Saturday and Sunday, 23 & 24-June
It’d been a while since we’d been camping – Sarah’s leg being broken made it seem impossible, and we were both a bit too frazzled and run down to challenge that.
Enter: our friends David and Naomi. They have a van. They camp in this van, and had heard of a good spot to go van camping. Sarah and I packed up the Mustang and followed them to said campsite.
We met them on the trail into the woods – since the Van and the Mustang have pretty similar ground clearance, which definitely made life a bit easier for finding a campsite. The easy to reach areas were mostly taken already though, so we kept driving deeper down the road into the woods.
And it turned out, that was absolutely what we should have been doing. Turns out – the best spot is NOT right by the river where everyone else camps. That’s a trick spot. It’s good, I’m sure, but it’s also close and easy… it’s the protector of the really good spots. The spots up on the hill, with a perfect view of Mt. Hood. You know, the spot that we found 🙂
Once we’d settled in and parked Van and Mustang, we set into the tough challenges of relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
- Start the fire, then set up camp while Sarah starts cooking
- Chili cheese dogs are delicious. Ollie is a dog, and is of the opinion that she should have most of them
- Relax by the fire, then head to bed
- Sleep in a bit, while Sarah et. al. make breakfast and coffee, while enjoying the view of Mt. Hood
- Relax at camp for a little as the sun rises, and then head out to Timberline Lodge
- Hike Eastbound, instead of the usual Westbound… it kind of looks like the moon
- Hike back, and end up chatting with everyone on the walkie talkie
- Head to Salmon River Slabs, and do a few quick routes. They’re fun!
- Drive on home
Interestingly enough, I wasn’t the only one on this adventure.
And, thankfully for everyone, some of the other adventurers are excellent photographers. You may have noticed that, while leafing through the various pictures that I posted, I don’t feature in a whole lot of them. Funny, that. Turns out that being behind the camera (or cell phone, in this case) is pretty non-conducive to being in the photos themselves. I tried for some selfies… but let’s be honest. The front-facing camera isn’t really doing my beautiful face justice.
Thankfully, those other excellent photographers also had cameras. And some of those cameras are really good!
So please. Sit back, relax, forgive us for any repetitions that you might see, and enjoy Daniel’s rather massive photo gallery.
Trip to Vantage
This trip happened a while ago, and I honestly never really have the mental energy to write it up particularly well. But I did write out this quick summary, so please forgive the plot holes, lack of details, and general tomfoolery and poor quality writing below.
- Drive out, via Panda Express and DQ!
- Takes longer than expected, but we still find a pretty solid campsite for ourselves.
- Sleep sleep
- Cold morning… like, super cold. Too cold to climb, so breakfast and then wander a bit. Recon, right?
- Lotsa people leave… boo, weenies.
- Back to camp from Recon, then have some lunch and head back to the Sunshine Wall to climb
- Climb some super fun routes, mostly just adventure climbing up random interesting looking bits
- Ollie doesn’t like the slot canyon… but she gets over it, or rather, through it. Get it? Through it?
- Finish off with a tough 5.9… I think it was called “Vantage Point” that I can’t actually finish, because fuck the last move. It’s scary. I cheat past it though, to get an amazing final panorama of the whole valley at sunset.
- Back to camp, make an excellent dinner of chili cheese dogs (and a mouse for Ollie, though we didn’t let her keep it long enough to actually eat), and sleep!
- Wake up, it’s much nicer today, so we head back to the same area and do some more routes!
- Actually… they’re super full, because there’s a ton of people. So we end up doing a lot of the same routes, and some of the other ones that we saw people on the day before. They’re fun, and not as popular… but they’re not as long, and not exactly what Sarah wanted to climb, which is a bummer.
- Note, high entertainment value from the group of new climbers next to us.
- Sarah drew while Ben made lunch of Mac and Cheese in the wind.
- Pack up, and head back home!