Campers/backpackers

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  1. TAS

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    What do you got against backcountry?
     
  2. UrsaGrande

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    I rebel with my quarter dome I picked up at a garage sale. Best reason for the REI membership.
     
  3. colonelrascals

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    it most certainly is
     
  4. blotter

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    Haven't seen anyone mention hammocks itt but I have the Clark jungle hammock and love it. If for whatever reason you're not around trees it can be used in a pinch on the ground. The top is lofted to give a cocoon effect that gives you breathing room to read and even change if need be. I've tied into rock out croppings and been above slopes you'd never consider or be able to throw a tent on top of.

    Some downsides to consider - after windy nights you might experience a similar rocking feeling like the one you get from being in the ocean for extended periods.. I actually like this but doubt most do. Maneuverability inside the tent and especially once you're in your bag is much more difficult so you're not going to be banging your girl in it, or be laying your shit out like you can with a typical tent. It all depends what you do in/with your tent but I don't see myself going back to sleeping on the ground more than I find myself in my hammock
     
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  5. Buenos Nachos

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  6. blotter

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    sleeping bag recs? I've been using a tattered golite bag for a while and an army extreme cold bag for winter camping. Been eying montbell's stuff because you can supposedly sit cross-legged inside the bag, but am looking around

    also on that army bag I can't get the zipper closed. what to do?
     
  7. UrsaGrande

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    Set your budget and then find the best combo of weight/temperature rating you can find.
     
  8. eHo

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  9. colonelrascals

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    Yes
     
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  10. eHo

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    Ordered. I'll let you know what I think. I ordered a .5 size bigger than normal shoes, so we'll see how it goes.
     
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  11. colonelrascals

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    they should work out p well
     
  12. Buenos Nachos

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    Question for those with experience. Wife and I are planning at Yellowstone/Tetons trip. About 7-8 days. Always prefer to avoid the super touristy shit. Any "must see/do" from those who've been?

    Gracias!
     
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  13. Dudley Dawson2

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    skip Yellowstone, hike the tetons and give the wife a boat ride to jenny lake in the Tetons.
     
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  14. HOOSINSC

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    I'd like to boat ride her Tetons
     
  15. Dudley Dawson2

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    In all seriousness, if you want to get away from the crowds, go to Yellowstone and ask a ranger for a good hike, away from the crowds. We did that and still encountered people but got to get up close to smaller geysers and hike to see some vistas. I don't remember the hike though.

    Hike the tetons. Wifey and I did a couple day hike and didn't encounter anyone and to this day, my wife still talks about that hike as the best ever. I'll get the trail for you tonight.
     
  16. dawgonit

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    are you looking for backcountry or day trips/camps?

    Grand Teton:
    Death Canyon, Cascade Canyon, and Paintbrush Canyon are all great hikes that won't be accessed by a ton of tourists. Potential to go as long or as short as you want for these.
    There's a huge boulder on the north side of Phelps lake that you can jump off into the water - usually some locals hanging around here in the summer. Good day trip.
    Another good day hike is Two Ocean Lake
    For a true off the beaten path experience, leave the park and take the Gros Ventre road up to the Red Hills Campground, stay up there and hike to Blue Miner lake. Just awesome.

    Yellowstone:
    If you don't backcountry here you will run into crowds. No real way around it.
    Heart Lake is a good overnight loop.
    Mary Mountain is a nice out and back to see some geysers
    I've found that most (longer) trails in the northwest section of the park are fairly open

    I used to live out there, let me know if you need more recs
     
  17. Buenos Nachos

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    much appreciated
     
  18. Buenos Nachos

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    bless you! Great info to research here. Thanks man
     
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  19. Dudley Dawson2

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  20. Buenos Nachos

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    Perfect distance! The wife likes the 1-2 days overnight, but nothing longer. I can sell this!

    Thanks g!
     
  21. Dudley Dawson2

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    My wife is the same way. One overnight is great, 2 is pushing it and she refuses to do a 3-nighter. We have 3 kids now, so we aren't doing any overnighters anymore until the kids are older. Before kids we caught the hiking bug and have hiked all over the country, focusing mainly on the national park areas and state parks. We even trained and completed the rim to river and back in a day in the grand canyon. I set an insane pace coming up from the river and paid the price at the end of the hike, was never so tired in my life.
     
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  22. Buenos Nachos

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    Would love to do a rim/rim someday. Similar scenario here, 3 kids and hard to get away! But when we do our annual vaca, it's usually in the parks.

    Might have to hit you up with a few other questions soon - thanks again!
     
  23. dawgonit

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    Have done river to rim and would love to go back and do rim to rim (ending on the north rim)
     
  24. leroi

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    i was just clicking around TMB, got distracted with something else, and then came back and saw your comment

    for a brief moment, before i realized what thread i was in, i pictured something like this

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  25. Dudley Dawson2

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    Sure man, no problem. We've hit a ton of National Parks, some of my favorites are Glacier, Bryce, Big Bend, Acadia, Rocky Mountain and Mt. Ranier. We circumnavigated Mt. Ranier over 2 separate 5 day hikes over 2 years and the second one was miserable and hence why my wife won't go overnight for more than 2 days. Still, Mt. Ranier is a beaut.
     
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  26. daddy fat sacks

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    Thanks for the info! Will be camping with the gf for 1.5 months starting in the beg of sept and plan to be up by Yellowstone, glacier and the PNW by late September, early October. Will prolly pm some of you around then.
     
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  27. Tigers

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    for tent I love my marmot limelight 3p. would be perfect for two people and a dog
     
  28. Tigers

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    depends on what you are looking for

    do you care about weight? any preference for temperature range?
     
  29. colonelrascals

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    get and rei igneo, nemo sonic, montbell downhugger, or feathered friends
     
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  30. Tigers

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    I have the rei flash and love it
     
  31. Dudley Dawson2

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    +2 for REI igneo, great for any occasion minus some cold summit sleeps, whereupon I picked up an REI expedition and was perfectly fine at -15 or so.
     
  32. colonelrascals

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    I don't like the expedition all that much :(
     
  33. Dudley Dawson2

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    Curious what didn't you like? I've used it several times in the White Mountains and has served me well. Is a bit heavy though.
     
  34. colonelrascals

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    If I'm spending 500 + on a -20 I'm going to spend a little more for better design (ie. open baffles) and better down. I also think the dual zipper is kind of bleh.
     
  35. xec

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    Yellowstone and Glacier in late September, early October? Good chance of considerable snow.
     
  36. xec

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    racer , camping in the Vegas vicinity?
     
  37. Fargin' Icehole

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    Just ordered mine. I went a tried them on in the store 1st. .5 size bigger than normal was exactly what fit best. Came home and ordered online and saved $70.
     
  38. eHo

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    Same. Got the gray ones for $195. Unbelievable how comfortable they are right out of the box.
     
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  39. Lefthook

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    I've been wearing these for summer hikes - they are literally, bar none, the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned, and the traction on loose soil is outstanding.

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  40. UrsaGrande

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    I have some Keen Targahee's for now, but really like the trail runner idea. I might give them a try for my next pair.

    I did the Lost Coast back in April and have the Rae Lakes in the Sierras coming up in a couple weeks. California's drought sucks but it means all the passes are already snow free.
     
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  41. colonelrascals

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    Helios SR:
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    I wear them for almost everything I do outside.
     
  42. BP

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    Should definitely spend a day in Jackson Hole if you're in the Tetons.
     
  43. thunderstruck

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    What online resources do yall use to find good/interesting trail to hike and camp? Work has me stuck in north Florida so I'm not exactly in a popular area for it.
     
  44. Hugo Boss

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    Bought these. If my feet hurt this weekend I will rescind my like.
     
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  45. dawgonit

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    have you checked out the Florida National Scenic Trail? runs through some awesome spots, especially on the panhandle.

    Florida National Scenic Trail Map
     
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  46. thunderstruck

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    I have not.. Looks like it would have some close options though. Thanks
     
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  47. dawgonit

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    I recommend the stretch through St. Marks NWR and Apalachicola NF - both have nice, established campsites and the scenery/wildlife is great. watch out for pygmy rattlers this time of year though. they love to sun on the trails before noon.
     
  48. Lefthook

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  49. Hugo Boss

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    I don't get the dude where's my car reference at all, but will award another like because my feet feel so much better than my calves right now,
     
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  50. Lefthook

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    haha it's the scene from the drive in Chinese food joint where the lady keeps yelling "AND THEN??"

    :laugh:
     
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