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City: Sisters
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Feb 6th, 2011
Start: Lake Tamarack
End: Sno-park area Johnson Pass Rd
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 37.3
Hours Hiked: 3
Daily Ascent: 400
Daily Descent: 400
Min Elevation: 7200
Max Elevation: 7500
Entry Lat: 39.164141
Entry Lng: -120.014648
Min Temp: 36
Max Temp: 45
People Met: 4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,079
Journal Visits: 2,460
Guestbook Views: 76
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Self arresting

Awoke to lots of wind today. Jared and John had a great night of sleep. I slept only about 2 hours solid as did everyone else outside of the snow cave. Made breakfast and then packed up camp for a day of hiking out and learning how to use a ice axe to traverse, glisail and self arrest. We all put our rain shells on and made a nice and slippery hillside to learn all of this. Ned taught us how to hold a ice axe, not to use a leash as a HIKER.We learned how to slide down a hillside with the ice axe as a rudder. We learned how to then self arrest forward downhill and then going down backwards on our backs and flipping over to "go for the pick" which means to make sure and turn to the side of the ice axe pick. Jared did the best self arrest from sliding down head first upside down to stopping. We talked about how to read maps and the contouring to bee line a saddle. Then we booted up and shoed out. It took ua about 3 hours to get to the sno-park lot as we went back across Upper and Lower Echo Lakes. There was about 4 feet of snow on the ice level of the lake. The temp had warmed up enough that we were actually postholing with our snowshoes, but only 6-10" down. Jared and I did the big major hill right by the Echo Lake Chalet and then rested for the others to come up the switchback. After we loaded the tobaggen sleds of Neds and Julee we decided to go out to dinner at La Cantina in Meyers. A great finish while watching the final 7 minutes of the Super Bowl to a great and wild weekend. Lots learned and the confidence to camp on snow. The course is not easy, but very fatiguing. I was in great shape so it was not bad for Jared and I. Others had a harder time traversing the snow slopes. I would strongly recommend the course to anyone that needs confidence in camping, hiking or treking on snow. Ned and Julee have the passion to help you get rid of the fear of snow hiking...but you will need to try "systems" to see what works for you or not in these conditions. It is a life changing course... But you need the desire to accomplish this.

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Having hiked many parts of the PCT in OR and WA since I was 16, have decided to make a thru hike in 2013. The timing is FINALLY right.


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