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Old 06-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #811
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GPX files

I use my GPS for hunting and navigation, but I've never done anything with routes. It is a DeLorme PN30, and has full color topo maps. Seems like it would be good for navigation of the WABDR?

I downloaded the GPX file from the wabdr website but I don't know how to edit it down to fit on my PN30. We'll be going from north to south.

Anybody have the GPX file in a format that would work with my PN30 (<1,000 waypoints) ?

Suggestions? Other options (navigate with paper map and GPS w/o routes?) ??

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:59 PM   #812
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #813
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Thanks for the great pics/report!
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #814
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My two homies and I will be cruising up from Stevenson this Thursday, I'm thinking we'll turn around at or near Ellensburg and be back Saturday. Maybe check out Liberty and see if the ghostses there are scurry. Sounds like Bethel Ridge will have snow, we'll take a look. We're to be on an XR650L, a DR650 and a KLX250 so if you see us flip us the bird!
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #815
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WABDR Section 1 recon

Rode WABDR Section 1 ~60 miles in from Stevenson today: Got turned back by substantial snowdrifts on FR 8810, about 11.5mi north of FR 88(N 46 07.197' W 121 40.100'). This would be about due west of Eckhart Point on the Butler map. Picked my way around for awhile, but the snow got deeper and my options became pretty limited:
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The route up to this point was clear, aside from a few downed limbs and branches. Might suggest try bypassing to the west by staying on FR 88? Or, if you're on a smaller bike(I was solo today on a nimble but heavy KTM 950) you may be able to skirt around through the duff and trees. I hiked the drifted-in road for about 1/4 mi or so and couldn't scope the end of the difficulties from my turnaround point.

Fun, fast riding...shared the road with an elk, a couple of deer - and a very surprised black bear!

Next up? Best Luck!

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #816
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Thanks for the recon, Marcus!
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:20 AM   #817
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Rode WABDR Section 1 ~60 miles in from Stevenson today: Got turned back by substantial snowdrifts on FR 8810, about 11.5mi north of FR 88(N 46 07.197' W 121 40.100'). This would be about due west of Eckhart Point on the Butler map. Picked my way around for awhile, but the snow got deeper and my options became pretty limited:

The route up to this point was clear, aside from a few downed limbs and branches. Might suggest try bypassing to the west by staying on FR 88? Or, if you're on a smaller bike(I was solo today on a nimble but heavy KTM 950) you may be able to skirt around through the duff and trees. I hiked the drifted-in road for about 1/4 mi or so and couldn't scope the end of the difficulties from my turnaround point.

Fun, fast riding...shared the road with an elk, a couple of deer - and a very surprised black bear!

Next up? Best Luck!
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #818
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Well done guys, I love seeing these "on the ground" reports come rolling in.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:51 AM   #819
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Keep em coming! They are getting posted to the map on page one as they come in.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:17 PM   #820
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Thanks for the reports Markus, et. al.. Looks like it will still be a while before the full route is open. A buddy and I were hoping to do as much of it as possible this weekend. Anybody have suggestions about which sections (if any) we could string together free of snow?

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The 88 and 8851 both look like the photo pdxmarcus posted. 24 has similar snowage near the Smokey Creek Campground.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:10 PM   #822
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Planning on doing a North to South over the week of the fourth of July... hope most of this snow goes away before then!
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:07 AM   #823
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Planning on doing a North to South over the week of the fourth of July... hope most of this snow goes away before then!
We'll be seeing you whilst going north :-)
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:37 AM   #824
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We'll be seeing you whilst going north :-)
You might, that depends on how lost we get and how close we can actually follow the route.

I couldn't get tracks on my GPS so we're gonna use paper maps and the GPS.

Hope to see you on the trail!
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:09 AM   #825
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Snow Report Packwood, Bethel Ridge

Section 1 probably won't be open for another month.

Ran in to lots snow 11 miles south of Packwood. (+46 28' 27.84", -121 33' 53.10")


Went up on to Bethel Ridge. Easy Alternate Route is open!
The ridge is still snowed in. (+46 42' 49.25", -121 5' 59.60")


Updates will hit the map on page 1 in the next 12hrs.
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