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post #436 of 452

^Ok. Mary Christmas.................

post #437 of 452
Lolz.
post #438 of 452
With all the snow we've been getting in the Sierras, I'm hoping to get back up to Donner Summit to do some snowshoeing sometime this week. We are between storms so the weather ought to be perfect.
post #439 of 452
Going to go backpacking in Eastern Europe this summer. I'll be walking around cities most of the time, but will be doing some outdoors hiking too, possibly climbing Mt Olympus in Greece. What should I wear? I want something comfortable but won't get me turned down from clubs. Are these okay? Shoes or should I go with these? Boots These don't look too ugly to me and seem to be comfortable based on reviews. I'm open to suggestions. Do I suck it up and bring multiple pairs of shoes, one pair for walking around during the day and a nice pair for going out at night?
post #440 of 452
Looks like we're gearing up for another 50-miler with the scouts this summer. We'll be hiking another portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Once we finish this hike we'll have about 60 miles left to complete the entire trail (which circles the entire Tahoe basin). I'm stoked to get back out on the trail. We may polish off some of the other sections as shakedown hikes (like 20-mile overnighters). icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Looks like we're gearing up for another 50-miler with the scouts this summer. We'll be hiking another portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Once we finish this hike we'll have about 60 miles left to complete the entire trail (which circles the entire Tahoe basin). I'm stoked to get back out on the trail. We may polish off some of the other sections as shakedown hikes (like 20-mile overnighters). icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

What size pack are you going with for a 20-mile overnighter during summer conditions?
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What size pack are you going with for a 20-mile overnighter during summer conditions?

I'll probably just use my REI 50L Flash. It's the same pack I usually use for anything where I have to carry a tent and a sleeping bag. I used it last summer on our hike through Desolation. It's what I will use on this 50-miler as well.

We're talking about fastpacking the overnighters, with a car showing up with all our overnight gear at a campsite. If we do that, then we'll just carry essentials (water, some food, first aid, etc.) in our Camelbaks. I have a Peak Bagger that is probably about 18L that works perfectly for day hikes (and this would essentially be two day hikes in a row).

If I want to split the difference, I have a small Fjallraven rucksack (with minimalist frame but no padded hipbelt) that can hold a ultralight sleeping bag, a pad, and a bivy sack along with some food and water. I've used that on a couple of overnight backpacking trips and it has been a fun change of pace.
post #443 of 452
I was looking for a 4-season pack that could handle voluminous gear for winter mode, and decided to get the Arc'teryx Altra 85. I considered going with something smaller (the Altra also comes in a 65 and 75 liter version) but figured I'd rather have the extra space than wish I had opted for something larger. The weight difference between the empty packs is minimal. The Altra is supposed to be one of the most comfortable packs ever made, so my expectations are high. It was on sale for 20% off retail.

I also came upon a military sleep system for free. It's a neat piece of surplus gear. I don't think I'll ever use the entire system for backpacking (it weights ~10lbs), but the gore-tex bivy and possibly the patrol bag would certainly be doable.
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I'll probably just use my REI 50L Flash. It's the same pack I usually use for anything where I have to carry a tent and a sleeping bag. I used it last summer on our hike through Desolation. It's what I will use on this 50-miler as well.

We're talking about fastpacking the overnighters, with a car showing up with all our overnight gear at a campsite. If we do that, then we'll just carry essentials (water, some food, first aid, etc.) in our Camelbaks. I have a Peak Bagger that is probably about 18L that works perfectly for day hikes (and this would essentially be two day hikes in a row).

If I want to split the difference, I have a small Fjallraven rucksack (with minimalist frame but no padded hipbelt) that can hold a ultralight sleeping bag, a pad, and a bivy sack along with some food and water. I've used that on a couple of overnight backpacking trips and it has been a fun change of pace.

Bump. We've set the date for July 21-23. We will be starting at Echo Lake and hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail counter-clockwise to Spooner Lake on the east side of the Tahoe Basin. I'm looking forward to three days of light packs and big miles. We'll have a support vehicle meet us each night (no wilderness sections this time) and have huge evening feasts and bonfires. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #445 of 452
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Looks like we're gearing up for another 50-miler with the scouts this summer. We'll be hiking another portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Once we finish this hike we'll have about 60 miles left to complete the entire trail (which circles the entire Tahoe basin). I'm stoked to get back out on the trail. We may polish off some of the other sections as shakedown hikes (like 20-mile overnighters). icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Are you in the Bay Area? What troop are you with?
post #446 of 452
I'm in El Dorado Hills, outside of Sacramento (on the way to Placerville). Our troop number is 558. We're an LDS troop.
post #447 of 452

This seems an appropriate place to put this - is anyone watching Alone on History?

 

Ten people dropped off into the wilds of BC, spaced out with 5 miles between them, minimal gear and no camera crews. Last person standing wins 500K. The winner of S1 went 55 days.

 

Interesting to watch how quickly isolation takes its toll.

 

Oh, and Camp and Trail (1907) by Stewart Edward White is one of the better books on common sense trail wilderness life.

 

lefty

post #448 of 452
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I'm in El Dorado Hills, outside of Sacramento (on the way to Placerville). Our troop number is 558. We're an LDS troop.
We were with Troop 14 in Albany for a minute.
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This seems an appropriate place to put this - is anyone watching Alone on History?

Ten people dropped off into the wilds of BC, spaced out with 5 miles between them, minimal gear and no camera crews. Last person standing wins 500K. The winner of S1 went 55 days.

Interesting to watch how quickly isolation takes its toll.

Oh, and Camp and Trail (1907) by Stewart Edward White is one of the better books on common sense trail wilderness life.

lefty

I'll have to check it out, I'm a sucker for that sort of crap. But as these shows get ever more dangerous I can't help flashing to Climbing For Dollars.
post #449 of 452

There's a movement toward less producer-manufactured shows growing. This seems pretty good to my eye on the source level, but it's still cut for drama. 

 

These are experienced survivalists who are tapping out left and right, in many cases due to animal sounds at night. Vancouver Island is filled with black bears, some wolves, and enough cougars to be wary, but I doubt anyone going down from an attack. But anyone who's spent time alone in the woods knows that a chipmunk can sound like a rhino at night.

 

I've only seen half of each season. What's interesting to me are the guys who realize that it's not a traditional survive situation where you have to keep yourself alive for two weeks until rescue, but more of a pioneering one where you have to build a sustainable life. Set up a source for treated water, sort your fire out, lay out a gill net and traps, and then build. Some of these camps are amazing.

 

Then the loneliness comes in. I believe they do have to check in daily via some type of messaging GPS system. And they are visited weekly by crew to change out camera batteries and get new cards. 55 days is a hell of a long time to be alone with nothing more that an hour visit every week.

 

You can stream on History.

 

lefty

post #450 of 452

Six episodes into the S1. Eight days of elapsed time. Six guys have tapped out. Half because the night is filled with terror. Youtube tough guy "survivalists" turned into weeping children after a week of rain, cold, and isolation. 

 

It's interesting that they put them on Vancouver Island in a dense rain forest. Had they not been wet the entire time a few may have hung in there. One guy just built a boat. I know he doesn't win, but I hope he places second.

 

lefty 

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