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Rigby's Impossible Mission #6: Mississippi Head and the B26 Plane Crash Site

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Jul 15 7:00AM - 8:00AM

Greetings -

RSVPs start 6pm Tuesday July 11. Please read this description before signing up.

On April 21, 1949 an Air Force B-26 was approaching Portland at 7000 ft and crashed into Mt Hood. Documentation on this fatal crash is listedhere. The plan is to go off-trail on Mt Hood to visit the 1949 crash site walking a hiking loop that includes Timberline Lodge, Paradise Park, ZigZag canyon and Palmer Glacier. We will be hiking on Mt Hood to over 8000ft elevation.

REQUIRESfoot traction/microspikes/boot chains (crampons optional). If you do not have foot traction, you will be turned away from the hike.

REQUIRES hiking poles or ice axe (better).

The news clip from "The Oregonian":

We will discuss self-arrest techniques on the hike. There is one section of moderate exposure - crossing over ZigZag canyon at 8000 ft.

Hike Starting/Ending Point:Timberline Lodge

Difficulty:Difficult

Distance:12.1 miles

Ascent:4500+ ft

Pay drivers:$10 for gas - its a 100 mile drive.

Dogs:Maybe Rigby (not sure yet)

Guests:No

This impossible mission will start at Timberline Lodge and continue "clockwise" on-trail to Paradise Park. There will be flowers, a creek crossing or two, and some snow travel on the way below ZigZag canyon:

We shall take a break at Split Rock before heading up the ridge towards Paradise Top (approx 1000 ft elevation gain in 1.2 miles).

We will head up from Split Rock in the photo above. My hope is that it won't be dusty this early in the summer hiking season, and a rather pleasant ascent crossing the short snowfields on the way up to Paradise Top.

Once at Paradise Top, there are a couple of moderately steep (but short) snow fields to traverse on way over to Mississippi Head. Microspikes will come in handy here.

We will visit the edge of Mississippi Head, being aware of any cornices.

After finding the crash site, we will have to ascend the snow fields to hike around the top of ZigZag canyon at 8000 ft and over to the Palmer ski lift. Then make our way down the Palmer ski area back to Timberline Lodge.


This hike is normally performed in August or September, but lets give it a go a little earlier in the summer season to check out the snow pack at elevation.

I cannot predict when we will be back, but I expect to stop someplace to get some dinner.

If thunderstorms are predicted in the area during that day, it is possible I shall shorten/reschedule the hike.

My Hiking Style:

I have three basic rules for hiking: 1) Be safe 2) Respect the environment and 3) Have fun! I do not consider myself a "fast" nor "slow" hiker. We will take a number of short breaks, as well as a lunch break. At the end of the day, my hope is that the hiking group feels they have had an adventure for all the right reasons.

THE FINE PRINT:

- The 'ten essentials' to always have in your pack generally include: Map/compass (and advance understanding of where you're going!), sun protection, extra clothes, extra food, extra water, headlamp/flashlight (and spare batteries), first aid kit, matches/firestarter, knife/tools, and a whistle if you need to signal for help. You should always be prepared in case you get separated from the rest of the group and/or have to spend a night on your own in the wilderness.

- As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer. While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination.

- I welcome other NW Wilderness Organizers to sign up for and join my events; it's always great to have you guys along. I do, however, reserve the right to move you to the Waiting List if I decide to move qualified and Waitlisted non-organizers to the YES list.

- I also reserve the right to remove anyone from my events if I'm concerned that their ability or fitness level will slow down the rest of the group. If there is a waiting list, I may remove anyone with multiple past 'no-shows' to the 'no' list to make room for those who may be more reliable.

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