Posted 2009-08-29 00:29:32 by Bryan Swan
I've been back at work full time for the last couple months now so I haven't have a whole lot of time to either work on the website or get out and take pictures. I haven't been backpacking at all since February and whether I get a chance to at all for the rest of the year is definitely in question. However, I do have some stuff to get up from the last couple months, mostly from the Rainier area so go look at the Updates page to see what's been added.
More interestingly, one of the falls I've visited more recently was Comet Falls. I'd been wanting to get up there again ever since I got my rangefinder and put to test just how accurate the often-cited height of 320 feet was. Well, turns out it wasn't accurate at all. I have no idea where that figure came from. 320 feet is almost squarely 100 meters so it may have resulted in a rope being dropped over the falls way back in the day, or it may have been an eyeball measurement. Either way, I trained my laser on it and pegged the total drop at a whopping 462 feet with the big drop standing 392 feet by itself! This doesn't make Comet Falls one of the biggest in the park necessarily, but it does elevate it to the next echelon of big waterfalls as I see it (and it also bumped it up a couple places on the Top 100 list).
Lastly, since I probably won't have a whole lot of new photographs to add for the rest of the year, I plan on doing another Geodata dump to the site over the next month, where I hope to add maybe 200-300 new undocumented entries to the database. I plan on doing my best on putting as much info online with these as I can, but none of them will have pictures or anything like that, so data miners take note, everyone else don't be disappointed when you see what little there will be to the new data.
One last note, work on the new World Waterfall Database site has been non existent for the last two months, but I plan on picking up on it again soon and the plan is still to get it launched this year. There will be plenty of announcements when the time comes close, so keep your eyes peeled.