Check out the VLOG from the recent trip to Yosemite. Full trip report coming soon!
The old saying, a failure to plan is a plan for failure really comes into play here. Route planning is the key piece of the puzzle. All of the other preparations (food, water, gear, etc...) are all based on the route that is chosen. I mentioned in the previous post that we will be doing what is referred to as the Red Peak Pass Loop. Of course, I wanted to take the most advantage of our time so I added in a few day hikes, but the general route is the aforementioned loop.
Now, follow my train of thought for laying out route. Maybe it will help your ADD in future route planning...
Some neat stuff I've found recently that I thought I'd share.
I've been hiking with the same group of guys for about 5 years now. We all started at the same time in college and immediately fell in love with it. Since, we've all graduated and moved on with our lives, but always find weekends to get together for backpacking. When we first graduated we took a trip to Virginia and decided that we should start planning one big trip outside of the south eastern US a year. Last year's adventure took us to the Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado. This year, we are headed to Yosemite.
Check out the Trip Report of my recent trip to Morganton, NC to do the Linville Gorge Loop. Also known as the ITAYG Loop.
Condiments are often times the last thing someone thinks about while preparing their backpacking meals. Fortunatley, these things are packaged into single serving sizes and shelf stable. Here is a little guide that will share ideas on where to get those convenient little condiment packages (because sometimes it's not always obvious).
I’ve taken a drink of the kool-aid and succumbed to using an alcohol stove. Without wanting to spend a lot of money, I wanted to reduce my pack weight. After conquering the BIG THREE, it’s time to take on the next big three. The two biggest places to cut there are (IMO) the sleeping pad and cook set. I’ve always been a fan of the canister stoves and thought it was something I couldn’t give up. Looking around on YouTube, I stumbled onto the “supercat” which looked easy enough to make so I thought I would give it a try.
Well, I'm headed to the South Cumberland Recreational Area in Tennessee for a 3 Day/2 Night trip over the Veteran's Day weekend. The weather is supposed to be great - High 60s during the day, low 40s at night, perfect. I wanted to go over my setup with you to give you an idea where I'm at.. so here it goes.
I've included the links to my pieces of gear so you can see what it is I carry.
Enclosed Tarp Setup
For those of you that like the enclosed feel of a tent, check out this tarp setup from Bearpaw Wilderness Designs.
Dutch Oven Cooking on the Trail
Here's another trail baking video. Super simple, and at some point, it's not considered roughing it. However, this is pretty neat. This would be cool to do on an overnight trip and if you're with your family or trying to impress a girl on the trail. Not very practical for long distance packing, but this is a pretty cool trick.