Monthly Archives: January 2012

Long Neglected Southern Oregon Peaks

This last summer and autumn I finally climbed a few peaks in Southern Oregon as part of my Oregon 100 Highest Peaks project that either I had neglected for many years, or I had not heard of before starting on the project.

More than twenty years ago I skied from Odell Lake along the PCNST and up to the North Summit of Diamond Peak. From that summit I could see the South (true) summit far away across the summit ridge and planned to return someday to visit it. The years passed and other peaks distracted me from returning.
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Low Snowpack – More Skating

So far this winter the Oregon Cascades have received little snow and what snowpack exists is getting thin and icy. We have skied on backcountry trails out of the Swampy Lakes SnoPark once, but the snow conditions continue to deteriorate as we wait for new snow. However, Linda and I were fortunate to have purchased Mount Bachelor Nordic season passes when they went on sale last fall and we have enjoyed skiing the groomed trails there many times already this season.

Over past years Linda and I have taken “skate skiing” lessons at Mount Bachelor. Lessons were essential for me to succeed at this activity, and even so I found skating to be exhausting and sometimes frustrating. But last season and this season we have been skating regularly with Nordic skiing friends, some of whom are quite experienced and even instructors, and I have gradually picked up some good tips from them that has made me a more efficient skate skier and the activity more fun for me.
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