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City: Salmon Arm
Begins: Jul 11, 2011
Date: Mon, Jul 18th, 2011
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So I am writing this after being on the trail for only three days (effectively). I started planning this about two weeks before the end of June this year and now have 4 days of trail time under the belt.
First day was a nice in and out on the Canadian side of the border, got the feet moving with mom and it was a good day.
Day 1a was an attempt at Harts Pass on the 11th I think it was. Got snowed out.
Day 2 was Starting at Eagle creek in Oregon and made it to Indian Spring campsite, nice day lots of sun.
Day 3 was my first 20+ mile day and wow do I have to drop pack weight somewhere. But I made it to Ramona falls no real problems.
Day 4 was potentially the best and worst days I have had hiking, ever. I crossed Sandy River in the morning, not a problem there are some nice logs to go across. Ended up two miles below where I wanted to be though and had to bushwack and river walk up to the trail in the pissing rain. Got my feet moving and started climbing. Hit pretty much solid snow at about 4700 feet and was on it the rest of the day. The trail around mount Hood is completely obliterated, no chance of following it without a GPS, most of the snow is around 6 to 7 feet deep. Even then I ended up almost killing myself a few times on some seriously treacherous mud slopes. The snow was actually better than the mud. Got cliffed out and had to reroute up a 60 degree slope of mud/snow mix. Made it up onto the shoulder and then it actually got pretty nice. The rain stopped and I was just flying across the top of the snow. Saw some incredible waterfalls off of the cliffs that I had to go around. Finally caught trail just as I was coming down into Zig Zag canyon. Managed to keep some semblance of trail almost all the way to the lodge (it is still completely covered though). Made it to the lodge after about 10 hours of hiking, that something about just over 1 mile/hr.
Just to note, you are not allowed to dry stuff on the fires at Timberline lodge and most of the staff seemed kind of grumpy. However you can camp in the parking lot over by the climbers if you want.
Now that I have had my ass handed to me by MT. Hood I think that I am going to go down to Ashland and try to go sobo there. Frigging snow everywhere and I do not want to deal with it right now.
There And Then Who Knows Where
Jeramy (Jez) Makortoff
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