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< Reply # 20 on 8/12/2013 1:13 PM >
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Great photos! I went out yesterday. I'll post pics once I get them uploaded.




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The Ritchie Ledges area in Cuyahoga Valley NP:








Otto, my hiking buddy:




Otto again after he chased a small critter into a crevice:


Stairs built by the CCC in the '30s:




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< Reply # 22 on 8/20/2013 9:56 PM >
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Looks like a cool spot! If I ever get a passport I will have to make a few trips down south!




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< Reply # 23 on 9/8/2013 4:46 PM >
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canoe trip from last october. a couple of buddies of mine got together and planned a canoe trip.

it was a little trip to this lake : http://goo.gl/maps/aISgX

here you go!
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Took advantage of the cold and snow to hit the trail in the Cuyahoga Valley:













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< Reply # 25 on 6/5/2014 4:38 AM >
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How did I miss this board before?!

Just last weekend a buddy and I drove to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest, Ca. We did some car camping up in Holcomb Valley and rock climbed at Castle Rock and Holcomb valley Pinnacles. The weather in the mountains is MUCH better than the high desert and was a welcome attribute.

Here's some climbing video with some awesome views of the area:



1. Sunset Friday night on the road up to Big Bear Lake.


2. Waking up in the hammock Saturday morning. Was a bit colder than I had anticipated but the lack of rainfly made for quite the view of the stars.


3. Nothing like coffee and Ramen in the AM.


4. Castle rock South face from the bottom of the trail.


5. Screencapture of the summit of a crag in Holcomb Valley Pinnacles. I lead and set a hanging belay for my buddy.

This has just become my new weekend hangout since the temps jumped for the summer. Hopefully though I will be meeting with a friend from back east to climb (possibly in Yosemite if we're up to it!).






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not too long ago I hit the coulonge river with my outdoors class.
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That... is a really incredible synopsis!

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< Reply # 27 on 6/22/2014 11:35 PM >
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I have done 4 trips now, I need to get off my dead duff and upload some here already!




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Well I have been in California for a solid few months and finally decided to do some mountain hiking. Rock climbing trip plans fell through so this weekend was mostly a fly by the seat of your pants expedition.

I got off work Thursday afternoon and called to the park offices in San Jacinto but couldn't be guaranteed a permit to hike or camp for that evening so I took my sweet time packing and headed down towards Palm Springs.

I decided to camp out on the side of the road by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to be one of the first up the mountain and at the rangers station. I really didn't want to get screwed over on that permit stuff and I didn't have money to do front country activities so it was my only options.

1. The view from the desert floor.


2. Lucky for me I made it to the Long Valley Ranger Station in time to get an overnight permit. Here is a picture of the trail map:


3. The trail up and through Round Valley was filled with day hikers and backpackers. Got to talk to quite a few people while going by the meadows.


4. Reached Wellman Divide in no time. The weather was threatening but the cool breeze was a welcome change from the night before on the desert floor.


5. The trail headed up the East side of the mountain.


6. They even had an emergency summit shelter near the top. The last 100m or so I lost the trail and the ascent pretty much turned into a class 2 scramble which almost made me feel like a true mountaineer.


7. The view from the top was stunning. Being able to see San Gorgonio, Palm Springs, and the wind farms all lined up neat and in a row was really something else.


8. Since I was making much better time than anticipated (in part due to cake route planning), I ventured off to the Northwest side of the summit to cook lunch and take a nap.


9. Unfortunately I was awakened by some gnarly wind and hail. Took a hot second to pack and scamper off the summit for some dry shelter. The storm passed within about a half hour. "Hail", I tell you!


10. I moseyed my way back down to the seasonal ranger junction and up to Tamarack Valley to make camp early. I also discovered that my phone had a camera on the front. How this eluded me for almost a year I may never know, but I am ashamed to say I began making expert use of the "selfie" capabilities.


11. My humble abode as seen from the cooking area. Only saw two other sets of hikers which surprised me for how difficult it was with the permits and all.


I ended up back on the tramway headed down to the desert around 10:00am the next day. I was feeling a bit abash for such an easy hike so I drove myself across the road to the San Bernardino National Forest to see what my options were for the summit I had seen from atop San Jacinto. So it was to be San Gorgonio, standing almost another thousand feet taller than Jacinto had become my new weekend fixation. I was able to get permits for the next day and since there was some time to be killed I did a bit of walking around the creek that ran along the road. It seemed to me by the amount of people enjoying the water, that surface water is a rather rare occasion. Ended up car camping down by the creek in a more secluded area with a vague uncertainty of whether or not a flash flood would wipe me away in the middle of the night. The sound of the water was so relaxing though that I figured it would be worth it in either case.


12. Didn't quite make the alpine start I was planning for but still stepped off around 7:30 or so. The beginning of the trail had a river crossing which thankfully was all underground for the summer.


13. The first set of switchbacks was a bit of a shock. Saw an elderly gentleman on his way back down the switchbacks doing what looked like a daily exercise. Yup, I definitely checked my pride at the wilderness boundary.


14. Every little biosphere along the ascent was just a bit unworldly. I could have sworn I wandered into Ferngully here for a second.


15. Checking out the map. It was about here that I started getting passed by dayhikers. This would be a recurring theme throughout the rest of the ascent.


16. Just after Highcreek the real fun started with another set of switchbacks. The soil and ground vegetation dropped to near zero because of the terrain and the trees thinned out.


17. A quick look back at the mountainside traverse. I was literally stopping to break every 100m or so at this point. I also began to despise the hikers with the ski poles and 3kg packs. Why didn't I think of that first?


18. The final stretch across the unimposing peak. At one point while at the top some hikers walked right past the summit block to a false summit about 50 meters away.


19. After the little hailstorm unassing at San Jacinto I remembered to actually get a picture with the board this time.


20. A view of what I think is Big Bear Lake looking to the North off the summit


21. San Jacinto Mountain North face. With the perpetual cloud still hanging out above it.


22. Sorry, last selfie. I was just so happy at the summit I couldn't help myself


I also took the time to cook a late lunch of chicken flavored Ramen and lemon pepper tuna which tasted like some awesome Indian food... Or I was just very hungry. Started my way back down in search of a good campsite. Heard most people talking about some thunderstorms overnight so a lower camp was sounding more and more appealing. Ended up staying at Halfway Camp for the night, the weather there was so perfect I don't think I woke up once to readjust my sleeping bag.
Finished the descent on Monday pretty wiped out for the weekend.


Best estimate trip totals come to 8,158ft climb and 29.8 trail miles over four days. You could definitely do them faster if you only have a day. Just take some snacks and water instead of carrying a full hikers pack.


P.s. I have heard a few people on Gorgonio say that there is aircraft wreckage somewhere on the mountain. Maybe you've seen it? Perhaps that will be next weekend's adventure.











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Nice! I've been out of the woods for too long. Maybe this weekend. I've been thinking of taking a night hike.




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So we'll start with Hocking Hills, back in March.

Due to the possibility of extreme weather, we wussed and cabin'd it. But what a beautiful cabin! And we did most of our cooking camp-style outside with the fire pit. So it counts, right?!
We stayed at Kickback Ridge just outside of Chillicothe, OH and visited Old Man's Cave and Rock House, park of Hocking Hills State Park System.

The Volvo chilling in front of our temporary digs.

We had a lovely view, and the weather really cooperated with us! Turned chilly on Sunday, but by then, we were heading home.

Despite being nearly 60, there was still ice forming down in Old Man's Cave.




The climb up to Rock House... I'm at the halfway point.

I'm sitting on a ledge above the quarter-way up point...about 3 or 4 stories up. One false move would have resulted in broken-something...at the very least.



Inside Rock House. Such a cool explore!

Overall, great weather, LOTS of hiking and exploring, and a good time overall. I would do this again in a second, perhaps in the fall to enjoy the beautiful colors.


Next post... Brighton State Park, Brighton, MI.




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Old Man's Cave was a favorite of mine back in the Buckeye State. It was also one of the first places I remember my parents taking me camping. Sometimes the summer weekend crowd makes it feel a bit too front country but the views and hikes are worth every step.

Glad you enjoyed yourselves there!




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Had the opportunity to make a few trips up to the mountains these past few weekends. It still amazes me how the weather can easily change 30 degrees(F) in a 15 minute trip to a few thousand feet. Bought my first pair of lite duty mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Makalus) and have been breaking them in/testing them out in conjunction with some cold weather backpacking loadouts.


Maks fitted with wire crampon



First sub freezing trip. Tested out the old tent (Eureka sold by Galyan's when Galyan's was still a thing). I didn't have high hopes for a 15 year old 3-season and it performed about as poorly as I predicted. Apart from forgetting the stakes and having a few repaired pole sections the only positive was the amount of room it afforded. Most of the tub had lost it's vapor sealing and it was just too drafty even for a 3 season.



Gave the Jetboil it's second go of the day. The mornings' temperature probably was hovering around the low 20s through civil twilight. This temperature severely reduced the ability of the stove to maintain a high heat output. On the flipside the single micro can is IsoButane burned easily for an hour with the valve wide open while we cooked skillets and all sorts of breakfast goodies. During the day the temperature hopped to a solid 40 and the stove was performing to it's normal standard.



Broke the second half of the trail on my own after the remaining footprints trailed off on an incorrect path. Route finding in a few inches of snow can be a tad bit tricky. The boots were a drastic improvement over the standard tall leather boots that left me with iced over boots the morning after.


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Took another trip to San Jacinto yesterday. Snow warnings and weather services reported 8" of snow at higher elevations so I jumped into the Jeep and headed off. Discovered a roomy bar with good food to spend the earlier part of the evening at. Also had been making rounds at local stores trying to pick up a set of quality snowshoes because I was worried the snow would make travel difficult.

Arrived at the ranger station around 9:00pm so I setup the second round of overnight equipemnt in the parking lot. This time I opted for a bivy and small tarp coupled with a much larger jacket to keep me warm. Temperatures this time dropped to the teens but the parka was a massive improvement and the windproof bivy kept me cozy. I cheated a bit and threw a handwarmer in each sock for the early hours.

Unfortunately I did not anticipate the ranger station being closed the next day so I was unable to get an overnight trail permit and opted for a self-issue day permit. It was around 8:20a when I parked and got on the trail. The small town was dead and the trailhead parking lot empty. Again I was first in breaking the new snow trail. Just to switch it up a little I took a different destination route.


The temperature held a bit lower than the last trip so I didn't have to worry so much about loads of snow crashing down on top of me from branches.



The storms from the previous few weeks meant some beautiful streams and waterfalls around the trail to admire.



View of Lily Rock from Suicide Rock. After a relatively short hike up to the overlook I stopped to make some food and relax since I had so much time to kill. Woke up from about an hour long nap in the sun to a rather large group of hikers. On my was down I probably saw a total of 25 day hikers heading up- much more than I had seen in the Park at any one time. Upon reaching the trailhead I was dumbfounded to see literally thousands of vehicles parked along every berm and sidestreet with families sledding on every inch of snow not obstructed by a tree. It was rather comical until I relocated the Jeep only to find it quadruple parked at the back of the lot. A bit of less than ethical offroading and first year Spanish to get parked vehicles moved got me back on the road and on my way in no time.










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Hit up Mt. San Gorgonio again. First official winter ascent that required crampons and boy was it a pleasure. Climbing some of the mountaineers' routes (aka where climbers opt to go straight up a section of switchbacks) yielded an entirely different experience. Glissading down the routes was probably a little reckless on my part but well worth the experience. Much of the trail below 9,000ft was icy in small patches but everything after pretty much required crampons. Only caught my pantleg once so I will chalk that up as a win.

1. On the ascent.


2. The previous nights posh campsite at High Creek.


3. Did not really want to leave the parka to start hiking again.


4. A look up at the thinning tree line.


5. Taking yet another break on the ice.


6. A look back on Tranny Traverse with the Inland Empire in the background.


7. Checking the view from the summit.


8. Dawdled a bit too long at the summit and had to make the last part of the descent with a headlamp.









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Looks awesome! Great photos, too.




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Late 2014 trip up to La Mauricie National Park. We stayed in a oTentik witch is a tent like chalet that Parks Canada is deploying in many parks. Since I currently am a parks employee I got the chance to go with my buddies on a discount. Its not the type of camping that im used to but it was nice, it was cool and snowy but awesome as a trip nevertheless.

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Those look pretty cool! Some of the state parks in Ohio have yurts available, which are set up similarly.




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Ya, def a neat concept. When our son gets a little older we are going to probably give the yurts up at Algonquin a try. I want to invest in a good hot tent to actually go winter camping, but need to make sure he likes it first lol




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The thing that I always wondered about winter camping is, what do you do when the sun goes down? It gets dark at 5:30 around here, and I can't imagine sitting around in the cold for hours waiting to go to bed.




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My winter trips usually involved getting back in to camp around 5, prepare dinner, then stay up to get a tad stoned and enjoy the night sky.




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