Feb 21, 2012 at 8:05 am #1285968
What is that one or two pieces of gear you only carry for a zero day? Regardless of weight or lack of use, you carry it to enjoy on that lovely day off resting in the back country.Feb 21, 2012 at 8:28 am #1842359
@reacttocontactFeb 21, 2012 at 9:05 am #1842373
@johnjLocale: Orange County, CA
Tenkara rod?Feb 21, 2012 at 10:00 am #1842399
In the Sierras, sometimes a fishing pole.
Camera, since I don't usually take one.Feb 21, 2012 at 11:05 am #1842434
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
For me, I don't carry anything for enjoyment. The hike itself is the enjoyment! Yeah, I once took my mp3 player with me — and found that songs I liked to listen to at home became somehow annoying and distracting. YMMV on this one, definitely.Feb 21, 2012 at 11:45 am #1842455
@sgiachettiLocale: Boulder, CO
a kindle is a nice thing to have on a zero or low mileage day.Feb 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm #1842487
Noel TavanBPL Member
What is a zero day? sorry for being clueless …Feb 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm #1842535
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
A zero is a day off from a long hike. Zero day = zero miles. Nero = nearly zero.
I don't really carry gear for a zero, but I guess I use my journal and camera on zeros. Also my sleeping pad for a lot of lounging around.Feb 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm #1842538
@troutLocale: Long Beach
Noel: It's a day where you don't log any miles. So say you're doing the 212 mile John Muir Trail, you've gone for five days and you're sore and in need of R&R, you decide to just "hang out" and not move to the next camp. That's a zero dayFeb 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm #1842542
@skauLocale: Southern California
+1 on bringing a kindle and reading outside!Feb 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm #1842546
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Thanks for the definition. I mistakenly assumed "day trip". But using your definition of a day's break from a long trip, I can't imagine lugging a Kindle (etc.) all the rest of the time (and somehow keeping it charged).
But even with this definition, for me, I still wouldn't bring anything extra.Feb 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm #1842548
Richard FischelBPL Member
a book which can be swapped, deck of cards and red and black poker chips for playing checkers.Feb 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm #1842551
Dunno what you are thinking, but e-ink e-readers have very long battery life, unlike LCD e-readers like the kindle fire and B&N nook, which are essentially crippled tablets.
BMFeb 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm #1842556
I'm with you. Wash some clothes, lounge, swim, maybe fish. Usually it is a little bit of exploring too. Books/Kindles… nah. There is too much other stuff to enjoy. I can read at home.Feb 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm #1842588
Kurt SuttellBPL Member
I bring a basic hammock to chill in after a lazy lunch.Feb 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm #1842593
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Fishing gear and a IPOD with small speakers and listen to some chill-out music.Feb 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm #1842594
Dustin ShortBPL Member
E-Ink Kindle weighs 6-8 oz depending on model and have a month or more of battery life. They're on par with a paperback for weight but much more functionality.
That said isn't carrying zero day gear like carrying bivy gear on climb "If you bring it, you'll use it" ;)
Granted I've never done a long hike but I find boredom with no indulgences is a great motivator for moving around!Feb 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm #1842610
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"What is that one or two pieces of gear you only carry for a zero day?"
Nada, zip, nothing. Zero gear for zero days. In the places I visit, simply wandering around experiencing the "unbearable lightness of being" provides all the enjoyment I could possibly ask for. About as SUL as it gets. Actually, I have always allowed for a substantial number of such days when planning my trips. It is a major reason I go to the mountains. Some go to pick 'em up and put 'em down; I go simply to be. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, I guess.Feb 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm #1842630
Although I rarely bring it, if I know I will be taking some zero days then a nice bird identification book is what I bring. Although I tend to take short walks from camp when doing this so not sure they are technically zeroesFeb 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm #1842631
"Although I tend to take short walks from camp when doing this so not sure they are technically zeroes"
That would be a perfect zero. A little exploring of whatever strikes your fancy.Feb 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm #1842635
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Probably all that Nick needs for a zero day is a beard comb. Maybe he uses cholla for that.
–B.G.–Feb 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm #1842651
Now that is a stellar idea.Feb 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm #1842836
@brianleLocale: Pacific NW
A credit card and some cash, plus lightweight shorts and t-shirt to wear while my clothes are in the washing machine. Charging cord for my cell phone.
I think we have a different idea of *where* to spend a zero day! :-)Feb 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm #1842843
@dirk9827Locale: Pacific Northwest
Yes, town stops are often welcome.
I would add a pint glass is a welcomed zero day respite, especially if filled with a good microbrew.
DirkFeb 22, 2012 at 6:19 am #1842887
@leslerLocale: right here, right now
high-doseage sunscreen, a dynamite view, and an ice cold PBR. :)
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