Wednesday, March 25, 2015

THREE CREEK ROAD

the last 2 weekends   ( March 15-16  and March 22-24)   I have put in 53 miles of hiking in southern Idaho.    the town of Rogerson, Idaho has been my base for food and supplies.    The first installment was 6 miles (x2) to the east of Rogerson, on Shoshone Basin Road.    

next section was 47 miles from the beginning of the Idaho Centennial Trail  south terminus heading east on Three Creek Road.    it was pavement all the way.    The attached map shows my route.  

Darwin Clampitt helped with shuttle duties.   I parked my car in Rogerson, and Darwin dropped me off at the western end of the hike.    Sunday afternoon I hiked 16 miles, the first 10 of which were without my pack and gallon water jug.    I camped beside the road Sunday night.    It was very windy and rained some near dawn.

Monday was a 24 mile day.   The wind blew hard all day.   Thankfully, it was at my back for the entire route.    Waves of snow showers came through about every hour, each one progressively stronger.   After 6 hours of walking, I stopped for a break.   I put my tarp against a barbed wire corner post to hunker down against the wind.    As soon as I stopped moving I began to get cold.   However, I needed the rest and the lunch break.    After an hour rest, I moved on.   I walked another 4 hours to get to Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir and the Lud Drexler campground.    

Once again, as soon as I stopped moving, I stopped generating warmth.   It was getting cold and I was concerned about staying warm.    For the first time ever in my hiking career, I camped for the night in a bathroom.    It was a pit toilet, but it was one of the handicapped sized versions.   The floor was clean.   I was a bit on the desperate side.    I knew I was in the beginning stages of hypothermia.   It was a matter of survival.    Getting inside immediately got me out of the wind.   Wearing just about every article of clothing, with my new down booties and my snow cap, and my hood, and Underarmor gloves, with the sleeping quilt made by my wife and my Thermarest mattress beneath me, I was able to get warmed up and stay warm (mostly) all night.  

It was a much needed rest after a 24 mile day.    In the middle of the night, I though there were bears in the garbage dumpsters, because they kept banging around.   When I got up and looked out in the morning, I saw that it had been raining and it was still very windy.   The wind must have been rattling the dumpsters.  

I walked the remaining 7 miles into Rogerson, still with a strong wind at my back.  

I learned some very interesting history about the area and the Jarbidge Canyon area from a very knowledgeable lady at the cafe'.    The cheeseburger was to die for, by the way!  


Friday, February 20, 2015

Walking a Stateline part 06

Stateline Trail part 06
a *miscellaneous* video of some road walking sections of the Idaho Centennial Trail along the Idaho-Montana Stateline Trail. I had vehicle support for these sections. The first part is between FR 506 "Route of the Hiawatha" bike path along FR 391 to FR 305 near Dominion Peak. The second part is a road walk between the Stevens Lakes and Lost Lake trailhead down across Interstate 90 to Larson Road.
Chronologically, these hikes took place the day before the hike shown in Part 05 "The St. Regis Gambit."
Tyler Parrish and Cody Wolter were my chase team.
I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor 




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ICT TOWING PAINS 2008

"The best laid plans of mice and men....." What happens when one of the shuttle vehicles goes out of commision?

This was a planned 40 mile hike on the Idaho Centennial Trail in August of 2008. My 93 Aerostar minivan died at the takeout trailhead, which was Five Mile Pond on the Crooked River Road. Our plans for a one way hike together were busted. Using Jerry's vehicle I drove him around to the other end at Rocky Bluff Campground, on Slate Creek. He would now hike solo across the 40 mile stretch, going roughly Counter Clockwise around the western and northern edges of the Gospel Hump Wilderness.

While my van was being towed and repaired, I would camp at Five Mile Pond on the other end, and wait for Jerry. I had 3 days of time to kill.

Inspiration came to "improvise" a new hike while I waited for him. I needed to make a connection between Five Mile Pond on one end, and French Gulch on the other end. 19 miles going, 18 miles coming back. Since Jerry had problems with the ICT section in between on his previous hike, I planned a long road walk around, using an existing network of Forest Service and discontinued roads.




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mt. Heinen

exploring Bald Mountain Road, south of Idaho City. 12-10-14
6,396 foot Mt. Heinen is in the background.  
1st pic is Tyler my son-in-law.     2nd pic is me.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dutch Creek

the view from the hillside at Dutch Creek, where we placed our "Dutch Army" geocache.      This view is looking to the south towards Arrowrock Reservoir.  




First Geocache

Tyler (my son-in-law)   and I made our first geocache location today! 

if you go to co-ordinates N 43 deg 36' 17.08" W 115 deg 53' 05.52" you can find our cache at Dutch Creek. 

We named it "Dutch Army"

the reason for the name?   the cache is a small ammunition box, with a plastic container inside filled with plastic army men.   One of the traditions of the geocache, although not always required, is that there are small items inside.   Finders can trade a small item, such as a coin, pen, business card, belly button lint, etc.  for one of the items inside.   We put our email addresses in the logbook, asking finders to send us an email telling us where the "Dutch army" has travelled.   

The cache is placed at Dutch Creek, hence the name "Dutch Army."

it should appear soon on the www.geocaching.com website.

see image below


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HANG GLIDER HILL

Today I made about a 4 1/2 mile loop up and back in the Boise foothills.   

I don't know the name of this hill, but it is the hill where the hang glider folks launch from. 

It is in east Boise, up near Hammer Flats.  

Today I did some exploring up there.   The road is very steep going up to the ridge, but the view is very rewarding.   It was awesome.   There is quite a view of the valley.  The trees are just about peak color now.

It is easy to see, from the ridge, why the hill is popular for hang gliding.   The ridge itself is about 10 feet wide, relatively flat with a trail, with both sides gradually sloping down to a precipitous drop off.   The curvature is ideal for someone to make a running start with their hang glider, going downhill, and launching from the edge out over an expansive valley.    

I continued on up the ridge, and took a side trail, which was really just a terrace contoured along the hill.   It might have been an old fire break line.  The single track was fairly well defined and easy to follow.   I could trace the contour ahead for at least 2 or 3 miles around the steadily rising ridge.  

When I got around on the back side of the ridge, it was SO quiet!    It always amazes me how such vast distances can be so silent and peaceful.   I took a beeline up the hill and connected to the road/path along the top of the ridge and followed it back to the hang glider launching section.   From there I came back down the same path to the car, parked near Diversion Dam.

I would like to continue on up the ridge and make the connection to Highland Valley Road, and then continue on up to the summit of Lucky Peak.   

The climb was a good test of my injured ankle.   It did really well, with my neoprene compression sock.  

see the attached map for my path today....