Another solo Harriman trip. It is an overnighter but not a short one at that. I cover 21 miles on day 1 and an easy 3 miles on day 2. I heard from Bob that Harriman was running dry, most of the reliable creeks, brooks and streams would have no water, so I had to adjust my original plans and camp destination. I mapped my 21 miles to make sure I would pass by at least 2 lakes throughout the day and 1 brook that was sure to have some sort of water, even if minimal. I also set it up so the end of my 21 mile day I would make camp on a beautiful lake.. all the water I would need and so I could take a swim after a grueling long day in the hot blazing sun. Unfortunately, my original plans to get my last water source at that brook were crushed when i got there and it was bone bone BONE dry! I was a little concerned because I was thirsy and still had some miles to push before I got to the lake where I would camp. Fortunately, after taking a break and looking at my MAP, I saw a reservoir that I could get to and it appeared that a trail would skirt along one side of it so I could stop there and get water to finish my miles comfortably, also, if for some reason I was not able to get to my final destination for the night, I would be able to make camp anywhere and have water for the night. Truth is, I would have been fine without water for 1 night. Just uncomfortable and thirsty.. it was not life or death.. but I prefer to be comfortable and hydrated!!! The reroute did not really change the miles for the day either, so it was a no brainer to go that way, other then missing out on a view or 2.. no brainer! It was a great day overall. I enjoy going solo and my own company. Its all up to me!! Great feeling. The lake where I camped for the night is a beautiful place. It is a short 3 mile hike out to the trailhead so it does get heavy use from dayhikers, but I arrived there on Sunday evening and it was empty!! Thats the great thing about Harriman. Being so close to home and an abundance of trails, including the Appalachian trail and NY Long Path, you can make a trip as long as you like, or as short. You can make loops so you dont need a shuttle or 2 cars. You can hike many miles in and find yourself completely alone in solitude, you can find lakes and streams, even small waterfalls. Its all there!! It is a longer video then usual, evidently I had things to say, lol. I also kind of kept checking in with my mileage and times, just for a personal reference so I would remember how i hiked. I do not make these videos for money or sponsors, I really do them for myself to look back on and watch when I cant be out there, or for anyone who may be interested in the areas I hike or the gear I use. Normally I do not do gear reviews either, but sometimes I will show and discuss what i use, as I did in this video. I slept in my Borah Gear bug bivy and used my MLD Vision quilt. Slept on an Uberlite pad, ( ugghhk ) and carried it all in my Zpacks subnero pack ( eh ). The Uberlite pad, not sure about that. I have used it before and am trying to like it, i want to like it but it feels like i am sleeping on a balloon. When i use that pad, its usually dead summer, hot and humid and I sleep in just my tank top and shorts, so i kind of stick to the pad when i toss and turn.. I dont get that same feeling on my Xlight pad.. so I am up in the air about it. I love the MLD Vision quilt, 100%. The Borah Gear bug bivy is great, though I do prefer my Six Moon Designs Serenity Net tent because obviously more room and I can sit up in there, but once I finally knocked out for the night, I was just fine and slept great. Its weird, I dont mind using my other bivies as they seem to have more room in them then the bug bivy.. Hmmm.. well even though I did not need it, i did carry my Borah Gear 5.8×9 solo tarp.. my favorite shelter!! My thoughts about the Zpacks Subnero pack? Watch the video towards the end I have something to say about it…
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