Sunday, March 10, 2013
Last Tuesday's little OHT jaunt was not worth writing up, other than to say my chance of dying on the hike was fantastically slim. The wind chill was below freezing the whole way but I was carrying enough clothing to survive the night if something happened. I had photos of maps on my camera. I had food. I had a water filter. I left a hike plan with Mrs. DMG and adhered to it. I managed the whole experience with such a nod to caution that there simply was no way it would become an adventure. I wanted a really fun 25-mile hike, and that's all I had. I did snap a few pictures, though, so I guess I'll post them: I started at the Hwy 23 trailhead and hiked west to Spirits Creek and back. Obligatory rock house photo. I took my shoes off to cross Fane Creek the first time but did the proper thing and got my shoes wet on the way back. Amazingly, I did not see a single deer. I did see three turkeys and a rabbit, though. Spirits Creek. This is where I turned around. A more adventurous soul would have pressed on to White Rock Mountain. Funny, it was an early morning kayak trade that precipitated this whole safe, measured outdoor experience. I won't get into it.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The battery on my Garmin ran out before I finished my little OHT hike, but Tim Ernst's guidebook puts the distance at not quite 25 miles. I'm going with that because he's wheeled the entire trail twice. The Garmin samples position periodically rather than continuously causing smoothing of switchbacks and such, short-changing my mileage by several percent. No problem. It took me about eight and a half hours. Nice hike! http://connect.garmin.com/activity/280945125