Apr 23, 2018

Food for the Sole

Back in November my friend Boomer brought some food samples to a presentation Anish was giving in Bend about her Oregon Desert Trail hike. The food came from a new company that was started by a fellow Search and Rescue member of his, Julie Mosier. There were so many hikers around that night that I didn’t take a sample at that time, but a few months later ordered their sample pack….and…WOW.
super-peanut-slawI made the Food for the Sole cold-soak Peanut Super Slaw before a ski Kirk and I were heading out on this winter, and it was so good I literally licked the bag. SO GOOD. Now I do struggle to eat healthy on trails…my pack certainly contains a fair amount of processed sugar and flour, so as I worked my way through these vegan and gluten free samples, I was hooked. These are super tasty, and I am sure better for my body than cheetos! These are dehydrated meals instead of freeze dried, which allows for a certain amount of texture and flavor to carry through the re-hydrating process. And as I’ve been doing so much desert hiking, I think the cold salads will really be a game changer during the heat of the day when I often don’t feel like eating something heavy like peanut butter or cheese.
I was so interested in helping to spread the word about this new company that I’ve decided to come on as their first Brand Ambassador! I’m stoked to eat these meals on all my various adventures this year (trail work, hiking & packrafting trips, Sunshine Coast Trail Thru-hike, and anything else I might get up to this year). Did I tell you I’m planning on hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail this summer with NEMO??
If you are interested in checking out Food for the Sole I’d recommend starting with their sample pack of all 7 meals they make, and I’m pretty sure you will make another order shortly after. 🙂

Oh and use SHERAHIKES code for 20% off!

Nov 2, 2017

Oregon Desert Trail on Oregon Field Guide

Check out tonight's episode of Oregon Field Guide on the Oregon Desert Trail. I filmed with the show several times this year, I didn't get them any footage of the 141 mile packraft of the Owyhee as a water alternate to the route since I lost my gopro in the West Little Owyhee, but you can imagine, right??

The video won't sit in here properly, so here's the link: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/episodes/2905

Jul 23, 2017

South Fork of the Payette - Sawtooth Wilderness Section

Kirk and I headed to Idaho for a week, and ended up packrafting some on the Middle Fork of the Payette, and then backpacked into the South Fork of the Payette into the Sawtooth Wilderness along the Idaho Centennial Trail.

River levels were about 1,300cfs, and while the lower section looked perfect for our boats, the upper sections about 5 miles above Grandjean were a bit meatier with lots of logjams. That being said, Kirk would have run some sections (Class V) had he had more support. We both agreed that a lower flows (maybe 600-700cfs) the upper waterfall drops would be more manageable for a boater like myself. We'll have to come back in the fall another time to try some of those upper sections.

We hiked in the 5 miles on a Tuesday, dropped our boats off around the transition zone into waterfall land, and then spent the next 3 days hiking to the headwaters. Upon our return we picked up our boats for the float back to our car.

Ensue bushwack. Getting to the river from the trail was a bit of a willow bashing fest, but we finally made it and transitioned to packraft mode. All gear stored inside the boat, day bag with sunscreen, lunch (in this case one packet of hickory smoked tuna. That’s it. Sucks.), and water.
We launch on a swift little current on a narrow log-congested river, gravely braids of river channels everywhere.
The water was clear and blue and green and it felt like we were flying through the canyon, until we got to logjam, after logjam, after stupid logjam. It was still worth it though. I actually expected more in an un-dammed river in the heart of the Sawtooth Wilderness.
The 4.5 miles of trail turned into 9 miles of river with all the meandering channels, but still worth it.
We were worked by the time we made it back to the car mid-afternoon. We had a short rapidy section about half way, but it was mainly the numerous log jams we had to portage with full boats and careful walking to not impale ourselves on dead trees, or break a leg in a beaver hole. So much fun!! Really!