still fuckin with climb cuz climb pays: the ILX hiking thread

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I do a lot of hiking in the GSMs.

Here is my foot on top of a waterfall:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/primrosehill/grotto4.jpg
(fuck ankle support, I guess)

I did twenty miles the other day (Cooper Road and Rabbit Creek trails). It was a bit O_O because all the black bears have just come out of hibernation. Got to campsite and saw this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/primrosehill/wherethebearsare.jpg

The bears were nuts all day! Saw more than I ever have in my life. Any of y'all ever been approached by a bear?

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Saturday, 16 May 2009 22:12 (eleven years ago) link

jesus christ are you serious?? you actually saw bears for real?? think i'd probably have a heart attack. did get pretty excited when we saw deer just a few feet away from us when hiking out at the marin headlands, but then i get excited about seeing squirrels.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:04 (eleven years ago) link

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:06 (eleven years ago) link

what kind of bears, like how big? i got scared the first time i saw a sign warning about mountain lions, jordan couldn't understand till i explained to him that in nz the scariest animal you can encounter in the wild is a boar.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:12 (eleven years ago) link

i wld be afraid of a wild boar!

i used to be terrified of mountain lions but i never actually saw one.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

also: 20 mi sounds insane! the most i've ever done is probably 7, and i was pretty fucked afterwards.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

yeah but you don't really see them all that often xp

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:14 (eleven years ago) link

the first time i saw a snake (it was about 7") while hiking was also freaky, but i managed to get photographed with it

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:15 (eleven years ago) link

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

― (b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:06 AM (8 minutes ago)

what the fuuuck

k3vin k., Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:16 (eleven years ago) link

Justine, they were black bears, like this one:

http://www.shularinn-pigeonforge.com/slideshow/images/smoky_mountains_black_bear_jpg.jpg

Although tbh one of them that day looked like this:

http://ahimsablog.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/black-bear-baby.jpg

I saw some bear TRACKS that were scarier than any bear I've ever seen, though.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:18 (eleven years ago) link

See, bears don't want to fuck with you, though. If you make noise on the trail so that you don't sneak up on them, and if you don't mess with them, they're not a danger to you at all. People get really freaked out by bears but I think they've only killed maybe 2 people ever in the Smoky Mountains and one was an idiotic baby who was taunting it and its parents let it and the bear just swiped at it and it died. No one had ever been killed by a bear in the Smokies until 2000. IIRC that incident had something to do with a girl gathering blackberries and there was a bear inside the bush.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:20 (eleven years ago) link

They are mostly sweet, and want to leave you alone and be left alone, in my experience. This is why I don't bushwhack much during non-hibernation periods.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (eleven years ago) link

so they're not huge, right? maybe the same height as an average person, standing up? tbh, that cub is too cute for words and i'd have to be restrained from attempting to pet it and consequently incurring the wrath of its mum

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (eleven years ago) link

when we went to the zoo last year we spent aaaaaaaages hanging out talking to 'ting ting' the sun bear

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:22 (eleven years ago) link

I saw many deer while I was on the trail at night. I was under the impression that deer were diurnal, but I kept hearing all this rustling around between 10 and midnight. I'd flash my light over thinking it was a bear, and it'd be some beautiful deer just prancing through the forest.

xpost yeah most of them are about person sized or smaller that I've seen, there are some fucking huge mamas out there though. The babies are embarrassingly cute, and tumble around in trees and try to get you to pet them so that their moms can kill you, it's terrible

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:24 (eleven years ago) link

i don't like hiking but this thread title makes me really really happy

it was this or niggaz with altitude

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:38 (eleven years ago) link

lol

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:45 (eleven years ago) link

North Face backpack where I'm hold'n all the work at

umma doomie (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:48 (eleven years ago) link

haha the other day me and my hiking buddy were on a trail and we passed this huge lump of white animal hair and i was like "what could this possibly have come from?" i picked some up to inspect it, saying "haw, im disturbing this ecosystem." my buddy was like "yeah, and it's disturbing me"

i wish that could be our hiking club's motto somehow

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:50 (eleven years ago) link

I can't wait to get this:

http://www.mysigg.com/ProductImages/MYSIGG/8025.50.JPG

pretty much the most metal looking thing ever

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:05 (eleven years ago) link

On my last hike I totally ran out of water! I was only a couple miles from the endpoint, though. Next time will take two of the above.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:07 (eleven years ago) link

That is pretty metal. How many ounces?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:10 (eleven years ago) link

it's 33 oz

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

am also considering the nalgene flask

http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/NalgeneFlask.jpg

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:13 (eleven years ago) link

I ran outta water on a hike in Arizona once, a day into it (which meant a day's hike out in ridic heat w/o water). It was kinda scary at first but we found a big tree, all by its lonesome, and sure enough there was a little water hole next to it.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:14 (eleven years ago) link

cute! tbh i passed lots of creek (the trail was called rabbit creek for pete's sake) but i'm to chickenshit to drink much out of creeks

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

i got sigg bottle today but it is purple with pretty swirls because i like things that are purple.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

woah nalgene flask is neat!
btw i was at eastern mountain sports and EVERYTHING is 20% off!

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

i know, i am crazy about that flask

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:18 (eleven years ago) link

man, i wanna go hiking

geekquel (latebloomer), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:27 (eleven years ago) link

there are many great options nearby, lb!
jones gap :D :D :D
used to do table rock a lot when i was a kiddie.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:28 (eleven years ago) link

also the dupont forest has really cool waterfalls.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:29 (eleven years ago) link

man i miss the smokies so much. i don't think i ever did the rabbit creek/abrams loop. out of cades cove, we used to go up to gregory bald a lot. and spence field, i love that hike. also did a lot of day-hiking up from the cosby side. and from newfound gap. (charlie's bunion!) you know the whole time i was there, i never hiked the chimneys. some things to do in the future.

these days all my hiking is urban. which is fine and i like it, but it's not the same. i really loved getting up, stocking up, driving out and spending the whole day walking. then a big dinner and beer somewhere. (if we went up out of townsend we'd stop by that mexican place in maryville on the way home. los something-or-other.)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:38 (eleven years ago) link

chimneys suck imo!!! 2 miles straight up a bunch of red clay mud and 2 miles straight back down where you just came from, and the view is great of course, but there are a lot of great views in the smokies. i dread going up there, you didn't miss anything

my favorite short hike is alum cave bluffs, nothing else like it

i'm waiting for azalea season to do gregory's bald! did andrew's bald and it was really miserable, but i picked a stupid time of year to do it.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:41 (eleven years ago) link

oh man there is nothing better than finishing a huuuuge hike and just chowing down on the way back through townsend at the heart and kettle or something

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

*hearth

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/images/13p2s1v6.jpg

saw three of these peeking out from a tree and was just like "do not want to be eaten by the inevitable mom" and ran through a trail junction

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah you want the azaleas in bloom for sure.

the contours of the chimneys is why i never did it. once i got out there i wanted something more immersive than that, i guess. i love the rhythms of a nice long hike.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:45 (eleven years ago) link

i think cucumber gap is the best short, completely easy hike

also love house mountain in south knoxville, so cool that a hike like that is just right there

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:46 (eleven years ago) link

hahaha, i must hike this!!!!

http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Haw_Ridge_3840.asp

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:49 (eleven years ago) link

house mountain is more northeast than south, isn't it? out rutledge pike? but yeah that's a nice near one. that's where i saw a whole flock of wild turkeys try to take flight. they made it up into the lower branches of the nearest tree.

i did some hikes around oak ridge, don't remember if it included HAW ridge.

also good: frozen head.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

Haw, I totally meant East Knoxville

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

and big south fork! site of my bachelor party. granted there was less hiking than drinking and whatnot involved there. but there's some great hikes too. east tenn. is really A+ for hiking.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

hahaha

i wish i had a pic of the sign at abrams falls

"four people have died here! please do not be next"
xpost

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:04 (eleven years ago) link

20 miles in one day? that's some serious hiking. what kind of elevation gain?

there's a million place to hike in the East, and it's good to get out there in the fresh air (smokies haw) and go up and down and such, but there's not a lot that's as interesting as most of the stuff in the other half of the country. i gotta start doing some stuff here though in preparation for out there.

"the whale saw her" (gabbneb), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:09 (eleven years ago) link

in hawaii there were massive warning signs about swimming in waterfalls and getting caught in riptides and swept out to sea. it was scary but also kind of gnarly and awesome.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (eleven years ago) link

we've been out to the marin headlands a few times this year (san francisco), i like it because it's all open hills, beautiful views of the ocean, and this totally weird-ass old military stuff (like forts and stuff).

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (eleven years ago) link

re that nalgene drink bottle: nalgene is responsible for making a lot of the equipment involved in animal testing (battery cages, immobilisers, restraints etc), fyi.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:15 (eleven years ago) link

When I hiked in the Dolomites last year everything I read in preparation said buy trip insurance because if you get injured on a trail and can't hike down the only way to get you off is by helicopter which is like $5-10k minimum. Of course I blew this off. On one of our hikes we saw a woman get airlifted off the mountain with a sprained ankle on a relatively flat section.

All of this is to say that you can get injured with just one misstep without doing anything stupid or dangerous.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Monday, 9 March 2020 20:49 (five months ago) link

hiking alone is the frikkin best and i will never stop doing it

gbx, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:58 (five months ago) link

everyone has a plan til they get punched in the mouth. ain’t saying i’m over solo shit, but ay, i know.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:10 (five months ago) link

(you v likely do too gbx, your rep precedes- but you are likely v good at your hobbies! me, eh, not so much).

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:15 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Can't play basketball (apart from shooting around by myself) so been hiking more lately. Most everyone has been good about stepping off the trail to let ppl pass & give enough space. But I've been sticking to the less popular trails. They just closed a bunch of the popular trailheads around Sedona because ppl weren't practicing social distancing on them grrrr. And I'm still seeing quite a few out of state plates at trailheads. Plus there's a LOT of people car camping where dispersed is allowed on natl forest land.
Grand Canyon closed down fully after a resident tested positive. But state park in town here was still collecting fees from cars pulling up when I drove past yesterday.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 3 April 2020 16:54 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Right now the greatest feeling in the world is when you've been on a long multi-switchback climb and you suddenly realize you're in a new ecosphere - the trees are taller (there are now trees), new wildlife, new colors, sharper rocks.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 3 July 2020 05:17 (one month ago) link

walkings pish

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Friday, 3 July 2020 05:47 (one month ago) link

No it's the only genuinely good thing

or something, Friday, 3 July 2020 09:45 (one month ago) link

In evolutionary terms, walking is quite literally the foundational step toward our becoming human.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 3 July 2020 17:55 (one month ago) link

During Oregon's initial "stay at home" order, which officially discouraged any trip away from home that was not strictly necessary to life or health, I wasn't able to hike. That ended in June and I've been able to take several hikes, both alone and with my wife. My conditioning is well off the mark for this time of year. After a 10 mile hike with 2600 ft of elevation gain I was sore for a day. It makes me feel old.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 3 July 2020 18:17 (one month ago) link

corona has made me walk even more than before. and somehow i cannot put headphones on any more and listen to podcasts. i have to digest what is happening on the way. even in the city.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 17 July 2020 15:17 (three weeks ago) link

I've not been hiking much, but did do some nice hikes in the Michaux State Forest a few weeks back.

Since I live in arguably the filthiest major city in the US, walking is a bit of a sad activity unless one is in a park, so much of my aerobic activity has come from taking long, long bicycle rides. It's been great.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 17 July 2020 15:24 (three weeks ago) link

Was on craziest trail I've ever been on, on 4th of July. In Chiricauhua Mtns. Hasn't been maintained in 30 yrs at least I'd say. Was a loop, so only way I was able to navigate my way back was AllTrails showed the trails and I somehow had enough signal for it to work. I'd lose trail, consult AllTrails, find trail then 100 ft later it completely disappeared. Rinse and repeat. Old wooden trail signs knocked over and partially buried under pine needles. Completely overgrown in parts, forcing me to climb over 100s of trees and tangled growth with no way around due to steep slope on either side. Legs scratched up and bleeding. My water bladder sprung a leak when I stopped for lunch, but was able to pour most of it into the plastic water bottle I had. But by the end of 14.5 miles & 3500 ft elevation gain, I was in heaven drinking the hot water that had been sitting in my car. The app said I burned 4200 calories which is a personal record for a day hike.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 16:11 (three weeks ago) link

I had a hike like that which I tried to do ~3 times when I lived in Siskiyou County. The description of it is here: https://hikemtshasta.com/trinity-divide-trails/soapstone-trail/

That post really downplays the absolute, total disappearance of the trail after the pond— it just sort of peters out, and you're in a field of manzanita and wildflowers. No service, no signage, no nothing. It's really great in one sense, but also one of the only times I've ever been viscerally spooked while hiking. About as far into backcountry I've ever been.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 17 July 2020 16:56 (three weeks ago) link

And I've done some pretty remote hikes, particularly in that area.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 17 July 2020 16:57 (three weeks ago) link

I like the description there. "quite possibly the most forsaken..."

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

I tend not to get worried when I can't find the trail cause I can always just backtrack, but since that hike was a loop and I was 3/4 of the way into it, I would've had to hike 20ish miles total to backtrack. With dwindling water and daylight. I always have a headlamp and am prepared to stay at least a night out in the wilderness, gear-wise, but it def won't be a comfortable night.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:03 (three weeks ago) link

http://www.chiricahuatrails.com/trails/saulsbury-trail-263

That's the one I did. Wasn't planning on doing the part described as "poor, with narrow and overgrown tread, significant deadfall, and lots of faint and hard to follow sections" but I decided the originally planned loop was too long given that I'd lost some of my water to the leak. Prob would've been better off doing the xtra few miles since pretty sure those trails are in good condition.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

Moar hiking stories!

Haven't gotten to hike at all recently. Our return to the Dolomites planned for September was obviously canceled, but we are planning on renting a house in Acadia National Park instead.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:38 (three weeks ago) link

I watched a pretty good "10 best spots in the Alps" youtube the other day and he had Dolemites in their twice iirc. Had been on my list for awhile but I'd never seen 1st person + drone footage of trails before....looks amazing. When I go to Italy 1st time I will most likely be with my parents so don't know if I'll get a chance to see Dolomites, and if I do we won't be able to do anything more than a pleasant stroll.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

Hiked a loop by Flagstaff last weekend...illegally. Wasn't til I was 2 miles in that see signs saying area still closed for "public safety" due to fire. The fire was last September! Ridiculous. I said fuck it, I'm a big boy, it can't possibly be in worse shape than that Chiricauhua trail. It was fine. A few downed, burned trees. Fascinating how some areas are completely burned out and some are untouched, in no discernible pattern. At high point of the hike I had cell signal, checked weather 50 miles away at my house: 106F. Was 65F up there, niiiiiice.
Came back down this unofficial trail that was really steep and rocky. Near the bottom I encounter 2 young guys with mountain bikes. I say with bikes rather than on bikes, because there's no way any mere mortal could bike up that trail. I assume they had no idea what sort of trail it was.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:57 (three weeks ago) link

Wow @ 106F to 65F difference.

I watched a pretty good "10 best spots in the Alps" youtube the other day and he had Dolemites in their twice iirc. Had been on my list for awhile but I'd never seen 1st person + drone footage of trails before....looks amazing. When I go to Italy 1st time I will most likely be with my parents so don't know if I'll get a chance to see Dolomites, and if I do we won't be able to do anything more than a pleasant stroll.

Yeah, I'm not sure Dolomites would be my recommendation for a first trip to Italy because it's atypical culture-wise. I would point out that the Dolomites are ski country and most lifts/gondolas operate in the summer as well, so you can often take a lift/gondola up to 8000 feet or so and then do a not too strenuous hike in utterly gorgeous scenery. It's cheating a bit, but who cares?

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:09 (three weeks ago) link

I'm planning to get in a 6 day backpack in the eastern part of Oregon starting on July 23rd. I could conceivably hike the route in 4 days, but I plan to take it easy, with some short side trips and maybe bag a couple of easy peaks I can do as a walk-ups or light scrambles. I'll cover something around 50 to 55 miles.

The route is very high (~7800 ft.) and dry ridgeline, with minimal shade, no running water, likely no snow patches left, so I'll need to carry plenty of water. With gear, clothes, food for six days, and one hiking day of water I'm projecting a 33 lb. (15 kilo) load as I leave the trailhead on the first day. I may be able to trim a bit more off that, if I get serious about it.

I'm very eagerly looking forward to it.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 19 July 2020 18:47 (three weeks ago) link

nice. have fun!

this has been the best year fuiud (rip van wanko), Sunday, 19 July 2020 18:51 (three weeks ago) link

That sounds great, Aimless. If you ever want to get into northeast California, I highly recommend hiking in the Warner Mountains outside of Alturas, in the godforsaken Modoc County. Gorgeous country, on a good day can see both Lassen and Shasta, plus the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, all from the same spot. And Eagleville, a weird little resort town with hot springs and such, is there for a nice night of RnR after backpacking with full loads for a few days.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 19 July 2020 19:29 (three weeks ago) link

Enjoy your trip Aimless. Sounds amazing.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 19 July 2020 19:31 (three weeks ago) link

That sounds amazing and makes my conservative plans (in the UK) for the summer seem a little daft. I might have a rethink...

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 July 2020 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

Because my conditioning is more of a question this year (lockdown-induced) I'm prepared to scale back if I get out there and don't feel like putting in the two 13 mile days I'd need to hike in order to meet my initial plan. It's a very remote area but I've been there before so I know what to expect. There's a photo of a mountain goat upthread from a 2011 trip I did on the same trail.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 19 July 2020 21:18 (three weeks ago) link

Wait, how are you getting water the rest of the days? Filtering standing water?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 19 July 2020 23:15 (three weeks ago) link

My water will come from lakes located on side trails off the main trail. Those lakes will also provide my campsites. The side trails are from 1 to 2 miles to get to these lakes, so if I were to fetch water from them partway through the day it would require a round trip of 2 to 4 miles before resuming progress on the main trail. Yes, I'll filter it, but the lakes are sub-alpine and pretty clean.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 20 July 2020 00:35 (three weeks ago) link

Gotcha. I've wondered about the water logistics of long backpack trips, but I've been thinking of conditions here in the southwest where "lake" usually means a 1/4 acre depression of dried up mud.
Have fun dude!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 20 July 2020 03:50 (three weeks ago) link

Oh. my. goodness. She’s a rock.

I want this girl in my foxhole... pic.twitter.com/4oT67HFKPg

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 19, 2020

this has been the best year fuiud (rip van wanko), Monday, 20 July 2020 14:19 (three weeks ago) link

I'm back. The peak bagging was a pipe dream, but I did put in my full 57 miles of hiking.

There were so many mountain goats they were a positive nuisance. At one time I had about 15 goats, from two different herds all milling around like a traffic jam. I had to use my "voice of command" and a lot of very stern looks to keep them out of my campsite - but no aggressive moves, just strongly signaling where my territory began and not to enter it. They were very persistent and we were often only 20 feet apart as I faced them down. Very annoying and energy-consuming. Otherwise, a challenging, but excellent six days in the wilderness.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Thursday, 30 July 2020 03:58 (one week ago) link

Pix?

Well done in the 57 miles, A!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 July 2020 04:55 (one week ago) link

I'll be in my favorite hiking grounds next week, southwestern Colorado. Sister joining me this time so have to plan hikes that aren't too strenuous.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 July 2020 04:57 (one week ago) link

Anyone spent time in the Cranberry Wilderness, one of these spots in WV that's supposedly among the quietest and most remote in the east coast?

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:15 (one week ago) link

Wow, sounds like an incredible experience, Aimless.

I got in a short but brutally hot and humid hike with my wife and Mom this past weekend in PA. I haven't exactly kept in tip-top shape but I held up better than expected.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:39 (one week ago) link

Table is that the same thing as Dolly Sods? Went skiing there over the winter and it's great. Feels super-duper remote for an east coast spot.

tobo73, Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:51 (one week ago) link

tobo, Cranberry is southwest of Dolly Sods, more or less 100 miles. Very much reported as one of the most remote places along the eastern seaboard, one has to have compass and map-reading skills since there's no cell service even from the mountain peaks, etc. Technically still in the Monongahela, though.

My partner doesn't want to go south for our next trip, though, and a friend in New York state wants to join, so i think we might try to do something in western Mass, or Vermont (if they're letting out-of-state folks in!)

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:20 (one week ago) link

i should say, we're in Philadelphia, so it takes a while to get to anything worth hiking.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:21 (one week ago) link

table, have you done the pinnacle or hawk mountain in Berks Co? Both worth while and about an hour and change away from Philly.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 30 July 2020 21:51 (one week ago) link

Or maybe just hike up those steps outside of the art museum?

pplains, Thursday, 30 July 2020 23:18 (one week ago) link

PBKR, done those and also hiked around Birdsboro quarry, which is another spot in Berks. My favorite places within two hours are along the AT on the NY/NJ border and along the AT in Lehigh County....but I'm also a sucker for serious thigh burning and views, as well as a ridge hike junky, so that explains my preferences. The Sunfish Pond hike is nice in NJ/NY, and I love the Lehigh Furnace Gap hikes up in that zone

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 31 July 2020 00:14 (one week ago) link

Cool! I will check the AT spots you mentioned. My parents live 15 minutes from Hawk Mtn, so we usually go somewhere near to there.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Friday, 31 July 2020 00:32 (one week ago) link

did a hike up to santa fe baldy a few weeks ago, and it were good. big day, 14mi roundtrip and topping out at just under 13000ft

gbx, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:25 (one week ago) link

Would dearly love to be on top of a mountain just now. Have more or less accepted that this year is going to be a write-off though because I'm reliant on public transport to get to the start of routes.
Enjoying reading about other posters' trips anyway - obviously a lot of the routes in the US are on a different scale to anything here (13000 ft would be more than treble anything I've done..)

Mr Andy M, Sunday, 2 August 2020 13:22 (one week ago) link

Was on Colorado Trail near Little Molas Lake yesterday. A young couple was passing the other direction, so I stepped off trail and pulled up my mask. They guy asked why I was doing that, was it for myself, for them, or for both. I said for both, and that it's a very easy thing to just pull up my mask. Up to that point I thought mayyyybe he was sincerely wondering why I masked up. "It's just like the flu" he said, confirming that he was somehow offended that I put a mask on and was confronting me about it. If anyone had a reason to confront someone here, it would be ME confronting him for NOT wearing a mask. Why on earth would you care that I am wearing a mask while you decided not to??
He started going into some rant but by that point I was walking away (I'm on my last day of vacation, soaking in the peaceful nature, and you fucking want to bring this idiotic "political" debate up right now you little arrogant meddlesome shit??) and couldn't make out what he was saying, so just replied "yeah that's great".

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:17 (two days ago) link

Ugh, sorry about that.

Mom jokes are his way of showing affection (to your mom) (PBKR), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:19 (two days ago) link

I had planned an easy hike, medium hike, and difficult hike for me and my sister to do in SW CO, in that order. When she struggled with the easy one, I figured the hard one was out of the picture but hoped she could do the medium one: Highland Mary Lakes. We went very slowly but it didn't matter. We got up to 12000 feet, 98% of the uphill was done. But when we got to the small scree field she had enough. She has terrible balance and is gun-shy due to breaking an ankle a few years ago. She made one half-hearted attempt to traverse the scree and gave up. I should've insisted she try it without trekking poles, as that just made her more unbalanced, but I had already spent past 15 minutes coaxing her to just attempt it. I knew she'd regret giving up, and she did, but also knew that in that moment there was no way she was going to make it to the lakes. Was pretty frustrating since she was literally around the corner from them. She's only getting older, and I had thought this trip might be her last chance to see things you can only see via moderate to strenuous hikes.
She did say that even without seeing the lakes, that was the most scenic hike she's ever been on. And now she knows why I kept warning her that CO hikes are in a different league than AZ hikes.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:30 (two days ago) link


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