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Nov 24, 2020 at 8:59 pm #3685628
These days, pretty much always. I last wore boots backpacking in 2005. Since then I’ve been hiking and backpacking, on and off trail, in trail runners (except for a few experiments with sandals). Now 15 years in, in prefer trail runners with a rock plate over all other types of footwear.
Not all are equal. On “bad” shoes the upper fails. I’ve had generally good and consistent performance with Brooks Cascadia. Several hundred trail miles per pair or a couple weeks of off trail through the Sierra talus. They’ve been my go to shoe for the last 6 seasons.
Though my hiking is mostly 3 season, the Cascadia’s have performed adequately during shoulder trips late fall through fresh snow and late spring through mush. No gtx, I prefer the breathability, and for days on wetness prefer the dampness of open mesh to the closed in fishbowl wetness that gtx seems to hold in.
As for support my backpack weight has topped 50 lbs on remote Grand Canyon treks and trail runners have been more than adequate (even ~40 lbs off trail they are good for routes such as the SHR).Sep 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm #3677998
I carry a few Bisacodyl tabs just in case, but haven’t needed a laxative at home or on the trail for 30 years. Eating better seemed to fix things.Sep 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm #3677997
Rain jacket and rain pants. I find a poncho more ventilated/comfortable that I actually stay dry. And it covers my pack. An elastic strap around my waist contains the flappy-ness.
Boots and regular socks. Brooks Cascadia trail runners and injinji instead. No blisters since 2009.
Nalgene bottles. I prefer a bottle I can squeeze with a filter screwed on the threads.Sep 30, 2020 at 7:12 pm #3677993
My go to shoe is the Brooks Cascadia trail runner. I am a fairly recent transplant to the upstate NY area and these have tackled multiple high peaks, the great range traverse, and a Northville-Placid thru hike.
The sole is adequately sticky and there is a rock plate which buffers pretty much everything. Though in NY my preferred stomping grounds are out west and these are likewise great shoes in Grand Canyon, the Sierra Nevada, and San Juans (on and off trail).
I prefer the non-gtx version so things get pretty messy during mud season, but 30 second standing in a creek crossing cleans things up well enough, and because they drain well I don’t get blisters. (my sock choice is the injinji original weight, 2 on each foot).
Granted, at size 15 my choices are limited, but i am now at 8 seasons on these and remain quite happy with the trail comfort…the only bad run were the version 14’s which had a really crappy mesh upper. All the others, including the 15’s I wore this summer have been a great balance of comfort, stability for both day hiking and backpacking, and durability.Sep 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm #3677236
With a clear weather report the CDT between Wolf Creek Pass and Elk Park or Silverton May be an option.
And don’t rule out the Sierra. As it cools and the fires get contained North Lake to South Lake or vice versa. Or down to Onion Valley. Options for cross country include entering via Lamarck Col, skipping Evolution Valley go Goddard Canyon instead and route from Davis Lakes to Wanda Lake or route from Martha Lake through Ionian Basin. South toward Onion Valley there is the SHR section through Palisades Basin and the skipping Rae Lakes and touting through 60 Lakes Basin.
And for that matter any section of or if you have a clear 3 week windows all of the SHR. (though options for resupply will be quite limited this late in the season)
Biggest challenge for these will be lining up a shuttle between trail heads.Sep 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm #3677230
Typically the North Rim and water along the N Kaibab shut down after the 3rd weekend in October. Don’t know about this year with Covid and all.Sep 20, 2020 at 10:04 am #3676859
Yes, please kill the damn thing.Sep 20, 2020 at 9:59 am #3676858
Lenny, not sure where you are at but I saw the Cascadias at REI in Las Vegas, so pretty good chance they’ll have them in your local store.Sep 20, 2020 at 9:54 am #3676855
These may be worth your look: https://www.monspeakix.com/products/mons-peak-ix-tiger-paw-carbon-trekking-poles
They don’t fold and at 7oz each above your heavy end, but with 3 sections collapse down <24″ and extend to 53″. They have proven quite robust as I’ve navigated talus fields and pack quickly when confronted with an up or down climb.
SteveSep 17, 2020 at 4:59 am #3676483
I too am a side sleeper. Finally settled on a wide neo-air so I wouldn’t feel like I am rolling off, and always give it a “top off” being settling in. Additionally I use and inflatable pillow with a stuff sack of my clothes on top of it which keeps my neck mostly aligned. Still I sleep restlessly switching from side to side about a half dozen times through the night. That said I generally feel rested in the mornings.
Do you guys really sleep soundly throughout the night? I did as a kid, but for the last 20 seasons I can probably count on one hand the number of outdoor nights I’ve slept without waking.Sep 15, 2020 at 5:10 pm #3676231
If going out for a week or more I go with packit gourmet. Haven’t had a bad meal yet and their grits/polenta based breakfasts are savory and delicious. But you do need to buy enough to amortize the shipping cost.
For a weekend I take things I can get from the grocery. Less worry of weight, space, etc.Sep 15, 2020 at 4:56 pm #3676227
I stuff mine in an old fleece lined thermarest stuff sack that goes on top of my folded neorest pad in the bottom of my pack. Bear can lays on top of this.
I like the old stuff sack, I use it as a pillow case with my clothes that I place atop an inflatable pillow that brings it to just the right height for side sleeping. And the fleece is nice against my face.Sep 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm #3676224
<p style=”text-align: right;”>I’ve been wearing Brooks Cascadia. With the exception of the 14th gen shoe these have been excellent. Uppers robust enough to tackle off trail talus fields, reasonably sticky soles (14’s and 15’s are better in this regard than previous years) they have a rock plate that protects underfoot and resultingly have some stiffness.
They last an entire season of trail hiking and perhaps a good 200 miles if hiking off trail.</p>
The best shoe has to fit and at size 15 my choices are limited, but through 7 seasons and 7 generations of shoe I remain happy with these.Aug 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm #3668730
I did a route through Ionian Basin entering over Black Giant Pass and exiting over Wanda Pass. Route wise there are no particular difficulties, though the route from Lake 11828 down into the basin is steep. I would call it all Class 2.
There is good camping available at the unnamed lake below and west of Lake 11828 and above the NE end of Chasm Lake. The spot at Chasm Lake is nice as there is a nearby waterfall /shower.Jul 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm #3664697
Roads End is where permits for Copper Creek get issued (in normal times). Perhaps someone can attest to whether the Road’s End station is open. Absent that, call the park to confirm.May 21, 2020 at 7:35 pm #3648535
I should have mentioned my Apache is the gore fabric. Choice made thinking it would be good compromise option in my transition to tarp camping. As long as I lived and did most of my backpacking in AZ it was. But out here on the east coast it can be a swampy thing.May 20, 2020 at 8:49 am #3648307
The Apache and Ultralight have the same cut, 5F rated difference Apache loftier. The Apache is a bit better into the shoulder seasons. The ultralight better when it is humid due to the lighter/more breathable shell fabric.Apr 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm #3642715
I use a DCF Grace Duo. The weight difference is minimal and the space (to me) is a big factor when I need to hunker down or want the bit of privacy. Have not, as in Ken S’s experience used it in exposed windy conditions.Apr 18, 2020 at 6:49 pm #3641994
My old Snow Lion bag is still quite lofty. In general I wash my down and synthetic puffy gear after each season. The water almost always gets a gray cast, so yes they need the regular care.Mar 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm #3638574
Interesting you note that damp duck down has a different odor. Never noticed that. Mine cost about 2 months of throwing newspapers.Mar 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm #3637909
I’ve got a 49 year old Snow Lion sleeping bag. Duck down, it’s lost a bit of loft, but it is still my ‘go to’ winter bag. So at the end of the day you are comparing 850 fill vs 900 fill. If the weight savings are worth the extra $$ or, if same weight of fill, a bit more warmth is worth the extra $$ then go with the goose down.
But I’d pocket the cash and get a head start on my next major purchase.Jan 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm #3628869
Enjoyed your verbosity. Great trip.
Agree, East Lake should be seen at least once. Or in my case once every 46 years or so though at that pace there may not be a next time.Jan 24, 2020 at 6:47 pm #3628622
Liz, my Sierra gear list. What I carried this summer, and pretty much what I carried when I hiked the JMT. Only change I’d make is to add a Chrome Dome umbrella and make the hat optional…a bit more weight, but for me would allow much better temperature regulation. This may be a bit more weight than you want, base is about 17lbs (so food and water would be on top of this). And to your question in the other thread, bear cannister goes inside my pack, lying on its side. Steve
- McHale Sarc-chasm Backpack, bayonet mode
- 2 Black Diamond carbon trekking poles
- Western Mountaineering Ultralight Sleeping bag
- 1 sleeping bag stuff sack
- Inflatable pillow
- Thermarest Neo-Air Large
- 2 Silnylon stuff sacks
- Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Pro Poncho/tarp
- 8 aluminum y-stakes with attached guylines in rolled into tarp
- Mountain Laurel Designs bivy (took this due to mosquito reports and needed it)
- Gerber Dime multitool
- 2-1 liter Smartwater Bottles
- Sawyer Squeeze water filter
- Fenix LD02 mini flashlight
- 1 Bearikade weekender
- Arcade token (for opening bearikade)
- Ti Spoon w/long handle
- 1 600ml titanium pot
- Shaker cup
- Caldera Cone Alcohol stove
- 20 oz denatured alcohol in plastic bottle
- BIC Lighter
- Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Tarp (if forecast includes several rainy days)
- Polycro Ground Cloth (this instead of bivy if no bugs expected)
clothes to pack
- Patagonia UL Windbreaker
- Patagonia wind pants
- Western Mountaineering Flash Hoody
- 100 wt fleece gloves
- 100 wt fleece beanie
- Patagonia Merino 1 long sleeve t-shirt
- 1 pair Injinji toe socks
- Mini Pack-towel
- 3’ Leukotape
- 1 0.5oz Tube Hydrocortisone cream
- 1 0.5oz Tube Anti-Fungal cream
- 5 band-aids w/antibiotic ointment
- Meds (Benadryl, Sudafed, Imodium, Bisacodyl, Tylenol, Bonine)
- Script Meds (Elliquis, Allopurinol, Colchicine, Prednisone)
- 1 sheet shop towel, quartered
- 2 sheets 2<sup>nd</sup> skin
- 5 2ns Skin blister patches
- 1 large safety pin
- 1 roll McNett tape
- ~6’ Duct tape
- Needle & thread
- BIC Lighter
- 9 pieces fire starter
- 10 Katadyn Micropur tablets
- Fingertip Toothbrush
- SS Wire Toothpick
- Spare contact lenses
- ½ oz Renu cleansing solution
- Small tin for cleaning contacts
- ½oz Insect Repellent
- 1oz Sunblock
- Toilet paper, 45 sheets
- 2 one quart Ziploc (one for new, one for used TP)
- Deuce of spades trowel
- 1oz Hand gel
- Sony 100V Digital Camera, 3 batteries
- Route descriptions
- Car key
- Small notepad, pencil
- Sea to Summit mosquito head net (take depending mosquito reports, did and used summer 2019)
- Kathoola microspikes (take depending expected conditions, did and used summer 2019)
clothes to wear
Jan 22, 2020 at 4:46 am #3628249
- Prana shorts
- Patagonia Merino 1 t-shirt
- 2 pair Injinji toe socks
- Trail Runners
- Scrap of paper with phone #
- A bit of cash
- Debit card
- Medical insurance card
- Drivers license
- 2 Contact lenses (one each eye)
- 1 pair sunglasses
- Suunto Core Compass/Altimeter watch
- ½ oz eye drops
- Tin of lip balm
I’ve been hiking/backpacking in trail runners with orthotics for the better part of 15 years. The old (pre-colombia) montrail trail runners were great. The last few seasons I’ve switched to Brooks Cascadia. For me they work well, just enough volume over the arch. The current rendition of this shoe has more forefoot volume than previous models.Dec 20, 2019 at 2:51 am #3623590
Sounds like you sleep cold, take the warmer bag. You can always sleep with it unzipped or as a quilt if it happens to be warm.
As to the stove it mostly depends on how much you want to diddle with things. Alcohol (or esbit) it easiest, but as it get colder you might need two burns to boil a liter. If you choose this route get a caldera cone (and my preference would be alky over esbit). Cannisters at temps near zero can be a challenge, but if you sleep with the cannister it will work fine on any cold morning. (cannisters though are my least favorite). White gas, the only downside is weight. I have a 30 year old MSR whisperlite that I’ve rebuilt a couple times that is still bombproof. Though heavy, white gas stoves burn pretty much anywhere anytime. Still, if just September in the high country…Sierra or Rockies…I’d go alcohol.