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  1. BamaNug

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    First weekend WA trails opened, clear skies and 80 degrees. Did "Dirty Harry's Peak," 3,400 ft of gain over 4.5 miles (a little over 9 miles roundtrip). Good burn, made it up in almost exactly 2 hours

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    Can sort of see Seattle. Olympic Mountains in the background:
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    Only state lands are open, all National parks and forests are still closed. Hope those open soon.
     
  2. Fargin' Icehole

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  3. spagett

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    Anyone raft the snake river near Yellowstone before?
     
  4. racer

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    prAna Brion for me.
     
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  5. Cooler

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    I believe that’s the river we rafted on. Don’t remember the name exactly. Just did it last fall.
     
  6. DistantFactor

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    Not same stretch but I hit it off the lower salmon two years ago. Lower Salmon run is god tier camping, white sand beaches, with some solid rapids and amazing scenery mixed in.
     
  7. spagett

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    That's not that close to Yellowstone right?

    I've seen pics from the salmon and it looked incredible
     
  8. UrsaGrande

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    Love Brion and Zion from Prana. Pretty much all my pants are from Prana now.

    Columbia Silver Ridge isn't bad for something a little less expensive.

    Kuhl has a little too much taper for my preference but they make a decent product.

    I'm waiting to see how things in the Sierra open up for my summer backpacking plans.
     
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  9. BayouMafia

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    Big fan of the Marmot Verde pants. I have 5 pairs now.
     
  10. BamaNug

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    I have 3 pairs of the Zion by Prana, they're great. Comfortable as hell with the stretching in the groin, too.

    Also, for a good pair of relaxed/pajama/yoga pants, prana makes these which are also money. Wearing some right now
    https://www.rei.com/product/892846/prana-vaha-pants-mens-32-inseam
     
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  11. BP

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    I love the North Face Paramount Trail Pants, have 2 pair and 1 pair of shorts.
     
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  12. racer

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    I’ve got to have that stretch. Ripstop nylon can pound sand.
     
  13. racer

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    Picked up Solomon Quest 4D 3 GTX the other day. Excited to give them a try. I also had my eye on Hoka Kaha, but the REI sale price of 160 on the Solomon was pretty good.

    One thing I noticed in the house was that the arches felt a little firm. Usually I go with less support and more cushion in shoes, since I have lowish arches and under pronate. Anyone have those broken in to report on? Or the Hokas
     
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  14. Fargin' Icehole

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    Best boot I've ever owned. Break in time is minimal. Love mine.
     
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  15. BP

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    Backcountry is having a memorial day 20% off one item sale. Picked up an Osprey pack.
     
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  16. BamaNug

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    Spent Friday and Saturday night in Teanaway Valley, in the East Cascades. Did a big hike yesterday up to a lookout point to Mt Stuart. 7.5 miles roundtrip, 2500 ft of gain, highest point was 6,900 ft. Beautiful day

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    Our campsite was down in this valley:
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  17. racer

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    Put just over 10 miles on the new Quests the last two days. Just streets and sidewalks, though my area is older and they are in worse shape than a lot of trails...

    The boot feels rock solid. The only issue so far was after about 4 miles each day the outside of my pinky toes and underside/outside of my outer metatarsal head(?) started to hurt. The insoles seem pretty thin. Did dry fit crew one day and smart wool mid weight the other.
     
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  18. Vito Corleone

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  19. BP

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    Seems fishy. Even the marked out prices are way lower than regular price.
     
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  20. BayouMafia

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  21. Vito Corleone

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    Yes, most definitely the case. Nothing is that nice
     
  22. CoastalOrange

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    I saw thta and immediately thought, "if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is."
     
  23. wes tegg

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    Look at superfeet insoles. All Solomon insoles are thin, IMO.
     
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  24. racer

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  25. Fargin' Icehole

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    Anybody have a Zpacks rain jacket? My food bag is Zpacks and has been indestructible. Saw their tents are getting a lot of love. One of my rain jackets just died, thinking about the Zpacks Vertice. Lotta $ though.
     
  26. Fargin' Icehole

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    So no objections? Sweet, I'm buying it.
     
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  27. BP

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    Heard good things about their tents. Have also heard their customer service can be hit or miss tho. HTH
     
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  28. UrsaGrande

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    I have one of their tents, it is indeed very nice.
     
  29. Fargin' Icehole

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    Read this is kinda at thing at most cottage companies. Think it might just be that a tiny company doesn't have multiple people on the phones everyday waiting for your call. I'm sure a lot slower and more strict with refunds and exchanges. REI, Moosejaw, etc., barely even ask questions.
     
  30. CoastalOrange

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    Are there any suggestions for small, simple packs to use for short day hikes? I ask because I have an old bag that has worked fine for hydration and storing a few items but there really isn't any airflow on the back so my back ends up ridiculously sweaty. I love the airflow on my Osprey Stratos. Any suggestions for small, simple bags that have good airflow on the back?
     
  31. BP

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    I have an Osprey Daylite and a Northface Chimera. Both do pretty well with airflow.
     
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  32. racer

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    I use a Cotopaxi Luzon or the 10l zip off of my osprey Farpoint.
     
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  33. BamaNug

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    Doing my first solo overnighter this weekend. Leaving Friday evening, sleep at trailhead. Wake up early Saturday AM and hike in, find a good spot, explore. Wake up Sunday, going to explore the base of some peaks, but probably not try to summit solo.

    Depending on weather, either doing the Eastern Cascades (22 miles - https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/spectacle-lake ) or head out to the Olympic Peninsula (16 miles - https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/royal-basin )

    Both places are fairly popular, so I don't imagine it'll be too private on 4th of July weekend.
     
  34. racer

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    Planning on heading out tomorrow and doing a night or two in western Iowa parks. It’s there are about three places within 3 hours that have hike-in spots and each one only has a few spots. No wilderness areas where you can camp at any location. No idea what to expect when we get to one of them. Might be full. Hike-in might be deserted. Might end up just fishing and heading home. Iowa sucks.
     
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  35. Cooler

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    There are a couple places I'd like to check out in NE and SE Iowa, but have 0 interest in anything on the western side of the state. Grew up there and try to avoid it as much as possible.
     
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  36. racer

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    I’m a good 4 hours from yellow river. My in-laws live just south of there and I don’t really want to drive that far or make the obligated visit with only 2 days. Later in the summer we’re going to hit that and take boat out on the Mississippi and tie up and camp a few nights on some islands below Guttenberg.
    Loess or Hitchcock is where we’ll probably try for this weekend.
     
  37. Imurhuckleberry

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    I've always been a tent or open air guy. Now that we have three dogs, a lil kid, and I've had 3 surgeries in the last 24 months were tempted to buy an RV. Anybody give down that road and have any advice new/used, brands, features that are must have or useless?
     
  38. racer

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    Ordered a set of Hefe Luxx deluxe insoles and it’s a huge difference in comfort. This was just 5-10 minutes. Excited to do an extended test.

    https://hefeluxx.com/collections/more-comfort/products/deluxe-insoles
     
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  39. BamaNug

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    Did Spectacle Lake this weekend, 2 nighter. About 3 hours east of Seattle, just east of Snoqualmie Pass. 23 miles in and out, right around 4,000 ft of gain.

    Went to Pete Lake Friday night, only about 4 miles in, got there just in time for a rainbow:
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    Most of the hike to the lake is in a burn field, so no cover but awesome views
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    There's a big peninsula in the middle of the lake with about a 15-20 ft channel to the other side. It was pretty packed, but we got a spot right at the end of the peninsula
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  40. BamaNug

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  41. gopack2104

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    I have a 70L version with this same backpanel and it's awesome.

    https://www.gregorypacks.com/packs-...880XXXX.html?dwvar_126880XXXX_color=Vivid Red

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  42. BamaNug

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  44. BamaNug

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    That was probably the hardest - but most rewarding - hike I've ever done. Total of 38 miles in-and-out and almost 5,000 ft of gain.

    Day 1, did 10.5 miles through the Hoh Rainforest, pretty flat. Rainforest was incredible. This picture is not edited at all:
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    Day 2, did around 7 miles/4,000 ft to our camp, with packs. After dropping our packs it was another 1.5 miles and 900 ft to the Glacier. Worth it.
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    Day 3, hiked 17.5 miles out, was a complete slog.

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  45. xec

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    Fucking impressed. 38 miles in mountain terrain in 3 days? 17.5 in one day, holy shit. Great pics! Would love making it to the Olympic.
     
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  46. BamaNug

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    I'm moving pretty gingerly today. I've done 25 miles in one day, but that was a little uphill and mostly flat, plus just a daypack. Going down 4,000+ ft with a full pack sucked so hard.

    In hindsight, we could've camped lower on the 2nd day. There was no need to take our packs up that high, could have easily camped at a lower elevation and then day hiked up to the glacier and back down the same day. But also feel damn good about yourself.
     
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  47. Paddy Murphy

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    Incredible. Earth is so fucking cool.
     
  48. Fargin' Icehole

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    I did just shy of that from Bannock Mtn back to the Suiattle trailhead in a day. But we went from 7k to 5k, back up to 6.4k, then down again to 1.6k. Honestly that wasn't as bad as the the hike in where we went from 1.6k to 6.4k. I had a full pack with quite a few beers in it and ran out of water on the way up. Dumbass.
     
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  49. BamaNug

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    Bringing beers adds so much weight...but we do it every time.
     
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