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  1. Fargin' Icehole

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    Gorgeous.

    The 1st year I went to WA to hike a guy had just died in The Olympics from a goat. Got him in the leg in his femoral artery.
     
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  2. BamaNug

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    I've heard some stories, there have been a few incidents over the years. Mostly when dumbasses are trying to get too close/fuck with the goats.

    I was surprised at how big they were, saw a couple males that were enormous. They were inquisitive, but mostly minded their own business. Just have to walk far away form camp to pee.
     
  3. LeVar Burton

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    BamaNug how many days did it take you to do that? How long was the climb? Great pictures!
     
  4. BamaNug

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    We took it slow--got to the trailhead midnight on Friday, night-hiked to a lake about 3 miles over 1 1/2 hours, camped there. Wake up around 8, hung out at the lake until about 1, then another few hours to the base of the mountain, about 3-4 miles. Wake up Sunday at 5 AM, took about 3-4 hours to summit. You're really only "climbing" on the summit bid, the last 2 miles or so, but it's really steep and pretty sketchy. Coming down from the summit was not very fun.

    It's 18 miles roundtrip, from trailhead to summit. You could do it in a day if you were feeling froggy, but 2 days/1 night would be realistic.
     
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  5. DexterRutecki

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    How much vert?
     
  6. BamaNug

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    Peak was only 6800, last day when we summited we climbed around 2500
     
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  7. Weedlord420

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    Jorts how was your Shenandoah trip?
     
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  8. Jorts

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    Shenandoah trip was a lot of fun. Did White Oak Loop & Old Rag on back-to-back days, then Luray Caverns the following day. Had 2 bear encounters, one of which was a mom & 2 cubs that were too close for comfort. The second was a large adult, that sprinted across the trail about 15-20 yards in front of me.
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  9. Jorts

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    Caverns were really cool as well. The bottom half is a reflection, off about 2-3 inches of pooled water

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  10. Fargin' Icehole

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    My favorite part of the caves. Very trippy.
     
  11. Fargin' Icehole

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    Thinking of going from a self-inflating pad (ProLite) to an inflatable (NeoAir XLite). Both Therm-a-rest. Last big trip was all in Lean-tos and I could feel the floor through my ProLite. Plus I'll be able to cut a few ounces. Anyone had any issues with an inflatable?
     
  12. UrsaGrande

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    XLite has served me well and is still going after almost 30 nights on it.
     
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  13. Jorts

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    Fargin' Icehole My lone complaint is that it’s noisy when I change positions, causing my wife to complain.
     
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  14. Fargin' Icehole

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    Read that about it. Not an issue, my wife doesn't come on multi-day treks.

    Was most concerned about the durability.
     
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  15. THEBLUERAIDER

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    Do you go alone? That sounds awesome if so
     
  16. Jorts

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    In that case, it should be perfect
     
  17. DexterRutecki

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    I have a neoair xlite and a zlite sol. it isnt all that noisy. if i am going to log a lot of miles per day i will usually bring the zlite because i hate having to blow up the neoair after a long day. i get light-headed. that being said, i sleep better on the neoair.
     
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  18. Fargin' Icehole

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    WA, I go with a couple buddies, east coast I go with 1 buddy. My son is only 7 but turning into a beast so soon he'll be able to do the multi nights with me. My son and I can sleep anywhere and though anything so a noisy sleep pad won't matter.
     
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  19. CoastalOrange

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    Any suggestions on shirts/tops to wear for hiking trips? Glacier in 2 weeks (hopefully at least if the fires calm the fuck down) and need something good for the weather and 6+ mile hikes daily. Have never done this level of hiking so I have no clue.
     
  20. BP

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    You really don't need anything crazy. Just get some kind of tech/polyester t shirts or thin long sleeve shirts with some type of SPF or UPF protection. Arm sleeves are also an option if going with short sleeves. Most of these are quick drying and moisture wicking. If you want to get fancy, wool is a good way to go, Merino, Icebreaker, etc.
    Edit: Most of these will serve you well:
    https://www.backcountry.com/mens-hike-camp-shirts?p=attr_shirtstyle:Crew&nf=1
     
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  21. UrsaGrande

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    Columbia Silver Ridge pants and shirts are solid.
     
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  22. Jorts

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    Team head to toe Smartwool
     
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  23. BP

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    $$$$$
     
  24. Jorts

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    Yes, but justified IMO
     
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  25. Jorts

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    REI brand is probably the best value & easily accessible, so a good place to start.
     
  26. Fargin' Icehole

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    Agree. I'm still transitioning and it'll take awhile to completely replace everything.
     
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  27. Jorts

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    I’m the same. I’ve learned what I like & don’t like over the past several years... I currently have a hodgepodge of gear. I just need to hike/backpack more, so I can wear it all out faster.
     
  28. BP

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    Agreed.
     
  29. BayouMafia

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    Upgraded from my Vasque trail runners to some actual hiking boots on Saturday. The guy at REI spent more than half an hour with me despite the fact that they were busy as hell and after trying several different ones I ended up with the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid. They have a little less cushioning in the heel than I'd like but otherwise they're perfect for me. Plus the sales guy showed me a lacing method that's perfect for my foot (I have a high-volume top ridge and also feels great on my ankles.

    I don't have time to break them in much before I go to Joshua Tree and the Santa Monica Mtns next month but they feel great right out the box regardless, plus those hikes should be 5-7 miles max.

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  30. Jorts

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    All the lesbian hikers gonna be so jealous of your feet
    Those are great boots
     
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  31. wes tegg

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  32. UrsaGrande

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    Weird, the upgrade is usually going to trail runners after wasting your time with heavy boots.
     
  33. Jorts

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    I’m all about trail runners, but there are plenty of people in the other camp... especially on hikes with lots of elevation gain/loss.
     
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  34. UrsaGrande

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    There really is no wrong answer. Not sure that elevation change makes boots better, though. It's all personal preference.
     
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  35. Jorts

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    This
     
  36. BP

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    Yup gonna enjoy my Altras while I'm youngish and have healthy ankles. Will switch to boots when I get older.
     
  37. UrsaGrande

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    I'm not sure I can ever go back to boots. I try them on in my store so I have some sense of what I'm talking about but have just been conditioned to the feel of trail runners. Really looking forward to putting some miles on Lone Peak 4.0s, although my Cascadias are still doing just fine.
     
  38. wes tegg

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    I couldn’t do trailrunners without my ankles killing me until I started using trekking poles.
     
  39. UrsaGrande

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    While there's no right answer with shoes, trekking poles are always the right answer.
     
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  40. wes tegg

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    Complete game changer. No idea why I went so long without them.
     
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  41. CoastalOrange

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    Got talked into getting a pair. Looking forward to giving them a go.
     
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  43. wes tegg

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    These wick so well that they're actually pleasant even when it's hot as fuck. They protect your arms from sunburn and from poison ivy, etc. They really are tough to beat. I wear one of those and some Kuhl Konfidant Air pants in the summer in pretty hot places and am fine.
     
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  44. BayouMafia

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    For most people, yeah but my ankle hasn't fully recovered from when I injured it in Yosemite in April. I can count 4-5 times since then that it would have turned again if I hadn't been wearing an ankle brace so I want the extra support. A lot of my hikes in other places are add-ons to work trips so trekking poles aren't conducive to a carry-on bag.

    Plus I'm a badass so I won't notice the extra weight
     
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  45. bro

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    I've never been to arches. Will it be a mistake if I try to do the fiery furnace with a permit and no tour?
     
  46. xec

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    Not really. Lots of people do it. The advantage to the tour is that the Ranger provides a lot of interesting information. You probably won’t spot Hidden Arch without the Ranger or someone who has done the tour.
     
  47. BamaNug

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  48. BamaNug

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    Weather was not cooperating, so we had to cancel any climbing. Instead went to Camp Muir, basically base camp for summiting Mount Rainier. Start at about 5,000 feet, camp is a little over 10,000. Gain all the altitude in about 5 miles in the snow.

    Got caught in some shit, but nothing too bad. Was kind of surreal hiking through nasty snow with little visibility, made me understand what the fuck a white out would be like. No thank you. Near the camp the temp dropped to like 10-15 degrees, probably colder with wind chill. The water in my camel pack froze almost instantly, hands were going numb in gloves, we left the actual camp after about 10 minutes. Couldn't see Rainier at all.

    Felt like I was north of the Wall in search of White Walkers
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  49. BamaNug

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    Doing an Enchantment through hike in 3 weeks, weekend of October 5. Approx 20 miles in one day. Had a friend that did it a few weeks ago, finished in about 15 hours in no hurry/lots of breaks and side trips.

    Plan is to camp at the trailhead, leave about 4-5 AM, hopefully back to the car before sun down.
     
  50. BayouMafia

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    that's awesome. I check the Camp Muir webcam on a fairly regular basis during the summer. It's on my list.
     
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