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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by racer, Apr 18, 2015.
Thought you were about that ultra lyte life now though
My last trip was the 1st time I didn't. But we went up to 14k in the San Juans. I was worried about the altitude since my house is 3ft above sea level. Gotta admit, it was really nice not having the weight. Weed is light.
I am with my gear...but I'm also a stubborn asshole about my intoxicants.
Mushrooms are also very light...ate 2.5g through the Hoh Rainforest on the first day. That was pretty pretttttttty cool.
Always worth it
My buddy carried some on that Bannock Mtn hike I mentioned before. Fed us what he called a "Herculean" dose. One of the reasons the Northern Cascades will always be my favorite.
Psychedelics and mountains go together like peas and carrots
The view where it went down...
Acid and Mt Rainier National Park is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Highly recommend.
High while looking at the Northern Lights is a bucket list hallucinatory experience
I’m normally a whisky in a wine skin guy when it comes to weight per abv. (I know abv could’ve been enough.) Or when I’m with my wife, limoncellos in a wine skin
My buddy put together our two options for Section J. We're locked in, start September 5
Just ordered a new ultra light sleeping bag: https://www.rei.com/product/148248/rei-co-op-magma-15-sleeping-bag-mens
I think my whole pack is complete, and pretty damn light:
Granite Gear A/C 60L backpack (wish I had a detachable day pack)
REI Magma sleeping bag
Thermarest inflatable sleeping pad w/ inflatable pillow (this will probably be the first thing I replace...so fucking loud...but inflatable is so light)
Big Agnes Copper Spur tent (have the REI half-dome for 2 people)
Katadyn water filter
I've used an xlite since 2016, I think the noise has gone down over time but well worth it for the weight/warmth/comfort values.
That's what I have, and the high R value makes it good year round. But I still go with the egg carton sometimes.
I have that bag. Its comfy but it's not a warm bag. Got in the teens when I was in CO last year and I was pretty cold. I have an older Marmot 20° that's warmer.
Has anyone done the Trans Catalina Trail? Was thinking about doing this in Oct.
These guys are pretty fun to watch.
I hope the campers and hikers don’t mind but I feel this is a more kindred place for the super secret surfing thread.
Where Eagles Dare 941Gator southside headed East to get some isaias leftovers tomorrow
Will there be anything left? FL turned on yesterday after it left
Tomorrow morning is supposed to be good for Maryland and Delaware but high tide is at 9am so hopefully there’s enough juice in the water
Saw some NJ pics and it was firing
I'll be going to Olympic NP this weekend for the first time. I would love to do what you just did, but the GF will be with, and she is more of a half day hiker and not a camper.
-Drive and arrive at Hoh Rainforest, spend time at Second Beach
-Will head to La Push. Do you know if it would be better to do a day hike going North or South along the Coast. Looking to avoid crowds
-Probably head to ranges from Port Angeles. Would you recommend doing some hiking around Hurricane Ridge, Whiskey Bend, or someplace else? Not sure how crowded it will be. Like I said, unfortunately, I do have to go at the pace of someone else. Looking for something that will last a 4ish hours.
I don't know Whiskey Bend to properly compare, but you should really consider Hurricane Ridge.
I also don't know about Whiskey Bend but Hurricane Hill on Hurricane Ridge is one of my favorite hikes I have done anywhere.
Which trail do you guys recommend taking?
Driving into Seattle now, I’ll respond this afternoon/evening.
Are you driving from Seattle on Day 1? Forks, and the NW coast of the Olympics, are far as shit -- 4.5 to 5 hours away. I might try to do either the Hoh or Second Beach rather than squeeze both in on the same day. Unless you plan on leaving at like 5-6 AM and maybe camping at one? Camping on the beach is really easy and tons of fun
Second Beach is located just outside La Push, so potentially could drive to Forks on Day 1, explore the Hoh, then early on Day 2 do La Push/beaches.
Cape Flattery is pretty cool, most NW location of Washington: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cape-flattery
I don't think it'll make a huge difference going north or south from La Push -- I'd mainly look for specific hikes along the beach to do. Some options:
If you're going to camp and/or do a long day hike on the beach, be sure to look at tide charts -- sometimes during high tide you cannot cross.
Hurricane Ridge is awesome, maybe one of the most famous hikes in the Olympics. Sequim and Port Angeles are cool little towns worth exploring, too
Are yall staying in Port Angeles the whole time? Or in the Forks/La Push area for 2 nights and then to Port Angeles (I'd recommend the latter).
Also, if you're going on a weekend, it's going to be crowded as shit. This summer is the most crowded I've ever seen the trails, which isn't very surprising. I imagine it's less crowded during the week, though.
Went climbing this weekend outside of Leavenworth. I've done bouldering gyms, but never trad climbing outside. It was fun as shit, fingers are so sore and torn up. I lost my grip and fell once, but only dropped a few inches.
We found 2 different routes, everyone went up 3-4x.
I'm doing the latter and spending the last night either in Port Angeles or someplace between there and Gig Harbor.
-Thursday-Hoh Rainforest, maybe Second Beach?
-Friday-All Day along the coast
-Saturday-Hurricane Ridge. I am expecting this to be packed. It is what it is.
I probably won't get to the Hoh Rainforest until after lunch time. How long does it typically take to see most of that spot? I was hoping to get to the coast by sunset, but if I don't that's ok.
For the Hoh rainforest, it can be as long or short as you want. Obviously, the deeper you go the less crowded it gets. You can go 10-11 miles before encountering any gain -- but that'd be like 20 miles round trip. I'd recommend going at least 5-6 miles in to get away from the crowds/get more into the forest.
I'd consider spending all of Day 1 at the Hoh, spending a good few hours there so you don't rush it. From the Hoh trailhead to second beach is about an hour drive, and Second beach is the same terrain/scenery as the other beaches. My rec:
-Day 1 - arrive at Hoh after lunch, spend a 3-4-5 hours walking through there
-Day 2 - wake up and do a beach/coast walk (ozette triangle, etc.)
-Day 3 - Hurricane Ridge
Next weekend, 8/22-23: Overnight here - https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/spider-meadow-trail
8/29-30: Overnight - https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/tuck-and-robin-lakes
9/5-12: PCT Section J
Let's fucking goooo
Work has been fucking miserable the past few weeks.
Starting tomorrow night, over the next 22 days, I’m sleeping outside for 10.
How was it my dude?
All in all, it was great. Followed the recommendation for most part. We did not see a cloud the entire time. So weird, yet fortunate.
-Day one was spent in Hoh Rainforest. Went along river for about 4 miles before turning around. The terrain is quite unique, but I felt like i would prefer it more in Spring after the thaw or even a bit of rain.
-Day two-Went Along Rialto Beach. Can not recommend that area enough. Beach hiking is always a favorite of mine, even though quite demanding depending on surface. We went early, only ran into a couple camps, and felt like we had that part of the park entirely to our selves. Will definitely come back to beaches again. Got to head to a few islands typically not reachable because we got lucky with the tides. Just an awesome and unique area. So much better than Oregon Coast.
Day three-Went into the Olympics. It was a nightmare and were stalled for one to one traffic at the gate. Got away from the crowds a coupe miles in. They are quite beautiful, but once again I felt like I would want to come back with more snowcaps and water. The area just seemed unusually dry. Plus the bugs were ferocious
Thanks again for the recs. It certainly steered us in the right direction
Just finished 20-25 miles in the Smokies. Saw a bear and a boar and caught me a brookie.
I'd be spooked by a boar
Think I am going to try to take of advantage of the (likely) lack of college football this fall and take my almost 7 year old daughter camping/hiking a bit more regularly. We have done a couple of day hikes in NC this summer and she has naturally taken to these little adventures.
Obviously will start off car camping for the most part, Carolinas and Virginia, I imagine, for the next year or 2 and expand our footprint as she becomes more comfortable; assuming she takes to it long term of course. My wife will also participate for most of our trips, I am sure.
Clearly, keeping it simple with a 7 year old is the way to go, equipment-wise. We’ve got a cheap-ish family tent that we used this summer for camping out in the back yard that I’ll probably keep using until the need for a better one arises. Besides sleeping bags/pads and a stove, any other super basic necessities I would need to procure before going off on our first long weekend? Any other folks itt with advice for camping with kids?
I grew up camping regularly with my grandfather, did NOLES one summer in high school, and hiked/camped a good bit after college when I moved to Tahoe. But I haven’t really done anything in the past 15 years or so, so I am kind of starting over myself. But the basic knowledge is there, I think.
Maybe some chairs if you don’t think there will be natural seating. Fishing gear if you’re into that. Don’t do a Tom Haverford.
ETA: Knife and a small saw or hatchet or presplit firewood.
Also, what are your food goals? Are you using skillets to fry up bacon and eggs? Hot dogs on a stick and s’mores? Or just some snacks and a one-pot stove to boil up some oatmeal?
Whichever it is, I recommend keeping the options limited. Leave the condiments and as many pots, pans, plates, cups, and utensils behind. I do the same with road trips. I used to pack all kinds of snacks and stuff for sandwiches, etc. Now I realize 2/3 went unused or was a hassle.
In my mind it was more of a skillet/hot dogs on a stick/hamburger steak in aluminum foil type food situation, at least initially. Agreed that simple is the way to go.
Ray McKigney definitely need a good water filter (rather than just hauling in gallon jugs) -- and drinking freshly pumped water is delicious. This is what I have, can't recommend enough:
Also, I may be in the minority, but I actually enjoy the dehydrated meals--they've come a long way. Maybe not initially, but if you want to expand into backpacking beyond car camping, you'll need to bring in dehydrated food + stove.
Deck of cards/something to keep the kid entertained when you can't use iphones/electronics. I have a pair of waterproof playing cards that never come out of pack.
As much as I've explored WA, this weekend was one of the prettiest places I've been. Spider Meadows, 8 miles in (16 roundtrip), only about 2,000 ft of gain, not hard at all. The hike is all through the woods, just OK, and then it opens up into a tremendous alpine meadow:
Hiked in Saturday, woke up early Sunday and hiked to the base of that reddish/brown mountain with the snowfield at the base of it. 2,000 ft over 3.5 miles, amazing views of the valley (but turned Sunday into like a 15-mile day):
Also, experimented with time lapse/night vision with my gopro for the first time in the backcountry. The stars were OUT. The video turned out a little grainier than I wanted after editing/youtube, but this is pretty cool. Going to keep trying and get it better:
North Cascades Nat Park next weekend, PCT Section J the following weekend
The bear was a fun experience, the boar worried me for a couple minutes.
Pics from the trip. We hiked to campsite 47, Enloe Creek and stayed there a night. Then we drove to Newfound Gap and hiked down to Kephart Shelter for the night. Then up to Charles Bunion, over Kephart and back to the car.
You can see our hammocks on top of the boulders
EDIT: I can't tell if any are showing up, so you might have to use your imagination.
I would take what people have seen/experienced in this whole thread over any thread on TMB I believe
This one, the credit card thread, and the travel thread, for me.
Man Andrew luck really looks like he slimmed down with that trimmed beard in retirement.
Great looking pics.
Did Navaho Pass and Peak this weekend. Hiked in 7 miles and 3,500 ft on Saturday, woke up Sunday and hiked another 1.5 miles and about 1,500 ft. East side of the Cascades, so was much dryer, almost desert-ey. T'was awesome
Leave for Section J on Saturday