Apr 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm #1235722
Well after months of cabin fever, gear modification and more cabin fever… The weather and the majority of things cooperated enough to get out and take a backpacking trip. Initially the hike was going to be the weekend after my birthday, but it wound up being easter weekend. So we postponed the hike for the following weekend.
Basic rundown, Jesse and I went to the Elwha River trail off of whiskey bend road and set out to reach Elkhorn ranger station and setup camp. Well we made it there, and the really good spots were already filled, so we hiked between 1/3 to 1/2 mile to the semi-adjacent camps further up river to scope out a campsite. Rough approximation for mileage was 23.5 miles out and back. What a great way to kick the season off.
more about the trip and gear will be posted on my blog this week. rooinater.blogspot.comApr 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm #1497445
@drdystopiaLocale: Upstate NY
Great shots, looked like an great first trip of the season. That first mossy forest pic is sublime.Apr 28, 2009 at 9:23 am #1497521
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
Thanks for the trip report and photos! I was in that area in 2007 – it brings back some memories.Apr 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm #1497956
What section of the park does the Pacific Northwest Trail go through? I remember seeing some of your pics on flickr. The trip was great, glad you guys like the photos.Apr 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm #1497958
@mark_bLocale: Northwest (WA)
I love hiking in the Olympics – thanks for posting these pictures.
You going to report on how you liked the Neoair? I'd be interested if the Ultra 20 and Neoair combo was warm at those temps.Apr 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm #1497959
There is a quick bit on it in my gear overview from after the hike on my blog, but overall I was really warm. The biggest problem I had with the quilt was user error and I won't be blaming the product for not using it correctly. Basically I have to learn how to vent it correctly. The radiation of heat from the neoair and the insulation of the Ultra 20 when it's buttoned up made me sweat like a pig (I was only wearing boxers and a beanie also). So I need to learn a happy medium with the venting. The other problem I had was also user error. I loosened the lower strap to vent my heat and I forgot about it until after I went to the restroom and fell back asleep… So I got a chilly breeze till I remembered about the strap. When the Jam2 disappeared from under my feet in the night and I got a little chilled through my feet, I went to a fetal position on my neoair and tucked the quilt by my feet and I was back to sweating to death. Basically I can't blame the quilt for my own learning curve on the proper use and venting of a quilt. It seems to take a little more fidgeting and trial and error to find how you sleep best and comfortable with it. The neo air was very comfortable, and the first supportive but not rock hard mattress I've slept on in the woods. The quilt made more noise than the mattress in most all instances.
In another trial in my grandma's basement I had to switch from the neoair to the regular queen size air mattress my girlfriend was sleeping on because she was cold (the queen size mattress had 2 wool blankets on top…) and when i switched to the regular mattress I could feel the heat suck out from under me, but my girlfriend was cold and needed to share my body heat. The window was open so there was a freezing breeze blowing around in the basement.
Overall the neoair and the golite is staying in my sleeping system. They are comfortable and light, I just need to get more time under the quilt and learn to vent before sweating to death. Without the straps on the quilt though I wouldn't have brought it out at that cold. I liked the fact that I could control the movement of the quilt by cinching it down to the pad. A side note, I'm also a warm sleeper, and if I was expecting to camp on snow I'd bring another closed cell pad to lay under the neoair, but without snow directly on the pad it sure insulates very well. Temperature was measured with my mini thermometer from REI. I found a wind meter and thermometer at the puyallup WAC show I might buy for gear testing reports, since it was barely over an ounce.Apr 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm #1498079
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
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