Check out the VLOG from the recent trip to Yosemite. Full trip report coming soon!
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.
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.
I personally don't go on a lot of winter-time hikes (comparatively to spring summer) because that's when my work schedule starts to ramp up. Typically throughout the fall and winter months I'll get in two trips, one of which being the annual MLK. In cold weather it is important that you are properly dressed to suit the conditions. It will make your trip a lot more comforable and enjoyable.
Chances are, gearing up for a cold hike you're going to over prepare and take way too much. Granted, it is easier to shed clothes than it is to put more clothes on that you don't have, but extra clothes are extra weight. Dead weight at that. It's important to acheive your own personal level of comfort with EFFICIENCY. I'm going to outline a few tips and suggestions for making a cold weather hike a little more enjoyable.
UL packing can be broken down into three subclasses: Lightweight, Ultralight, and Hyperlight. The difference between the three comes down to base weight. Everything in a hiker's pack, with the exception of food, fuel, and water, is included in this total.
The biggest contributor to any backpacker's baseweight is, of course, the BIG THREE. I've worked hard and invested time and money into finding the gear that works best for me while still being light. I've made some changes to my gear since the original post on the BIG THREE, but we'll get into that later. Let's take a look at the three subclasses of UL packing and what's required to meet those criteria.