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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by DiggerD, Mar 14, 2018.
Thanks Anatoli! That's a good shot of the incline. Here's another one. dd
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Did you notice the women on the track? The Lizard Lake camp operated for around 8 years while they built a railroad around the top of the mountain to access the steep slopes. The camp is gone but some impressive trestle relics remain. This is surprising in this maritime climate.
I did notice the gals, proves I'm still tickin'. I'm guessing it was a Sunday excursion out of Sequim or Port Angeles. Back then every day was a stay at home day for ladies. I'm sure even a train ride to see a clearcut would have been a relief. I too am surprised by what you've shown us of the logging on Blanchard Hill. I would have thought all bit the largest chunks of iron or cedar would be gone. Eight years is a lot of logging at 10 or 12 hours a day, six days a week. Bound to be something left behind! ?When did they stop railroad logging up there? Must have been between the wars for much iron to be left laying about. dd
Went for a ride yesterday out of Quilcene and spotted this stump on the ridge above Quilcene. Is it a tailhold or a guy wire anchor for a spar tree?
Here's the back side
It could be either/or. A spar tree hold would show signs of the cable wrapped 3 times around the stump with railroad spike's holding it in place. From the photo it looks like a strap was used for a block and thus a tail hold.
Lots of spikes here.
There's your guy wire stop's. i've got a spike bar if you want 'em.
Thanks Tom, I can see a ride back up there just to poke around and see if there's anything else up there. Got to get a new bear repellent. Largest black bear South of Alaska lives between there and the Little Quil Crossing on Penny Creek just a mile North of there. dd
Hear tell a canned air horn and or road flares work for bear repellent.
Pepper spray can season the user for the bear, blinding the user .
I get it! Hose yourself with the pepper spray and drop the flare in the brush at your feet and sound the air horn when you're fully roasted. My preference is to treat the bear with 240 grains of Smith's sauce and Wesson's oil, delivered supersonically. dd
Not to beat a dead bruin but there aren’t many smaller bore pistols effective against black bear. I initially thought that my .45 with ball projectile was adequate, but research disproved that wishful theory. Not enough penetration into the thick brain case and muscle. The consensus is that a 10mm with a hot load is the minimum size weapon for the job. So I bought a Glock G 10. It is light, reliable, and holds 14 rounds. The last one is for me.
Solo ride on Lolo Motorway, Idaho Wilderness area, real careful with food, sealed dry food in bear bag away from tent and hanging in tree out of Griz reach.
Time to rack out, got .357 mag out ready for action.
Was thinking ...OK where do I aim for...knew of the thick pointy brain case.....was thinking spinal cord best shot...but that is a big neck......and small hole....aaaaaagggg.
Then I heard a branch break and was thinking bigger game than a deer, oh dear.
Never really knew what it was being dark 30...but plenty of elk up there.
Said the best night prayers I knew that night and was ready to met my maker....but not without a fight.
I know the feeling! For some reason big cougars seem to like me. I have to stay out of bars..seriously I have been stalked several times and each time I was alone and had no weapon. Once while camped by the Pony Bridge on the Quinault I huddled in my tent with the damn cat close enough to clearly smell it: just like a male cat spraying urine. I got up in the morning and found prints in the snow circling my tent. Scary times!
Landings that are just old enough to have head high reprod all around. They're great for bird hunting but camping on them is out for me. Way too many bear and cat tracks across them even here in the Olympics. I have to schedule a motel every 3 or 4 nights on a back country trip, those damn bears just never get out of my head.(There's way too much empty space in there) dd
Ran across some prints yesterday.
My first guess is cougar.
Could be bear.
Riding partner has photos, so it did happen.
Need to see photos again to see toe count.....4 cougar / 5 bear.
Cougar makes for a better story...
Looks like its a dang bear...rats.
Fur was covering little toe so it did not make toe count.
I just returned from a ride on Mt Josephine. Ran up on a big fat black bear while ripping on the Africa Twin. Quite the Safari.
Saw the ass end of a elk 2 weekends ago.
This last weekend, ass end of maybe a bob cat..no tail.
Got lost in the Land of Giants! Miles from nowhere and not a trail in sight!
Great pics of truly BIG cedars! ?What neighborhood is that Anatoli?
This is a seldom visited part of the Walker Valley ORV Park in Skagit County, my home riding area. This portion of forest has only been harvested once, around 1920. There are no second growth stumps, and very little underbrush. It all burned around that time, and was not replanted by man. Natural reforestation was slow, and these factors help make the forest what it is today. You won’t find this on any trail map of the area. I have been teasing out the secrets here since 1975, and am still finding remarkable things. Come on out, I have an assortment of outstanding adventure vehicles that can get you there..