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Emerging from the Time Warp [Feb. 13th, 2012|03:44 pm]
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I knew this photo existed, but haven’t been able to find it for years. It was taken soon after the Yurt first arose in its initial incarnation on the shoulders of Mt. Griffin, ca. 1996. It was relocated to this meadow and former yarder landing from its original location at Colonade Ridge, some thirty-five miles to the north. (Those are as-the-crow-flies miles; the actual journey on logging roads was over 130 miles!)

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I found this Polaroid with the above photo. My guess is that it’s from 2002. The 2x6 rafters and plywood strips in lieu of lattice indicate it's after the collapse of '99. The kitchen has been upgraded at least twice since the Yurt’s relocation from Colonnade Ridge to Mt. Griffin, but it's before the oak cabinets were installed. The biggest clue is that the original furnace is still in use. (Yes, that's the same person in both images...)

Despite the improvements to the kitchen, these were still the bad old days when the sink drained straight down into a five-gallon bucket. Woe it was to the skier who failed to heed its load…

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Finally: ACCESS! [Jul. 10th, 2011|08:43 am]
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[mood |Encouraged]
[music |Mussorgsky: "Pictures at an Exhibition"]

The down-side of a great snow year is that it extends the "'Tween Time", when the snow has melted out enough to prevent going in on ski or snow cat, yet there's still too much of it to drive a vehicle to the Yurt. The MTTA has been plowing the road to the old Snow Bowl site ("Snow Hole" as I like to call it now), in hopes of being able to start construction on the new cabin by Fourth of July (ha!). Just before the holiday  weekend, those in the know wouldn't even speculate as to when we might finally be able to break ground.  It's another 2-1/2 miles to the Yurt from that road; 2-1/2 miles that hasn't been plowed or maintained since the Yurt was prematurely closed a month before the end of ski season. (This was due to a gas leak in the Yurt and a full vault under the outhouse.) (Okay, maybe that counts as two gas leaks...)
 
ANYHOW! I received an email from our Trail Operations Coordinator: he was able to drive the plow truck to the Yurt yesterday. How much longer until we can get there in my Outback or edbook 's Explorer is anyone's guess, but it's considerably more encouraging than the news last week.


The Yurt in April of an "average" snow year...

I really, really, REALLY need to get up in the mountains. The Yurt is my key to Paradise (and sanity!).

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The Yurtmeister is Dead - Long live the Yurtmeister! [Jun. 2nd, 2010|05:53 pm]
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Nearly fourteen years ago, a motley mob of semi-conscious volunteers gathered at a high-boy landing on the shoulder of Griffin Mountain. As they rubbed their eyes and sipped coffee in attempt to rejoin the present, the early morning alpine mist evaporated into surprisingly brilliant sunshine. The collective fog-between-the-ears dissipated as quickly, replaced by a restlessness to Get Something Done. I was a relative newby in the group and didn't feel comfortable ordering about the Olt Timers, but it didn't appear anyone else present knew what was going on. All of The Leaders had been up until 04:00 getting the various pieces of yurt to the landing from its previous location at Colonade Ridge. That was in the old MTTSS North District, accessible only via Kapowsin. Twenty-two miles as the crow flies, but over 140 miles of mostly logging roads from where we now stood. There absence was understandable.

 I knew we couldn't start reassembling the Yurt until we had something to assemble it on, so I started cobbling together the pieces of platform from the pile, asking various folks to help with this or that along the way. The process gained momentum, and by the time The Leaders returned, the better part of a Yurt rose from the meadow to greet them.

And that is how I became the manager of the MTTA Yurt.

In January of 1999, the Yurt collapsed in a record snow dump on top of a record snow pack. A few months later I moved to Italy and Paul Smith stepped up to ride shotgun over the Yurt's resurrection in its current (elevated) incarnation. I helped out as his assistant after my return to the area in 2000 (after all the heavy lifting was done!). When Paul's career took him out of state in 2002, I stepped back in to the manager's position. I've been at it ever since, assisted for most of this second round by the most capable Ed Book.

So after having nurtured and nursed the Yurt through a dozen of the last fourteen years, it's WAY past time for me to pass on the torch. I'm pleased and proud to announce that Ed Book will now preside over the Yurt's health and well-being, to be ably assisted by his son Seth. And so a new generation joins the fraternity.




Please join me in welcoming Ed Book as the new Yurtmeister!

(And remember: the best way to welcome the new Yurtmeister is to show up for his work parties!)

-Pat Gleason
Yurtmeister Emeritus


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Oregonian Article [Jan. 20th, 2009|10:07 pm]
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The (Portland) Oregonian did a blurb on MTTA and used one of Ed's photos of the Yurt  to illustrate the article. Check it out at:
http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2009/01/mount_tahoma_hut_skiing_near_m.html
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Current Conditions... [Feb. 17th, 2008|09:48 pm]
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Thanks to an intrepid MTTA trekker, we have some current conditions to share. This brave soul recently made a solo journey to the Yurt and Snow Bowl Hut, and brought back these pictures to share:

[All photos by D.Hannevig]

Keep in mind that the FLOOR of the Yurt is over SEVEN FEET above the ground at this view.





And after one person heroiclly shoveling the roof:
 
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August Yurt workparty [Aug. 20th, 2007|05:50 pm]
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There were four of us who showed up for the workparty at The Yurt... Jon and Sue and Pat and me... We made progress on our "list".

--installed panels for the outhouse ceiling and two sidewalls ('still need to do the end walls)

--cut holes in the doors for the downstairs in prep for installing windows in the doors to let in more light downstairs (one door is wood-the other metal)

--insulated, framed, and paneled one of the stacks of 2'x6'x6' concrete blocks that support the yurt... it was our prototype and the rest will be easier now that we have the construction plan in mind. The upstairs was given a good cleaning

--installed locks on the downstairs lockers

I'm sure I missed something...

I lost my pocket pal 10megapixel camera...

Pat played his backpacking guitar, we had a good breakfast by Sue... , it rained on and off and all night long. I didn't wake anyone with my snoring from my van... good wine and cheese... a good trip...

'hopefully, we'll get more volunteers for next month's workparty...

Peace

ps here's a link to show the yurt downstairs where we were working.
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The Yurt Lives! [Jun. 18th, 2007|10:14 pm]
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Made it up to the Yurt for the first time since the Nov. 6th storms, thanks to Bob Brown, Murray Pacific Timber Co., and the ever- Intrepid Ed Book. The Yurt survived its Winter of Abandonment in fine shape. We went up from the town of Mineral through Murray-Pacific timberland over nineteen miles of logging roads; most of it in impressively good shape, as mountain logging roads go. Took us an hour on the dot to get to there from MIneral in the Edmobile.
The place was remarkably clean and free of rodent spoor &spawn. After getting the fireplace and stove working, we were glad to discover that the Yurt proved to be as weather-proof as ever, as we hunkered down through some pounding rains throughout the night.

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Home Sweet Yurt [May. 2nd, 2006|12:31 am]
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4/25/06: Ready for the sauna (as soon as the daylight and this wine are gone). 

There is some incredible spring skiing still to be had in the South District. 5-8 feet of snow at the huts and the world to yourself! 

(Photo copyright Ed Book (edbook) 2006.

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Did we get much snow at the yurt? well... [Apr. 5th, 2006|12:39 am]
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Let's take a look...

These images were made two weeks ago...

The Yurt at Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA)  ©2006 Ed Book (all rights reserved - DO NOT COPY)   http://edbookphoto.com

The Yurt at Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA)  ©2006 Ed Book (all rights reserved - DO NOT COPY)   http://edbookphoto.com

These folks backpack-snowshoed from the sno-park trailhead to Snowbowl Hut and got settled there, then they day-hiked to the Yurt and back to Snowbowl. They planned to hike up to High Hut the next day with a side trip to Anderson Lakes. 'talk about being in great shape...

The Yurt at Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA)  ©2006 Ed Book (all rights reserved - DO NOT COPY)   http://edbookphoto.com


Hey, we've seen that guy at the yurt before...

Peace
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The Yurt futon [Feb. 1st, 2006|05:41 pm]
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the new futon for the Yurt and deep snow outside.

MTTA Yurt futon ©2006 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com


This fine futon was donated by Cris Craig and Brian Steely. Thank You -- seeya on the trails...

Peace
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