Oct 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm #1264498
Just got back form a great overnighter in the Ouachita Mountains Natl Forest of Arkansas. Got to the trail head late due to the unpaved forest roads and trying to find the trail head. Hiked a section of the eagle rock loop, near albert pike rec area. The site of the tragic and deadly flood earlier this year. Seeing that place is sobering and prayers go out to victims and families.
Hike started at the the Little Missouri River trail heading towards albert peak. Made it a decent few miles till it got late and set up camp, the sun is starting to go down early.
Here was my gear list. I know The DR is heavy for a solo tent but I wasn't able to cost effectivly buy a second shelter before the trip. I didn't weight what I was wearing or the camera that was in my pocket so I guess I cheated a bit.
– GG vapor Trail- 35.84oz
-MLD Ti cup and alcohol stove-3.14
-Bear bag line- 1.34oz
-steripen classic 5.68
-2 1L water bottles-2.7
-hat/down vest/xtra socks-11.5
10.30lbs carried pluis ~2lbs or less (1L) of water at a given time. Not great compared to lots of hikers on this site, but for me thats 1/3 of what I used to carry on an overnighter. I've learned a lot from this site. Thanks everyone, help me critique my list down further. I'd like to get a lighter shelter so I can move to a frameless pack. I felt wonder on the trail with such a light load. Seeing other hikers out with 40lbs packs was painful to watch.Oct 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm #1655463
@elf773Locale: Vancouver, BC
Nice pics. Miss the changing of the seasons. Although I've never used a poncho tarp or anything (uber light), I've thought the same as you considering shelters.
I have a 2010 DR and a Hexamid Solo. To tell you the truth, and I know this is a UL backpacking site, I'm still undecided which "I" prefer for solo. I really like the Double Rainbow, it's ease of set-up and comfort.
More importantly though, it has a small footprint and can be pitched free standing if need be. I like the Hexamid quite a bit but the DR is truely hassle free.
I also use a MLD Burn. The DR and 3-4 days of supplies, fits a small UL pack no problem.
10 lbs in a frameless pack is pretty good.Oct 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm #1655480
Yes, so far the DR has outperformed all my expectations. I have used I a lot this summer, carcamping, backpacking it can do it all for with a lot of weight for a small package.Oct 21, 2010 at 9:15 am #1656638
Sounds like a fun trip…
"Got to the trail head late due to the unpaved forest roads and trying to find the trail head."
I prefer hikes to start at locations like this where enjoying nature starts way before I get to the trail.Oct 23, 2010 at 11:48 am #1657313
Haha yea, this area makes me want to trade my honda in for something with 4WD. I'm originally from chicago and so SW Arkansas is a complete 180 from a big metropolis. Very rugged and beautiful out there.
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