We're a bit over a month out from our fall trip into Douglas Creek & Slack Canyon. All looks well at this point. Weather in central Washington has been great! Clear, cool and dry. I anticipate some additional precipitation by early November. Its best to prepare for cool weather. I've gone to bed with clear skies and found a couple of inches of fresh snow the next morning! Please bring some firewood. We've had some great campfires on these trips. Also, if anyone wants to camp Friday night, making a two-night trip of it, I'm open to that. We'd need to get an early start on Saturday morning to make the 0900 meetup at the Rock Island Shell Station. With the cool weather, I'm likely to lead us out via the "adventurous" route on Sunday, which is an awful lot of fun and beautiful. This route will produce brush scratches! I'll bring a saw and loppers, but, there will be brush scratches. I promise to NOT lead us down into "winch canyon" where I mistakenly went early last spring. That was a bit more adventurous than I'd intended! Discussion opened, but I may not be real active in it for a while, am going to be "off grid" for a couple of weeks in early October.