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Third times a charm. After failing to reach the summit twice last year due to weather and a weak snow bridge, I finally made it on Sunday. The weather was perfect and we had clear skies throughout the night and into the morning. We left the trailhead around 10 am on Saturday and made it to camp in the early afternoon. I managed to get more sleep than I thought I would and woke up at 1 am to get ready for the climb. We were on our way up towards the glacier a little after 2 am.
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As a volunteer with the Tryon Creek water quality monitoring program, I recently had the opportunity to go through and analyze the data that has been collected. With the help of a few fellow volunteers, we created a poster summarizing the data and presented it at the 2015 State of the Watershed event held at the Tryon Creek State Park Visitor Center. Below is a summary of the information that we presented at the event.
For the third year in a row, I spent Mother’s Day volunteering on Mount St. Helens. This year was a bit different since Climber’s Bivouac opened early and we were able to go up the Monitor Ridge summer route. Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain.
The Worm Flows winter route was also available and roughly 200 climbers were on each trail which helped split up the crowd. Lots of people had dresses and costumes on and we even saw a unicorn riding an inflatable shark down a glissade chute.Read More →
I recently attended the Water Research Symposium at Oregon State University. The event featured a lot of great presentations and also included a screening of the film Who Owns Water. The full film can be purchased from Vimeo here.
In the documentary Who Owns Water, David and Michael Hanson set off on a month long canoe trip through the entire Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint (ACF) river basin located in the southeastern United States. David, who was born and raised in the Atlanta area, is a photographer and film producer that wanted to raise awareness about the water issues that are currently facing the ACF river basin. Unlike other documentaries focused on water related issues, the film did a great job of staying balanced. The film did not appear to have a specific agenda other than to raise awareness about water resources and to get people to start paying more attention to where their water comes from.Read More →
I recently spent nine long days taking the Wilderness First Responder course offered by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. In addition to the classes, we also had two evening sessions including a mock rescue scenario.
After the first few days of the course, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to keep up with the amount of information that was being thrown at us. We covered everything from shock to mid-shaft femur fractures. Our instructor did a good job of summarizing the course by saying that it’s like drinking water from a fire hose.Read More →
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The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August.