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PostWed Dec 13, 2006 12:21 pm 
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PostThu Feb 22, 2018 2:08 pm 
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I crossed a log jam bridge across a creek big as a small river .  2 days later the creek is roaring higher and the middle of the log jam was gone!!! Two of us spent a couple of hours bridging the gap with logs and branches and it went well after filled back together.

I spent a few alpine overnights on unplanned bivy without much gear. Good to have firestarter,  a small saw, light pad, light tarp, maybe a light bivy sack or blizzard bag.

Seems like every climbing hike i have some sort of hairy moments.  Last year i broke two trekking poles using them for self arrest on snow on the ptarmington traverse.

A yellow streak down the middle of the back also helps to stay well and alive.  Listen  to that yellow streak.....
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PostSat Apr 21, 2018 4:57 pm 
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5 years ago, I was on a mission to bag French Peak and find that old geocache up there. It took me three tries over the summer. First trip, I tried heading in directly up the ridge, but got cliffed out. However, I did find an old, old abandoned road right next to the trailhead for the Boulder River trail.  I did some research on this old road.

Second trip, I got on a plenty early start, but ran out of time, roughly about the halfway point at a pond on top of the ridge. Lot of bear sign in the area. It was 1ish and I had started about 545 am that morning. Ok, time to turn back. Got back to the car about hour before dark. On the way back I found a nice blacktail shed so that made my day. Plus, I noticed an old road on the ridge itself. Hmmm....interesting! I opted to be sure about getting out by going out the same way I went in. Further research later on, revealed that this old road on top connected to the one I noticed by the trailhead. it was an old, old meskters map that revealed this. I had kept more to the east side of the ridge on ths trip, but didn't use the old road by the trailhead.

Ok, the third and successful trip, but I learned a few things on this one! first mistake....about mile in on the old road leading from the trailhead, I realized I didn't have my paper maps. I backtracked a bit to see if they fell out of my pocket. Decided I needed to get a move on and stay on course. I had plotted my route with back bearings, etc. Wps off  TOPO! and so on. My gps has a map on it and my created wps and ones I made on the ridge from the last two trips. Decided I needed to just do it. Navigation via a gps screen isn't easy. I didn't have one of those smartphones than.

I was still able to negotiate my way to the junction with the top old road and it was actually fairly easy to follow up the ridge until it petered off. I kept going up....checking waypoints. Then about 11 am, I wasn't looking where I was going and stepped rights into a bee hive! Got stung 5 times by some type of bumble or forest bee. Not wasps. I realized I didn't have benadryl with me. Mistake 2. I'm not allergic, but that can change over time. My father is allergic. Stayed calm and drank water and realized I was fine. Back on trail or bushwack if you will.

I get back that pond, I was at a couple weeks before. It's about noon. I knew I needed to pick up the pace a bit. Looking back, I spent way too much time looking at the damn gps. Basically, I knew I just needed to stay on the ridge, but kinda forgot about that. It got very brushy and lot of blowdowns after the pond. Suddenly, my pack strap gave alway. sh##!

Good thing in prepping for this trip, I had thrown in few feet of cord and had a sharp pocket knife. I just made a hole on end of pack strap and to the other end on the pack itself and tied them together with a piece of the cord. Ok, that has been solved. Probably wasted half hour on that.

Next couple of hours went by, alternatively easy and very brushy sections. Then about a bit before 4 pm, as I was heading up a narrower section of the ridge, about 0.34 miles from the top of French Peak, a HUGE black bear came up from the side of the ridge only 40 feet away or so. I instinctively yelled, "There's a bear!" It looked at me and thankfully, kept crossing over and up the ridge. I stayed put for ten minutes. It was at this point, I realized I should be carrying bear spray.

Ok, I get the summit and the geocache which had been buried under years of duff. Took me way too long I admit. Anyrate, my mistake of forgetting the paper maps early that morning kicked in. On my way down, I got confused. I had forgot that there was a rib or small side ridge near the summit. I was heading down that rather than the main. Eventually, I figured it out by trusting my instincts something wasn't right and backtracking.

Ok, near 9 pm, I knew I was going to have to bivouac. My headlamp was plenty bright for night travel, but I hadn't got back to the pond area yet and still had that god awful thick sh## of younger hemlocks to bash through. I found a somewhat sheltered flat shelf area on the side of the main ridge and I was very glad to have carrie4 fleece top and bottoms in the pack an extra socks. I had a ground cover and survival blanket to use. I had cell contact....thank god!!! Let my late girlfriend know that I was OK,  but ran out of daylight.

A major error on my part in getting ready for this trip was that while I had packed more than enough water, I didn't pack nearly enough food. Just a pb sandwhich, tube of ritz crackers and a candy bar. The hike out next day took ALL DAY.  I had fitfully slept the night before and got confused after the pond area. Finally, I just kept to the east side of the ridge and figured it out. I stumbled a bit more than usual and damn near poked my ear with branch. See, the brain was becoming food deprived and I was getting disoriented a little to easy, but I somehow kept my whits and worked my way down. Paper maps would have made things easier for me rather than trying to look at a tiny gps screen. My maps had the waypoints n it and plotted bearings. AT least I had my compass and declination set correctly so I could check that with the gps info.

It is really, really good that I was smart enough to mark some key spots with orange flagging on my way up. Had I not done that, I might have gone astray or going in circles as I was paying for my lack of food on that day out. yes, I removed the ribbons as I encountered them.

Finally, I almost made another mistake of trying to short cut the top old road. I started to do that and it got really steep and rocky. Probably would have got cliffish. Something made me turn around and stick to the sure route. Got back to the jeep and celebrated. However, I should have taken a nap there. Damn near fell asleep three times on the way home. Lifetime adventure for me! Lot of lessons learned. Maria got me a beacon locator that christmas and I carry bear spray now.

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PostWed Jun 13, 2018 10:45 pm 
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Today left a bad taste in my mouth and the lesson that I (re)learned today for myself is: Don't be so stupid! Also that you should always have a backup plan to fallback to if something is closed and to go with a partner, this wouldn't have happened otherwise becasue he would've talked some sense into me I hope.

So today I tried to drive from Wenatchee to Blewett Pass via the Libery-Beehive Rd and do some prospecting in the end. The only info I had on the conditions was the webcam from Mission Ridge so I knew there wasn't snow. Well I went right on up in my 2008 Honda CRV and when I got to the sign off to the side of the road that said "road closed" "washed out 2.8 mi" and then some other assorted writings from other users I decided to go ahead until I couldn't. After all I had come all this way. Well I got to another sign, pushed off to the side of the road that said "road closed" "unsafe to travel" I ran ahead to see inspect the 4 seperate washed out parts of the road that others had crossed (in ORVs or jeeps clearly) and I convinced myself that I could make it with a little help from my trusty pick and shovel. Well I made some accommodations for my modest clearance/AWD vehicle and descended into the first washout. When I started to climb up out of it my wheels start to slide toward the abyss and I halt everything there, put the parking brake and to sum it all up I spent the next 4 or maybe 5 hours building a wall out of the ubiquitous chunks of basalt and tearing up the road to make it more passable. Obviously I wasn't about to do this 3 more times. Oh did I mention how I got the car turned around on that narrow stretch to go back? Well even when I had done everything I could I still was dubious that I would make it back up what I had come down so only by the grace of God (in all seriousness) am I back home now with my car intact. It was nice to feel sweet pavement again. Next time I will take the freeway or an ATV.

Oh how is this hiking related. Well after all that I hiked up above the road a ways almost to the top of the ridge and it was a beautiful view.
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PostFri Jun 15, 2018 2:28 pm 
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"...and the lesson that I (re)learned today for myself is: Don't be so stupid!"

Ha! Welcome to my world! Glad you sorted it out ok. Good judgment often comes from living through a session of bad judgment...and boy, have I done some of that!

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PostFri Jun 15, 2018 3:04 pm 
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Did basically the same thing once trying to cross over the top between between the Satsop river and Vance Creek.  Made it over a "one way" berm only to come to a washout.  Frantically used our kayak paddles to re-grade the berm as it was getting dark so we could get my old Subie wagon back over it. God fun!
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PostFri Jun 15, 2018 3:08 pm 
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JonnyQuest wrote:
Made it over a "one way" berm only to come to a washout.

winksmile.gif  And only then do we realize why the berms are there  lol.gif
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