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Heart of Darkness loop fastpack

The Heart of Darkness loop is a 40-ish mile loop located in the eastern end of the Ochoco Mountains in central Oregon. It’s a remote area that sees relatively little trail use, but that’s a shame – it’s the quintessential Ochoco experience: Big pines, open meadows, exposed peaks, and deep canyons are the theme throughout

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Smoked out: Late summer fastpacking

So, let’s discuss my attempts to get out in the mountains during August and September. First, however, I’ll mention that I built an experimental backpack intended to be used for fastpacking trips – backpacking with a significant running component. My goal was end up with a pack that would last for a little while, be

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Backpacking Green Lakes and South Sister

On July 19-21 I headed off into the Three Sisters Wilderness for three days and two nights. Day 1 – Hike to Green Lakes Starting from my neighborhood, I hiked to Tumalo Falls and took the Bridge Creek Trail to the Brokentop area. I took the Crater Ditch trail to Brokentop and across to Green

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Todd Lake / Tumalo Mountain Backpacking

On July 3-4 I took off on a short, fast backpacking trip, aiming to see some views and explore a few new (to me) trails. Day 1 Starting from my neighborhood, I hiked to Tumalo Falls and up to the Metolius-Windigo Trail, which I took toward Todd Lake. I had several miles of constant mosquitos

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Crater Lake

Yesterday we went to Crater Lake National Park. It was something of a last-minute getaway, since the park’s north entrance road and the Rim Road will be closing this coming weekend for the winter. However, the weather for now was amazing and we had beautiful clear views of the lake all day with only a

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