hey guys welcome back to hi Corrigan I am here at the watchman snow park I'm going to snowshoe up to Tumelo mountain which is the hill behind me so let's get going [Applause] you the drive was so beautiful I almost got emotional because I just loved the mountains and they get me really emotional so I cry on this hike you might see me cry you've seen me cry before on a hike so it won't be anything new but it's really warm it's like 66 degrees so the snow will probably be really crappy conditions but I had to work this morning so I didn't really have any other choice than to come today and it's the only nice day of the week so and I'm up it's 3:30 so let's see how long this takes me it's already steep I just hope there's a trail that other people have paved the whole way because I'm a little scared to cut cross-country it considering I'm by myself I'm already on breath that's fun I've gone less than a mile but I'm nowhere near the trail like the doctor'll drill so I think it looks like we're just going straight up so it may not actually be two miles to the top because we're not doing all the switchbacks this snow is like the worst quality it's so slushy it almost feels like the fresh wet powder it's really awful but I think down should be pretty easy I'll just like slide a little bit you know well I pass some people feel like rest do I catch up with me this is really really hard this was almost like South sister panting like I was on South sister I was probably this out of breath I think it also has submitted it with a thin air like in Eugene you know I'm at 490 s not the feet elevation so 500 feet and here the trail has started at 6,000 something so the further I go up I think the top is eight or seven almost eight so it's definitely easier in the summer because the trail actually has like legit switchbacks and you know it doesn't go up just pretty much straight like could be snow should people did and I'm following the snowshoe tracks I just can't wait the view can't wait to show you so great love that it's so sunny here so behind me is Mount Bachelor that's the big ski place here in Oregon okay I gotta put you down Oh awesome the top but no holy cannoli and I lost the people I'm kind of sad because really by yourself I always kind of preach like don't do snow sports by yourself it can be really really dangerous I mean deadly really wait a little and see if they come up behind me but looks like the lakes are something which is fun it's good oh that's a party yeah I thought that was a lake but there are cracks in so we have broken top sister behind sorry about the wind so that group of people they're not going all the way and I'm at this Junction here the trail kind of goes different ways and I feel like going alone and it starts getting super steep I feel like going alone is not a good idea just because you know I always preach safety especially in the snow and I just don't feel like it's a good idea so I'm gonna turn around I got to this wonderful viewpoint here and I feel like that's enough gonna turn around and head back I just don't want our risk anything I think if I was with someone else I would definitely go up but going alone I think it's dangerous so I will be turning around just took some photos of the mountains and [Applause] my GPS and seeing how close I actually was to the top makes the kind of disappointment and I didn't go up but sorry I know I post my photos on Instagram but I take hundreds of photos just for myself that I never even post on Instagram and I don't ever go to a spot just so I can post something on Instagram these people have like a little speaker going and like blaring their music and screaming early loud I don't know it's kind of annoying don't be one of those people please but I didn't I was really quiet no one else up here I'm headed back it's funny because now that it's spring like I think I've done more snow stuff this spring then I have this past winter because this past winter was really lame and then all of a sudden in spring we got the snow and then of course here up in the mountains there's snow but kind of funny how mid spring and I'm doing all these snow trips so guys another tip for hiking I guess in the mountains in general in the backcountry if you're doing any sort of snow stuff while it was 66 degrees at the car and I was like really hot climbing this mountain because you get sweaty doing whatever you're doing you then cool down a lot faster so keep that in mind always take a bunch of layers I own if well I have to I technically have my brain layer too so I have three layers you always take layers I got so cold up there I don't know if you can see my hands they're like purple so I got really cold up there and then always take caloric snacks too that's super important because if you are hold eating high caloric items is really helpful so just keep that in mind for when you're out and snow or in the backcountry spring can be tough because the weather so back and forth you know like one minute it can be 70 like it was today and then a big storm can roll in and if you're in the mountains I couldn't mean snow that could mean a blizzard and that could actually be really dangerous so be careful when you're out there I made it back to the trailhead I hiked 2.27 miles so almost two point three and yeah quite exhausting probably spent like an hour there at the top taking photos other than that took me about two hours of like hiking total down was just as hard as up because I'm skiers came through that were skinning up on the snowshoe tracks that had been made and so they actually smooth out the track moved the doubtless slush and made it super slippery coming back down so I almost felt like three times anyway thanks for joining me on this impromptu after work at a venture that's one thing I love about Bend is that everything is so close or a lot of trails are really really close and you can just go after work and still get a decent hike in so thank you so much for watching and I'll catch you on the next adventure

Snowshoeing Tumalo Mountain

13 thoughts on “Snowshoeing Tumalo Mountain

  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Nice views from up there. That's a lot of elevation gain for that low mileage. Yes, be safe out there, we want to see more of your videos. I think you are back in Eugene now. What's Matt talking about there, he's looking for Bigfoot?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Also, very WISE advice for snow travel!!!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Wow, I hiked there out of Bend in June 2018. No snow, but the waterfall was gorgeous!!!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Beautiful trip, done nicely done video. Huh, I didn't realize skiers smoothing out the trail makes it slippery for snowshoers (especially with traction plates under the feet). However I skied a Lot more than snowshoeing. I liked an unbroken ski track to get traction when ascending and smooth fast glide on flats and easy descents. Following in a snowshoe track was as hard or harder than breaking trail so I avoided them even when skinned up. Best (and courteous) for each to stick to their own trail. I tried to find untracked snow for telemarking downhill.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Great vid. Lovely views. Spider crampons? Off to the Lake District (England) tomorrow…. ticking off the 214 “Wainwright” mountains. 114 down…100 to go. Happy trails.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    I got out of breath just watching! 😁 It is beautiful and looks like a nice day! I'm with you on the skiing I like tubing in the snow though!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Spiders are cold "blooded" and therefore don't "feel" cold but become less active at lower temperatures. When temperatures drop too low, they become dormant. Some that can remain active at low temperatures have chemicals in their bodies to prevent them from freezing. As for food, less activity means lower energy demand so they can get along on less. Some sources say spiders in winter like to eat springtails (Collembola) that are active on the surface of the snow in winter.
    Here's a link to more photos and comments on spiders on snow
    https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/snow-spider/

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Kudos on your wise decision not to push further without a partner. Besides, your video with the views of Bachelor, Broken Top is amazing. And I gotta say… that winter wonderland wilderness. looks amazing! Great video!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Awesome video!! Loved your commentary throughout the video, it made me feel like I was going with you 😊

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Winter spiders? 🤔

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Good capture. Nice mountain views.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Tumalo Mt is where the local trail fitness people hike to stay in shape. Many make it up in less than hour.

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