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20+ miles through Cougar, Bear and Mountain Goat Territory-Should Be Fun!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Skyebug77, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. Skyebug77

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    Ok so planning my next big hike. This will be a 20 mile journey through the backside of several mountain ranges on the pacific crest trail.

    Here is a map and planned route:

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    We will be "Starting from the river at around 1000 feet, it climbs nine miles up to a rock outcropping that sits at 3800 feet. 2800 feet over nine miles? Easy, right? Except that in the first five miles, the trail climbs up and over a ridge and then drops down to a stream crossing before climbing back up to 2000 feet again only to drop down to 1500 feet where the bridge is out over Stebbins Creek. That leaves the final push to the summit a 2300 foot climb in four short miles"

    That is the first of the adventure. You can actually read more about this first half of the adventure and see a cool 3 d map of the first portion of the hike here: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5228663

    This hike is rated # 25th best hike out of 1138 trails in Washington state and #1 for the MT Hood region.

    So after camping the night up there we will be essentially be following the PCT south to table mountain trail and exit in Bonneville WA.

    You can see most of the description for the 2nd portion here (in reverse of what I am doing): http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/three-corner-rock

    This hike should be very challenging with a bit of cliff climbing, 360 degree views of multiple volcanic mountain ranges. Should be tiring, fulfilling and fun (after a day or two of rest afterwards).
     
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    That's some intense elevation change. Good luck, man. Take pictures and bring along plenty of water and/or filtration tablets.
     
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    I suggest you to hike in peru, bolivia and chile. I love hiking and out of 12 countries I've been to they were the best

    Tough, I don't know. I literally feel another energy in that part of the world somehow, which I fell in love with. So maybe I'm a bit sided
     
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    Yeah this is kinda cool. Would be interested to see pictures when you get back. Stay safe
     
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    Sound like fun, we dont have mountain here :D
     
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    Awesome buddy! Your threads have become an inspiration to my team here..

    A big Shout out to you - Rock ON!
     
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  8. niche racer

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    Nice Pre planning trip Brother.
    If i am there surely i will make join in your trip.
    Will you allow me to come with you?
     
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  9. Skyebug77

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    Yeah I have a water filtration system. It is a hand held pump so I can pump water right out of any water sources.

    I always want to hike the Andes...Go see the ancient ruins.

    Thanks. My buddy is going with me., and we always go prepared. Will take as many pics as I can for sure.

    Thank you. Would love to see you get out there and follow your threads for your adventures.


    Well, get up to Portland by 7 am on Monday, thats when we are going...You are more than welcome to come with...
     
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    Got the pack all set, going light.

    first aid kit
    8 x 10 tarp (for shelter)
    3 freeze dried meals with 6 sets of snacks to munch on through out the two days.
    water filter pump
    extra set of socks
    2 layers of clothes (ill layer up and down as needed)
    poncho (for rain)
    sleeping bag
    Toilet paper
    1 liter water bottle x 4
    map
    compass
    6 inch hunting knife
    1911 .45 Cal
    150 ft para cord rope
    flint/fire starter
    small propane tank with mount to hold propane burner (light weight)
    1 person mess kit (spork/bowl)

    Im ready to roll.... :D
     
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    Hmm Superb. Good First Aid Remedies.
    Enjoy your trip well.
    Have a safe Journey.
     
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    Made it back safe. The 20 miles turned into 30 miles. Pics incoming soon Be ready as these are some awesome pictures and a cool story to go along.
     
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    Ok guys, this hike was one of the hardest things I have ever done. My feet are swollen and blistered up, all of my leg muscles and upper back and shoulder muscles feel destroyed. Although the trip was difficult, I feel accomplished. I set out knowing this was a very difficult hike, achieved my goal and "conquered the mountain" as they say.

    Now let me tell you about this hike. Just as planned we hiked in at the 3 corner rock trail head above Dougan Falls. I had previously hiked a small portion of that hike before. If you want to see that portion of the hike, I shared that hike in a previous thread here: http://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/lets-take-a-break-for-a-minute.839784/#post-8865885

    The hike started out normal, up and down switch backs on the trail for the first 5 miles traversing different mountain and hill tops. It wasn't until about 4 miles in that we caught our first glimpse of 3 corner rock (our goal). Here is what that view looked like.

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    Around mile five we found a really cool creek that had a cool little water fall and an area big enough for the dogs to jump in and cool off.

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    After resting a bit at the creek, we hit the trail some more. At mile six we were in for a huge shock........

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    Logging had destroyed not also this section of the forest, but the loggers had also destroyed the trail..... Six miles in we were faced with our first unexpected set back. We weighed our options and decided since we were only about four miles away from the mountain, to bush whack our way through the forest, heading in the direction of where we believed the trail would be. If you look at the map in the op, you can see an old logging road CG-1440. We figured once we hit that we would be able to find the trail again to go up and summit in our first day as we had planned. On the way to the logging trail I got several awesome pictures. Check them out below.

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    After about an hour of bush whacking we finally hit the logging road. Traveling north for another few miles we didn't find the actual trail to the top of 3 corner rock. We looked at our map, and figured out that we barely over shot the trail leading to the climb up when we came onto the logging road. We were about half way up this logging road to the junction. We now had a decision to make; either we head back to look for the actual original trail, or we could continue up the logging road a couple more miles to an intersecting logging road, take that first right onto CG-2090 and from there jump on to the Pacific crest trail heading south, from there going back up the mountain to jump onto a juncture from the pct that heads up to 3 corner rock.

    It was 5:30 PM, we decided to camp by a creek side and make our decision in the morning. We set up camp, ate dinner and relaxed, resting for the next day. We just added perhaps ten more miles to our journey.

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    Morning came early. We woke up at 5:30 am, broke down camp, ate breakfast and took off, deciding to head up the logging road, to the intersection to catch the PCT south. Next Stop, the top of a mountain. Check out this cool video I took from the very top. Absolutely breath taking.

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    Anyways, the journey was very long, really difficult, yet internally fulfilling. I saw some awesome stuff, had lots of time for self reflection and most of all I realized how much inner strength it takes to keep going. I had to dig deep at certain parts to keep going. I am sure if I took more time to do this, perhaps it would have been easier on my body, but there is something about pushing yourself to limits that ultimately is its own reward making me feel accomplished with myself. I realized that this is no different than what we all do here....internet marketing. Endurance, determination and persistence will get anyone to the top of a mountain.

    Anyways, hope you guys like my little journey. There are a few more cool pics below.

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    Your missing something there.. The 12 gauge
     
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    Hahaha yes. No gauge but there was heat with us for sure, plus two dogs. We actually heard some type of animal roar after the sun set on our first night. The dogs jumped up barking. Not sure what it was though. We did see some bear poop the next day all over a section of the trail.
     
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    Not to downplay you. Perhaps you should consider a real hike in Mountain Goat, Mountain Lion, and Bear country. Kings Peak in Utah.
    http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/kings-peak-trail

    27 mile, lightly traveled hike. Altitude 13,534 feet. Recommended only for experienced hikers
     
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    Looks like a really cool journey in some beautiful lands. Why dont you post some of the pics from when you did it? Id love to see them.
     
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    Some people only take pictures for things related to their work. You can trust that I have taken hikes that the Mountain Goats were calling me a fool as they flew by in helicopters. Pictures prove nothing my man. Do enjoy your trip.
     
  19. niche racer

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    Nice pictures Brother. Especially capturing the dog jumping on the stream.
    I like those cool climates misty over all the places.
    We'll never have this kind of climates over here.
    Next time plan for Himalayas @skvebug77.
     
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    The dogs loved the water. They were literally climbing up rocks just to jump in the water. Maybe someday Ill do thee Himalayas. Ive always wanted to go to Bhutan.