Looking South from near Silcox Hut on Mount Hood, Oregon
On 02/14/2013, I had a decent trip up to the Mount Hood with my wife. The weather, less than ideal. We didn’t go as far as hoped, I did a hasty pano from near Silcox Hut. This was the first test in poor weather on the mountain. The image turned out alright, for the hasty 8 min shot.
The GigaPan Epic Pro working it out in the cold wind and blowing ice crystals.
It took a bit of time to get the rig setup and I was thankful for the boulder as a solid wind break.
GigaPan Epic Pro
On 02/15/2013 I had an impromptu trip that all started at another trailhead, when a Trooper stopped for a break. I was looking up at this spot and I asked him if he knew of a trail that went up there. “Table Mountain,” he said and directed my to a trail….so it began. Unmarked, free access! I started up with no prior knowledge of the area, always looking over my shoulder to know where I came from and visualize landmark for the return. After about 2 junctions, a meadow and a washout I achieved a large trail junction.
The Pacific Crest Trail Markers
For the second time in my life I was on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I cut straight across at this junction with the PCT and after about 10 mins realized it was going away from where I wanted to get. So I turned around. Back at the junction I went relative North, walking the PCT from a 15 minutes until I saw where I wanted to go. A new trail segment called Heartbreak Ridge. I got up to a notch in the ridgeline with a spectacular view to the East.
A clip of a Pano that I will get in a larger format soon.
I had lugged my GigaPan up here, but due to the time a distance out from car. I didn’t have enough daylight to take a high resolution shot and beat the sunset. So I did a quick handheld with my 50mm. Afterwhich, I ran and walked fast back to the car in just a little over an hour. I didn’t have to use my cell phone for a light. Couldn’t ask for a better day out! It’s been a long time since I’ve like I explored an area, then researched the hike after almost doing all of it.
Last night I took Jasper for a short walk up around WSU Vancouver and snagged a series of HDR images at sunset with my 30D for fun.