Problem Animals

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In my Backpacking Basics classes, I get a lot of questions about animals. Most of these questions appear to be fear based notions that big animals like black bears and cougars are hiding in trees or lurking around your tent waiting to eat you. The fact is, most of these animals are shy and avoid […]

Weekend Gem: Herman Creek Loop w/ Tomlike Mtn.

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in OR, Trail Reports | No Comments

Drive I-84 east to the town of Cascade Locks and follow this road past the freeway entrance to Herman Creek Campground located on the right. ┬áThis 23 mile two day backpacking trip is best done in a with a 4.4 mile side trip to Tomlike Mtn on the first day, so start out early. Hike […]

A crash course in NW trail hazzards

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In my Backpacking Basics classes, I have found that a large majority of people have ungrounded fears about mountain travel that affect their ability to totally relax in a remote setting. It seems for most of these people it is a fear of animals like bears or mountain lions while others have a general fear […]