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Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations
Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations

Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations

August 12-25, 2019 Knock, Knock, Knocking on 50’s Door August has always been our favorite month. Camping, backpacking, and fishing are all at their prime and we both celebrate another set of birthdays. This year we’re both knocking pretty serious…

Idaho’s Hells Canyon Wilderness: Seven Devils Backpack
Idaho’s Hells Canyon Wilderness: Seven Devils Backpack

Idaho’s Hells Canyon Wilderness: Seven Devils Backpack

Great fishing in beautiful alpine lakes at the top of North America’s deepest river gorge Distance: 17 miles round trip as described here (longer and shorter options available) Type: out and back Difficulty: difficult with nearly constant elevation change over…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018

I heard Jason moving and saw his Kindle light come on. It was pitch black outside and the dull glow of the Kindle looked light a spotlight. I fell back to sleep for a bit and finally heard him say,…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018

Happy 40-something birthday to Jason! What better way to spend the special day than by visiting a new Eagle Cap Wilderness lake? After a quiet night at Swamp Lake, we were crawling out of the tent at 5:00 as the…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018

“It got cold last night and everything’s covered in dew”. It was a little after 5:00 and just barely starting to get light. I reached out of my warm down sleeping bag and felt the outside surface. It was wet with dew. On summer…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018

Beat the crowds on the eastern side of Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness by visiting lesser known Swamp and Steamboat Lakes Distance: 27 miles round trip Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate with approximately 4,350′ total elevation gain Best Season: July…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), July 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), July 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), July 2018

Final day of our four day backpack into Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. It had been another peaceful night at Bear Lake. Our only company was the doe that visited us again for the second night. We had a 6.5 mile…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 3 (Lookingglass Lake), July 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 3 (Lookingglass Lake), July 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Main Eagle Backpack day 3 (Lookingglass Lake), July 2018

Day three of our Main Eagle backpack in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. We woke around 5:00 to another clear morning with mild temperatures in the low 40s. It has been a peaceful night at Bear Lake. Like the previous night…

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