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Green Springs Mt, OR June/Dec 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CS-099

I went back up to Green Springs Mt for winter bonus since our snow levels are still high. When I first did it in June, I was in a freak snow storm and there was more snow and it was colder and wetter-but flowers! This trip I found a better path than the first. If you look at a satellite image you can see a bare patch at the southern edge of the summit. There is a somewhat clear path or old road from the main road up to the grassy area still in AZ, you can sort of see it on a map on the east side of the mountain.

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"3980"(2), OR November 2020

Summit: 
W7O/SC-228

This was #3 of 3 outside of the town of Rogue River I did on a day trip. This was quite a climb but not as bad as the one prior (W7O/SC-229). The hill is steep with no trail other than by wildlife but there is quite a bit of open, grassy, pine needled areas rather than brush and rock like the first two today. There was a lot of bear sign up here but I did not see any. Due to time (and bears), I did not go to the very top but activated in the AZ on the SW facing side that was very open and had a great view of Applegate Valley.

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"3980"(1), OR November 2020

Summit: 
W7O/SC-229

This was #2 of 3 that I did outside of the town of Rogue River during a day trip. This one was a killer. When I click treacherous trail it is because there was none. I drove the main road (BLM 37 5 1) until what seemed to be the highest you could drive to on the north side but the bank is very steep and brushy so it was difficult to find a good starting point. And boy was it hard. This hill is mainly fist sized rock that is mossed over, crumbling beneath your feet, with a very steep angle to climb. It was difficult to stay upright.

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"3842", OR November 2020

Summit: 
W7O/SC-242

This was one of three summits outside of the town of Rogue River I did in a day. Decent road going up to trail and large pit, shooting area to park at. You just take Savage Cr Rd which will turn into a gravel BLM road. There is a blocked road going up to the summit but I chose a foot path going straight up. It was a nice trail, old jeep road that narrowed towards the top. The summit is well forested, easy to figure a set up point but no real view.

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Bald Mountain November 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CS-095

Another Bald Mountain on my list. I swear we need a s2s party just for summits with "Bald" in the name! Easy drive to summit but not really any view, just a nice park-like area. Beautifully timbered, relatively flat summit top. Easy to set up. I had zero service here. Might of had texting if I set up on the west edge but I almost always go for the east side. I had trouble hitting rbn and being found. 40m rescued me and I was able to get several qsos once found.

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Olson Mountain OR November 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CS-108

Olson is a near drive to summit. Find a good spot to park on the side of the road and find a good opening in the timber and brush to get to the top/AZ. The road may even be in the AZ but I went a bit higher. Ample area and trees to set up and logs to sit on. We took the Butte Falls Hwy to Cobleigh Rd to Medco B Rd. All gravel roads were well maintained.

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Smith Rock/Rustler, OR Oct 2020

 This summary is for two summits...Joell, KJ7GFN and I started our SOTA trip about 1.5 hrs before daylight, I was hoping to get to the first summit, Smith Rock (also Sky Lakes Wilderness for WWFF), while dx was still happening to EU. We dressed preparing for a freezing morning, forecast was at 20-25f low in the area, figured even cooler at 6000'. I wore the warmest of everything I had since I get cold very easily. But we were fooled! Some sort of an inversion in the mountains was happening and I am guessing it was more around 50-55!

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Little Aspen Butte, OR Aug 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CS-029

I have been eyeing Little Aspen since we spent a day last year trekking Aspen Butte right next to it. From the road I wasn't sure if it would be possible because mostly it was just lava outcropping that I didn't really want to hike in. After doing some research with satelitte images we decided to give it a try and we were not disappointed. It was a nice hike, a little over a mile to the summit, with no significant barriers. Some rock, some brush, some areas of downed timber, but nothing significant. No trail of course so just zigzagged through choosing clear path that was still going up.

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3020, OR Aug 2020

Summit: 
W7O/SC-288

Started climbing this one at what looked to be a trail that would go up to the top. Instead it just kept wrapping around the hill with no gain so I sidehilled it up. Like the one I did in the morning, not easy. I came down on the more open ridge that is more gradual and ends pretty much at the "road" (it is no longer driveable) and just walked back to my truck on the road.

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3507, OR Aug 2020

Summit: 
W7O/SC-258

This and W7O/SC-288 were detours after I got off work. I work overnight in the Applegate area and get done at 9am so had the day ahead of me and decided to check the area out. This summit was short hike but not easy. It was straight up in crumbly earth with slippery madrone leaves on top. I forgot my trekking poles and had to find a couple limbs to help me out. Once to the top, it was a peaceful little treed area, part of it a very old road. Easy set up.