Dec 4, 2020 at 9:45 am #3687247Backpacking LightAdmin
@backpackinglightLocale: Rocky Mountains
Longtime Backpacking Light author Emylene VenderVeldon takes on a suspiciously-named untraversed route, one of the most difficult she’s ever attempted.Dec 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm #3687284Rex SandersBPL Member
Wonderful story, thanks!
Sometimes Type 2 fun is the best of all, especially sandwiched between real fun on the river. And escaping our current, multi-level, world-wide Type 3 fun.
Reminder to self: bring the caffeine, bring the caffeine, bring the caffeine.
— RexDec 4, 2020 at 8:16 pm #3687333Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
I’m glad you volunteered for this assignment, and that I didn’t assign it to you 😂
But on a serious note:
I’m so proud of you right now I can barely contain myself!Dec 4, 2020 at 9:28 pm #3687344Paul LeavittBPL Member
Thank you for sharing your adventure Emy.
This was a very complicated off trail multisport adventure. Its great you have a hiking partner that is up for this. You both rock!!
All the bestDec 4, 2020 at 10:50 pm #3687350KarenBPL Member
Great trip report! Really enjoyed your story. I use neoprene socks for those stream crossings and keep my boots on! I guess with heavy mountain boots you don’t want them wet though. The color of your feet is indeed … interesting!Dec 5, 2020 at 10:26 am #3687379Ben KilbourneBPL Member
The wilderness as a safe or anchoring place. Love this theme.Dec 6, 2020 at 3:26 am #3687454Yun SwansonBPL Member
Dear Emy, thank you so much for sharing your “never been so alive” adventure, landscape, feelings, progress data, and detailed gears list down to grams, etc.! Reading it for the second time now. Best wishes to you for the end of 2020 and whole 2021!Dec 6, 2020 at 10:08 am #3687491Emylene VanderVeldenBPL Member
@Rex that is now question number one on my trips. I think the lack of coffee was the worst part 😂.
@Ryan 😂 I might have quit working here if it had been an assignment 😂 kidding… barely.
@granolagirlak if it’s not deeper than ankle deep and I’m not traversing on a slope I usually keep my boots or shoes on. It’s a bit of a toss up if keeping shoes or boots on is safer though. A shoe or boot can keep your foot from getting sliced on sharp rocks. In this case the footing on the bottom was slick and smooth. Wearing a sole was pretty treacherous because I couldn’t feel my way across parts with good traction. Albeit half way across I also couldn’t feel my feet so…. toss up.
In this case, no matter what footwear I had on, it needed to be dry for walking on the scree slopes at an angle right after the creek crossings. Wet screw traverses are my personal worst enemy in any footwear. Even in proper, dry, mountaineering boots my feet were all kinds of blistered and beat up. My boots were heavily scared and shoes would have been completely shredded. I had bought a pair of shoes at the beginning of the 2020 season and I was so glad I left them home on this trip because at least I still have a pair of shoes and a pair of boots.
A big thanks to everyone else who is enjoying the entertainment value of my somewhat botched attempt at a working ‘holiday’Dec 6, 2020 at 6:07 pm #3687556Drew SmithBPL Member
@drewsmithLocale: Colorado Rockies
Ah, the lure of a distant ridge or hidden canyon. I totally identify. Thanks for taking us with you on a trip to Booger Country.Dec 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm #3687675dirtbagBPL Member
This was just great!! Some whitewater action mixed with backpacking and camping while exploring the unknown!! You are my hero and I am envious of your adventure!! Thanks for posting this!! I would recommend trying Peak Fuels breakfast skillet..not much else I can say, you had it all covered!!!Dec 9, 2020 at 6:45 pm #3688049Anne FlueckigerBPL Member
@anneflukeLocale: Northern Minnesota
Canoe-accessed backpacking, very nice! Thanks for the trip report.Dec 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm #3688404IanBPL Member
Great trip report. Loved it.
I will applaud you for becoming a socially adapted introvert. I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and became an obnoxiously adapted introvert, a mistake that hasn’t served me or people within earshot all that well.Dec 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm #3688452Emylene VanderVeldenBPL Member
😂 I am certain there are people who would say I resemble that description as well! Mind over matter, the people that matter don’t mind, the ones that mind don’t matter 😂
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.