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GlennGTR
09-29-2009, 11:15 AM
With the previous weeks hunt being canceled a new plan was formulated. Instead of a multi day wilderness hunt it was agreed that we would meet several hours before sunup and push to make the Mt Skokomish wilderness boundry by daylight. It was a day that weather forecasters said was unusualy warm for this time of year. At three am it was sixty two degrees and the prospect of cooling was nill. Eventually it ended up being a five hour gruelathon to get high enough to hunt. Five hours of climbing of wich three was climbing and hunting as we reached the wilderness boundry after only two hours. We did see lots of sign and jumped deer in the dark on the way up but were unable to find a buck for the taking. All in all a good conditioning if not torturous hike and were able to get some good pics. Lesson learned, always stick to the original plan and three grand for a NULA rifle isnt really all that much. Here are some pics taken that day. General Season opens in about two weeks and everything near my home is road closure.....very little pressure.
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GlennGTR
09-29-2009, 11:21 AM
So here are a few more pics of the Mt Skokomish wilderness and our ten hour gruelathon.
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David in OR
09-29-2009, 11:52 AM
That is some steep real estate. Great pics.

M Paulsen
09-30-2009, 07:55 AM
You need some llamas.

John Havard
10-01-2009, 05:50 AM
All the photos look like the country you were in is bone dry. Were you able to access water along the way or did you have to haul all of your water from the bottom?

GlennGTR
10-02-2009, 03:51 PM
Packed in my own water but there are a few spring creeks up there. It was only a very long day trip. The original plan was to go overnight but it got cancelled. Real close to home its less than three miles from my place to the wilderness boundry.

Uncle Jake
10-02-2009, 04:22 PM
Nice pics!

Is your Ruger Compact a MkII or a Hawkeye? What type of accuracy are you getting with it (I have just about given up on my .308 Hawkeye getting MOA, let alone sub MOA) ?

GlennGTR
10-02-2009, 05:58 PM
It was a MKII just traded for a Rem 700 270 in kevlar composit stock. My compact seven oh eight shot sub moa groups with Federal 140gr fusion. Three shots touching. The only complaint I had about the rifle was that I lost a lot of velocity and was shooting sub 7x57 balistics. I realized my limitations when I was looking accross four hundred yards of open ground at a decent sized blacktail buck. In the Timber it was a fast handling and accurate rifle. I love the seven oh eight and will probably get a Kimber montana chambered in it ....or 260 rem. I am an incurable gun shuffling nut.

Uncle Jake
10-03-2009, 10:33 AM
7-08 is a great cartridge, though I have never owned one. What does your .270 (another great cartridge) weigh?

My 1895 will easily shoot 400 gr. Speers at 1850 fps into a group that will fit into my .308's group, both at 100 yds. Frustrating. While I have run out of time to play with the .308, I am thinking it might be the cheap scope that I have on it (Pentax). The thing is, all my "good" scopes are already on rifles, and sighted in.

But I am loving my 1895, which is wearing a 1960's Weaver K4 with detachable rings. It definitely "whumps" you!

GlennGTR
10-03-2009, 03:11 PM
Rifle naked weighs in at around six and three quarter pounds. Havent weighed the whole rig yet. Its not going to be my high country rifle. Here is a pic I took this morning.
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The Kimber or if I wait a little maybe even a NULA. The Kimber would be a 260 rem. The NULA would be intresting in 30-06 ackley improved. Time and money.....thats all it ever takes.

butts
10-03-2009, 05:43 PM
That is unreal steep. Were you mountain climbing or hunting. Rugged looking place for darn sure.

GlennGTR
10-03-2009, 06:07 PM
It was durn steep fer sure. I couldnt figure out how the trees were growing on the back side cause it was straight down. Rope should probably be added to equipment in the event something went over the side after being shot. One of the grave yard officers I talked to yesterday said I should hunt Wonder Mountain wilderness wich is also close to me. Its trailess but there are sapposed to be great medows and a couple of ponds full of trophy sized brook trout. Time to make a good plan for next year sounds like to me. Just need that Kimber Montana in 260 rem and a couple thousand in new lighter gear.

Tim in Washington
10-04-2009, 07:01 AM
Wonder Mtn Wilderness has interested me for quite a while now,I've tried getting to it through the maze of Forest roads without any luck.It's always a last minite side trip and I run out of time(though the tuff access is what appeals to me)I just need to set a day or two aside for it.Those Kimbers are a good deal for the price but if money were not an issue a NULA 30-06 would be my dream rifle as well.Tim

David in OR
10-04-2009, 07:56 AM
It was durn steep fer sure. I couldnt figure out how the trees were growing on the back side cause it was straight down. Rope should probably be added to equipment in the event something went over the side after being shot.

That would be an interesting operation. :) I recommend a static rope (like they use in climbing gyms for top ropes) of thirty or forty meters (for weight savings). Some webbing for anchors. You'll have to master that old technique (can't remember the name of it) for wrapping the rope up between your legs (!), up your back and under an arm. (That'll warm you up.) And, finally, a z-pulley system for hauling meat. Oh, and you'll have to batman up the rope to get your own self back up. ;) Either that, or carry a harness and prusik loops. For the ultimate in comfort, you can carry enough webbing to make a Swiss seat... lol

brian88
10-04-2009, 12:39 PM
man that does look really steep quite a work out i reckon

Uncle Jake
10-04-2009, 02:27 PM
That would be an interesting operation. :) I recommend a static rope (like they use in climbing gyms for top ropes) of thirty or forty meters (for weight savings). Some webbing for anchors. You'll have to master that old technique (can't remember the name of it) for wrapping the rope up between your legs (!), up your back and under an arm. (That'll warm you up.) And, finally, a z-pulley system for hauling meat. Oh, and you'll have to batman up the rope to get your own self back up. ;) Either that, or carry a harness and prusik loops. For the ultimate in comfort, you can carry enough webbing to make a Swiss seat... lol

For similar situations, I carry along 4 cuts of 20' braided electrical pull tape. VERY static, weighs almost nothing, and has an 1850 lb test strength. But I would not recommend the tape for a Swiss seat (:eek:). For that, twice your armspan of a good 5/8" static rope (my personal preference over the webbing, YMMV). Also, a couple of good locking carabiners, and know your knots.

Fortunately, I have yet to use the equipment and knowledge to retrieve any game, but it never hurts to be prepared.

Country like that always gives me wanderlust.

GlennGTR
10-04-2009, 03:13 PM
For Tim Wonder Mt is NW and accross the lake from me. You have to go cross country from where the 100 road crosses the N Fork of the Skokomish. I have been up there to look at the terrain and have a good idea of how to get in there. One of the officers on grave yard has been up in there a few times but from a different direction. When your ready to give it a try give me a holler. Probably not this year but next for sure. Plan on three days. As to the rope and rappel issue I did a lot of that in the Corps. Tie my own ranger seat and can repel. Not something to do solo though in case of .....complications.

SmokeHouse
10-04-2009, 08:59 PM
awesome pic's,,, thanks for sharing...

Tim in Washington
10-05-2009, 07:48 AM
I was down your way yesterday,I went up past Lena Lk ,then about 3 miles into the wilderness area to the North.It was crowded until I got past Lena Lake than I had it all to myself.Saw the "pet" elk herd south of Brennin that alone just about made the trip worth while.Getting into the Wander Mtn. area next year sounds good.Tim

Timberline
10-13-2009, 05:00 PM
You sure you weren't jumping Mountain Goats in the dark!