Friday, July 10, 2009

Daily Chores - Boat cleaning.

© Paul Anderson

All it takes is a little teamwork, willpower, muscle, leverage, and a water source.

Jack Mountain from Big Beaver Boat Dock

© Paul Anderson

So here is a gem of info for you Cliff Clavin types who may enjoy useless information/trivia about Ross Lake.

Jack Mountain (elevation 9066 ft) rises 7,464 vertical feet above Ross Lake.

I know, I know - it may not seem that big just glancing at Jack as you canoe, kayak or boat beneath it, but that is a sizable amount of elevation gain!

For instance, Mt Everest is 29,029 elevation and a huge mountain. When mountaineers attempt to climb it via the north col route, they spend several days and nights at the advance base camp at 21,300 feet elevation!

A mere 7,729 vertical feet below the summit and just 265 feet higher than Ross Lake to the summit of Jack!

The North Cascades are notorious not for the mountain chain's overall height, but rather for how dramatic the relief is from valley bottoms, to ridge lines and mountain summits, and back down again.

This makes travel very difficult for cross country backpackers and mountaineers. It's also why there are so few auto routes across the Cascade Range.

So, remember, some time when you're out lounging on one of the docks or hanging out in one of the blue boats up lake - and you want to make a bet - point to Jack and maybe spew out that info to your fishing buddy or spouse who seldom get used to your insufferable nuggets of wisdom!

And remember, if you don't visit more often to the North Cascades each year, you'll always be a visit or two, or three behind.

You can't catch up!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Forest Fire on Ruby Mountain

Here is a link to the Chattermarks blog by our friends over at the North Cascades Institute and North Cascades National Park about the forest fire on Ruby Mountain.

and here is a link from the post by Bob Valen NCNP Public Information Ranger about wildfires.

Very interesting links. Thanks Bob and Christian for the information!

By the way, please spend some time viewing the North Cascades Institute web site. They have a number of excellent courses coming up over the next several months. It is a good way to visit this area more often, to meet some outstanding instructors and staff, and immerse yourself into this beautiful landscape.

Magazine Article

Here is a link to the July issue of Bellingham Business Journal that featured an interview with Tom.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Meet Our Staff

Will Shields is a craftsman.

He builds boats.

He builds Adirondack chairs.

He builds just about anything around the resort.

On average, with no interruptions, Will can build one of the blue boats in about 1 1/2 weeks during the winter months.

Using jigs that Tom had built years ago, and patterns from the original resort boats, Will and Tom build about 2 -3 boats over the winter.

A gentle and steady hand is required to shape and fare in the ribs and stringers with the side panels. Piles of wood shavings are generated with each build.

Tom and Will take a lot of pride in this mostly hand build process.

It is part of the character of the resort.........
........ and the history of Ross Lake.