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- Aug 30, 2013 at 10:25 am #2020165
I have a Trekker (the silnylon model), but this might apply to the X as well.
The nylon guy lines get slippery when wet. Combined with wind, this might lead to loss of tension. I have seen that (rather: woken to a flappy tent in rain and high winds), a couple of times and have replaced the cords.
The footend can easily become a bit too narrow which is a bit unfortunate given that is where the condensation comes down. With an extra cord you can fix that.
That said, I've had mine out in hefty gusts. Noisy, but it stood its ground.Apr 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm #1973453
Evolution Revelation rated for 20, wide cut. Packs down small.
Six Moon Designs Trekker. It stays in the large side pocket.
I hope I never have to use a bear canister. The Norwegian/Swedish bears hasn't developed a taste for Snickers… yet.
Yeah, it is a bit of a squeeze. Find myself considering volume AND weight.
On load lifters:
It appears that the Gorilla 2012 does not have them.
Checked my order and the site now. I have a Gorilla 2012 and the pictures and specs on GG shows no load lifters. Yet my particular pack has them – they even work. So I guess I got some sort of hybrid or test product. No complaints from me :)
… or you know, locking closer at pictures, I think van Peski may have sent me a Mariposa… two pocket on the right, one long pocket on the left AND load lifters; that's my pack alright.
Well, that answers your question, then. The Mariposa has rather more volume than the Gorilla. Which means I am doing something wrong when packing.
20 hours later…
Scratching two compression sacks as per BPL suggestions and fiddling with the compression straps left me with room for a couple of six packs – if I where so inclined.
So with the right gear, the Gorilla might be a perfectly good seven day pack, but the Mariposa is a bit more flexible.Apr 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm #1973241
I have the Gorilla 2012 and am looking forward to taking it out for a week or so as soon as the rivers have calmed down in the mountains.
Being a recent convert to the light, I cannot compare and contrast to other light packs, only what I have seen so far.
A few daytrips and pre-hike loadouts tells me that the hip-belt, shoulder-straps, load-lifters and frame system work very well. This is the first pack that actually fits me and does what it is supposed to do.
Having a bit of a struggle with the volume and narrowness of the main compartment. But I suspect this is me feeling nostalgic for packs with wide openings with zippers and such. Packing technique is also an issue with me – have to train with it to get it right.
But loading it out for 7 days might be a bit of a squeeze. Hovering around 10-10,5 kg (ca 23 pounds) for the whole load. Cheating a bit with a Ribz front pack.
The compression system looks silly at first sight. One thin thread criss-crossing all over the pack is not what I am used to, but it works far better than let us say four buckles on the sides.
Pockets are all good. They have a bit of volume and will close on any item that is not too large.
For what it is worth, I forget I have it on most of the time.Apr 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm #1973225
Put my money where my mouth is and got a CRTK Folts Minemalist Bowie. Very good in hand for such a small knife and the ergonomics are excellent.
Spyderco Para 2 – 108 gr
CRTK Folts – 63 gr (without sheath – 47 gr)
Spyderco Dragonfly – 33 gr (same blade length as the Folts)
The weight comes from the Folts being a full-tang design with a fairly thick spine. Ideal if you need a small blade that will do heavy duty work… a somewhat unlikely scenario to me, but someone else might need that.
Saving weight: the Dragonfly.
Well rounded knife: the Para 2.
Oh no! Those Bark River knives are calling… just make a good sheath and all is good. Or use what you already have, you addict…Apr 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm #1973212
That's a couple of fairly long walks. Is there a name for these sorts of strolls? Round-hike maybe?
Personally, if I were in my 15th year of continues hiking and someone came up offering advice, I'd tell them to stuff it, lightly of course :)Apr 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm #1972183
You might spend more than five minutes alone and thus run the grave risk of attending your own thoughts.Mar 20, 2013 at 2:23 am #1967717
I bushwhack above the treeline – not sure if that counts.
Mostly it is in order to shortcut modern, "scenic" trails or get from one trail system to another. Always nice to go somewhere nobody else has ever been – then I stumble across a couple of fire rings that could be from the last Ice age…
A bit more picky if in the woods. Far more terrain there that will slow me down or steer me off course.
Haven't used light packs while bushwhacking yet, but far as I know, what gets eaten fast are pants and anything hanging on the sides of the pack.Mar 13, 2013 at 5:54 am #1965011
Spyderco Para 2, a leather-bound Kindle and a liter of water sitting out in the sun.Mar 3, 2013 at 2:00 am #1960779
First, making up a route. When looking at the maps, I find "short-cuts" and places that begs the question of "why can't I go there?". If I leave the trail once or twice to see what's out there, I'm happy – at least until I am in the middle of that boulder field the map doesn't mention as such because it is overgrown :)
Second, all the hiking tasks that are different from everyday life. Seems silly writing it, but I get a kick from boiling water, waking up and looking back at a camp site with no trace. All the little things that gives one a pat on the shoulder and says 'You got that right'.
Guess 'Raiders of the lost ark' on the mp3-player when it rains doesn't count, but hey, it adds a bit of ersatz adventure to a grumpy day. Lacking a stunt-double, I'll stick with my short-cuts and boiling water, thank you.Feb 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm #1957064
If weight and steel is most important, then the Hartsook wins. But since it seems it has gone the way of so many "neck-knifes" and taken a hit on ergonomics, the ESEE Inzula and Candiru might be considered. Heavier than the Hartsook, but actually usable.
From looks alone, the CRKT 2387 (Folts Minimalist) looks like a competitor. Same weight class, don't know about the steel but seems better to hold, even has Micarta handles.Feb 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #1957055
Sitting here with a brand new Montane Lite-speed jacket, I sort of have my decision process fresh in mind:
My walks are in the mountains of Norway (sidetracking into Sweden). Mostly the weather is impossible to predict, but one thing is a safe bet: wind and most likely something howling out of Siberia.
My previous walking jacket is a very nice soft-shell that weighs in at 680 grams and takes lots of volume. It stops wind and breaths great. It also add a bit of warmth and water-resistance (15 minutes in light drizzle). These last two points are already covered by an insulating mid-layer, a wool shirt, an umbrella and a bomb-proof poncho.
The way I see it, the wind-shirt gives me a lighter, trimmer pack and better options on windy days. There is a sacrifice at the lower end of the temperature scale, but that is what the rest of the gear in the pack is for.
It is a specialized item, but given that the rest of my clothing system is specialized as well, one might throw out the jacket of all trades (but it comes back on in winter).
By the way; Montane Lite-speed jackets seem to run small in sizing. I'm happy in U.S. Medium, but Large is a snug fit with this one.Jan 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm #1946169
Other forums? Not many, as far as I know (which isn't far). The choice is between traditional backpackers or those who are moving to the light side.
That is to say, the choice is between two definitions of light: one that locks at the whole ensamble (pack, cloths and body) and one that adds some gizmo to the load because it weighs nothing.
I'm more or less in your situation, but will happily read SUL postings for kicks and tricks, admit with no hint of shame that I'm not there by a long shot and pick other minds on lightweight packing.
After two (painful), years of failing to complete a planned trip, a short spring last year of looking at the philosophy of light backpacking had me not only make the trip, but cut the time from an estimated (sinking heart while underway), three weeks to eight days. And it was with no back-pain or sore feet. Even had warm meals, afternoon tea and more snacks than I eat between Christmas and New Year. And with boots and a pack with MOLLE straps all over.
So just count your own grams and find your own comfort level. It is a shock, tough, to see the American cottage industry for light-weight gear. Coming from a country where every tent and sleeping bag seems ready to go to either Pole or at least Greenland, it is fun to shop below expedition weight and price.Jan 22, 2013 at 1:26 am #1946056
For the hard edges, I've usually shaved the hard skin with a knife. Roger's advice on shaving the insole makes a lot more sense.Jan 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm #1944095
Pushing forty – yikes, 40 – quite possibly more muscle and less fat than ten years ago. My starting point for that was less than athletic, so not much to crow about there.
But I am way smarter about hiking/backpacking now. Starting out with the typical huge backpack loaded with items of murky value and even less relevance (huge wood-chopping knife when walking above the treeline), the thinking and knowledge of the lightweight crowd helps a lot.
Way more to learn, of course, but feeling good the morning after a 11-12 hour hike is just fabulous.Jan 15, 2013 at 10:37 am #1944051
I've been walking around in a pair of light-weight desert boots (Bates Zero Mass), with medium-weight wool socks in -20'C, and have found them to work pretty darn well. While you can feel the ventilation working, the boots and feet stay dry, which seems to help a lot.
So if you can keep dry, you should be OK. Down booties sound like a very good idea for rests, though.Jan 11, 2013 at 9:48 am #1942852
1) The Pocket Stove
So small, so light and bright. Slight intellectual challenge at the end of the day as well.
2) SMD Skyline Trekker
Used for a week in gusting winds late last year, quickly fallen in love with it and eagerly awaiting spring.
3) The light idea – walking without blisters, aching back and bleeding feet? What a radical consept!Dec 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm #1933897
That trip sounds like one of the reasons I hike alone. If in a group of sporty types, their pace breaks me after half a day of keeping up.
Surrendering and admitting weakness to all the alphas up front? Not an option, not so much.
I'll happily walk between sunrise and sundown, but at my own, weird rhythm.
Sweat (to me), is a sign I either need to take a break or slow down or change clothes.Nov 27, 2012 at 10:07 am #1931483
Gotten to love the boonie this summmer. Fantastic 360' protection in the sun (no sun burned ears!), good ventilation, the brim is just stiff enough to keep the poncho off my face in rain and works surprisingly well in wind. Great for napping. Draws crowds of admiring… naw, just dreaming.
In winter, an old Norrøna Dovre cap with fleece, Gore-Tex and ear-muffs.Nov 13, 2012 at 11:59 am #1928049
While backpacking might be a good idea at some stages of depression, I'd pare it down a little for the earlier ones: take long walks.
When I had "the blues" a few years back, preparing for days or weeks in nature was out of the question. Way too much stress on a system already on its knees.
Just walking out the door on local paths in woods and parks was something that seemed to have a positive influence. I got physically tired and had breaks from the dark stuff.
What might be an even better question is whether backpacking can prevent or soften the onset of depression.