I’ve been immersed in working on the Oregon Desert Trail for about six months now, and it’s finally time to head out and hike! Starting next week I’ll be section hiking the trail in three chunks.
First up is a 300 mile section from Anderson Crossing at the Little West Owyhee River to Plush, which will take me over the Trout Creek and Pueblo Mountains, to the Alvord Desert and the Steens Mountain (there will be snow! Not San Juan Mountains snow, but snow!), through Frenchglen to end at the base of Hart Mountain at Plush. I’m taking a little over 2 weeks to hike this section and will be investigating a few alternate routes along the way, and of course taking inventory of water sources…and I’ll get to spend my birthday hiking! Turning 39 shouldn’t be so bad, right?
In July I’ll be hiking/packrafting as much of the Owyhee River as I can (might be bloody hot, that’s why I want to stick to the water…still may be too hot!), and in September will hike the first 300 miles of the route from Bend back to Plush.
I’ll be writing daily and will post as much as my cell service and data will allow along the way.
Much thanks to the companies supporting me this year including Six Moon Designs, Oboz Footwear, TOAKS, Backpackers Pantry and Gerber Knives, and of course ONDA which made it all happen!! It’s my job. Still pinching myself.
Thanks for coming on the adventure!
Good luck and God speed, looking forward to your posts. Where should we send the kahula and gummy bears
Thanks! I won’t be doing any mail drops on this one since it’s so short, but maybe on one of the others! I’ll keep you posted.
Reblogged this on Trisha Faye and commented:
Now that’s the way to do it! Have a passion and make it your job.
Love it- so wonderful that you get to be a part of the development of the ODT and get paid for it. Living the dream!!
So stoked to follow you! The ODT is my next big dream.
Awesome! Let me know if you want any help planning, it’s still a little rough around the edges, but that’s a big part of why I’m out here, to figure out what needs to be done!
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