Posts made in December, 2012

Mascots and Muskets and Bears, oh my!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Mountaineer

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer mascot, Jonathon Kimble, recently shot a bear with the same musket he totes on the football field. It apparently isn’t just a prop – it’s a real weapon. Kimble made a video of the hunt with friends and family, and WVU ordered him to stop hunting with it. He says it was done as part of a tradition.

On the video, Kimble yells “Let’s go Mountaineers!” after downing the treed bear. Afterwards, he tweeted a photo of himself aside his first bruin; probably not a tradition that dates back too far.

“While Jonathan Kimble’s actions broke no laws or regulations, the university has discussed this with him, and he agrees that it would be appropriate to forego using the musket in this way in the future,” WVU spokesman John Bolt said.

“Hunting can be a controversial topic,” Kimble said. “I apologize to any of those who took offense to the video. It definitely wasn’t my intent to offend anybody. Other Mountaineers have gone and shot multiple deer with it before. I’ve taken it with me deer hunting before, also.”

But some WVU fans stood behind Kimble on Friday.

“If you’re from West Virginia and you love the outdoors, or if you hunt or don’t hunt, or if you fish or don’t fish, it is a celebration of this state. As a former WVU graduate, I’m thrilled to death with him. Happy as can be.”

Kimble was selected from 13 applicants earlier this year to represent WVU as their mascot.

Read More

Hiking Mt. Ellinor

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Hiking | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMt. Ellinor at 5944 ft.  Located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, in the Olympic National Forest.

Being a flat-lander from Iowa, I was unprepared for this hike when a friend first told me about it nearly 12 years ago. It was July 4th when I reached the upper trailhead, roughly 2400 feet in elevation and 2 miles away from the summit. I thought no big deal, but I brought an extra t-shirt along with me just in case. To go with my shorts. Half-way up, near the treeline, I met a couple hikers coming off the mountain who looked like they had just descended Everest. Ice picks, crampons, goggles, expensive puffy jackets.”What are these guys training or something?” I asked myself. “It’s like 80 degrees in Olympia.”

About an hour later, I found myself in a steep snowfield that could cover dozens of football fields, forcing each toe into the icy mountain; gripping the side of the snowy hill with my naked hands like a scared little monkey.

My friend didn’t tell me there was snow up there…often all year around. He didn’t tell me they had just received several inches the night before. He didn’t tell me that I was going to slide off the precipice of an icy mountain to my certain death. Well, as convinced as I was, that luckily didn’t happen.

At the top, you are dealing with more snow, loose gravel, very steep terrain, rock outcroppings, and very possibly, wild Mt. Goats. There are several nice, flat areas at the very top, where you can lose track of time staring at the amazing vistas of snow-capped jagged peaks to the west and north, and river valleys and salt water ways to the south and east. And believe me, this makes it all worth while.

I’ve done this hike with my wife and middle-school kids in August several years back, knowing what to expect. Bring a lunch, a walking stick, two bottles of water, a light jacket and an extra warm shirt, along with the other hiking essentials, of course. Pay attention to the trail that lies ahead of you, be very deliberate about your foot placement near the top, and relax. Enjoy the ride!

Oh…the goats. Check with the nearest forest station before you go. At the time of this writing, the goats were considered a threat and the trail was closed. Seems silly to me, but I don’t make the rules.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-5 in Olympia, take US 101 north to Hoodsport. Turn left (west) onto State Route 119 and proceed 9.3 miles to a T intersection with Forest Road 24. Turn right onto graveled FR 24, proceed 1.6 miles, and turn left onto FR 2419. After 4.8 miles come to the lower trailhead. The upper trailhead can be reached by continuing on FR 2419 for 1.6 miles, where you turn left on FR 2419-014 and follow it 1 mile to the upper trailhead.

Read More

Welcome!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Slider | 0 comments

Welcome!

Welcome to ThierOutdoors! The great outdoors has been a lifelong passion, and my adventures have surpassed my wildest dreams. I enjoy hiking, biking, hunting, running, photography, and writing. Please visit my author site at www.PatrickThier.com for more information about my writing life.

My goal is to bring you gripping stories, amazing photos, and valuable information that reflect the appreciation and fascination that I and others have with that wonderful thing we call…the outdoors. I welcome you to subscribe to receive blog updates, so adventure will show up in your inbox. Welcome to your next adventure!

Read More

Welcome!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in The Great Outdoors | 0 comments

Welcome to ThierOutdoors! Hunting has been my lifelong passion, and bowhunting has surpassed my wildest dreams. When I can’t hunt, I enjoy hiking, biking, running, photography, writing, and promoting the outdoor experience.

My goal is to bring you gripping stories, amazing photos, and valuable information that reflect the appreciation and fascination that I and others have with that wonderful thing we call…the outdoors. I welcome you to subscribe to receive blog updates, so adventure will show up in your inbox. Welcome to your next adventure!

Read More