Cooper Spur in EXTREME, Sustained Wind

8.3 miles and 2950′ in elevation gain.  At the Cooper Spur Shelter on the Timberline Loop, the wind was EXTREME ~~ the kind that will knock you off balance.  We actually watched water freeze while cooking dinner.

DSC00828 snow trail

DSC00701 Climb into sun

Mother’s Day cake and beer.  It was so windy, this is the best we could do for a photo.

DSC00717 Mothers Day Cake

It seemed like a good spot until Charles’ tent continually was bowled over by wind.  We moved it closer to the shelter.

IMG_5743 Charles and Kevin Setting up Charles tent

We were in a wind tunnel down here with sand pelting against the tent.

DSC00746 Tent

Kevin couldn’t keep anything still so this is our only night shot.

DSC00745 Windy Night

A little photo shoot inside the snow filled Cooper Spur shelter.

DSC00762 Kevin Ann inside Cooper Spur Shelter

DSC00785 Cooper Spur Pano

Heading out in bitter cold wind.

IMG_5757 Kevin Charles Carin near Cooper Spur

DSC00798 Ann in snow

DSC00840 long winding trail


10 Responses to “Cooper Spur in EXTREME, Sustained Wind”

  1. Donaleen Kohn Says:

    I hate the wind. Why would you want to do that?

    • runandsewquilts Says:

      Charles just returned from Yuma, AZ and was determined to backpack on Hood. The winds didn’t look so bad from all the weather reports and they were only bad at the top.

  2. Donaleen Kohn Says:

    And that looks like one of those horrible paths made by horses and impossible to walk on…..

  3. Annie Says:

    Wow! YOu are truly tough! We like to think of ourselves as Vikings, but we are totally wimps compared to you guys! Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

  4. elizabeth Says:

    Welcome home, Charles! ❤

  5. Ryan Gwillim Says:

    I love that stone hut, such a fun place. My wife and I stay at the A-Frame a couple times each winter. It would be cool if you set the shutter speed on the camera a bit slower with a tripod on a shot with some vegetation/trees in it so we can see the effect/intensity of the wind! Probably just wanted to get out of it though! 🙂

    • runandsewquilts Says:

      We love it up there too. It was so windy that Kevin couldn’t keep his balance and the tripod was incredibly unstable. Plus we were above tree line, so the shrubs were not a good indication of the wind since they are so low to the ground. Yes, we just wanted out of the wind. There was exposed ground and the sand was pelting against us and the tents.

  6. dawn at firstlightdesigns Says:

    So tell me, was it FUN?? I so enjoy looking at your wilderness photos from the inside of my warm dry home LOL

    • runandsewquilts Says:

      It was a great time with our son, but the wind was a bit grating. Luckily, it was only above tree line.

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