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 Post subject: Re: Backpacking! Thru-Hiking! Let's talk about it here!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:31 pm 
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As far as sleeping bags, check out the synthetic Mountain Hardwear lamina bags. The 0ºF bag is 3lb 12oz for the regular. You can find really good deals online for them. Big Agnes also has a synthetic bag under 4lbs. I think North Face might have one too. I was just researching bags a few months ago and the Mountain Hardwear ones were the best deal that I found. There might be nicer, lighter ones but of course they start to cost a lot more.

I ended up getting a MH -15 Lamina. We're going backpacking in a few weeks for my birthday so I'll be able to report on actual results then, but Nick has the same bag in -30 that he's used in extremely cold winter camping and it's great. I went with the -15 because we'll probably be winter camping when it's around 0 or above and I wanted something rated colder so I'd actually be warm.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:17 pm 
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Wow, this is so helpful you guys!!! I shared all this with my husband and we are trying to decide what to upgrade first. He might get a new pack...mine is new and has only been used twice so I may have to wait on that and get a sleeping bag instead.

I'm guessing ultralight is more of a summer thing then? Our 4-season tent is pretty heavy.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Also, I haven't trail tested this, but I like the idea of a sleeping bag liner which is supposed to add to the warmth of the bag. Mainly, I like that it is much more washable than the bag itself and I can see myself using it as a shawl around the campsite at night.


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 Post subject: Re: Backpacking! Thru-Hiking! Let's talk about it here!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:41 pm 
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Wow, this is so helpful you guys!!! I shared all this with my husband and we are trying to decide what to upgrade first. He might get a new pack...mine is new and has only been used twice so I may have to wait on that and get a sleeping bag instead.

I'm guessing ultralight is more of a summer thing then? Our 4-season tent is pretty heavy.


Ultralight is an all-season thing, but the meaning changes for winter, ie, baseweight for most people is expected to go up. Just that the baseweight of an ultralighter in winter is still going to be lighter than that of a 'normal' or 'average' base weight.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:17 pm 
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I'm doing the Everest base camp trek in April and I'm so freaking excited!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:55 pm 
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Awesome, JB! Tell us about it! I can't wait to hear about being vegan on the trek. It's my understanding that the teahouse dahl is generally vegan, but that's about it. Are you bringing food with you? Are you going supported or unsupported?

I am so envious!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Backpacking! Thru-Hiking! Let's talk about it here!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:11 am 
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I can't wait now, it feels ages away because I'm looking so forward to it!

I'm going as part of an organised trek with two of my vegan friends. We have been told that we will have no problem eating as the majority of meals served are simple and vegetable based, so we only have to bring whatever snacks we will be eating the same as everyone else. I did ask them to double check and explained what a vegan is just incase, and they confirmed that there will definitely be vegan options such as rice, vegetables and beans for dinner. I will definitely let you know how I get on eating there!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:29 pm 
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Are you already doing some altitude acclimatizing?

I'm thrilled to hear about the vegan options. Nepal is so much on my to-do list.

For me, this summer, it looks like I'll be doing some PCT section hiking and getting a good system together for backpacking. I have most of the gear I need already, but I'm afraid I'm going to want to do some serious upgrading for lighter stuff.

I just signed up for Wilderness First Aid through REI /NOLS. Exciting!!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:52 pm 
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Jellybelly - Everest is so exciting! I can't wait to here all about it.

~Sz - PCT sounds awesome. We didn't get to go backpacking on my birthday because it was 40ºF all week and the trails were mud and slushy snow, but that has just made me want to go even more. I'm horribly addicted to looking for gear deals online. There are lots of things I want to upgrade, even though I know I don't need to right now :) The weather has not been cooperative for outdoor adventures this winter so I've been turning to the internet for my fix.

And wilderness first aid is on my list of things to do. I'd love to hear about it when you've finished the class. I know REI offers it and so do a few other places out here. I should just sign up and do it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:30 pm 
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Funny, regarding the First Aid. I was all stoked about it and then that night at Wilderness Basics Course a nurse spoke a bit about general first aid, complete with slides, and I remembered, I get really queasy at the sight of some of this. So if I survive the course, where we supposedly encounter "bloody victims" then I will write about it!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:01 pm 
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Good luck. I just checked and the REI here doesn't offer classes, but I'm sure the university offers a continuing education course that's similar.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:37 pm 
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~Sz, what part of the PCT are you considering? We're thinking we might do some of the sierra parts this summer.

I also really want to do some weekend trips near Lassen. It would have to be a one-night trip because I can't get any time off this summer except 4th of July weekend.

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~Sz wrote:
Also, I haven't trail tested this, but I like the idea of a sleeping bag liner which is supposed to add to the warmth of the bag. Mainly, I like that it is much more washable than the bag itself and I can see myself using it as a shawl around the campsite at night.


I don't backpack enough, but my fleece liner is my #1 used camping item for sure. Its warm enough to be my bag for summer camping, or even sleepovers at people's houses!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:28 pm 
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couroupita wrote:
~Sz, what part of the PCT are you considering? We're thinking we might do some of the sierra parts this summer.

I also really want to do some weekend trips near Lassen. It would have to be a one-night trip because I can't get any time off this summer except 4th of July weekend.


We are going to do an overnight from the southern terminus to get that out of the way, since it is local. That will be a sort of gear shakedown and may coincide with ADZPCTKO, which I am super excited about. (http://pct77.org/adz/ warning, not updated for 2014 yet.)

Also scheduled: a short Warner Springs hike with additional day hike possible.

Then: Marion Trail at San Jacinto (not technically PCT, but good altitude training)

On PCT: Kennedy Meadows to Cottonwood (Jun)

Cottonwood to Kearsarge Pass (July)

Kearsarge Pass to Dusy Basin / Bishop (Aug)

I'm getting super excited. I definitely want to do longer section hikes, so this will be a good reality check for that.
The longest stretch will only be 5 or 6 days, but I think that will be OK since we have several trips planned.

Lassen looks lovely!
I have a friend up near Shasta, so that will be a plan, but maybe not for this summer.


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I don't backpack enough, but my fleece liner is my #1 used camping item for sure. Its warm enough to be my bag for summer camping, or even sleepovers at people's houses!


Good call! Happy for the endorsement!


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