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Climbing Ozone again – 05-Sept-2020

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Saturday, 05-Sept-2020

 

Yeah climbing outside!!!

This time, it was a whole team of us – five people strong, laying siege to the hard routes and crushing the climbing.

 

I had a great time, if you couldn’t tell.  We all met up at the parking lot, and headed in together to check out a few routes that Lizzy had climbed previously – Going a bit harder this time that we had before, with a 5.10c on the target list for the day… actually, from what I remember, that was really the only route specifically on the list for the day, since Lizzy’d top roped it before, and was aiming to be our rope gun and lead it today.

There’s not really much to say this time – thankfully, no boulders or loose rocks showed up, and it was a gloriously simple and fun day of climbing.  We didn’t get quite as many routes in as last time, but I chalk that up to the larger group… but mostly to the harder routes that we were doing instead.

 

So let’s see…

Routes:

Variant Stairway to Heaven – 5.6, trad lead – Fun route, swings right away from the Heaven’s Ledge over a few blocks.  It’s a bit dirty, but was a lovely warm up / fun route.

Stairway to Heaven – 5.6, trad lead – Fun route, little bit less dirty than the right-leaning variant.

Heaven and Hell??? – 5.7 (5.10??) mixed lead – Our guidebook showed this as a 5.10, but it felt really easy for a 10… but maybe not quite as easy as a 7?  Man, routes at Ozone are confusing.

For Heaven’s Sake – 5.10c, toprope – Tried this one.  Fell on this one.  Really enjoyed this one, if only for the powerful dynamic moves that I couldn’t quite pull off.

??? a thing??? Maybe – 5.10c/d, toprope – This was the big one that we were here for.  I can’t really figure it out online, but the guidebook had it listed as a 5.10c, and it very much felt like one.  It was hard, sustained, and had two major crux moves that I loved working through.

Hiking Herman Creek with our friend!

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Sunday, 22-Sept-2019

 

 

It’s been a while since we’ve hiked in the Gorge, hasn’t it?  I mean… it’s been a really long time – long enough that driving out past the dog park was definitely an interesting experience, and absolutely a fun adventure!

That’s just for me, though… our friend Charlie hadn’t been hiking in the gorge for, as best as he could remember, nearly 15 years!

 

Needless to say, we were all excited.  Ollie most of all, obviously, but Charlie next, and then Sarah and I nearly as excited as he was.  I mean, we hadn’t been hiking with Charlie in ages – and good friend hikes are pretty critical to one’s continued positive mental state.  A newly re-growing Columbia River Gorge absolutely fits that bill, if I do say to myself.

Honestly, there’s not much to say aside from that.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy the photos!

A speed hike in search of Chantrelles, 12-Oct-2019

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Saturday, 12-October-2019

 

Woosh!  Zoom!  Bam boom zap!  Crunch crunch crunch stepstepstepstepstep.

 

I was hiking alone, with fast music playing on my headphones.

I was on a mission – I had four hours to go four miles into the Gorge, search some forest floor for chantrelles, and then hike back out to the car.  Then, a three hour drive to get down to Bend before having dinner with Sarah and her friends.

I’d slept in that morning – if I’d gotten up earlier, I wouldn’t have had to rush… but you know what?  I didn’t want to get up early; I’d been getting up early for a few weeks straight, and hadn’t had a chill solo morning in longer than I could remember.  I enjoyed my slow morning, and having to rush on the hike gave me that little extra boost that made it both fun and a challenge… and also helped me focus into a really positive head space.

So I hiked.  I ran a little, hiked quickly, and kept moving.

My food for the day was hamburgers.  One for the drive to the trailhead, one after I got to the chantrelle area, and then one when I got back to the car.  It was glorious.

 

Did I complete the hike, you may ask?

Yes.  Yes I did.  I held ~3mph hiking in, on a fairly steep trail, and then landed around 3.5mph on the way out thanks to the downhill.

I didn’t find any chantrelles… but I did find some Lobster Mushrooms – they’re chantrelles that turn bright red, and supposedly taste exactly like lobsters.  I didn’t end up eating any though, since Lobster Mushrooms have a much shorter shelf-life than chantrelles; they only last a day or two after turning before they’re not safe to eat, and neither Sarah or myself felt confident enough in them to risk sauteeing them up for breakfast the next day.

You know what, though?  I’m fine with that.  I had a great time, accomplished my goals, and felt good afterward.  Sometimes we stop and smell the roses, but other times we’ve just got to buckle down, play some loud rock music, and rush forward.  Yay speed hiking!