Tag: Hiking

Lost … and Bonkers

 

This story from Wired is about the behavior of people who get lost in the woods, and features a search that the Maine Warden Service conducted, at great cost in time, treasure, and heartache, over many, many fruitless months. Middle-aged retired nurse and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gerry Largay’s body was ultimately found, accidentally and fortuitously, by a forest surveyor.

As you might imagine, it was an appalling ordeal for Mrs. Largay’s family and a big deal and painful failure for the searchers. That failure is painful and feels personal.

Renovation and Hiking

 

When I was young, we used to go hiking quite often.  Or it seemed often to me. I think avid hikers would snort in disdain.  The Gorge area between Washington and Oregon has some very nice mountain and hill trails.  I’ve also been up Mount St. Helens four times (which is, admittedly, an easy mountain) and Mount Adams. One of the places we went to often was Dog Mountain.  If you get there at the right time of the year, the wildflowers are blooming and it is beautiful. Supposedly it is a hard hike. I didn’t learn that until after we’d done it multiple times before I was 12, so I don’t know if that’s true.  Beacon Rock is just climbing stairs, and that is hard.  That one is also boring, but the view is nice, I guess.

My uncle loved hiking and caving and found lots of little-used side trails to explore.  He didn’t have kids, so he borrowed his nieces and nephews to help him explore. My mother used to come with until our much younger siblings got old enough to coin the phrase “My legs are broken, carry me!”  When they were really little we could carry them in the hiking backpack. But it’s no fun to have to hike with a whiner. Apparently, the oldest four kids did not whine in that context, or if we did, maybe not as much?  I remember enjoying going on the hikes, even in the rain, and thrilling at the views at the top and the exhaustion and soreness at the end.

Getting High with Ricochet Friends

 

Struggling to absorb enough oxygen from thin air, it’s a labor to walk 20 feet. The steep broken rocks that loom above look like teeth, and I imagine myself falling away from the narrow trail and tumbling down to hungry stone faces below. With a firm grip on trekking poles for balance, I pause and contemplate turning around to return to the forgiving embrace of a warm, soft bed when a voice above shouts encouragement. Taking a deep breath, I forge forward, knowing that pride may have to haul me up the last thousand feet or so.

We did it! From L to R: drlorentz,(anonymous member) , Dan, Nice Grizzly, me, Dave, Kelly, Danny

Member Post

 

Well, it’s November! That means 2 things: The Dodgers aren’t World Series champions and it’s time to meet up with your fellow Ricochet mountaineers! Further to this, and this, we are closing in on 11/11. As mentioned, we are meeting at Manker Flats at 7:30 in the am. There is street parking up and down Mt. […]

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Further to the OP, The Mountains Are Calling, Ricochetti Must Go we will be meeting on Saturday, November 11, 7:30 am at the Mt. Baldy Trailhead (Manker Flats). I will do another post in the next couple weeks with specific logistics.  Here are my suggestions to anyone considering joining us…  DO IT! But get prepared. […]

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I got the title from several years of listening to Mrs. D.’s Kindergarteners do their show and tell routine at the end of the day when I sub for them. Only the class “president” for the day gets to show the item, and students must first try to guess what it is based on the initial […]

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The girls and I were finally in Montana after all that build-up. It’s significant that my first Montana post didn’t appear until September 3, 2006–a month after we’d arrived. I think I must have been a little occupied those four weeks. Anyway, I didn’t have time to dwell on the city and people I’d left behind. […]

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Ever since hiking the Highline Trail with my siblings, I’ve wanted to do it again.  The eight-mile trail is at the top of Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, across from the Visitors’ Center.  It ends at the historic Granite Park Chalet and you can get back either by retracing your route, or […]

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