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Photos: Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Camp-out at Ahtanum State Forest

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Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – Selah Community & Tourism.

On Thursday evening August 6th 2015, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 set up camp at Ahtanum Meadows in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for a weekend Scout Camp-out and DNR volunteer opportunity.

The Scouts started off walking the Ahtanum Campground picking up trash in the camp sites and the North Fork Ahtanum Creek. Once the area was cleaned up, the Scouts built their tents. One tent was missing a pole, so the Scouts had to come up with an idea to make the tent stand up. They used sticks with bungees for the missing pole and one stick out front the hold up the rain cover.

After camp was set up and the Scouts had dinner, they set around the campfire playing games. There was a burn ban so the Scouts used a propane campfire which were allowed. Just after dark, the Scouts watched the International Space Station fly overhead. Then it was off to bed.

Friday the Cub Scouts started out playing in the North Fork Ahtanum Creek as they searched for a long stick for a flag pole. Once they got the flag up higher on the pole they found, they went for a swim in the creek. Later in the day the Scouts went for a hike around Ahtanum Meadows and then went swimming again.

Later that night after dinner the Scouts had smores and sang songs around the propane campfire. Then it was off to bed for the second night.

Saturday morning the Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Breakfast was next and then the trip up to hike Fall Creek. This was a long drive up Nasty Creek Road to get to the trail. Along the way the Scouts picked up trash. The Scouts hiked around Fall Creek for a few hours and then headed back to camp for lunch.

After lunch the Scouts went on a hike on the other side of creek from camp picking up trash along the way. They hiked to Ahtanum Campground and then took a hiking trail up Sedge Ridge to a place they could look down on their camp. The Scouts backtracked and then headed over to the ruins an old amphitheater. Once finding the ruins, the Scout picked up trash around the area and then hiked back to camp.

Back at camp the Cub Scouts cook their dinners on the camp stove. After dinner the Cub Scouts gathered around the propane campfire, made smores, sang songs, told camp stories, and then headed off to bed for the third night.

Sunday morning the Cub Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Next there was a pancake breakfast with bacon, sausage, and eggs made by the Scout Leaders and parents.

After breakfast most broke down there camps. A few took took another swim in the creek.

It was a very fun Cub Scout Camp Out.

There is another family camp-out and hiking trip next weekend off Chinook Pass.

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For more information about Selah Cub Scout Pack 276:
Address: 105B South 1st Street, Selah, WA 98942
Phone: Cubmaster Clay Graham 509 833-4472
Web: selahpack276.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SelahCubScoutPack276

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Photos: Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Camp-out at Ahtanum State Forest

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Camp-out
at Ahtanum State Forest
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – A division of Eastern Washington Adventures.

On Friday evening August 8th 2014, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 met up at Ahtanum Meadows in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for a weekend Scout Camp-out and DNR volunteer opportunity.

Saturday the Cub Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Breakfast was next and then the trip around the Darland Mountain Loop to sight see and pick up trash.

The Darland Mountain Loop trip took the Cub Scouts through Ahtanum Campground, Tree Phones Campground, Eagle Nest Vista, Darland Mountain, Blue Lake, Snow Cabin Campground and back to Ahtanum Meadows. The highlights were the cliff at Eagle Nest Visit, the view of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, the Goat Rocks, and the Yakima Valley from Darland Mountain and the 4×4 Trail to Blue Lake.

Back at camp the Cub Scouts built a campfire to cook their dinners in. Each person made their own tinfoil dinner and the leaders placed them in the hot coals to cook. The Cub Scouts had a corn shucking contest for fun and did skits as dinner cooked. After dinner the Cub Scouts made smores then headed off the sleep in their tents and campers.

Sunday morning the Cub Scouts started off with the flag ceremony and a reading from the Holy Bible. Next there was a pancake breakfast made by the Scout Leaders.

After breakfast most broke down there camps. A few took another trip around the Darland Mountain Loop.

It was a very fun Cub Scout Camp Out.

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Here are some photos of the Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Ahtanum Camp-out.

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Photos: Divide Ridge 4×4 Run Adventure

Divide Ridge 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

UPDATE: Some of the 4×4 trails in this report are now close to the public. Know before you go.

On Saturday August 12th, 2006 we met up at Ahtanum Meadows for some 4×4 fun at the Ahtanum. We convoyed to the Ahtanum Sno-Park and aired down and then headed up to Red Saddle with 5 XJs (driven by Test Dummy, Tiny, Roll-over, Flippy, and I Ceg) and 1 Scout (driven by Yeti). At Red Saddle we took the Sedge Ridge 4X4 Trail. We had a some problems climbing Rocky Climb due to how deep the powder dirt was. Once everyone got to the top of Rocky Climb, we moved on. We stopped at the Cultus Hole Cross and fix an axle seal leak on my XJ. A little tape for a trail fix and we were off again. We ran the trail around Cultus Hole and up to Darland Mountain. From Darland we headed up to Blue Lake to camp.

We got to Blue Lake and on the way something happen to one of the XJs. The boys headed down to the valley for parts. Yeti, Flippy, & I (Ceg) decided since it was still early, we would go check out 4W615 going toward Darland. Starting off 4W615 wasn’t to bad of a trail. Great views. Farther around Darland Mountain we got, more the trail became off camber. We stopped at Narrow Neck Gap. Yeti walked up to see how bad the trail was. It was real off camber with not much to stop your rig from falling 100s of feet down into Rimrock. We decide not to try it.

We dropped over the ridge and ran Coyote Creek around Darland Mountain and then turn up Hairpin 4×4 Trail. Hairpin Trail became very steep and had deep powder dirt. About half way up the long climb, Flippy’s XJ had carburetor problems. Yeti tried to pull Flippy’s XJ with his Scout to get the rig up, but the powder was to deep for traction. It was getting late and we knew the boys would be back at Blue Lake worried about the old guys, so we left Flippy’s XJ on the side of Darland Mountain and headed to Blue Lake.

Once back at Blue Lake, a few of us decided to go find someone with a bigger rig to help pull Flippy’s Rig out. Since North Fork Ahtanum was closed for a new bridge, we had to wheel up to Blue Slide and take Jackass Road down. Near the bottom we ran into IORE. He said he would come up to Blue Lake in the morning and get us to go pull Flippy’s rig up the mountain.

Sunday morning IORE showed up at Blue Lake and we all convoyed over to the Hairpin Trail on Darland Mountain. We left most of the rigs up in the trees. We only took my rig with Flippy and some of the boys, IORE’s full size Chevy and Yeti’s Scout. I drove down to Flippy’s XJ, IORE stopped at a tree to tie off to, and stayed at the top of the long climb. IORE started winching Flippy up the mountain. IORE had to move up the mountain a few times and had to tie off on Yeti’s Scout when he ran out of trees. I moved my XJ up the mountain as IORE moved up. On one of my moves, I blew up my XJ’s Dana 35. Now IORE had two XJ’s to winch up Darland Mountain. IORE had to which his own rig up the mountain too because of the powder dirt. Once at the top of the long climb, the trail turned to run along the side of the mountain climbing small sections at a time. Both XJ were able to drive parts of that section but had to be pull by IORE’s Chevy at everything that was steep. We worked into the night. IORE had to go home so we left both XJs on the side of Darland Mountain over night.

Monday Evening after work, Waycrazy & PullUOut came up to help with there rigs. I drove my 2 wheel drive pickup up to the trail head. We worked on getting both XJs up the mountain using Waycrazy’s CJ5’s Warn 8274 winch. We got my XJ up to the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road where my tow rig was. It got late and we had to leave Flippy’s XJ. Flippy said he would not be able to come back until the end of the week because of work.

Friday August 18, 2006 Waycrazy was nice enough to come help again. We met on the Mid Fork Ahtanum across from McLain Canyon Road. I rode up with Waycrazy to Darland Mountain. We winched Flippy’s XJ up the Hairpin Trail toward the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road on Darland Mountain. Flippy was able to drive out after topping the last steep section. He had to give a run at a few places because of the deep powder dirt. Once we got onto the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road we checked over Flippy’s XJ and headed home.

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