Wet weather packing protocol
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If one is to hike in OR during ‘wet season’ – really anytime between October 1 and June 30 – then being prepared to get wet is very important, especially if like me you hate to get wet to the … Read More

Wished I thought of this …
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A great post in Outside this week about PCT thru hikers and their trash … A necessary read for any backpacker, imho https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/hiking-and-backpacking/trash-thru-hiking-waste/ I will be working on a plan for my 2022 hiking season for both measuring and reducing … Read More

Sister’s birthday sunrise
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My sister’s birthday today so after telling her happy birthday and staying within a tight carbon burn constraint (<30 minutes total driving to / from), a different twist to Spencer Butte / Ridgeline was the order of the day. The … Read More

Fav hummingbird pics added
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A new camera page was added this morning …. ~20 pics of hummingbirds. Some of my favorites that clearly show different birds and kinds of hummingbirds Enjoy … https://www.goatbells.blog/camera/hummingbird-fav-pics/

Hummingbird fav pics
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Hummingbirds are hard to capture and the only way found so far is to cheat a bit with a backyard feeder filled with sugar water. The food is just sugar and water (no additives, no color, etc) and replaced at … Read More

Planning with the weather
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Planning a good day hike in late Fall in Oregon can be a challenge – especially when one’s calendar is not completely flexible, i.e., hiking on a specific day. That was my situation this week – I was going to … Read More

Hiking in fog
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A close-in hike in the November fog would have been hardly memorable or even something to post on (same hike I do regularly to keep carbon cost as low as possible – a 10 minute drive from home), but one … Read More

Fav pics 2021 – the Cascades
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Most, if not all, were taken while hiking / backpacking. Each view was spectacular from the hiker’s lens Clicking on pic will open 90% quality resolution – if you have good compute / graphics power, please do so.

Fav pics 2021 – from the lake
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In the process of pulling some of my favorite pics to print and display around the house, groupings naturally surfaced. While the ‘fav page’ is yet to be published, early looks at the groups will be posted here. The first … Read More