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New Cascades blog

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:27 pm

Hi,

I just started a blog about climbing and trail running. Some of the stories have been posted here, some have not. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

http://www.themountain-life.blogspot.com/

TIA,

EB
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby Joe White » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:50 pm

great blog mate! Look forward to reading it :)
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:20 pm

Thanks guys. I plan to continue adding old stories and trail runs.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby mvs » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:43 pm

Awesome to have a place to read your collected stories, +1. May they keep coming this summer!
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:30 pm

[quote="tazz"]Hey when was the girth Pillar trip? Man so glad you made it out of that! great read.[uote]
June 21, 1998. I can thank Nick Strait for saving my bacon on that one. He acted very smartly and his physical strength probably saved us both.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby rpc » Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:57 am

Nice - looking forward to reading the stories.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby billisfree » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:53 am

Want a good trail run?

Try Mt. St. Helens in summer... all the way around in 16 hours... only 32 miles. Wear light shoes... carry only water.

If you don't make it back to the car before dark... oh well.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:26 pm

billisfree wrote:Want a good trail run?

Try Mt. St. Helens in summer... all the way around in 16 hours... only 32 miles. Wear light shoes... carry only water.

If you don't make it back to the car before dark... oh well.


Thanks for the tip. How much elevation gain?
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby billisfree » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:20 am

Dunno... I only did an out-n-back 16 mile hike. When I got back to car, I encountered a 33-year old fella who decided to run it alone.

I estimate it's at LEAST 6,100 feet of total vertical climbs. Elevations vary up and down 2,700 to 4,900 feet. Lots of sandy gullies to cross... going down and up each one. The lava fields tend to be uneven rock or crushed rock. The forested and meadow areas tend to have nice flat paths.

No doubt it's quite a scenic run - if you don't spend all your time watching where you place your feet.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby jordansahls » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:39 am

Great stuff, keep the stories coming. Also, If you want a close challenge, time trial yourself on mailbox. Its not technically a trail run, but it's absolutely brutal if you go for speed. I managed to break an hour on it this last fall, barely. Its 2.5 miles (or around there) from the gate to the top, and just over 4k gain.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby dskoon » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:48 pm

Very nice, EB! I look forward to some good reading.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby ExcitableBoy » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:14 pm

jordansahls wrote:Great stuff, keep the stories coming. Also, If you want a close challenge, time trial yourself on mailbox. Its not technically a trail run, but it's absolutely brutal if you go for speed. I managed to break an hour on it this last fall, barely. Its 2.5 miles (or around there) from the gate to the top, and just over 4k gain.


Thanks for the feedback. I know MVS used to hike Mailbox before work ocasionally. I tried to hike it with my wife but were stopped by a steep snow gulley with a nasty runout. We did not bring axes so we turned around. I keep meaning to head up there.
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Re: New Cascades blog

Postby Snidely Whiplash » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:07 pm

Nice blog, EB. I look forward to reading it in more detail when I have the time. There can never be enough mountain sites.
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