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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by racer, Apr 18, 2015.
Extended forecast for our hike next week:
Fucking A man.
About 2,500 calories/day for 7 days
Thats not much food at all if you’re doing high mileage.
Really? I feel like it’s a good bit. Pretty much 3 meals/day + snacks
Doing 10-12 miles/day, all up and down. I dont think it will be terribly strenuous, but more spending 7 days straight in the backcountry.
You know your body, but you’re going to be at a major calorie deficit:
Not a huge deal for a shorter trip, but I’d be careful over 7 days. Might want to throw in some olive oil, which can add a lot of calories to all your dinners without much weight.
You can easily burn 4K+ calories a day backpacking. Obviously lots of variables, weather, pack weight, elevation gain, water sources. But more food is more weight. But agree that you'll be on a decent deficit. If that's normal for you and you have no issues then great.
If you don't hear from me in 7 days, just wait longer
Starkist has bagged bbq chicken that I had last time and it’s actually pretty good. That and instant mashed potatoes together were a lot of calories for not much weight.
Trail mix and PB pack a nice punch too
And if there's one name to trust when it comes to chicken it's starkist, the chicken of the sea experts.
Seriously is it in the pouches like their tuna?
Yes it’s in the pouches. You can choose from bbq, Buffalo, and one other flavor.
I’ve taken the tuna before. Probably be taking the tuna in two weeks too. Shit so dry but can’t argue with the lightweight, minimal space and amount of protein
Fucking pumped. With all water, food, and a handful of big IPAs it’s about 51 lbs
Will get lighter every day
51lbs? yeah you'll be burning slightly more than 2500 cals a day
To be fair, the IPAs are calories, too.
Grabbed the Osprey Atmos AG 65 for $200 on sale at REI. Almost immediately sold off my 2015 Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 to offset the cost, so all in I’ll have $110 in the $270 pack. The extra comfort is worth the extra 12-16 oz to me. I don’t see myself in a UL pack in the near future.
Are you really going to bring that insulated water bottle?
My buddy I met on the AT and through hiked with had a base weight of ~55lbs with about the lightest sleep system/tent you can get away with. He's all of 5'10" 175.. people lost their minds at his pack. Never heard him complain once about anything the entire time
Don't pack shame
Im not sure if this is directed towards me or not but I think there is a difference between getting along without complaining and maximizing enjoyment. All I can say is that I enjoy myself a hell of a lot more when I carry 25lbs. rather than 55lbs. for multi-day 20 mile hikes. If he is taking the time to weigh his pack then he is at the very least conscious of how much he is carrying. I think that is opening himself up to discussion.
Suggestions for overnight hike near Asheville? Been once before and did the Shining Rock Wilderness area of Pisgah Forest
Chili Mac n cheese or beef stroganoff from mountain Haus all day brah
I just overheard a report about backpackers having to be rescued due to the fires. I think it was somewhere in Oregon but wasn’t really paying attention. Anyone know where BamaNug was going? Hope he’s alright.
Doubt he would be hiking in one of the areas where the fires are right now.
Spent the long weekend out in the Michigan wilderness. Ate through most of a 40 oz can of Jif. I'm in desperate need of fiber.
Yeah I’m sure he’s being safe. I have no real concept of where he is or where the fires are. Heard a snippet from the news and it was the first thing that popped in my head.
Went back and checked and he mentioned section J, which is a hike from Snoqualmie to Stevens in Washington. Didn’t see any fire issues when I did a quick google, but smoke has been traveling around a lot recently with the winds in Oregon. So hope his air quality is ok.
BamaNug is in Washington. He said he was hiking Section J of the PCT, which is from Snoqualmie, WA to Stevens, WA
also DistantFactor only beat me because I stopped to sneeze
The posts I’m seeing on Facebook are wild. Evacs in the Sierra, and another guy I know is on the Colorado Trail. It went from sunny and 72 to snowstorm overnight.
I'm alive bitches. One of the most amazing experiences of my life.
We saw some smoke from the fires, never in danger. Get back to Seattle and you can't see 20 ft in front of your face.
wes tegg and BP were right -- we needed more food. Never in danger, but def went to bed hungry a few nights. Lessons learned. Epic posts incoming.
So totaled out at 7 days/6 nights, right around 75 miles and well over 15,000 ft of gain. We rolled 6 deep, which was less than ideal, but turned out to be awesome. Spending 7 days in the mountains, disconnected from everyone and everything, is pretty indescribable. Not happy to be back in Seattle, I could do another 7 days in the woods with a re-supply
On the 3rd day we started seeing smoke from the fires. It was definitely a concern, but we asked around and just continued on. Seattle right now is insane, can't see 20 ft in front of you. It was clear AF in the mountains.
How’s your back? Surely your spine has been permanently curved by the immense weight of your pack.
The more traditional route is Snoqualmie to Stevens Pass (South to North), but we went Stevens to Snoqualmie because it's a bit easier, and a much shorter drive to Seattle after getting off the trail. Good decision. Did right at 75 miles over 7 days.
We saw maybe 5 clouds the entire time. Perfect weather. The stars every night were absolutely indescribable. Unreal.
As I mentioned, we didn't bring enough food. We're dumbasses for thinking 2,500 calories/day would be enough, no excuse. We were rationing on day 4-5. Thankfully we got some supplies on Day 6...
One of the dudes that came with us runs a pre-roll distributor in San Diego, so we had just unreal amounts of weed. It was not exactly a sober 7 days
There were huge, ripe, fresh blueberries and huckleberries along the entire trail. I ate my weight in berries, it was amazing. We packed Everclear, dunked a shitton of blueberries in there, and caught a buzz almost every night.
Probably the 3rd hardest day, heavy ass packs. 13 miles total, 3,000 ft up, 2,000 ft down to Surprise Lake. Def our worst campsite of the whole trip
Hardest day of the trip--we fucked up the maps/plan and just did way too much. 15+ miles, 1,500 ft up, 1,000 ft down, 2,000 ft up, then a final 500 ft up.
Initial hike into an awesome valley:
Up over a ridge, then down another 1,000+ ft
Ended the day hiking around Cathedral Rock, slept at about 5,800 ft.
Rest day after doing almost 30 miles in 2 days.
7.5 miles, 2,000 ft downhill. No gain. End at Waptus Lake.
Shortly after we all ate a bunch of mushrooms, the kids blew a shitload of smoke from the nearby fires in. Was a little scary, but made for an epic sunset
Day 4 deserve its own post...
Day 4 was insane. So remote. 8-9 miles, 2,500 ft of gain, no loss, but into the most remote part of the trip. Incredible.
I have fucking dreamt of campsites like this. And I got it.
Some assholes walked thru my campground the next morning]
My view when I woke up on the 5th day:
5th day was down to the burn-field into Spectacle Lake, which I did 2 months earlier. Still amazing.
We got the EXACT SAME camping spot.
that whole trip looks sick
That’s awesome man.
Backpacking wind river in Wyoming in two weeks with a guy who hiked the pct in 2019. Gonna a be a great time.
6th day was probably the second hardest -- 11 miles, 3,100 ft of gain, 1,000 ft down.
But absolutely the most beautiful. It was fucking unreal
We traversed this whole fucking ridge. It was surreal
My dog just got dropped off and I'm really excited
Stuff of dreams, though some of those days sound intense with pack weight. Great pics.
That tent photo is glorious
Prior to the trip, we met with friends and went over logistics. 2 friends that did not join us had discussed meeting us on the last day, bringing a bunch of beers, etc.
They did -- 2 friends brought lbs of beef jerky, a whole pizza, 18 beers, 2 bags of wine, and a ton of Jameson for our last night. We got rowdy as fuck last night and it was amazing
So after day 6 of 3,500 ft of gain, we had our friends with beers. Got a dope campsite:
That’s awesome BamaNug
I’m with our close mutual friend TB. Views aren’t as good, but still pretty sweet.
Anybody got kids that hike and want these? Been used about 5 times. Perfect condition, kid out grew them and just got him some Altras on sale. All it'll cost you is a label.
Man I was drunk when I posted those pictures...hardly remember it.
More pics w/ context:
Campsite on night #2:
Sunset in night #4
Coolest fucking campsite ever
About 1,500 ft above Spectacle Lake, on day 6 (we camped at the very tip of the peninsula, in the middle of the lake, on night 5):
Buddy's campsite at the lake on night #5:
Spectacle Lake is on the other side of this ridge -- so we walked up above Spectacle, traversed the entire side of this ridge for 4-5 miles (right-to-left), down 1,500 ft, then up another 1,500 ft: