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Mar 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm #3637786
The SWD Long Haul pack looks very nice. I think that I’ll investigate that a little more. I was thinking of the HMG 3400 because I’ve heard good things, and I can get it from REI for 20% off right now (and return it for a year if I don’t like it).
JR – my base weight is pretty well where its going to be I think. For shelter I have a 9 oz tarp or a 25 oz tent that can be pitched as an 18 oz mid. For sleeping I have an 18 0z quilt and a 28 oz 10 degree sleeping bag – both of which are 850 fill goose down. I have a neo air xlite sleeping pad. Tried some lighter pads that didn’t work for my back. For cooking I have a MSR pocket rocket deluxe, a 750 ml titanium pot, and a small canister of gas for the stove. I have quite a heavy misc bag mostly because of 8 oz of asthma medicine I have to carry with me. That being said, I think your point about pack size is something to think about. I have been assuming that I need to stay with a 60L pack, but I have bought some new gear since the last trip I took. Before I decide, I’m going to take out all of my stuff and put it in my current pack to see how much room I have left. Maybe I’ll be able to get away with a 40l pack, or something like the gossamer gear mariposa that is really a 35l pack with big outside pockets.
ThanksFeb 15, 2020 at 6:22 pm #3631468
I was wearing my patagonia mid-weight long underwear, a light weight rei long underwear top, a quarter-zip athletic sweatshirt, wool socks, a beanie, and an enlightened equipment synthetic balaclava. I probably would have been ok if I’d have had on a jacket, or been sleeping in a tent. I had the toggles on the pad straps positioned about 3 inches inside the outer edge of the pad – I found them very easy to adjust. I probably should get a gossamer gear foam pad or something similar to put under the x-lite if it’s going to be cold. I do have an rei magma 10 sleeping bag if it’s really going to get cold.Jan 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm #3625408
Dan. Thank you for the quick reply. I’m looking forward to the pack being available again. It’s interesting how different makers report pack volumes. The gossamer gear mariposa is a 60l pack, but the main compartment is 36l, the rest being outside pockets. My granite gear pack blaze is 60l in the main compartment, not including the extension collar. By the way, I have one of your 1p tents arriving on Monday. Can’t wait to try it. I think the inner may work under my gossamer gear twin tarp giving me even more flexibilityJan 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm #3625218
Dan. Just wondering about the size. Is the 40l include the extension collar and outside pockets? ThanksOct 1, 2019 at 8:07 pm #3612325
Never thought of starting a fire with my stove. I eliminated my second lighter because my new pocket rocket deluxe has a lighter, but I guess that’s not a very smart item to eliminate. Thanks for the helpSep 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm #3611911
Paul. Thank you for the suggestions. I think that your additions are all good ones, and I’ve added them to my list. I’ve thought about trying a quilt, but it doesn’t seem to save much weight. The EE enigma 20 degree extra wide (which is what the size chart suggests) weighs almost 25 oz. Also, have thought about a different pack, but same thing with the pack, An arc haul with hip belt pockets and a couple of optional straps is pretty close to the granite gear pack. The gossamer gear mariposa is also close to 2 lbs. Maybe a lighter tent for times that I use the tent. Thought about getting a bivy, but not too sure about the condensation.Aug 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm #3605284
We went to Granite Lake. There was a lot of snow on the north side of the lake. None on the south side. Lots of water to walk through. I discovered that hiking with wet feet isn’t so bad. Bugs were not a problem. We got started late and spent the first night about 4 miles from the swift creek trailhead. That is where we saw the bear.Jul 24, 2019 at 8:55 pm #3603314
We ended up going to the Trinity Alps. The drive was a little longer, but it ended up being worth it. We even saw a bear the first night. He came to visit while we were eating dinner. I guess he smelled the food and wanted to check it out. Used an ursack for our food and other smellables, and tied it to a tree about 100 yards from camp. No problems. It was a wonderful trip.Jun 25, 2019 at 1:46 am #3599163
Thank you for the suggestion. That area is actually closed for “fire restoration”. It looks like a very nice area.