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post #46 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2003, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like a good idea. I think I'll pull my photos and report into the stories section of the site as well. I should probably do the same for the Chilkoot one. This would be a good time to mention that if anyone has stories that they would like posted in that section, to mail me and we'll get them online. I've had a number of members in the past send in stories & photos which then go into the stories area. Makes for some great reading... <img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>

With respect to the timing, the 3 days was an aggressive hike. Day 2 was quite long. I don't mind putting in long days, but it can be a tiring one. Day 3 would normally have been relatively sane if it hadn't been for the lack of water.



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With respect to the timing, the 3 days was an aggressive hike. Day 2 was quite long. I don't mind putting in long days, but it can be a tiring one.
Don't forget that we had the drive down there on day one, and then back home on day three. I think three days is a reasonable length of time for the hike.

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Yea, it seems like you guys hiked a good 50 km, which is still quite a bit considering the elevation gain. Were the boulder fields difficult to cross and to find the other side of the trail? I find it to be like that with a lot of the trails I hike, it's hard to find the other side because the rock cairns or tape indicating the way are scattered all over the place and there's just a slight route.

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Finding the route across the boulder fields wasn't that difficult. They usually had poles set up as markers, and / or cairns. You can see an example of a marker near the center of this image

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Oh okay, poles are a lot easier to notice, especially if you're going up a boulder field looking up right at the sun. I was in Ontario this summer, and I hiked this really flat, and quite visible trail. (At least compared to some of the ones on the North Shore) And I couldn't believe they had pink tape and poles all over the place, but I'm guessing it was for cross-country skiing in the winter maybe<img src=icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Did you guys follow route 216 on the map ?

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Pardon alot of the report being in miles. I got kinda used to talking in miles after the few days. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Jimbo used his GPS throughout the whole trip. He saved a cool track log. Maybe he'll post some cool results. I know we covered just over 50KM in the three days. We had 2400m of cummulative gain. Jimbo calc'd it based on the track points.

Here's a map of the hike




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Route 216 is the Loowit Trail.

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Yep, 216 (Loowit). And we entered via 216B at June Lake. If I were to do it again, I might be tempted to try a different entrance over on the West side and do it counter clockwise though.





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Jimbo - 3 questions for ya. Did you need a permit, did you camp each night where you could ,and was the water problem constant through the hike ?

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Permit - We didn't get one. Although we did get a backcountry parking pass (which you should have). I saw somewhere that there is supposed to be some monument fee, since it is a volcanic monument, but we saw nowhere where you could pay nor did anyone ever ask us (but keep in mind that it was September and not really "in season"/

Camping - you pretty much camp where you can. There aren't really "camp spots" like you would normally see at alot of places. There are areas where you are not allowed to camp, such as the blast/research area, but those are relatively well marked.

Water - it was a concern, but we did find enough to get through. The first night we were actually planning to hike back in the dark (and abandon the mission) as we hadn't found water yet. We did manage to find some, albeit not much, the first night so we stuck it out. The second night we went without, but that was partly our fault. We should have taken some at this one last creek before we climbed out of the valley and back up to the ridge. Whenever you see creeks on the map, assume most are dry. But then again, remember that we were doing this in September after an extremely dry summer. I would suspect that earlier in the season (and under normal weather), that it wouldn't be as much of a problem. My advice would be to make sure you have enough water with you to travel 5-10KM at any given time. Fill often. That way you're covered.





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