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06/26/2009 10:20

I'm re-packing on a daily basis, to get the most from the space I have. Only 12 days to go, and the adventure continues!

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Ric, K5UJU
06/26/2009 11:01

Hey Edison,
I'll keep my ear open for your signals. Let's try FT-817 to FT-817 QRP all the way. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
73...Ric, K5UJU, Colville, WA

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06/26/2009 11:11

Sounds like a great adventure for post-field day, Edison. Once you have some frequencies posted, I'll be monitoring the bands for you while you're out. Get lots of pictures 'cuz I'd love to be there with ya!
73, Paul - K7IN - Cold Springs, NV.

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Denny, KE7TUQ
06/26/2009 11:15

Hey Bud, You know I want to go with you, as we talked about, but , My bad legs would't take very far. I'll be listening... just give me some freq's and times. 73, KE7TUQ

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Sam, KE7OIA
06/26/2009 12:14

Edison,
You know that the FerryCARES ARC will be monitoring you on your trek. We will be happy to hear that you accomplish your trek safely.
73, Sam

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Carol
06/26/2009 13:06

Hello! Billy, Ethel and I hiked the Kettle Crest from Sherman to Boulder on the weekend of my 35th birthday - it was late July...and gorgeous!!! There are a couple of steep switchbacks going up Copper Butte, but the view is just spectacular! You'll love it! I wish we'd had more time - we left after work on Friday, and got into the Boulder campground on Sunday afternoon. It was an incredible bonding experience for my son Billy and I - he was 16 at the time, and I feel that it cemented the great relationship we have to this day. Good luck!

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Joyce
06/26/2009 15:13

Edison,
Hey, that's really cool!! I love all the pictures, particularly the one of the flag. Awesome! The trek looks like a lot of fun, and very educational. I'll be listening for you on the bands I have on memory. Take care, have fun, and be SAFE!!

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Richard
06/26/2009 16:35

Very cool website and I'm looking forward to the Trek.

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06/05/2013 20:18

Here we go again, Richard! Yahoo! I'll be sure to sneak a few rocks into your pack, old buddy!

Edison

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Sherry
06/26/2009 19:13

Giving it all you've got. That was always your way. And apparently it still is! Live it, love it. Stars....I want photos of stars.

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06/05/2013 20:14

I'll try for your stars, sweetie, but I don't know if my camera will do it...
I hope the rest of the pictures are as good as the 1st trip....I'll do my best!

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06/27/2009 10:56

Thanks, everyone! This is going to be the longest, and most AWSOME backpacking trip I've ever done! I look forward to talking to all you hams out there....
You bet, Ric...QRP to QRP sounds COOL!
Looking forward to it!!!

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vicky
06/28/2009 09:54

Wow, what a trip...be safe and I'll chat later, the things you'll see awsome:)

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SHAWN
06/28/2009 10:51

WHAT A GOOD TIME THIS SHOULD BE. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE PIC'S. HAVE FUN MY FRIEND. THE NEW WEB SITE IS VERY COOL!!!

HOPE TO BE ON THE AIR BY THE TIME YOU HIT THE TRAIL. 73

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07/01/2009 20:56

Hi Edison, Looking forward to hearing you on the airwaves. I passed your upcoming trek onto the Spout Springs Repeater group and Charlene KC7RQF said(pair-a-phrasing) to have fun, be safe and take a lot of pictures...you know how she likes pictures. 72,73, KE7WOE, Lewiston, Idaho

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Marty
07/02/2009 05:40

Hey Edison! Site is looking great, and the blog is awesome!
I'll be watching for updates and pics!

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07/03/2009 11:30

5 days to go! Richard and I are both getting pretty excited, as you might guess...

Charlene(KC7RQF), I hope to hear you on. Watch the site for on-the-trail photos, and LOTS of post-trek pictures!
Thanks Ray...

Comments posted here will be read to me while on the trail, so let me hear from you, even if you aren't a ham....

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07/07/2009 22:50

Here we go!! Richard arrived this evening around 5pm...
Diane cooked us a GREAT steak & all-the-fixin's dinner!
We leave around 7am for a light breakfast in town, then off to Sherman pass, where we start our TREK!
Remember to look at the next page for photos from the trail.....
See you all when I get home...then the REALLY GOOD pictures will go on the site.....

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Marty
07/08/2009 09:06

Mmmmm...steak and fixins! *drool*

Our hearts are with you guys Edison - as always! Can't wait to see some pics of the old 'neighborhood'!!

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Ric, K5UJU
07/11/2009 15:13

Well, finally some pics and they are great! Looks like some real nice scenery. But, haven't heard you on the radio...yet.

...Ric, K5UJU, Colville

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07/11/2009 17:28

Back home on the mountain top. Something happened to my right knee, and we made the decision to exit the trail at the base of Copper Butte. It was a wise decision. By the time we walked out the 3.5 miles of Marcus #8, my knee was done.
Blaine met us where we came out, and took us to his house, where he and Lynnie fed us a home-cooked meal, let me soak in the tub to help the pain in my knee, Richard showered instead, and then we played music for a couple of hours and drank a bit of whisky. It was a PERFECT ending to a WONDERFUL TREK!! In the morning, Richard and I walked the short distance to the house, and were greeted by a pancake breakfast!
ps: SPECIAL THANKS to Blaine, for knowing where we were, when we didn't.....long story.

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sharon welter
07/14/2009 18:37

Glad you got to friends safely and hope the knee is healing up for a dance at Rock Cut!

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Edison
07/17/2009 09:45

The knee will be ok real soon, according to my Dr. I just strained it with too much weight for too many miles. I need to lighten my pack and do only 10 miles or so on each segment....maybe hike less each day, and do more radio work.
The next segment of this trek happens in Fall...no date set as of this post.
Richard and I are BOTH excited to continue!

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11/22/2009 23:20

Well, the TREK on the Kettle Crest Trail #13 North, will continue in late Spring of next year, as soon as most of the snow is gone. We will be going much slower, and doing much more radio work. I'd like to do a few 2-day local trips during the winter. We will see if that happens or not.

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04/10/2010 18:08

Here we go again! The second leg of the Kettle Crest Trek is ON!! We hope to spend a week on this one. Wish us luck, folks.

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06/27/2010 22:42

Hi Edison,
Biked up trail #13 (north) today, my first time up the mountain after growing up here and being back a few years...absolutely gorgeous (and nutty I hadn't experienced it sooner). Thought I'd search for people's take on the trails and found your site - great pics of your trek, the wildflowers are beautiful. Peace + good stuff - happy trails.

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Charlene KC7RQF
01/13/2011 05:43

Hi Guy Whats Happening~ Drop me A E Mail.. God Bless~

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03/26/2012 00:20

Nice info dude

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Edison
03/26/2012 13:01

Thanks! More to come!!

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Doc' Hendrickson (KG6ZIN)
05/23/2013 10:36

Edison,
Getting ready for your trek to begin again. All my antennas are in the air & the frequencies burned into my rigs. Wish I could be there with you but I will be virtually.
I know even though it's not possible for me at that time you'll be doing this for me, too.

Good luck at finishin that tick off the bucket list. Here's to lots of health, fun, and contacts along the way-- from your life-long buddy,

Doc'
KG6ZIN
Foresthill, CA

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05/23/2013 11:51

Thanks, Doc! As I head north, the IRLP node will only get better. I plan to be 'riding home' with you on some days, as I hike along.

Glad you are onboard, virtually.....

Edison

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    From Edison's Log Book

    I've been a ham operator since dirt was still a rock.  Combining my ham operations with my backpacking was a totally logical move....I hope folks will follow my journey, by listening for me every evening....please check the 'Frequencies' page to see where you can find me.