibowl. It was a beautiful evening about 25 degrees with clear skies, but unfortunately windy. The snow was perfect. It was fast, but not icy. Area map.

12
Dec
2010
jloomis

Backpacking In The Snow Near Birds Butte, Oregon

Backpacking In The Snow Near Birds Butte, Oregon

My brother-in-law Scott and I went backpacking near Mt. Hood this weekend. We woke up early Saturday morning and were on the road shortly after 6 AM headed to Frog Lake SnoPark. Once we parked and had our gear sleds (Paris Expedition Sled) unloaded from my truck, we strapped our snowshoes on and headed to the Pacific Crest Trail toward Twin Lakes. Our destination was supposed to be Birds Butte, a little over 2 miles uphill overlooking Twin Lakes. Two hours later we had managed to pull our gear sleds about two miles uphill along the trail.

13
Nov
2010
jloomis

Snow Camping at Hideaway Lake, Oregon

Snow Camping at Hideaway Lake, Oregon

My buddy John and I ventured to Hideaway Lake in the upper Clackamas River area (outside Estacada, Oregon) on Friday. I was able to get the afternoon off, so we were on the road shortly after 11 AM. We were hoping to hit some snow, but not too much to where travel would be impossible. As luck would have it we got our wish. Area map.

05
Nov
2010
jloomis

Sturgeon Fishing on the Willamette River

Sturgeon Fishing on the Willamette River

Sturgeon fishing opened back up on the Willamette River, so I headed out on my Klamath boat with my buddy Tyler before sunrise. We put in at Meldrum Bar which was a zoo. It was worth it through. We had lots of action and between two boats and 4 guys we landed three keepers by early afternoon. The bite was hot for awhile on smelt, but then died by about 10 AM. The picture below is the 39" keeper I landed.

09
Oct
2010
jloomis

Deer Hunting 2010

Deer Hunting 2010

This year's annual deer trip was a success! My buddy John bagged a trophy 4x5 mule/black-tail hybrid buck just a short walk from camp. The single shot to the lungs from his .30-06 knocked the buck down where he quickly and humanely died. Tyler and I each missed a long shot at another nice buck, but at least we got to try. It would have been a real pain to drag him out anyway.

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