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  1. Fargin' Icehole

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    This thread rec'd the MSR Hubba to me and it's the best 1P I've ever had. I got crushed by a blizzard at about 10k in the middle of the night and it went all Lt. Dan right back at the storm.
     
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  2. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I have a Big Agnes UL (hand me down) and I love it. Thats not quite objective to your considerations, but I'm a happy customer.

    On the REI model, the footprint is sold separately.
     
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  3. BP

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    1P tents are tiny. I would definitely get a 2P even if you're below avg size. The extra space is worth it and the weight is negligible. Ive had REI and BA tents and theyre great. No experience with MSR tents.
     
  4. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I am not personally one to feel cramped when am tent camping, for whatever reason - but usually my tent mates (less experience than me) make comments about how tight they feel the space is. My dad (with tons of camping experience) says he gets semi-claustrophobic in certain tents.

    Seems anecdotal, but it might be good to upsize to a 2p tent bamcisman esp if your dog is large or you ever want to have another person with you.
     
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    Also recommend the 2p tent. You'll be able to house your dog, pack, boots, with some room to spare. Plus if you're ever out with another person you'll both fit comfortably.
     
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  6. Randy Dangus

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    1P tents aren’t worth it if you can spend another $40 and double your space. It’s obviously heavier but that’s weight I’m willing to carry. I’ve got a Marmot Force 2 that is fantastic. Spent a week in the Icelandic highlands in a Force 3 that held up very well in the worst weather I’ve ever been in. We got 48 straight hours of heavy rain and sustained 40-50mph winds. Was nuts. Everybody else out there had mountaineering tents. Also have a tungsten 2P that is great for 2 people. Use my Force for myself only.
     
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  7. shawnoc

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    I just got the 2 person version of the Marmot Tungsten and I love it. It is probably the right size for a grown man and a decent sized dog as well.
    Especially if you are camping in the heat, you'll need all of the mesh you can get and it comes with the footprint included.

    (I got the 2017 model for $50 off at REI in the beginning June, since it was last year's model. If they still have it, I'd go for it.)
     
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  8. Fargin' Icehole

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    Team 1p. I don't need all that room and would rather not carry the weight and mass. Plenty of room in my Hubba.
     
  9. bamcisman

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    Thanks guys, think I'll go with the two man. I'm 6', 175 and my dog is 65 lbs .I think the two man is the way to go!
     
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  10. Buenos Nachos

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    Give the Tarptent Double Rainbow a look for your tent. It's the perfect backpacking tent for 1 or 2 people.
     
  11. BP

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    Backcountry having a big sale on clothing. Some really good deals.
     
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  12. UrsaGrande

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    Team 1P tent, unless I feel like spending the money on a duplex.
     
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  13. BrickTamland

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    I know this board is filled with millionaires and outdoorsy ballers.

    Do we have any overlanders? Not sure I’ve ever even seen an off-roading thread.
     
  14. a.tramp

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    Yesterday I took a 20 mile detour down a dirt road through Pike National Park to avoid a wildfire. I consider myself the board's leading expert now.
     
  15. cuseNole

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    So many fires already this summer. Gonna be a long summer here in CO.
     
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  16. Fargin' Icehole

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    Have a trip to San Juan planned next year. Hope there's some left for us.
     
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    Hope so as well. They closed the San Juan's to the public all summer.
     
  18. Fargin' Icehole

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    Yeah I've been following along pretty closely. Hate it for you guys.
     
  19. BP

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    Yeah not looking forward to it here in AZ. Monsoon season seems to be weak and/or late this year.
     
  20. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Any Yosemite vets in here...guidance to this rough itinerary? Will cross-post in the NP thread too later. The attractions and activities are towards the bottom, separated by day, that's kinda what I'm referring to here.

    because we finalized our dates recently, reserved campsites are all claimed online. I expect we will have queue up on at least 1 or more of the mornings to try for the most desirable campgrounds in the valley. I'm looking online in the interim, but i don't ill hit the jackpot.


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  21. bamcisman

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    Yea, the Sardinas Canyon fore in NM might keep me out of the Pecos next month.
     
  22. TC

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    Just did my first small backpacking trip. ~12 miles, two days and one night. Amazingly fun activity
     
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  23. TC

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    Majestic beauty. Oh and the mountains aren't bad either
     
  24. Weedlord420

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    Which mountains?
     
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  26. BP

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    Crazy I was just here 2 months ago

    Flooding cancels hundreds of trips to coveted waterfalls



    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week.

    Abbie Fink, a spokeswoman for the Havasupai Tribe, said 300 people had reservations for either the campground or the lodge in the next several days. Crews were assessing the damage Friday to determine when it's safe for visitors to return.

    "Every day it's closed, it's another set of people impacted by it," she said.


    This Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows a helicopter landing to rescue people from flooding on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. Rescue workers were evacuating about 200 tourists Thursday who were caught in flash flooding at a popular campground on tribal land near the Grand Canyon where visitors go to see towering blue-green waterfalls. (Benji Xie via AP)

    The remote reservation outside Grand Canyon National Park is best known for its towering blue-green waterfalls that appear like oases in the desert. The tribe doesn't allow day hikers, so visitors have to reserve overnight trips. The reservations fill up quickly.

    Andrea Molina saw only two dates available until 2020 when she checked earlier this year. She and her partner booked a trip for Friday, rented camping gear and reserved a pack mule for the trip from Phoenix.

    She was looking forward to the challenging 10-mile (16-kilometer) hike down a winding, dusty trail to the campgrounds on her 34th birthday. But she felt grateful she wasn't amid flooding this week that sent tourists scrambling as a shallow creek rose several feet.

    She said she won't be able to recoup all the costs but will try next week to rebook.

    "We're just going to enjoy the day, maybe do a small hike and make the best out of it," she said Friday.

    The flooding hit just before dark Wednesday and again before sunrise Thursday, forcing the evacuation of about 200 tourists. Some, wearing only their swim suits, had to abandon their camping gear.

    Footbridges collapsed, tents were buried in sand and debris strewn about as water rushed over the landscape. Campers sought refuge on benches, in trees and in caves. The existing waterfalls turned a muddy brown, and new ones emerged from the steep walls of the canyon.

    Christian Raftopol and the three others in his group planned to hike out at 3 a.m. Thursday and were packing when the rain started falling. They ducked into their tents, but he said the water levels rose quickly and he warned others.

    He fled to a nearby restroom after pulling fellow campers from their tents. He thought they were close behind but saw them fall into the water after a footbridge broke and was swept away. They were able to trudge through to join him and later used headlights to hike to the tribal village, he said.

    "It was furious," the Mount Vernon, New York, resident said.

    Raftopol said they tried to form a human chain to help other campers stuck on an island but couldn't and advised them to go another direction. Meanwhile, he saw a man using a wooden pole to guide himself through the water to reach tourists farther down in the campground.

    All but 17 of the tourists were able to get to the community center in Supai village and spent the night. The others left at sunrise Thursday after the water receded, Fink said.

    The tribe opened a small store in the village for tourists and didn't charge for food or water. Tourists and tribal members gave out socks and shoes, tourists said. A lodge on the way to the canyon offered free showers and breakfast to the evacuees.

    U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman Nedra Darling said the agency hasn't received a damage estimate but assisted in evacuating the tourists.

    The canyon is accessible only by foot, helicopter or mule ride. About 400 tribal members live there year-round.

    Eric Kremer was one of the last out Thursday and reveled in the experience from his home in Las Vegas on Friday after a shower, food and a beer.

    "I never felt my life was threatened while I was there," he said. "Obviously that's in the control of Mother Nature. It wasn't up to me."

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    This Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows flooding from a waterfall on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. About 200 tourists were being evacuated Thursday from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. (Benji Xie via AP)

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    This Wednesday, July 11, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows flooding from a waterfall on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. About 200 tourists were being evacuated Thursday from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. (Benji Xie via AP)

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    FILE - This 1997 file photo shows one of five waterfalls on Havasu Creek as its waters tumble 210 feet on the Havasupai Tribe's reservation in a southeastern branch of the Grand Canyon near Supai, Ariz. About 200 tourists are being evacuated from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. Officials with the Havasupai Tribe say their reservation was hit with two rounds of flooding Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and early Thursday. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

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    FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Ariz. About 200 tourists are being evacuated from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. Officials with the Havasupai Tribe say their reservation was hit with two rounds of flooding Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and early Thursday. (The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

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    This Wednesday, July 11, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows a rainbow over a waterfall on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. About 200 tourists were being evacuated Thursday from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. (Benji Xie via AP)

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  27. DistantFactor

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    Two weeks out from a 4 day raft trip down the lower salmon. Sandy beach camping for 4 days and big water rapids is going to make it a good time.

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  28. Weedlord420

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  30. BamaNug

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    Fargin' Icehole or anyone else--ever done the Enchantments?

    I'm not confident I'll ever win the lottery that allows you to camp, or know anyone that will. Thinking of doing a through-hike in mid-to-late August out of Leavenworth. 18 miles, my friends say it's realistically about 20 once you're finished.

    Anybody ever done that much in day hike? I'm in good enough shape to realistically do that many miles with a not-terrible elevation gain.
     
  31. Fargin' Icehole

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    Have not. We usually explore further North. Miner's Ridge, Lyman, Bannock, North Star, etc..
     
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  32. BamaNug

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    Did Mailbox Trail today, pretty damn difficult. 4,000 foot elevation gain in 2.5 miles. Just straight up, hardly a switchback in sight. Was pretty good though, even though Rainier was hiding:
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  33. wes tegg

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    I did ~27 in a day in May. Wasn’t ideal. That’s a long way with any elevation changes.
     
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  34. Jorts

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    Hiking Shenandoah, for he 1st time, this week. Going to hit Old Rag, Whiteoak & Hawksbill... any other thread favorites?
     
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  35. Fargin' Icehole

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    Furnace Mountain from Blackrock Summit.

    The Pinnacle to Mary's Rock to get some AT in.

    The entire area will be crowded this time of year. It's also fun to just drive Skyline and hike an hour in and an hour out of each trail as you come to it.
     
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  36. Jorts

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    Plan on doing a good amount of this, as we are staying at the Lodge right around mile 41-42
     
  37. Fargin' Icehole

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    You can find some sweet falls that are too small to be listed anywhere by doing this.
     
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  38. Weedlord420

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    We just had a huge rain, so the Whiteoak waterfalls should be booming.
     
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  39. Jorts

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    Swimming on this one, right?
     
  40. Weedlord420

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    At least 3 swimming holes on that trail near the waterfalls that I can remember. They can get crowded with people and there’s always a risk for cottonmouths so watch out.
     
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  41. THEBLUERAIDER

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    Stupid question I’m sure, but do you all car camp or backpack to a camping site? Wife and I are looking to get started and are leaning towards car camping, but I think I would enjoy backpacking more. Only concern is knowing where to set up for the night.
     
  42. Matt Foley

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    We started the same. Start with car camping to appease the wife and work your way up to hiking in.
     
  43. Vito Corleone

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    I've done that much in a day a few times. If your body isn't used to carrying weight while jogging/very brisk walk, it could be dangerous and hurt knees for longer than you would think.

    It just depends so much on elevation, quality of trail, your pace count, etc. I'm somewhat familiar with that area for hiking and it can be done. Best recommendation that I do would be to jog the easiest and boring stretches if concerned about pace and sunlight
     
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  44. Jorts

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    Luray Caverns worth visiting, when in Shenandoah?
     
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  45. Fargin' Icehole

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    Yes. It's actually pretty badass. Very touristy but actually an amazing cave system. Highly recommend one time. Not far is the South Fork of the Shenandoah river, some great fishing in a beautiful setting.
     
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  46. Jorts

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    sold
     
  47. Fargin' Icehole

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    Also some pretty nice hikes right there too. Just use the AllTrails app to find them.
     
  48. BamaNug

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    Buddy convinced me to summit The Brothers with him next weekend, out on the Olympic Peninsula. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/the-brothers

    Only hiked the Cascades so far, haven't been to The Olympics. Sleep in the car by the trailhead Friday night, head out early Saturday morning, camp on the mountain Saturday night, summit early Sunday and head down. Will be my first overnight camping trip in WA, and first real "climb." Pretty excited.
     
  49. BP

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    The Brothers was an incredible climb. Not a technical climb, but the last 2 miles and 2,000 feet are just a scramble to the top. Last half of the mountain was all this:
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    It was pretty gnarly, the rocks were loose as shit, saw several groups turning back on the way up. But the summit was fucking incredible. Got really lucky with the weather. The Brothers is on the eastern edge of the Olympics, closest to Seattle, so this is looking out towards Seattle and then back over the entire Olympic Mountain Range.
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