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Nov 12, 2020 at 7:49 pm #3683779
Excellent question about hiking in Sorels with a 30 pound back. My experience in the Adirondacks was with a the Rochester NY Winter Mountaineering Society which was a group of 10-15 men wanting to bag peaks in the Adirondacks during the winer. Picture a single line of men with packs on with the lead on snowshoes breaking trail for 100 yards and then moving to the rear for the second in line to break snow and ad infinitum. I had at least a 30 pound pack since we always camped overnight on, or near, the top.
And 5 to 8 miles sounds like a pretty good estimate of how far we traveled. The problem with answering your question is I never hiked in these conditions without wearing snowshoes. It was simple impossible given the snow depth. Always had them on except when it got really icy and I switched to 10 point flexible crampons – the kind that have a seperate front and back set of spikes attached via a flexible metal joint/rod – not microspikes.
Based on my limited hiking experience just wearing Sorels, sans snowshoes, I would not recommend hiking in just Sorel Caribous. They have no defined sole lug pattern which means no traction. And if you decide to use flexible crampons for any distance the boot sole is too soft and flexible. Your feet will quickly become sore due to the stiff rod between the front and rear crampons. Maybe microspikes would work – I haven’t tried that approach.
Other forum users replying to your question have offered very good alternative foot wear using either insulated hiking boots or purchasing over boots. If you’re not planning to use snowshoes on the bottoms of your Sorels my recommendation is not to use your Sorel Caribous. I do not think a 30 pound pack weight is an issue. Traction is.
RussNov 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm #3683510
I’d recommend buying a pair of Sorel Caribous. Leather tops with rubber bottoms. My experience comes from many years of winter camping/backing in the Adirondacks of upper state NY on snow shoes an also with just 10 point crampons using the above Sorels. Mostly with heavy wool socks but if it’s really cold (<-10F) with 3mm neoprene booties. Winter in the Adirondacks is a mixed bag of sometimes just miserable rain and walking across streams to the complete opposite of camping at -30F. I’ve never experienced cold feet. My only hesitation is that the Sorels might be too warm for 10F and above unless you anticipate stream crossing with the potential of getting the insides soaked. Anyway, happy winter camping!
Russ BogardusSep 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm #3677465
http://Www.tenkarabun.com sells lightweight plastic cases in 3 different sizes. Lengths Are adjustable by owner. Work great.
RussAug 23, 2020 at 12:03 am #3672478
I’ve used a Steripen for over ten years. Started with a Nalgene canteen and then switched to a Hellman’s wide mouth clear plastic mayonnaise container. Holds 32 oz., weights 1.7 oz. and fits into the outside mesh pocket of by MLD Murmur.
Russ BogardusApr 26, 2020 at 4:06 pm #3643256
Quick update. CO 77 is paved and in fine shape . Twin Owls, Spruce Grove and Happy Meadows camp ground are accessible
RussApr 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm #3643255
As Luke suggests I would call the US Forest Service. My guess is it is not open but definitely worth a call. I live in Colorado Springs and tried to go fishing at Tomahawk State Wilderness Area on Rt 9 just north of intersection with Rt 24. The road in is a dirt road that had never been plowed all winter long. It normally is a smooth all vehicle dirt road but a week ago and had 2 feet of snow.
RussMar 23, 2020 at 7:45 pm #3637416
TenkaraUSA just announced a rod scale today, March 23,2020. $50 off on most rods.
A small bit of happiness if your into spring fishing.
RussFeb 8, 2020 at 10:24 am #3630433
Hi H. W.
I have four and TenkaraUSA rods. Ilike all of them. And the warranty is absolutely fantastic. You can call them up and get a part shipped the next day at a very reasonable cost. And rides to break.
If you’re interested in trying a rod they have their 10th anniversary Ebisu rod that normally sells for $175 on sale now for $85. A great deal and a great rod.Jan 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm #3628351
I ski (Vail, Copper, Winter Park) and winter camp between 9,000 and 12,000 feet in the Colorado high country. Like Eric I use a set of double gloves to keep my hands warm – sometimes setting on a long chair lift in extremely windy and col condition. Double OR or Patagonia gloves work for me. But they are not cheap. $100+.
RussJan 1, 2020 at 6:31 pm #3625146
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Never mentioned on BPL but one of my favorite pieces of clothing is the Minus33 Kodiak Expedition Wool Full Zip Hoody. 400g/m*2 Australian merino wool. Comes with full front zipper, one zippered inside pocket, two outside hand warmer pockets, and thumb loops. All for $199.00. My favorite for 3 season use.</p>
RussSep 15, 2019 at 4:02 am #3610281
I simply use a 3/8 or 1/4 inch foam board covered with aluminum furnace/duct tape. I cut it to extend pass the wins screen. I’ve also used 3/8 plywood as others have suggested. Either choice has worked great.
RussJul 20, 2019 at 2:55 am #3602652
Another trip report on the mosquito condition in the Colorado high country. I took an overnight backpacking/fishing trip in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness area July 15th and 17th. This area is about 15 miles south of Fairplay. The trip is a loop 11.2 miles long starting at the Rick Creek Trail Head (approx 10,000) and topping off at about in a meadow at about 12,000 feet. Temperatures varied from roughly 75 F during the daytime to about 40 F at night. The mosquitoes weren’t too bad. Many during the day but “Ben’s 100% DEET” kept them away,.Although I brought a headnet I never used it. And slept at night in a tarp/bivy sack combo without using the mosquito netting on the bivy. The mosquitoes disappeared at night.
Russ BogardusMay 3, 2019 at 4:12 pm #3591550
I believe “ commercial “ vs “nonprofit” is determined by your organizations Federal tax status. ( my wife is a CPA ) Non-profits fall under a section in the tax code called 501 (3) (C). I suggest checking your tax status.
RussNov 25, 2018 at 1:45 am #3565641
I suggest you read the Adirondack Mountain Club “Winter Mountaineering School Student Handbook” at https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/954d1e_de6867afcac94d7b8b1068583dc47f98.pdf
35F and raining during the day and -20F at night. If you live in Rochester NY contact the Rochester Winter Mountaineering Society as well. They do winter peak bagging in the winter and are very experienced.
RussNov 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm #1660902
Thanks for the great review! One question though that you might be able to offer us some insight on since I assume you set up most, if not all of the tents. One criteria that is import to me is now easy a tent is to setup in windy and/or increment weather and night conditions. We've all been there some time or another and I couldn't help but notice from the pictures that some of the tents had funky asymmetric pole configurations. Can you give us any insight?