Monday, September 10, 2007

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Fest

Spent the weekend in Port Townsend at the Wooden Boat Festival with my old friend Jessie. It was a perfect day for wandering the docks looking at some amazing boats. Didn't get out on the water but I did get a look at some amazing boats, sailing in the nice stiff breeze. The picture is of Adventuress, the schooner that I crewed on two years ago. She had some work done on her recently and she is looking better than ever now!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Hike into the Mt. Adams Wilderness

Wow, I just got back from a great trip into the north side of the Mount Adams Wilderness with Camille. I have seen the north face of Adams before, from the Goat Rocks Wilderness, but I've never been close to this side of the mountain before. From our campsite the Adams Glacier seemed to be cascading right down on top of us (in reality we were still about a half mile away from it but it looked big and close). Mt. Adams is a huge bulk of a mountain, rising to over 12,000 ft. I've climber it a few times, but only from the much mellower south side. Climbing from the north side, as the picture on the right suggests, would be a very burly undertaking. Our campsite also had great views of Mt. Rainier to the north and the Goat Rocks Wilderness to the northwest. I would definately suggest this hike to anyone wanting to get a view of Adams, which is a mountain we don't see too often from Portland. The trail leading in is loaded with people on horseback though so you have to be prepared for that.

Jefferson Park Adventures

Stuart, Karl and I just got back from an epic trip to the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. The hiking was pretty burly and my body is beat but happy. They headed in on Friday morning but I had to work, so I joined them later that evening. It was about a four hour hike in with a pretty respectable elevation gain. I hiked the last hour or so in the dark, and managed to get off the main trail at one point, but I met a group of three women who were camped by a nice little lake and they got me headed back in the right direction. The picture is one that Stuart took from our campsite on the second night. It was a great spot to spend the night. We woke up to snow falling, although it cleared as we got ourselves packed up and on the trail back to the cars