Friday, December 20, 2013

{a frozen gorge}

Last weekend was the last of my free time before work kicks in full swing (and I say goodbye to vacations for the foreseeable future). I utilized it by heading into the Columbia Gorge with a new group of friends I met on an outdoor Meetup site. My knees are finally starting to feel a little stronger after hobbling around on them for two months, so I decided to put them to the test with a small four mile hike. It was also the first time I would get to see the gorge in the middle of winter - a real treat!

The hike was one I've done before - Horsetail, Ponytail, and Triple Falls (seen previously here and here) - but with a fresh layer of snow and ice it was a different experience entirely. I've never seen waterfalls so large with so much ice, and the result was beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take my nice camera along (since I already had hundreds of photos of this hike... why would I want more?... Right?) but upon seeing the snow (and killer icicles!!) I wished I had brought it. Instead, I snapped some shots with my phone and enjoyed a lovely afternoon on the trail with some new friends.






After two miles the trail became too icy to traverse and we had to turn back prematurely. Instead of going home, we stopped by the incomparable Multnomah Falls, and I got to see her in all her winter glory. Stunning.



Have a great weekend!

5 comments:

  1. First let me say that I absolutely LOVED following you on your PCT journey via blog posts. Thank you so much for sharing. Now, on to my question about cameras and hiking. What precautions do you take when you hike with your nice camera? I've taken mine on a few hikes but it is either bobbing around on my neck (very nerve-wracking) or packed away in my backpack (not ideal for photos on the go). How do you deal with this situation? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Great question about the camera. I definitely went through a lot of trial-and-error to figure out what worked best for me. I am a big fan of Lowepro camera bags, so here are the two methods I use:

      1. The Toploader 45: this is my go-to bag if I just want something small to carry around my neck. Then I can pull out my camera whenever I need to and I don't have to worry about potentially dropping it! It doesn't have room for extra lenses, but on short trips, I prefer the lightweight route. http://www.lowepro.com/toploaderzoom
      2. The PhotoSport 200: a great daypack and camera bag all in one! It has a great "sling" option that allows you to carry it like a backpack, but sling it under one arm and get your camera out of a special side pocket in no time flat! (See the video for a better explanation). It also has lots of room for your dayhiking gear, snacks, and extra lenses. I love it. http://www.lowepro.com/photosport

      I hope that helps! (Lowepro also carries a bunch of other camera bags to suit different personal preferences!)

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    2. Hi Brittany,

      Thank you so much for your reply! I am definitely going through the same trial and error. Last spring I purchased the Lowepro Photo Hatchback AW 22L. It is awesome but not quite as accessible as the photosport 200 you mentioned. I just received the Black Rapid sport slim for Christmas. I'm excited to try it out in combination with the backpack. Hopefully the BR strap will be helpful to have my camera handy while hiking, and the pack will be useful to keep the camera safe for more strenuous sections like scrambling.

      Congratulations on the new job and good luck with the move!

      Ashley

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  2. Very pretty! And good luck at the new job :) Hope you are feeling much better.

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