Category Archives: Hiking

April 1, 2015

NOLS Wilderness First Responder Course

wmi_logo1I 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.

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April 21, 2014

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

On a recent trip to California, I visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located in the White Mountains of eastern California. These trees, some of which are more than 5,000 years old, grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level. I find it amazing that these trees have been around for such a long period of time. As you can see below, they are also very interesting looking.

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April 30, 2012

Nice Hike to Munra Point

View from the Top

View from the Top

I took advantage of the great weather we had this weekend and went out for a hike. Decided to hike up to Munra Point, which is now one of my favorite hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.

It’s a steep scramble to the top and the hike felt a lot longer than it actually was. I even used my hands a few times trying to get up the rocky sections. The view at the top made the climb well worth it.

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June 6, 2011

The Silver Star Grand Tour

The sun decided to come out this weekend so it was the perfect opportunity for some more hiking. I decided to give the Silver Star Grand Tour a shot, which I can easily say is my favorite hike so far. The hike was guided by the Mazamas, which is a Mountaineering organization here in Portland.

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June 1, 2011

Elk Mountain and King’s Mountain


I knocked another hike off this year’s to do list! The hike was the Elk and King’s Mountain loop in the Oregon Coast Range. Here’s a quick summary of the hike along with some photos. This loop is rated as very difficult, so I was expecting it to be fairly steep and rugged. Turns out that’s exactly what this hike is like. Right off the bat, the climb to Elk Mountain was very steep.

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