Braving the Rapids of Hells Canyon Part 1

DSC_0119I awoke to what sounded like a bear crashing through the tall grass. I was cowboy camping so I did not have the protection of my tent. I understand that the protection the tent would have had against a bear is all in my head but hey it is protection none the less. Out of instinct I grabbed my trekking poles that I had placed next to my sleeping pad in the event I needed to use them as some time of deterrent.  I guess that if I was going to fight a bear i might as well have my trusty Leki sabers to swing. To my surprise it was not a bear instead it was Trevor waking up and walking towards the main part of camp.  I was excited to get up and get moving because we were white water rafting today but I also get to learn more about Wendy and Trevor and get to know them.

A quick funny side story about Trevor. The night before I was headed from my camp spot to the main part of camp. I had  grabbed a coat and my headlamp in preparation for the evening and passed Trevor. He said that he was headed to go get something and would be back soon. I said ok and did not think much about it. A long while later some time after dinner we begun to wonder where he had gone. A hunting party set off and found him passed out in the weeds next to his stuff. We found out a little later that he had partaken of a few libations before the hikers had gotten there since he rode in with Parker, Becky, and Wendy on the boats.  We would also find out that Trevor intended to just go take a quick nap but instead missed dinner and slept through the entire night.

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Testing the Columbia #TurboDown #omniten Style

In January all 40 #omniten were sent to Park City Utah for the #omnigames.  As part of the trip we were given some awesome gear to test out. The new TurboDown jackets were part of that gear. We were surprised with a jacket for each #omniten member right after a presentation about the new technology that Columbia would be rolling out for winter 2014.  After the #omnigames I wrote a review about the jacket and since then it is always in my kit no matter where I am headed. Columbia just released a new video about the #omniten testing the TurboDown jackets during the #omnigames enjoy.

#AdventureMonday – 9/29/2014

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Welcome to another awesome #AdventureMonday. This week like always we have some awesome photos to share. Please make sure to tag your photos with #hikingthetrail to have a chance to be featured next week. Happy Adventuring

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#HellHikeAndRaft Hiking into the shadow of the Devil Part 3

It was another very cold morning. Some of the water had begun to freeze leaving a thin layer frozen on top. I put on a few extra layers and crawled out of my tent. One of the things I love most about camping is waking up to the cold crisp morning air. I gathered up a few things and headed over to the fire. Several others were already up and stoking the fire. Today was our last day on the trail. An excitement was in camp. We were all excited to meet Parker and Becky on the river, but sad to have to say goodbye to Marshall and John. John was headed back home with the horses and Tubbs. Marshall was headed to a wedding and was meeting a jet boat to take him into town later in the day. Marshall and Rick warned us that due to the conditions of the trail some parts were going to be pretty poor. The US Forest Service was in charge of the trail maintenance but had not completed any in several years. Due to the lack of maintenance Marshall and Parker also warned us that we would need to be extra patient with them because the trails were not marked and in some places nonresistant. (more…)

#HellHikeAndRaft Hiking into the shadow of the Devil Part 2

I woke to a very cold morning. It was extremely hard to get out of my very warm anti-hypothermia cocoon of a sleeping bag. Condensation was covering the inside of the tent. I had been woken up by a sound that can only be described as a Harrier jet landing in the camp. This sound only meant one thing. Coffee was being made. I reluctantly but  carefully put on my warm layers and clothes for the day. I began to pack up the gear inside of my tent. Once I had everything ready it was time to unzip the outer most vestibule door. I cringed as I pushed the door aside and the warm air was instantly gone and a surge of fresh and clean morning mountain air. I grab a few things and head down to an already growing campfire.

Fresh made to order omelets were on the menu for breakfast plus left over cobbler. When I mean fresh I mean not dehydrated in any way eggs, sausage, and chopped veggies all laid out for us to add to our eggs. The best part about making them is that we put the eggs and other chosen ingredients into a ziploc bag. After the ingredients were mixed thoroughly we simply dropped our “bag o omelet” into a large pot of boiling water.
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