Posts Tagged ‘Garmin’

Triple Falls – Columbia River Gorge 1/17/11

Garmin Interactive Map

5 miles RT

Min / Max Elevation:
45 ft / 683 ft

Elevation Gain:
2,849 ft

Kristin, Dexter & I

We had ventured up Horsetail / Ponytail Falls way a few weeks earlier experiencing some extremely cold temperatures and icy landscapes. The combination of the Columbia River Gorge’s strong winds and cold temps are a recipe for beautiful frozen waterfalls. This time around the temps were much warmer and the water levels much higher. The jump in warmer temps, snow melt and massive amounts of rain put many areas in flood danger.

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[Horsetail Falls]

I had never seen the waterfalls flowing with this amount of water ever. They were extra powerful with an intense plummet creating a massive mist soaking everyone around. There were many people hanging out in awe – we were lucky enough to sag a parking spot before the crowds started to flock. I snapped a few pics and let Dexter pull me up the trail..

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[Ponytail Falls]

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[Kristin & Dex gearing up to get soaked]

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[Beneath Ponytail falls]

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Hiking along the stretch of trail beneath Ponytail Falls it was nearly impossible to hear anything but the sound of falling water. Underneath the waterfall is an eerie feeling as you see and feel water leaking through the rock above and hear the intense vibrations from the water flowing off the rock from which you are standing beneath.

As you continue hiking around to the other side of Ponytail Falls prepare yourself for a water-soaker. As we pop out the other side I always put it into high gear hiking quickly through the 100 ft of trail you are most vulnerable to the cold misting waterfall.

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[Oneonta Gorge]

Oneonta Gorge in the summer time is a fun hike wadding through waste deep water at times. I was interested in seeing the gorge with this amount of water – I’d never seen it so high and with so much ‘white water.’

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[On bridge just above Oneonta Gorge Falls]

With all of the water the area had received and the quick change in temps this had created some good landslides.

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[We noticed a few new creeks and waterfalls along the trail]

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[Dex lovin the water]

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[Much more water than usual making creek crossing interesting at times]

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[Kristin & Dex atop Triple Falls]

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[Triple Falls – hmm more like double falls..]

 

IMG_2512 [Checkin things out from the other side of the falls…]

I always enjoy hiking trails during all seasons as they are dramatically different from season to season. Just be sure to stay safe and be alert during this time of year with huge potential for trees falling and landslides.

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Table Mountain 10/26/10

Garmin Interactive Map (Garmin 405 died during this hike)

16 Miles

3350 Elevation gain

Matt, Myself

Table Mountain is a great hike with great rewards – the great rewards / views are why people hike it on a clear day. Those of us who choose to hike it on a day such as this are idiotic and just looking for a good challenge or workout.

Many people choose the shorter approach to Table Mountain – the Aldrich Butte Trail, which is 8 miles. This trailhead is located just West of the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort. Matt and I decided to mix it up with starting from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead, which is double the miles – 16miles in all.

From the Bonneville Dam Trailhead you begin hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. I am always a fan of hiking on the PCT as it is usually well maintained, offers some of the best views, and plus of its notoriety.

About 3 miles into the hike we hit Gillette Lake. At this point the rain was a heavy constant mist making it feel like we had took a dip in the Lake.

IMG_2259[ Gillette Lake w/ the PCT Trail Marker]

Despite our current wet state we hiked on hoping to get above the freezing level soon in hopes of some dry snow verses the wet rain.

We hiked…. hiked… and hiked….

It rained…. rained … and rained…

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[Matt being a good sport despite being wet, tired & hungry 🙂 ]

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[Table Mountain – Snow at the top]

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[My poor Garmin 405 – hmmm not so waterproof!]

My garmin apparently was exposed to an extreme about of rain causing it to loose its waterproof-ness. No one or thing should ever have to endure that much rain… ever! Needless to say I called up Garmin and they happily credited me and I happily upgraded to the garmin 310 (20 hr battery life vs the 405’s 8 hours).

[Garmin 310xt]

The Garmin 310 is an amazing gps watch for the avid cyclist, hiker, runner, snowshoer, etc… It gives you quick and mostly accurate stats like elevation, distance, speed, and heart rate. In addition, the watch even features a map tracking your waypoints. With the map function and easy to read data fields the computer-sized watch is justified – Although if you wear it out on the town you may look like a home school kid and be hackled until performing the quadratic formula as it is similar to the size of the infamous calculator watch.