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Re: i've had enough

Postby russb » Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:17 am

WAs that said with the homer simpson voice? hahaha

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Re: i've had enough

Postby Mags » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:01 pm

I go ultralite (sub 10lbs) so I don't have to resupply as much!

By having 10lbs BPW, I can do a 10 day food carry very easily.

I remember going 10 days in the high sierra (220 miles) w/o a resupply. It was the highlight of my backpacking career. Not crossing a road or going into town for days..wow!

A similar stint was done in the Wind River Range - 8 days.

If I had traditional gear, it would be extremely difficult to carry that much food AND gear.

The main reason why I go lightweight is that I am a hiker, not a camper. I *LOVE* to walk all day. The simple act of walking. Going from sun up to sun down and following the pattern of the day. If I was more a camper, I'd take heaver gear. But I want to walk all day, and repeat.

There is nothing wrong with backpacking more for camping than hiking, I've done it myself. It can be fun.

But my love is simply walking. And by going light, I can easily walk all day, every day, for months.

I love it...
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Re: i've had enough

Postby hoz » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:24 pm

Mags wrote:A similar stint was done in the Wind River Range - 8 days.
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How about letting us see your gear list and weights? 10 lbs pack weight is VERY light.

Where did you hike in the Winds? I spent several years climbing there in the mid 70's-80's.

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Re: i've had enough

Postby Mags » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:18 pm

http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php/B ... ar_cc.html

:)

Or for less of a smart acre:

http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php/B ... -List.html

I need to update it a bit for my 2008 gear.


I did the CDT through the winds, so part of the 8 days were from just outside the winds to South Pass City:
http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php/c ... &g2_page=2


I've also done two previous trips there:
Cirque of the Towers (of course!)
http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php/c ... temId=8720

The trip to the Shoshone/Arapaho reservation was by far the best. FAR off the beaten path with "trails" that are really not much better than game trails.
Awesome!
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Re: i've had enough

Postby hoz » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:30 am

The Cirque...Oh Yeah. We climbed every peak there with the exception of War Bonnet and Wolfs Head. (Got within 50' of the summit when an electrical storm came through and verglas started coating the rock. Our hair stood on end and we had to take the elevator down.) Lots of good memories.

I never got into the Rez. In the mid 70's there was a big Indian movement to keep white asses out. We were told not to try.

I did meet Finis Mitchel, twice. Once on the way into Big Sandy and several years later near Photograph Point. He was quite a character. His first words to me were, "Howdy, don't you know who I am?"

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Re: i've had enough

Postby Mags » Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:43 pm

re: Finis Mitchell

I must confess to having to google him. My outdoor "career" started somewhat late I'm afraid.
Seems like the Norm Clyde of the Winds...and an looks like an equably remarkable person to meet.
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Re: i've had enough

Postby hoz » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:56 am

Finis was either loved or hated depending on your viewpoint. Some locals in Pinedale considered him a "blowhard", others the Godfather of Wind River tourism. There is no denying he and his family single handedly jump started the trout fishing industry in the Winds. His lifelong solo hiking adventures are admired. I read he would load a pack with 50lbs of gear and food and spend up to 17 days out.

I wonder what he could have done using lightweight principles?

I took a look at your gear list and like your outdoor sense. Why spend a hundred dollars when 10 will do the same thing? Too many hikers today spend high money on equipment that has been sold strictly on buzz or brand name.

I like to say they have more "dollars than cents".

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Re: i've had enough

Postby Mags » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:44 pm

Like most passioante people, he probably had an equal share of detractors and supporters (Ray Jardine anyone? :D)

As for my gear, yeah, I buy expensive when it makes sense (sleeping bag), but go dirtbag when I can, too.

Basically, I use gear to play outdoors. I don't play outdoors so I can use gear. :)
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Re: i've had enough

Postby DarenN » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:11 pm

Mags wrote: dirtbag when I can,

I use gear to play outdoors. I don't play outdoors so I can use gear. :)


Hear Here!!

positively profound!!

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Re: i've had enough

Postby zelph » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:13 pm

As for my gear, yeah, I buy expensive when it makes sense (sleeping bag), but go dirtbag when I can, too.


Sleeping Bag, get the best, spend the bucks ;)
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