Posts Tagged ‘winter hiking’

Find a Local Winter Hike Destination

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Champoeg State Park MuseumAre you dying to get outside this winter? Then, go! A local Oregon newspaper recommended one of its state parks recently, dubbing it a perfect spot for a “gorgeous winter hike.” I only mention this particular park because it’s close to home, and I can confirm it as a great location from being there first-hand. Plus, it has a funny name: Champoeg (for those of you who don’t speak Oregon, it’s pronounced “sham-POO-ee”).

The article’s author, John Carr, writes: “For a winter hiker, the Champoeg area has a little of everything to brighten your day: pioneer history, beautiful views along the Willamette River, migratory wildfowl and some good exercise…”

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How to Make Winter Hiking Safe

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

I love hiking in the winter: the crunch-crunch of ice beneath your boots, the cold brisk air on your face, and the white sheet of snow that covers the scene around you. For the outdoor enthusiast, winter can be a perfect season to enjoy nature’s beauty, provided he or she takes the right precautions.

Cold temperatures, inclement weather, and short days are only a few of the things that make winter potentially hazardous. At the same time, these things also contribute to the unique beauty the season has to offer. So how do you reconcile the potential enjoyment and potential risks of winter hiking?

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Must-Haves for Seasonal Hiking

Monday, October 12th, 2009

A multi-tool is a great companion for hiking.

I read an informative pair of articles today about appropriate gear and clothing for hiking. Since I recently published a post about fall and winter outdoor opportunities, I thought the connection was aptly timed. So, if you’re getting geared up to venture out into the fall or winter weather, read on for some great tips and advice.

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Ice, Ice Safety

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Winter is a wonderful time.  Yet, with all the natural beauty the season offers, winter also comes with its fair share of possible dangers.  Take ice, for instance.  Do you know when winter ice is safe?  

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Quick Tips for Winter Hiking

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Hiking isn’t just a summer activity!  The fall and winter months offer new elements and sights to experience, not to mention a completely different set of challenges.  Avid U.S. traveler and hiker James Hutchinson offers some great safety tips for winter hiking.

 

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Hike Mount St. Helens Blast Zone

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Oregon Peak Adventures and Portland Community College have paired up to offer a Hike the Blast Course through the Recreation and Wellness Department.  The course is a 12 mile hike in the mountains blast zone and covers crossing the Pumice Plain to Loowit Falls located at the base of “The Breech.”  Participants will hike to Windy Ridge from there and be picked up.  The course includes a classroom orientation on October 2, 2008 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The hike will be on October 5.  The area is rich in history and natural beauty. Participants will get to discuss the 1980 eruption and how the area has changed and grown since the blast.

The course costs $150 per person plus $29 for tuition.

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Adopt-A-Trail Program To Kick Off In Union County, CA

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Hiking and horseback riding have long been popular pastimes that can be both leisurely and adventurous depending your preference.  California is full of excellent hiking trails. There are intense hikes through the southern desert areas and coastal beaches as well as challenging hikes in the northern mountain ranges. There are hiking trails available during any season, winter to fall.  These hiking trails all require some maintenance and care to ensure they are safe and sustain their natural beauty.

Hiking enthusiasts and park lovers in Union County, California are being invited to “Adopt-A-Trail” in the Watchung Reservation.  The new program will be kicked off on March 8th with an orientation and general meeting for any interested trail stewards wanting to volunteer to maintain the beauty of the park by caring for any of the 39 miles of bridle and hiking trails in the reservation.

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New Hampshire Hikers Rescued By Helicopters After Storm

Friday, February 29th, 2008

A storm that hit the Franconia Ridge this past weekend stranded two New Hampshire Hikers overnight forcing helicopter search teams to rescue them from the icy conditions.  36 year old James Osborne and his climbing partner, 55 year old Laurence “Fred” Frederickson, were half way across the two mile ridge on a day hike when a horrible storm swooped in with wind gusts of up to 75 m/h. The storm stranded the men at roughly 4,700 feet overnight.  The next morning the men attempted to head down off of the ridge.

Fatigue, however, got the most of the hikers and both ended up face down in the snow and unconscious. This was how the Army National Guard helicopters found them at roughly 7:30pm.  Osborne was rushed to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and treated for hypothermia.  Fredrickson died of hypothermia by the time the helicopters took him off the mountain. 

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