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  1. Jorts

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    They just run narrow in the heel
     
  2. southside

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    Secured passes for The Enchantments and St Helens this summer. Fucking stoked.

    That said I need some boots for summer hiking. Any recs?
     
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  3. Fargin' Icehole

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    http://www.salomon.com/us/product/quest-4d-2-gtx.html?article=373259

    Rode these hard on a aggressive hike through the Northern Cascades. eHo climbed Rainier in them too I believe. Pretty light and based on a trailrunner so would probably be good for summer.
     
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  4. UrsaGrande

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    I'm going with La Sportiva Wildcats right now but feet are fickle, go try a bunch of stuff on and see what's best for you.
     
  5. racer

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  6. racer

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    I've decided that by summer 17 I want to be be ready to tackle JMT in it's entirety. But not in 2 weeks, that shit is crazy.

    Moving back to the Midwest is going to make finding good hiking really really hard without taking an extended trip. Anyone with Midwest backpacking or hikes? From what I've found pretty much everything is in northern Minnesota.
     
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  7. Jorts

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    Just scored permits for the John Muir Trail in Early September... So fucking excited
     
  8. racer

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    Whole thing?
     
  9. Jorts

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    I wish I had the time. Only about a week
     
  10. UrsaGrande

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    I'll try not to leave any trace for you.
     
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  11. eHo

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    If any of you guys have snapchat, #everestnofilter is a great account to follow. A National Geographic photog and a guide are going up to the top without supplemental oxygen from the north side, and documenting their trip. There are a couple snaps today that really show how altitude change saps all of your strength.
     
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  12. Cornelius Suttree

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    Anyone else live above 7,000 feet? Running with and walking my dog the first few weeks was torture
     
  13. BP

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    Got a permit to hike Half-Dome at Yosemite later this year. Fucking Stoked. Gonna camp for a week there too. So excite.
     
  14. racer

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    Any kayakers? Looking to get into it because I'm around quite a bit of water again. Wife grew up kayaking Mississippi River backwaters, but I've never been. Her family is all small and short. I'm 6'4 320. Their kayaks and advice don't really apply to me.
     
  15. BP

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  16. TAS

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    Have that exact set. Works great for 2 people doing simple stuff, likely too small for a 3rd person. Spoons suck, buy something better if you do get that set.
     
  17. Cousin Eddie

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    Looking for a good 5ish day hike in GA, NC, east TN, or southern VA. Shuttle can be arranged so it can be point to point or loop. Kinda want to do a section of the AT. Thoughts?
     
  18. gopack2104

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  19. Jorts

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    Check out www.whiteblaze.net

    Depending on which area you decide to hike, I might have a shuttle contact for you.
     
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  20. Cousin Eddie

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    I was just looking at pics of this place last night, looks awesome. Definitely on the shortlist of places we are considering.

    Thanks! I'll let you know.
     
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  21. BP

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    This just opened up
    New: Backbone Trail Set to Open
    The route, which wends from Ventura down to Will Rogers State Historic Park, is 67 miles in all.
    Backbone Trail: 67 Miles of Natural Beauty
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    One doesn't need to wend too deeply in a bookstore to find a plethora of memoirs detailing epic, true-life hikes, the kind of mega rambles that occurred on some of America's most famous, and lengthy, trails.

    From Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" -- hello, Appalachian Trail -- to "Wild," which took place along the Pacific Crest Trail, nonfiction narratives in recent years have prompted many readers to find their own long-range adventure, one that requires dependable shoes, a sun hat, and, perhaps, the perfect walking stick.

    The Backbone Trail should deliver Southern Californians more than a taste of that. It isn't as long as the Pacific Crest or Appalachian, not nearly, but at an impressive 67 miles, it'll should nicely challenge many hikers looking for a nice challenge.

    It's not new, of course; rather, the long-in-the-works plan to connect trails and lands running through the Santa Monica Mountains, from Ventura County into Los Angeles County, has reached completion. The final product will debut on Friday, June 3.
    The Ventura County end/start point? Thornhill Broome Beach. And in LA? That's Will Rogers State Historic Park.

    Whichever direction hikers head, and however they set their distance goals, they're bound to see some beautiful, boulderful, sigh-inducing sights. Interesting pauses along the way include Circle X Ranch, Castro Peak, and several other natural vistas to remind one that they're enjoying an outdoors adventure.

    The cobbling together of land parcels, to ensure that the trail offers a seamless run-through, is a story several decades in the making. While some of the land was already hikable and public, other bits, like several dozen acres owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, were the final pieces in the puzzle.

    KPCC reports there are two more bits of that puzzle to come (both sit on a 1924 fire road).

    As for showing with your pup? Dogs are permitted at some places along the Backbone, but not "on backcountry trails managed by California State Parks." Just research ahead, so neither you nor your furry friend get a case of the sad face on your big hike.

    As for tracing the full route, and plotting how many miles you and your hiking buds can cover in a day? The maps may be found here.

    As for finding your own epic trail story, a la the recent spate of bestsellers? A fine place to stretch your leg, and mind, is now official, right here in the Santa Monica Mountains.
     
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  22. colonelrascals

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    I've got REI friends and family coupons...message me if you want some
     
  23. racer

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    Have I ever told you that you are my best friend?
     
  24. colonelrascals

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    IF YOU HAVEN'T RECEIVED MY COUPON IN THE MAIL BY TOMORROW MESSAGE ME SO I CAN SEND YOU A COUPON CODE.

    USPS DOESN'T LIKE MY STORE
     
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  25. TheFreak55

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    Anyone here summited Mount Whitney? How much training/difficult is it?
     
  26. Dudley Dawson2

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    I assume you will be going Mt. Whitney trail? 2 day, pretty standard as far summiting peaks goes. My wife and I did it when we were in our hiking, climbing days, ie before kids.
     
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  27. UrsaGrande

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    I'll be up there in a couple weeks, will report.
     
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  28. Fargin' Icehole

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    What's the best Creek hopper out? I've never worn them but I've cut my feet on rocks in a cold ass river, oyster bed in a cold ass bay, and on shells in a tidal pool, all in the last year. Feet aren't as tough as they once were, getting soft.
     
  29. blotter

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    I made a pair of sandals from a diy vibram rubber kit that are obviously douchey, but light weight, pack small, and help in those situations. doesn't answer your question, but maybe someone else will :)
     
  30. Gin Buckets

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    Zion is the shit guys. Here's 2 shots I got today. BamaNug have you been? It's awesome. (This is the Observation Point hike fwiw)

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  31. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    i4l.

    Headed back to Olympic national park (did Sol Duc region last year) for about 5 days in Nov.
     
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  32. Jorts

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    Probably too late, but I have a pair of Vivobarefoot Water shoes that are ultra lightweight & great for crossings... think the model is Ultra II
     
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  33. Doc Louis

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    knocked out a few days in rocky mountain national park last weekend, felt good considering the weather was unseasonably warm around boulder.

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  34. racer

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    The company I work for just opened a Denver office. We have a workout incentive program. Here it's all 5ks and step challenges and stuff. I get really jealous when the Denver office people are all like yeah I did a 14er Saturday while you guys were doing some weird 5k in Iowa.
     
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  35. Doc Louis

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    Easy solution: ask for transfer
     
  36. Cornelius Suttree

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    I know you posted something before but point me in the direction of a 2-person tent you recommend for cold weather climates
     
  37. Fargin' Icehole

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    How cold? I asked him the same question and was considering a single layered winter tent. He talked me out of it and his rec was the same tent I was eyeing, MSR Hubba NX(I got the 1 man). 1st trek out I had a 70° night before the ascent. We had a storm roll up the valley and pound us when we were in higher altitude. Single digit temps, high winds and driving snow, that was a long night. The last night back down in the valley we had hard rain all night. The Hubba did great in all environments. The stormy night it sounded like a freight train was bearing down on me all night but the tent was a rock. I stayed warm and dry. Highly rec it.
     
  38. Doc Louis

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    Are hammocks better for warm weather to sleep in? Haven't tried one for rain or cold weather
     
  39. colonelrascals

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    how cold are we talking?
     
  40. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    hoping to try sleeping in my hammock (with mummy rated to 15) for at least one night in Olympic Nat'l park in a couple weeks. Low of 39, should be briskly pleasant.
     
  41. Cornelius Suttree

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    A bit below freezing. I won't be in it much in winter but it still gets sub-freezing in summer. 20 degrees perhaps
     
  42. BP

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    If you have a good enough sleeping bag, cold shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  43. colonelrascals

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    BP is probably right, I'm a snob though and have a hilleberg for winter camping.
     
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  44. UrsaGrande

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    Is there another REI member coupon/sale coming up this month?
     
  45. colonelrascals

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    yes starts the 11th
     
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  46. UrsaGrande

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    Excellent. Time to prepare for ski season
     
  47. Doc Louis

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    Thanks, thought it was interesting there are hammocks that are quilted/lined to help with the cold air underneath.

    But then there are a ton of small companies making hammocks for backpacking, not just enoo
     
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  48. blotter

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    if you want to take the time a cheap hammock underquilt can be made from repurposed down-filled items from thrift stores

    ...

    looking at this pack - https://www.rei.com/product/895595/osprey-kestrel-48-pack
    would I be able to carry this on most flights? also I already have a similar color 65L Osprey, any recs for a similar-sized pack? Thinking something that's in that 50L range for overnighters and some traveling. Many likes would be given, thanks.
     
  49. Doc Louis

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    Close, at least not for delta's limits if it's fully packed out. If not completely full, it might be able to go in sideways without messing up the frame.
     
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  50. Fargin' Icehole

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