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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by racer, Apr 18, 2015.
Are the pics you post just from the phone camera? Always look great.
anyone have any recommendations for good quality hiking pants? will be doing some hiking in Oregon in November so the more water resistant the better also.
Have 2 pair of these (I think they're these, had them for years) and they are durable as hell .Then have 2 pair of Kuhl. An ultralight for hot hikes and a heavy duty for Boulder climbs and cold. Super comfy but newer so not sure how they hold up with abuse and time.
I’ve heard some really good things about the Walmart wrangler hiking pants.
I got lucky with The North Face pair, as they were one of my 1st purchases. In addition to being durable, they are really versatile & come with me on every hike. Wind/water resistance & the ability to be worn as shorts makes them great for avoiding early morning dew or the cold (when work with base-layer).
I went with the Columbia Silver Ridge pants based on UrsaGrande recommendation and they worked pretty dang well in Glacier. Plus, they are around half the price of the North Face pair.
Also, if you are looking for a shirt, wes tegg gave a perfect recommendation with the REI Co-op Sahara shirts (https://www.rei.com/product/119131/...c1JAT2juZWP0k5jYIkTSBO8glfe0L2sxoCiQoQAvD_BwE) and I loved them. Wore them basically all week long (with washings in between) and always felt pretty comfy.
It’s a good one. Mount Rainier National Park is incredible, can’t believe it took me so long to get there. Want to go in July/Aug when it’s clear and you have a view of the mountain the whole time.
Thanks. No, I use a Nikon D3300. I don’t know anything about cameras, but it’s supposed to be good for beginners. It makes a huge difference, I love it.
You can get a deal on Amazon with the camera + some lenses, something like this:
Enchantments this weekend. Been wanting to do it since moving to the PNW. Got a good group of 5 going.
Leave Friday evening, sleep at trailhead. Hope to be on the trail by about 4 AM Saturday--> 21 miles--> hopefully back before dark. Gain about 5,5000 feet of elevation in the first 3-4 miles, then slightly downhill the rest of the way. My feet are going to be mush.
That was incredible. 22.8 miles in 13.5 hours. Left the car at 6:30 AM, got back right about 8 PM. Highest elevation was about 8,000 feet, you gain about 5,000.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
All your gain is in the first 4-5 miles, then it's 15 miles slowly downhill. 3-4 miles to Colchuck Lake with about 3,000 feet of gain, then Aasgard Pass, which is about 2,000 feet in 3/4 of a mile. The pass took about 2 hours, half the time scrambling on your hands and feet, was hard as shit.
View from top of Aasgard:
Dragtontail peak, going to try and summit next year
Once you get to the top of the pass, it's 15 miles, mostly flat, through the mountains with alpine lake after alpine lake. The trees are 'larches' and turn golden brown for about 3-4 weeks every year. Fucking incredible.
Beautiful stuff man.
Any good tents or other deals included in this REI sale?
we should put great posts like BamaNug 's into the OP
I've been kicking around the idea of getting this, a cheaper sony mirrorless, or an weatherproof point and shoot. Any issues or concerns about this not being environmentally sealed? Not sure if that doesn't matter if you don't try to use it in a storm.
Beautiful pictures. Thank you. What level of shape would you need to be in to do this safely? What kind of pack did you take to cover preparedness - would seem like there are a few contingencies you have to be prepared for?
No issues, just need to be careful with it. I’m in the snow a lot so I usually wrap it in a towel or old t-shirt and put it in my backpack. Definitely a concern, though. Just be smart about it.
My only complaint is that it’s pretty bulky and difficult to carry in a small daypack. But the quality is well worth it.
Need to be in pretty decent shape, but not ready to run a marathon or anything. We saw a couple folks cramping on the way out. I think you could do it if you’ve done some 12-14 mile hikes before with no issue. Some experience scrambling would be good, too. After the initial climb it wasn’t bad at all, just super long.
I’m still kind of a beginner, but go with some friends that grew up in the mountains. We always have a water pump, bivvy and space blanket, but there wasn’t a real concern about getting caught on this one. Would pack a lot more if we were overnighting and/or climbing. I only had some layers, a rain jacket, first aid kit, camera, 2L camel pack and food in my pack.
Hiking old rag In the Shenandoahs next week, hoping to hit peak leaf change for the summit view. Will post pics.
I'll be backpacking Shenendoah for 2 nights this weekend. Sounds like the leaves are peaking. Good timing for you and I. Also a thin moon so should be able to see the Milky Way.
2 nights in Shenendoah. Day hiked the 1st day and stayed at a near by Air BnB. Day 2 & 3 we did a 10 mi. loop with about 2800ft elevation change. We got rained on for 11 hours starting a 9 Sunday night. Despite me Seam Gripping and Scotch Guarding the tent it still leaked(it's old). We got our ass's kicked all night. My kid loved it and never complained once, he was a beast. Leaves were beautiful, the pics don't do it justice. Saw a bear cub.
Anybody with any 2p tent recs? I have a 1p Hubba that I love but not sure a wanna spend that much on a 2p. Was thinking the Half Dome 2 Plus.
This post is relevant to my interests.
EDIT: For my own information, if I am camping with my wife and 2 dogs is this tent large enough or do I need to get the 3?
Half Dome is always a good choice. I have a TarpTent Double Rainbow and love it. It’s 2p, and ideal for backpacking - solo or with a significant other.
Own a Half Dome 2 Plus, I actually really enjoy it. Easy to put together, breathes decently, not an ultralight tent as it comes in at about 4+ lbs but for the multiday backpacking trips I do it works just fine
*haven’t put it through a real good soaking yet but everything else about it I’ve enjoyed. Been used in Arizona California and Montana.
w/ a dog, you'll want a 3p
Anyone know of any good cheap wool socks?
Sam's carries a brand called Omniwool that are actually really good. Field and Stream's brand is pretty good too and they go on sale for cheap and they always have flash sales.
Lofuckingl my bad boys
Half Dome is best value
MSR Hubba NX 2p is 30% off from REI right meow.
Originally were going to do an overnighter, but the temp dropped too much, so we found a close trail. Climbed to the top of Silver Peak, only like 8,500 feet total--15 miles in and out, 3,500 feet of gain, pretty fun. Nothing crazy.
But---it was one of the clearest days I've ever seen in the mountains. Fucking magical.
On the way up:
Mount Rainier in the distance:
From the top:
Anybody have recs for good cold weather hiking/climbing/grippy gloves? I think I have really poor circulation in my hands, they start going numb and hurting at like 35-40 degrees, I wear gloves all the time. Need some for snow.
Plus an extra 20% off for members through the 19th with code: gearup2018
Not applicable because it's already marked down. I tried.
Still a good deal
I pulled the trigger.
Coleman instant tents at Dicks
$50 -6 person
$40 - 4
OR Alti's are the apparent mitten of choice for CO winter climbing for non technical. Not sure how good the Alti glove is. I'm never warm in gloves in prolonged cold.
Really good deals on tents and Osprey packs at REI right now.
Heading to the mountains this weekend for the first big hike of the winter. Supposed to dump for the next few days, probably going to be at least 2-3' of snow anywhere we go. Stoked.
Good day snowshoeing through Commonwealth Basin in Snoqualmie Pass, about 1 hour east of Seattle. Did about 9-10 miles, but in snowshoes that kicked our ass. There was 6-10 feet of snow in lots of places, and it had rained the night before, so after breaking through the ice from the rain you fall through powder 4-5 feet. Before putting on our snowshoes we were falling up to our chest in snow. Was pretty cold, but no precipitation was good.
I've been rocking a half dome + for 20 years. Best bang for your buck 3 season tent. Night super light but it's not bad at all.
I'm always jealous of what you have within an hour or so drive. Can't remember if I've posted this before, but while visiting last Memorial Day weekend we took the Lake Twenty-two trail up to this spot outside of Granite Falls. Started the hike in short sleeves and ended up in a much different situation...
Lake 22 is a good one, done it twice. The accessibility to so many alpine lakes and mountains is why I love it so much, everything is at your fingertips. Driving "into the mountains" takes less than 1 hour. I can go from my house to numerous trailheads within 30 minutes.
This needs to be printed to canvas and hanging at your house if it is not already imo
BayouMafia next time you're in the PNW need to check out Blanca Lake and Snow Lake. Those are the two prettiest alpine lakes I've done out here.
Blanca Lake is about a 2 hour drive northeast, and is an ass-kicker. The road to the trailhead washed out a few years ago so adds another 6 miles to the hike. The glaciers that feed the lake flow through a bunch of mineral deposits, so the water is a bright green/teal.
Snow Lake is only like an hour drive east of Seattle, moderate difficulty, but so awesome