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  1. Imurhuckleberry

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    I really liked it. The foil gives it a better heat rating than just air. Cons is that it's loud. Like wake up your wife and dogs loud. Also, while camping in prudoe bay, in a fucking ice storm it blew a baffle. If you weren't pressing on the blown baffle area directly it would boil up there and push you off the side of the pad. Inconvenient. Too bad though because otherwise it was nice.

    The big Agnes pads consistently develop leaks around the valves. You'd think for a few hundred bucks they would be able to stand up for a bit. I had the Rei manager give me crap for returning 8 pads over a 3 year period. I told him to stop selling shit pads. Bought an old fashioned closed foam rollup for car camping (at least you're not on the ground at 3am) and then a basic thermolite.
     
  2. Randy Dangus

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    Going through the same 8 pads in 3 years sounds like a you problem. Furthermore, the valves have changed and most companies are going with two one-way valves that resist leaking much better than the old twist valves. I’ve had a ExPed SynMat UL for years with that system and it’s been fantastic. Smaller than a nalgene with no problems to note. I retired it a while back but it’s still good to go after 100+ nights on it.
     
  3. Imurhuckleberry

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    That would have been my thought but when I talked to Rei customer service the valve issue was something they get those returned for frequently. Used to be good and then they changed the valve. Happened with the pad I got for me, my dad and my girlfriend. Maybe they are better now if they changed again. Just poor quality control and/or design. I suspect they all failed with under 40 nights on them. Hard to remember because in 2015 we had over 200 nights out. Funemployment and all that.
     
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  4. Randy Dangus

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    I know that life my friend. Kudos to you
     
  5. BamaNug

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    Weather wasn't cooperating, couldn't get in the mountains. Hiked in and camped on the Pacific Coast at Olympic National Forest for 2 nights. It's a temperate rainforest that abuts right to the beach, pretty amazing. 16 miles total in and out, really flat, but half of it was through pretty deep sand.

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    During low tide we were able to walk really far out into some tide pools. Was awesome with the wildlife and colors
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  6. Imurhuckleberry

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    Did you see any vampires?
     
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  7. BamaNug

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    No, you're required to have garlic on you at all times.
     
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  8. Imurhuckleberry

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    I thought those beaches were on the other side of the demarcation line last time I was up there.

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  9. THF

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    That is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  10. BamaNug

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    Ha, we did pass right by that sign a few miles before the trailhead
     
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  11. TheWampa

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    Hiked in and camped on the North Mills River up in Pisgah National Forest last weekend. Got a little fishing in, too.







     
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  12. BamaNug

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    First time on the inflatable SUP board yesterday. Took it to Lake Serene, about 1 1/2 hours northeast of Seattle. 8.5 miles in and out, 2,500 feet of gain. The whole set-up (board/paddle/air pump) is about 45 lbs in a backpack--not terrible, but pretty heavy.

    But this thing is going to be so fucking fun this summer.
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  13. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I don't know how much a SUP should weigh, but 45lbs is tremendous, iyam.
     
  14. BamaNug

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    That prompted me to look up the actual dimensions. The board itself is 32 lbs in the backpack. I strapped the air pump to the back, that's 4-5. The paddle broken down is 2-3. Other misc. stuff is maybe 1-2 lbs--so maybe 40 lbs is more accurate. But still pretty heavy, and bulky as hell.
     
  15. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    We used inflatable SUPs in Tahiti - provided by the resort. They felt like they were in the 10-15 range . :shrug:

    Not pissing on your sup, btw
     
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  16. DistantFactor

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    I missed the sleeping pad convo earlier but my Rec for car camping if you don’t mind spending the extra money are Paco pads. They are completely water proof and I use them as padding/insulation on my raft trips. Best sleeping ever when camping and durable as hell.

    https://www.nrs.com/product/2707/el-grande-paco-sleeping-pad
     
  17. BamaNug

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    After reading a little more, I think I got one of the bigger sizes. It’s almost 12 ft and rated for 400 lbs. But it’s pretty sweet having 2 ppl on easily
     
  18. southside

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    That’s dope I gotta get out there. The Hoh rainforest is gonna happen this summer too. I hiked Pilchuck Friday, had the summit firehouse all to ourselves before the crowds got up there.
     
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  19. BamaNug

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    The Olympic Peninsula is incredible, it was my 3rd time out there. So much different than the Cascades.

    Still haven’t done Pilchuck, add it to the list.
     
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  20. BamaNug

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    Anybody here have experience camping in Banff?

    Looking at 3 nights in late July. Wondering about campgrounds and locations.
     
  21. Vito Corleone

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    Yes so ice fields parkway. The drive to jasper is the prettiest place on earth
     
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  22. Dildo Dawgins

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    It's a great time to go. I didn't do any camping but we went a few years ago in late July (berry season is bear season) and saw an abundance of wildlife - multiple grizzlies, mtn. goats, caribou, moose, bighorn sheep.

    Just know that time of year (I think it's actually first August weekend) is also the Canadian Labor Day and busiest weekend of the year.

    And the road from Banff to Jasper is the most beautiful place I've ever been.
     
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  23. BamaNug

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    We’re looking at camping the nights of July 25-27, leave the 28th, so hopefully miss some crowds. Tons of camping spots along the Ice Fields Pkwy. Just need to secure some permits.

    We waited too long so campervans are scarce (and expensive to rent), so may just car camp.
     
  24. Vito Corleone

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    Was there last year in August and September. Had smoke at both times. July is soon to be the end of the season before it starts
     
  25. BamaNug

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    So all the campgrounds along the icefield parkway — approx 70 miles between Banff and Jasper — are first come/first serve. Reading recent reviews says spots are tight, but there will be something available. Having a car/van instead of an RV is recommended.

    Think we’re going to stay more North towards Jasper (hopefully at one of those spots on the Parkway) for all 3 nights, head to Banff/Lake Louise our last day. Def bringing the SUP for Louise and hopefully some more.

    Plan is to leave Seattle Wednesday night and drive through the night, get to Jasper for sunrise on Thursday. Thurs-Fri-Sat, head back after breakfast on Sunday. Now to research which hikes we’ll do.
     
  26. Fargin' Icehole

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    I love this part of a trip. Have one planned for September and I'm already reading about trails every night.
     
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  27. BamaNug

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    Question about car camping. Maybe I'm overthinking this, but it's my first time doing a multi-nighter solo (GF doesn't count).

    I have enough camping equipment for two (and can borrow a kitchen), so supplies won't be an issue. Every time I go into the backcountry, I go with friends and we take their trucks/SUVs.

    Both the GF and I drive Camrys. However, what's to stop us from loading our car up with camping gear and driving to Banff in that? Weather won't be an issue at all, and we're not really going into the backcountry--everything I read says you can pull your car right up to the campground, unload, and then park somewhere else. We're not really hauling gear anywhere. Am I missing something re: taking a Camry into the mountains?

    Edit: Tripadvisor says the roads are superb, and small cars are no issue.
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  28. Dildo Dawgins

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    I assume you’re doing day hikes. I really loved hiking to Sentinel Pass at Moraine Lake. The Iceline Trail in Yoho looks amazing and was so bummed when we couldn’t do that one.

    I’ll be in RMNP next week which I’m excited about but I’m still recovering from knee surgery and have an infant with me so nothing too strenuous. We’re staying on the west side of the park - away from the best peaks and lakes (and crowds). I’ve read the valleys in the west are the best for wildlife so I may just post up in the mornings and evenings.
     
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  29. Oranjello

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    How far off paved roads are the camp sites? You should be fine assuming dirt/gravel roads aren't rutted out and your car can make it through mountains. At least that's what I'd say about CO, never been to Canada eh.
     
  30. BamaNug

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    Super close. All of the sites on the Icefields Parkway are right off the main highway, less than 1/4 mile.
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    Also spoke to my friend who has been to Jasper twice, and he says during the summer my car would be fine.

    Just going to load up everything like we're going into the backcountry and put it in my trunk. Saving a shitload of $$$
     
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  31. BamaNug

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    Yea, just day hikes. Thanks for the suggestions, I have some research to do. Want to do at least one super-gnarly one, the rest will probably be pretty chill.
     
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  32. Fargin' Icehole

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    When planning your hikes pay attention to the description of the trailhead. I'm having to rent a Jeep because multiple trailheads we're going to have stream crossings and clearance issues. The trail descriptions on AllTrails and hikingwalking.com is how I learned.
     
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  33. Randy Dangus

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    Most if not all established campsites in large parks like that are easy to access in the busy season. Shouldn’t be a problem at all. Have fun.
     
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  34. BamaNug

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    Took the GOAT to Goat Lake today. About 1 1/2 hours north in the Snoqualmie National Forest. 10.5 miles in and out, but really flat--only gain 1,100 feet.
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  35. Fafa fofo

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    Imagine being able to see under the water like that, and know that there is not a Gator in the water. Beautiful scenery man.
     
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  36. BayouMafia

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    Did a couple of nice hikes in the Seattle area this weekend. Friday in Mt Rainier NP then Saturday based solely on the pics from BamaNug above we went to Mt Baker-Snoqualmie Natl Forest and hiked up to Goat Lake.

    Friday was the first day the road to Mowich Lake was opened, so drove there after lunch and found it deserted which was awesome. My previous visit was 5 years ago on a July weekday and it was jam packed. Did the Tolmie Peak trail and even though it was high 40's with drizzle and we couldn't see Mt Rainier from the top the hike was incredible. Took this photo of Eunice Lake while on our way up to the peak
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  37. BayouMafia

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    Really enjoyed the hike to Goat Lake as well. We went off the trail to get a look at the waterfall below the lake and ended up hiking up the waterfall to the top. Scary moment as some people showed up with a big golden retriever off leash that jumped right into one of the pools mid-way down and immediately started getting swept away. Luckily he was able to get enough power to swim to the side because his owner was about to jump in after him and they both would have gone over.
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  38. Arkadin

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    Doing 4 nights at the Tek river site in Denali in 4 weeks. Pretty stoked
     
  39. BP

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    So jealous of you guys' water pics.
     
  40. CoastalOrange

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    Heading out to Denver for a bachelor party later today. Thinking about trying to head out to Rocky Mtn NP Friday morning and Saturday morning. Anyone have any suggestions for some hikes? Friday morning we won't have tons of time but Saturday morning we should have most of the day.
     
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  41. BamaNug

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    No reptiles, mainly snakes, when hiking is such a relief.
     
  42. BamaNug

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    Nice man! I know the exact waterfall you're talking about, we stopped and spent some time, too. That current is super is powerful, dumb owners. Water at Goat lake is so green, it's gorgeous.

    We had way too much to drink at Snow Lake on Saturday and stumbled our way down the mountain around 4-5. But always a good day to SUP in this scenery. I'm addicted to this thing,
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    Either doing part of the PCT to Mirror Lake tomorrow, or Oyster Dome that overlooks the San Juans. Really depends on whether I bring the dog or not.
     
  43. southside

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    Camping on Rialto Beach this weekend. Pretty stoked
     
  44. Duck Smoker

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    Read this site below. Still a shit ton of snow up there if you're going to cover some mileage in the woods. Lower elevations much better if you have limited equipment (gaiters, waterproof footwear).
    https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_conditions.htm

    Lost Creek Wilderness (down Highway 285) is in very good shape, and Bison Peak is a pretty epic classic if you have the fitness and get acclimatized. Lost Creek has many other less strenuous options.

    You can save yourself from snow and stay near Boulder on something like Bear Peak. It's a pretty good haul, with Boulder views. There were literal bears messing with people the last time I was up there, fun to watch.
    https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7000130/bear-peak-out-and-back
     
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  45. Fargin' Icehole

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    Anyone used the Garmin inReach Mini? If so thoughts?
     
  46. BamaNug

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    How was it?
     
  47. BamaNug

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    Did an overnighter with the GF and dog this past weekend, first trip where I'm the only one with any (see: minimal) experience. But it went well, the only negative was how much she hated dehydrated food.

    Barclay Lake, about 2 hours NE, simply 4 miles in and super flat, gain less than 1,000 feet.
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    Nugget did not understand the firewood was for burning. It may have been one of the most fun days of his life, he was in heaven.
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  48. southside

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    Ended up doing second beach which is right there. It was epic, highly recommend. Did two nights, was really badass to have no technology that whole time
     
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  49. BamaNug

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    Only a few miles north of Toleak Point, where we went for Memorial Day for 2 nights. Love the Olympic forest coming right to the beach, it's incredible.

    We're doing Gothic Basic Saturday, up in Snoqualmie near Granite Falls. About 9 miles roundtrip, 3,500 gain. Been wanting to do it for a long time. Want to do an overnighter but not sure if I can get away yet: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/gothic-basin-trail--2?ref=result-card

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  50. southside

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    Yeah GB is the benchmark for PNW hiking. You hear that a lot
     
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