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Jun 1, 2017 at 11:43 pm #3470991
I’m using the sidewinder ti-tri cone, usually with alcohol. It’s been really great to not fear running out of fuel and to be able to get by with twig fires in a pinch.
One problem though… my wife hates it, and she won’t let me take it if I’m with her. She dislikes how she can’t easily see if the fuel is out; dislikes setting it up; dislikes breaking it down; really dislikes how we can’t leave it setup overnight if it’s windy, and then dislikes having to set it back up in the morning.
I’ll have to try one of these Foster can windscreen/stands, could solve a couple of her complaints. Thanks for sharing @rob-k , and I’ll be making one of these coffee stoves pronto.
Is this what you’re using for the coffee “cup”? http://a.co/2n3U6neJun 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm #3470977
Bear Lake is probably pretty good distance for people that don’t have hiking legs built up yet. As the hill going into it could suck for somebody new to switchbacks. Still remember exiting that way last year and seeing the pained faces of people coming up that hill on a hot Friday.
*Used Basecamp for graph, so Mileage is garbage.
Gem lake is alright, but kind of small. For me, Emigrant Wilderness really shines out towards the bigger guys like Buck Lake or Huckleberry Lake, but that’s more like a 3 night trip at least.Aug 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm #3421043
I’ve made the gamble and lost on taking the lighter option (just not enough times to really learn the lesson).
One thing I forget, is that temp averages don’t always communicate the windchill factor that well.
Oh well, it can be fun stumbling around in the middle of the night trying to construct a wind break from rotten logs, or covering yourself in your groundsheet as you shiver and regret your choices.Aug 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm #3419429
Second skin gel pads are amazing to treat blisters and keep walking. I usually tape them down with Leukotape and Tincture of Benzoin. Important to not give the gel an opening out the side of the taping, or it can be squeezed out while walking.
They also dry up after a day, and can adhere to wounds… so you want to change them out often. If it happens, getting the area wet can make removing it a lot easier.Aug 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm #3419425
I remember being the guy people worried about in the group before we even got to the trailhead. As I’d stop 10 times a day to deal with my feet, and usually had to bail out early because my blisters got too out of hand. I’ve tried Injinji toe socks, and they helped with between toe blisters, but being a pain to take off and put on, I was more reluctant to stop to change socks when feeling a hot spot; resulting in other blisters.
Skip ahead a few years, my wife and I just did 14 days in the Sierra Nevada averaging over 20miles, and were basically blister free. Used and gave away most my blister supplies to people I met suffering on the trail.
- Tincture of Benzoin and Q-tips
- Medium weight merino wool based ankle socks (done with synthetics)
- Very breathable non-gortex trail runners
- Only wear Dirty Girl Gaiters if totally necessary
- Before I even drive to the trailhead, I will apply the Tincture of Benzoin to almost my entire foot and then pre-tape the usual problem areas. This combination can last a week on your foot, even if you’re swimming daily.
- On the trail I stop and soak my feet in some water at least once a day (if possible) and switch out my socks. I’m using ankle socks and no gaiters to promote a bit more airflow. Gaiters go on only in situations where rocks/sand in my shoes are obviously going to be a problem.
- If I feel the slightest twinge of a hotspot, I will stop dry out my feet, apply Tincture of Benzoin and tape up anything at all concerning and switch to dry socks.
Somewhat unorthodox: If I’m dealing with lots of water crossings or spring snow melt, I’ll intentionally walk in the water whenever I find it. It cools my feet down fast, and I’ve gotten use to the squishy feeling. Dry pair of socks in the morning right before getting on trail, and I don’t even notice that my shoes are still damp from the day before. *I have regretted this approach at camp during colder/wet conditions when I neglected to bring a vapor barrier for my feet and had to cannibalize my groundsheet for this purpose.Aug 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm #3419407
Personal preference is counter-clockwise. Instead of long sloping inclines, you go up more short steep inclines This makes the trek to Rae Lakes a more dramatic view with fun downhill.
Skip Woods Creek for Rae Lakes, the incline is not too bad to go up. Just get going early, if you’re worried about it.
60 lakes basin is super pretty, but a bit of a hike. If your group is challenged at all by the hump from Upper Paradise to Rae Lakes… skip it and enjoy yourself at Rae Lakes for a full day.
Never been out to Kearsarge Pass, but friends resupplying from Onion Valley seem to really like it.
Have a great trip, hope there aren’t a ton of soap bubbles in all your water sources. People are going crazy this year using soap directly in water. There was a quarter mile ring of bubbles there a couple weeks ago.Aug 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm #3419038
The wife seems to like to debate with the shoe salespeople at REI (I think she feels it is her duty to plant some seeds of doubt in the waterproof and/or boot dogma). Her problem is after finding a shoe on the shelf that she wants to try… they don’t ever have any left in her size.
Because of never having her size in stock, she’s fell to ordering from Zappo’s like 8 pairs to try and hope at least one pair is suitable.Jul 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm #3414924
Wife and I have this problem and trying new technique, where we only take 3/4 length closed cell foam pads and are forcing ourselves to learn to sleep on our backs. <span style=”line-height: 1.8;”>It doesn’t work at all, but if we’re going to toss and turn all night anyway, we can at least free ourselves of the headache of inflating our sleeping pad.</span>Jul 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm #3414896
what about a foldable canister along the lines of this: https://youtu.be/XXwWltI2uLw
… and if not on it’s own, wonder if something like that structure inside an Ursack (to prevent leakage), would improve its chances at getting approved for places like SEKI.
Probably moot, as drones will just deliver us food in the wilderness in a few years.Jul 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm #3414882
- Berikade. Lightest for volume, and approved where bear cans are required.
- Heavy & expensive. Have to use a coin to open it.
- Holds a lot of food and lid closes when stuffed to brim.
- Lighter, and opens without a “tool”.
- Ursack would be great, if they were approved. Not holding my breath on that ever happening.
Crazy notion I had, that I thought was plausible, is to be able to breakdown a cylindrical bear can for hiking, then assemble it to put food in at night. Could potentially use the lateral surface and other components as part of a frame system for a pack.Jul 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm #3412231
Likely pointless, but while hiking with poles in high rattler probable areas. I try to strike any large rocks while placing the poles, in the hopes the increased vibration wave might warn the snakes I’m coming.
In my wife’s case, they couldn’t rattle if they wanted to. Last week she stepped on the rattle of one (juvenile) as it was trying to get off the trail. Best part, is when I warn her about a rattler she just stepped on, she freezes in place on the trail trapping me right next to this very unhappy snake that’s starting to coil.Jul 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm #3411949
I tried to make that move… so cozy & comfortable, loved it.
Just found it a little limiting in the Sierra Nevada and went back to the ground. If your area doesn’t have that issue, I’ll admit I’m a little jealous. When in a trail camp with some perfect trees, I’ll often contemplate cobbling one together using a groundsheet and some Z-Line cord.Jul 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm #3411865
I’m sure somebody else has tried this, but last week on a five day trip with my wife, I used the SP121 with Smartwater flip caps as a kind of squeeze/gravity hybrid.
I was surprised how well the nipples of the SP121 fit in the Smartwater flip cap, no leaks at all. I can actually hang the system in air for about a liter before I start to worry that the clean bag might slip off. Usually though, I was just squeezing directly into drinking bottles and not using it as a gravity system. As a squeeze system, it works fantastic, from both the Evernew and Platypus.
In gravity mode it supplies a nice trickle for washing your hands or scrubbing out a pot.
I do wish the Smartwater caps fit the Platypus bladders a little better, but it does work, just have to visually inspect that it is straight before squeezing.
(Tried this experiment with a Mini, the loss in flow rate was not worth the weight savings to me. The similar caps from Propel Water are not as solid a fit, and leak a little.)Jun 29, 2016 at 10:32 am #3411376
I read elsewhere on this forum that trimming your armpit hair can reduce body odor. Anyone here do this? How effective is it? How short do I need to trim it to work?
I just went out for five days and coincidentally tried this trimming of the armpit hair before I left (basically buzz cut it). Maybe it helped for an hour or so after taking a swim, but I’d return to being “Grateful Dead pungent” fairly soon.
I think is one of those things that’s true for a day sitting in a cubicle, but relatively ineffective against a blazing sun and sweaty hiking.
I’ll try the tea tree oil on my next trip.Jun 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm #3407422
This is what it boiled down to for me:
Is there a situation with the duomid where I wouldn’t take the bug netting? Am I going to use this shelter in snow conditions?
If I wanted the versatility of not taking the bug netting… duomid. If I was using this shelter in snow… duomid.
However, I’m typically a pretty fair weather backpacker, and mainly just want bug and small thunderstorm protection… so I went duplex.Jun 2, 2016 at 11:39 am #3406556
“how would tracking be helpful if I don’t have anyone to track me.”
NSA might appreciate it.Jun 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm #3406468
I inquired with Delorme how long the battery would last if it was not turned on and only used in a possible emergency.
You might have to charge it once a year, just to be safe.May 31, 2016 at 8:34 pm #3406200
When on Sierra Nevada type granite, the Ultra Raptors are very grippie, but you’ll start ripping off entire nubs in the first 10 miles. I think the estimate of 300 miles of others is about what I expect to get out of them on rocky surfaces (and that’s when I want to be wearing them).
Wish my wife liked the fit, as she’s always freaking me out by slipping on narrow cliff side trails in her somewhat more durable Salomon X-Ultra. Or maybe she just slips for other reasons, I’ve never tried the shoe.
By the way, the Ultra Raptor do pick up “dry seeds”, but not nearly as many as the La Sportiva Wildcats. The Ultra Raptors also dry out a little quicker.May 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm #3406168
It somewhat surprised me that almost all my National Geographic maps, even the ones revised as recently as 2012 are still using NAD27.May 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm #3406132
Forgive me, as I’m somewhat “un-coordinated” (and forgive the pun).
Slide 21, you talk about seeing if there is a newer version of maps if they have NAD27. So, I went through my maps that are at least 2008 or newer (only like 10 or so). There was only one that wasn’t using NAD27. The wildcard was a very recently created Nat Geo of a Big Basin State Park. Should I really expect many maps to be using a newer datum?May 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm #3405338
Great job! Didn’t know anything about PLSS township stuff.
I think you’re right, example scenarios are best… and really the easiest to learn from.
Maybe you can wrap it up in a “Geraldine Largay” kind of fictional scenario, and walk people through what to do when they realize they may need to yank out the map and compass.
The NAD27 vs. WGS-84 stuff is good to cover, first GPS I got as a teenager (didn’t have any kind of topo screen), I headed into the woods to take a reading and compare it to a map and felt like a total boob when it didn’t make sense.
Or learning about declination because I found Polaris one night, but was totally confused because my compass needle was pointing 14 degrees to the right of it.
I wonder if there isn’t a way to hang a few mountain peak pictures up to help simulate triangulation, and if people wanted to after the demo, they could give it a shot with a photocopies of a map with those peaks on it.May 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm #3405067
“I personally use my compass most often in first aid checking for the creepy crawlies and removing ticks. I’m also fully aware it makes a signalling mirror and it’s a fully featured compass if I get lost.”
I drag my sighting mirror compass (69g) around, really just to see how ruggedly handsome I am. As where I tend to go, the geology is so ridiculously identifiable, it’s just a solid extra ounce of pointless. In 10 years, I think I’ve got crucial use out of the sighting mirror on two trips and I won’t be visiting those places again. Damn, I just talked myself out of carrying it… I’m gonna miss seeing my pretty face in the mornings.
Speaking of multi-use failures. Recently tried using my buff as a pillowcase and it has sucked, I wake up at night with everything spilled out the sides. Maybe some little bits of cord using a Blake’s hitch to cinch the ends closed.Jan 2, 2016 at 12:04 am #3373572
I bought an inReach Explorer and it is fine. There are a couple hypothetical situations where I can see the extra features as being very useful, but so far I haven’t really touched them. I’m glad I went with the Explorer but probably wouldn’t have any regrets if I bought the SE instead.
I can say that I am very happy I went with the inReach over Spot though. As the ability to communicate a last minute change in plans has been liberating. Previously I was obligated to stick pretty close to the route and time table I originally planned, but now I can let people at home know I’m going a totally different place and staying out a day or two longer.Nov 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm #3367923
The idea of using a Duplex without trekking poles sounds cool, except of course the addition of 12oz poles eats a lot of the weight savings that makes the Duplex so great. I might send mine in, there are a couple situations I could see it coming in really handy.
To be really honest, I think I want to get this modification for a somewhat devious reason. The wife hasn’t seen the Duplex yet, and I suspect she won’t like how flimsy it can appear at first. If she knocks it down by kicking out a trekking pole on accident, she may even demand on future trips we use our old tent. However, If I take the Duplex with the tent poles a few times to get her used to it, then just “forget” the tent poles, she probably won’t even notice that it is setup with only trekking poles. >=)Aug 14, 2015 at 11:16 am #2221042
"The second thing is a large water carrier that I can use for a dirty water container for a sawyer squeeze filter. Something like the platypus 6Lwater tank but usable as a gravity set up like the big zip.