Sunday, June 29, 2014

Best of all-new 2014 hiking photos (so far)!

Northern Ireland- Me and my Australian mates Michael and Lucy stepping down onto the 100 foot high swaying rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede.

Now that we're back from our surfing trip, a slew of blog posts and pics from our recent international adventures and bigger climbs is on the way! But here are some all-new photos from a few of our latest hikes here in the States:

Regular Daddy-daughter hikes with Lena

A morning "speed hike" up Dog Mountain with Cindy, Jeff, Roma, me, and B.G.

Shaun's and my harrowing, painful, and nearly disastrous 18+ mile navigational challenge from Wahkeena Falls to Larch Mountain (below); There is an entire Garth's Blog post planned for our misadventure soon!

Shamus and me approaching the top of Larch Mountain, before our trail run went completely sideways

And a couple months later, a second chance:

Update: I'll still be posting the story and pics from Shawn's and my earlier adventure, but I've already returned a few weeks ago from a second extended trail run up Larch Mountain from Wahkeena.  Rest assured, it is possible to complete the trail run WITHOUT risking injury and your dog's life.

Those sections of trail are closed for good reason!

Sections of the Gales Creek trail, Reecher's Camp in the Tillamook State Forest, and beyond:

The Hamilton 4 hiking down to the Nehalem River

One of many Daddy-daughter hikes at nearby Camp Rivendale...

...followed by Lena getting her fix of the Jenkins Estate playground

Rain or shine: Drying out after returning from another soggy trail run

Dougan Falls

Click for audio of Dougan Falls

Daddy-daughter hike on sections of the Three Corner Rock trail in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, while Mommy waited in the car:

"Daddy, go hiking?"
"Yes, Lena... Daddy and Lena are hiking."

Training for our next big climb with the crew at the Circuit bouldering gym

Again, some major climbing, hiking, and traveling posts are on the way!

But looking back, this short evening hike in January was the most significant of the year:

Baby Levi's first hike with Lena at Noble Woods nature park, at only 11 days old!

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