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- Jun 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm #3542071
With the forum software change, the link to Brian Camprini’s trip report no longer worked, nor did the one for the trip report on Pierre Lakes basin so those have been updated in this post since I sometimes refer people to this thread.
I figured since I’m here already that I may as well add a few comments with regards to my Part 3 outline at the bottom of my OP and how things differ 7 years later. :)
– I now train before trips and haven’t had any knee issues to speak of despite rugged terrain – duh! That is usually doing bleachers or hills at a city park.
– Re sticking to the Neoair it’s not really an issue since I wear long pants and sleeves
– I switched to using a 2L Platy for my pillow though I’ve recently splurged for a larger Klymit pillow
– I now take a midweight fleece vest for extra insulation sometimes
– I stick with no- or light-cushion Darn Tough Vermont socks – lifetime warranty FTW!
– Inov-8 did replace those particular shoes and I bought 2 more pairs and am still using the second pair. I also bought enough Roclite 295 shoes since the 315 are discontinued to last the rest of my hiking life (unless my youngest ends up with feet my size)
– I’ve continued to use the OEM Inov-8 insoles and they hold up very well. I’ve found I sometimes need to clean the little “airholes” in them if tiny rocks get stuck
– dropped the plastic spoon for an iced tea spoon
– never carried “gatorade” mix unless a son was with me.
– I’ve gone to an ursack so I don’t have to bother with finding a suitable tree which is difficult where I like to go.
– still using the same light I think and don’t recall ever having it switch on again
– not sure I’ve used any bandaids since then
– I don’t think I’ve tried bread bags yet since the thinner socks I use now don’t stay wet. That would be a good test in winter snow someday.
– back to just using the trial size toothpaste
– I’ve tried to take less food over the years but have always come back with some. I figure that is just insurance should I have to wait out a storm or get injured.
After going down some more since this trip my base weight has increased maybe a pound for some luxury items – I use a large Neoair now (for the width) and bought a Delorme inReach, for example.May 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm #3534123
Michael Ray: I’m aware of the prohibited use of alcohol stoves during BSA activities but have made several “homebrew” stoves with them so that they have an inexpensive and easy to use stoves on their own outings.
I did use this setup with the Starlyte to boil water for three scouts who forgot to bring dinner at our last campout.
The way you worded that sounds like this was an official BSA activity. It makes no difference whether you use it or a Scout does. Or this was one of those non-BSA campouts that happened to include mostly Scouts?May 6, 2018 at 4:52 pm #3534002
I collected a bunch of cat food cans and made some with our Boy Scout troop.
FYI, sadly alcohol stoves have been prohibited in the Guide to Safe Scouting for several years now. One could try to argue these are “commercially manufactured”, but it’s clear what the intent is. I still use one when out with my son on our own trips.Oct 27, 2017 at 1:54 am #3498753
SOLDOct 9, 2017 at 2:34 am #3495592
Mine will NOT activate with the lock engaged.Oct 5, 2017 at 2:26 am #3494883
In case you’re interested I haven’t listed it yet, but I have a 2016 Duplex I’ll be selling for $500, but I don’t want a Soloplex. Has 13-14 nights on it.Sep 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm #3489197
My go to no cook dinners have been just pouches of chicken, tuna or salmon with ranch dressing. Last year I had also added raisins and/or sunflower seeds at times, since that is how I’d eaten some lunches previously but I discovered I tired of that pretty quickly so it was just the meat/dressing this past 7-dinner trip.Aug 27, 2017 at 7:19 am #3487272
Since this was the thread that started it for me, I figured I’d post here. As mentioned in another thread, in the end I decided on the Winds. My trip reportAug 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm #3486933
I figured those balds would be packed but maybe 342 is about all that one could fit.
I was essentially alone near Baker Lake in the Wind River Range. About 10 others did finally show up the afternoon prior but they choose to view from Yukon Peak mostly.Aug 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm #3483890
FWIW, I really like the design of the Lunar Duo. I had planned to sell mine off for a Zpacks Duplex but will likely sell the Duplex instead. It is longer and wider than the Duplex and has superior door design (IMHO). If only the Duo came in cuben fiber!Aug 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm #3483889
Hmmm… not sure why it didn’t show up in the main post. BTW, this used 5 min interval or roughly 3 hours as I hope to get Aug 21.
Ha! Now it shows up in the main post and not here. Go figure!Jul 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm #3479358
We made it. The spring was still flowing though there had been lots of rain. I hadn’t expected it that close to McCurdy Mtn so about zipped right by it. Weather kept us from attempting to summit Bison. I didn’t think the skeeters were out of hand.Jul 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm #3477431
How were the skeeters?
Unless the weather is bad, we’ll definitely camp up high.Jul 4, 2017 at 11:27 am #3476963
The main reasons for Ute Creek were closeness and no gravel/dirt roads. We’d be driving a Prius, which sits fairly low (lower than my Civic), coming North on I-25 and then leaving east (on I-70 eventually). If the road to Lost Park is good, I’d be fine with that change.Jul 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm #3476909
It appears from the USGS site that water levels are below normal near the Lost Creek area. Not sure if that is because it has been exceptionally hot or that it didn’t get the above avg snowfall the rest of the West did. Will we have any issues with water along our route detailed below? Would also appreciate any suggestions on campsites if there are any particularly enjoyable ones. Our plans have been changed so we only have 4.5 max days of hiking now. My current plan is to start at Ute Creek TH and deal with the stiff climb on the Ute Creek Trail. Then head north on Brookside-McCurdy > Wigwam > Goose Creek (with possible trip down to Shaft House area if time) > McCurdy Park > Brookside-McCurdy back to Ute Creek. Aside from the slower, steep start, this would put the cooler stuff closer to the end of the trip, which is important for him, being so goal-oriented. We will start next Tuesday morning.Jun 27, 2017 at 6:54 am #3475685
I wonder if you have ever made it along Lost Creek (from either side). I was planning to try heading north in a couple weeks. However, I’m also curious if the boulders on the north side would be possible for an 11 year old to maneuver if we do make it over?Jun 20, 2017 at 5:27 am #3474171
Is that a European or African website?Jun 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm #3471073
That looks like the storm of a lifetime to me. Without other tents constructed of different material pitched alongside for comparison, what UL tent/material do you suppose would have fared any better?
His friend’s tent pitched right next to his appears to be (~17:00 in the vid) an identical Duplex that apparently sustained no damage. There’s also another tent you can see behind his friend’s.May 28, 2017 at 5:29 am #3470201
If the forecast doesn’t look good my intention is to bail out of the Winds the evening prior and head to the plains to the east, but personally would expect 25 to be quite busy that morning.May 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm #3470068
I go up and down the steepest hill in the city which happens to be at a park. The moles seem to love it so it provides unstable ground.Apr 19, 2017 at 7:09 pm #3464083
If you’ve followed the polycryo tarp threads here, you know I purposely design mine for the half mid pitch (it is closer to 9×6). If the wind shifts to the door direction, you may get wet if you can’t scoot back far enough. On my first tarp (LDPE one pictured in my avatar) I created a “storm door” for just that occurrence and it worked fine. I intended to make one for my current tarp, but haven’t yet.Feb 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm #3452146
I’d think you could hammock in any of the valleys.
Since I sit behind a desk mostly, I try to do some cardio and lower body training. Bleachers at the high school or jogging up/down the steepest hill in the city 3x/wk a couple months in advance. My trip here in 2011 taught me I needed to do something to get my lower half in better shape. Went too hard too fast. Haven’t had any issues since.Jan 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm #3445953
Late this summer my youngest will move into the Troop a year early since he seems to be getting bored with Cub Scouts. As such it got me thinking that perhaps I should come out with a New and Improved Second Edition of my dissertation. ;) I know there some gear options that are new (or no longer available). I’m sure the collective mind knows of more that I don’t so if you don’t mind, please share here what you would add, keeping in mind that a Scout is thrifty.
I had also thought of expanding the content some to at least provide hints/tips for those areas of the country that didn’t fit into my original parameters, specifically the desert SW and PNW. Frankly, I don’t have any personal experience in the latter and just a bit in the former (though that was during a record heat wave) so I’d appreciate thoughts on what I should cover regarding gear for those areas. I don’t have any intention of adding a winter section though.
Thanks in advance for any assistance in making this a better resource. I note it got hit over 2600 times in 2016.Jan 7, 2017 at 8:55 am #3443595
Heat doesn’t bother me. At least it won’t be hot AND humid like back home. ;) We could do it in June, too, if needed though I’d prefer to avoid major skeeters.
I choose LCW for 2 reasons. The very cool rocks and the speed of getting there and back (coming in via I-70). I realize there are a few other options that would be within a couple hours more perhaps. Others have suggested the Sangres. From the videos I’ve watched, I don’t think there are as many “play” opportunities for him there. I expect my son (10) will want to spend a day climbing all over McCurdy and/or Bison Peaks. Or going off-trail to try to follow Lost Creek. Too bad The Castle is such a bushwhack to reach! That is my focus – I want him to not just have to hike. I’m open to other ideas that would allow that and be fairly close to DEN/COS.Jan 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm #3442941
Bump. I’m getting ready to set out our route now that I have the TI map. Also wanting to still hit some flowers though hopefully not a ton of bugs, which I assume will depend on snow melt. For now I’m penciling in July 17-21. Any ideas regarding higher routes or ideal week to go would be appreciated.