Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gospel Hump Wilderness

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gospel Hump Wilderness

I hiked the ICT West Alternate route, part of which passes to the north side of the Gospel Hump Wilderness.   through the previous experience of my friend Jerry Finnegan (ICT Class of 2009) I learned about the *horrible* condition of the trail from Sourdough Lookout east to Five Mile Pond.   I made the decision to go THROUGH the Gospel Hump rather than around it.   I wound up crossing the Gospel Hump twice.   I came in from the east, from Orogrande Summit on one hike with one of my sons, then came in from the west from Square Mountain Lookout and went across the wilderness to connect, with another one of my sons.   in this way, I made a connecting trail between Rocky Bluff Campground all the way over to Five Mile Pond.

This illustrates a point I would like to make to prospective ICT hikers.   especially when dealing with the trail up north (north of the Salmon River).   it's okay to give yourself permission to deviate from the *official* trail.   There were several places that I chose to re-route, for various reasons.   Water and Safety were usually high on the priority list.  

see the video below 

Buffalo Hump Gospel Hump Wilderness

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gospel Hump Wilderness

near the end of a hike in the Gospel Hump Wilderness in August of 2009
with my oldest son John.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kinney Point

another attempted hiking trip with the llamas near Kinney Point above Hell's Canyon.

this time we experienced 9 inches of snow.

Upper Indian Creek

more llama hiking with my friend Darwin.   this trail is about 5000 feet above the place where we started on the Deep Creek trail in Hell's Canyon.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Split Creek ICT video

I just uploaded this video to my Youtube channel.

"Up the Creek....without a Tent Pole"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Deep Creek hike in Hell's Canyon

the link is for our hike in Deep Creek in Hell's Canyon on Sept. 24th and 25th

Pictures from Ron

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the Kindness of Strangers

recently met some folks near Granite Lake (in the vicinity of McCall, Idaho) who were kind enough to give me a 7 mile hitch during a tough day.   thanks to Hal and Marguerite and their pup, Orley

2012 hiking

211 miles of hiking trails so far this year.    753 total miles of walking so far this year.     from the southern desert of Idaho, to the mountains of the Gospel Hump Wilderness, Hell's Canyon, Loon Lake, and the Weiser River Trail, I have gotten to re-visit some places I enjoyed during my ICT hike across Idaho.   hopefully more to come.....