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hiking/backpacking

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jett, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Hey Slim have you ever checked out the "garage sale" at REI? (it might have another name, but it is along those lines). It is all the returned items and other left over crap. They have it about once a month and the deals are amazing. They had a lot of good backpacks and sleeping gear when I was in there last. Worth a look.

    Not sure. The Seattle flagship does have a basement department full of returns though, available any time. Right now they have a lot of sleeping pads, and ski boots. I checked it out.

    I love some of the notes on the returns. Thermarest sleeping pad 6 foot. Marked down to 17.99. Why? "Too$hort".

    Uh... [​IMG]

    I'm not sure about that, they have a mountain bike test track, and the 65 foot climbing pinnacle. I don't recall seeing a kayak run, though I wouldn't be surprised if they had some sort of regular testing day where you could try out a bunch of them on Lake Union. They are only a few blocks away.

    Yesterday there was a PowerBar rep there who was super hot.
     
  2. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    This might seem like a dumb question, but what kind of socks do you guys use?
     
  3. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    I love smartwool socks. Very comfortable and they do not not move around or bunch up in the boot all.
     
  4. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer Senior member

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    Agree, I use Smartwool socks over Coolmax or other polypro liner socks.
     
  5. Johnny_5

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    A big +1 to sock liners. Absolutely the best blister prevention I've come across.
     
  6. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    So... is that a thin sock and then a thicker sock over it?
     
  7. Johnny_5

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    Yes, exactly. The thin sock is designed to reduce any friction and wick moisture away from your skin.
     
  8. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Gotcha.

    Apparently I am largely unfamiliar with sock technology. [​IMG]
     
  9. Johnny_5

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    fucking newb. go read about socks and stay the fuck out until you read about socks.
     
  10. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Anyone into hiking and/or backpacking? If so, what do you think the best backpack and/or boots are for extended hikes?

    Completely depends on the place you're walking.

    Heading to Khumbu in the winter. Ospery Aether 70 liter pack and a pair of goretex boots.
     
  11. Tokyo Slim

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    fucking newb. go read about socks and stay the fuck out until you read about socks.
    This is why I asked. [​IMG] I wanted to read about socks.
     
  12. Ace Rimmer

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    Heading to Khumbu in the winter. Ospery Aether 70 liter pack and a pair of goretex boots.

    Cool, let us know how it goes. I may be there in 2011. Buddy of mine is on temporary assignment in China and we are planning to go to Lhasa in the summer. I want to take a tour trip to Everest Base Camp -- but I will NOT be going into the Khumbu ice fall! [​IMG]
     
  13. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    Picture last summer from day hike up to the Lakes of the Clouds in Colorado:

    [​IMG]

    Another from the same trip, a hike up Mt. Elbert:

    [​IMG]

    Early next year, I'm going to do a five-day thru-hike of the Lone Star Trail. And next summer, my son and I are going to tackle about half of the Kungsleden in the Swedish Arctic.
     
  14. Johnny_5

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    Great pics and thanks for posting Gent.
     
  15. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Anyone have any winter hikes planned?
     
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    Anyone have any winter hikes planned?

    Living in the desert makes it easy for me - it gets cold, but I don't have to worry about snow.

    I've never tried snow shoeing, I've been planning to go up into the mountains and try that.
     
  17. Ace Rimmer

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    Anyone have any winter hikes planned?

    I am hoping to get my AIARE Avalanche Training certification this winter in the White Mountains. I hope to go in February or so.
     
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    Anyone have any winter hikes planned?
    I'm planning to do a trans-Pemi ski from Zeeland Hut to Lincoln when the snow allows. If anyone from is interested in coming along, PM.
     
  19. Johnny_5

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    My girlfriend got me a Becker Bk2 today. Unfortunately, she won't let me have it until Christmas [​IMG].
     

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