Podcast 015 | Trip Short: The Tahoe Rim Trail
Aug 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm #3605518Backpacking LightAdmin
@backpackinglightLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to: Podcast 015 | Trip Short: The Tahoe Rim Trail
Ryan interviews Andrew Marshall about his recent thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. They talk about snow, gear, training, and more.Aug 11, 2019 at 10:59 am #3605598James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Thanks, guys! Generally, a nice trip report of a snowy year. Sounds like Andrew had a nice trip, overall.
How were the bugs?
As you said, the durability of the UberLight is still in question. In summer weather (no snow,) I can see where the light weight becomes a major advantage. But, in most cases, going below 40F without some sort of supplement is not going to be warm enough for most, and, durability is still a real concern. This means you have to carry some sort of CCF pad as well, both for supplementing warmth and increasing durability. For summer use, fine, but for spring/fall…??Aug 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm #3607183Diane PinkersBPL Member
@dipinkLocale: Western Washington
Andrew, you mentioned you started out the trail with 2 Liters of water–was that all you carried? I’m headed there in 2 weeks, and I’m trying to gauge what my longest water carry may be, and how much to allow for.Sep 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm #3608624Bryan BihlmaierBPL Member
@bryanbLocale: Wasatch Mountains
I too share the frustration with low durability, “disposable” trail shoes. Here’s a post I started about Hoka shoes in particular: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/hoka-trail-shoe-durability-delamination-issues/Sep 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm #3608646Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
I’m sure this is covered elsewhere on the WWWeb, but I’m under the impression you are in sight of human-made stuff (buildings, roads, etc) more on this trail than on other popular wilderness trails (eg JMT).
Am I wrong? Does this trail provide a good wilderness experience (comparable to most of the Sierra)?Sep 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm #3609048Dan YBPL Member
We have unanswered questions here…..anybody home????
How were the bugs?
For summer use, fine, but for spring/fall…??
Andrew, you mentioned you started out the trail with 2 Liters of water–was that all you carried?
Am I wrong? Does this trail provide a good wilderness experience (comparable to most of the Sierra)?Sep 11, 2019 at 11:24 pm #3609853Dena KelleyBPL Member
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
When you guys got into the discussion on the Altras and durability, I was all ears. I feel similarly- the soles of my Altra Lone Peaks wear out ridiculously fast. I tend to wear the outside edge of my shoe tread first, which compounds the issue because as the tread wears I start having an unnatural angle to my foot strike. It makes me feel more prone to ankle injury.
I recently purchased a set of Merrell Moab Ventilators and so far I like them. I got the wide width, which is shockingly wide (makes my Altras feel narrow), and while I would never call them a minimalist shoe nor are they zero drop, they are quite lightweight. I’m testing the soles out (Vibram) and if I get better life out of them I may start using them instead.
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