Saturday, January 03, 2009

Snowshoeing Tilly Jane on New Years 2008/2009

We had a great time doing an overnight snowshoeing trip to the Tilly Jane A-frame hut on Mount Hood. My sister Lindsey organized the trip and did a great job.

There ended up being 9 of us total, all great people who were tons of fun to spend time with. There was also another group of 3 who stayed the night up there too, we all had a great time eating, drinking, and playing games together around the warm wood burning stove.

Photos are always better than my poorly written words so here they come!

Self portrait on the way up. It was a total whiteout with crazy winds... I loved it!

I was of course the last one up the hill because I was always stopping to take photos. At one point Bethany waited for me, and got worried a bear ate me or something, so she sent our friend Jordan to turn back and check on me. A few pics of when Jordan came back to find me-

Bethany saw this photo the next day and described it as "the worst 10 minutes of my life" Haha. When I took this we were on a ridge that was really exposed. It was probably the strongest wind I've ever experience. It blew me right over many times. Bethany was such a great sport to stick through it until we got to the top.

These are a bunch of tree shots on the way up. This area of the mountain (Cooper Spur) had a really bad fire (Gnarl Ridge Fire) this summer that burned for months on end. It left all these trees looking like black toothpicks. Very cool looking for photos with the snow and black trees.

I saw a snapshot photo of the hut before I went up there, and instantly knew I wanted to take a twilight photo of the outside. I turned out exactly as I imagined it to! :)

This one I walked through a few times with a headlamp on, resulting in the light streaking.

Dinnertime... everyone huttling around the fire.

The next morning before our descent, group photos with my fisheye lens!

On the way down everyone either telemark skied or snowboarded... Bethany chose to sled down but it didn't work all that well, so she ended up snowshoeing most of the way!

And of course I brought my digimon snapshot camera, which actually is broken now because it got too wet. So here are a few of it's last photos.

Colin collecting snow to melt for drinking water-

Bethany and I when we reached the hut, great feeling!

My new favorite kind of dog, Hungarian Vizsla. When we are able to get a dog, it's totally going to be one of these! She was sooo pretty (Bethany too haha) and had an incredible sweet personality.

Lentil soup dinner that my sister Lindsey cooked for everyone. I tried to make it look gross in the photo, but it was really good!

Bethany and I's sleeping spot in the corner. Comfy!

Last but not least the super deluxe outhouse toilet!


Blogger SW said...

Pics of the burning trees are sweet. I read this story last night called "Black Ghost" by Norman Maclean (River Runs Through It). In the story he talked about seeing trees still smoldering in the middle of winter from a summer fire. And then today you showed me what that looked like. Thanks. If you ever want a good read about Montana, check out that guy's book:,M2

1/03/2009 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those photos of the trees are amazing. Few have seen the results of that fire. You need to print and frame them and have a show at the Columbia Center for the Arts! They would love it.

1/03/2009 6:41 PM  
Blogger Munk said...

Hey Blaine! The pics are awesome! Looks like a great adventure. Where did you guys start you hike at? I think i did that same one a summer ago...absolutely beautiful scenery...

1/03/2009 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet photos dude! Looks like you had an awesome time up there...

1/04/2009 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pics of the hut drew me because I felt like I was really there. Awesome pictures of your adventure. I hope that someday my pictures will be as good as yours. By the way: what camera's are you shooting with nowadays? ~ Winston

1/04/2009 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like such a fun trip and I love the pictures of the trees!

1/05/2009 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaine, I don't know how you do it. I'm technically at home, but you still manage to make me homesick. I guess it means that a part of me still longs for Oregon...especially Mt. Hood.

What a great trip!!

1/06/2009 10:57 AM  

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