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Bandera Mountain, WA | Nov-2012

Summit: 
W7W/KG-073

Lots of folks have written about climbing Bandera Mountain – but very few go past the false summit at 5157 feet. The final half mile and 100 feet of elevation gain to the summit took me almost an hour – difficulties with route finding and boulder hopping might put Bandera into the “Not Recommended” list for some Activators. You might consider nearby Mount Defiance as it should be an easier six points.

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"Chasers Rock" (Peak 4980), OR | Oct-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CN-082

Peak 4980, to be known throughout SOTAdom as "Chasers Rock," is an easy activation just south of Mount Hood, Oregon. It has great views (in the right weather) and some wilderness character about it. And there is an old trail that makes access fairly easy.

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Devil's Peak, OR | Oct-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CN-033

Devil's Peak is an easy hike, even if it's not an easy drive. After starting your hike from the Turnaround Trailhead you'll be at the summit after only a mile and a half and 700 feet of ga

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Augspurger Mountain, WA | Apr-2012

Summit: 
W7W/LC-097

The trail was difficult at this time of year with significant blowdown from an ice storm in February. I actually turned back twice but then decided to give it one more try. (Well, two more.) The attached photo shows the obliterated trail - the blowdown went on for almost a mile. I also hit continuous snow at 2200 feet (Augspurger tops out near 3700). I eventually lost the trail again in the snow kicking steps and then was postholing for about an hour.

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Mount Scott, OR (Clackamas County) | Jan-2012

Summit: 
W7O/WV-095

THIS Mount Scott (Scott, Mount in the ARM) is a volcanic cinder cone (extinct) southeast of Portland, Oregon.

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Prune Hill, WA | Jan-2012

Summit: 
W7W/LC-164

Prune Hill is an extinct volcanic vent, 755 feet ASL, located in Camas, Washington, about 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon. This summit is in a suburban neighborhood with no public space near the summit itself. 

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Larch Mountain, OR | Feb-2012

Summit: 
W7O/WV-062

Let's start by making sure we are talking about Oregon's Larch Mountain and not one of the two Larch Mountains in Washington, and not the one in Idaho either.

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Dog Mountain, WA | March-2012

Summit: 
W7W/LC-119

Dog Mountain is a wonderful climb nine months of the year - but in March we went from spotty sun and 38F to snow blowing sideways at 25 mph and perhaps 27F in a partial white out. It's a bit less than eight miles round trip with 2900 feet of gain.

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No Access to Biddle Butte, WA

Summit: 
W7W/LC-154

Biddle Butte is also known as Mount Zion and is located in Skamania County, Washington, about 20 miles west of Portland, Oregon. Biddle Butte is 1,460 feet ASL and was named for Henry J. Biddle, an early conservationist of the Gorge.  Biddle was responsible for building the trail to the top of Beacon Rock, completed in 1918. There is no public access to this summit. 

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Paulina Peak, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CE-009

This is a straightforward drive-up activation about an hour south of Bend with great views. Paulina Peak and North Paulina Peak are both in the Newberry National&nbs