May 5, 1983: It was a comparatively gentle climb for the most part, but I have a long way to go before my body is truly ready for this adventure. The day was sunny and hot, and I ran out of water about halfway through the climb. The heavy backpack I was carrying, and the extra pounds of my overweight body had taken their toll on the soles of my feet,
August 9, 1983: The next three-and-a-half miles were an easy walk through pleasant forests with no distant views. The Appalachian Trail then crossed New York Route 301 and ascended a very rocky trail alongside Canopus Lake. After a couple more miles, we stood on a rock outcrop near the north end of that lake which almost seemed to overlook two different lakes.
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May 3, 1983: At a spot called Three Forks, four miles from Springer Mountain, the #AppalachianTrail crossed a fire road beside the convergence of three streams which had become raging torrents. A blinding mass of rain was creating a surreal, semi-aquatic woodland.
New instance, new #introduction. I started on mastodon, but moved over to calckey for the extra features. Not wanting to be on one of the giant instances, I went for smaller, but had the bad luck of picking ones that inevitably shut down. So a few migrations later, I'm relocating here now.
At any rate, I'm just a guy in the #PNW that likes going on adventures and #travel, #hiking, and #backpacking. I'm also into #Board Games and #ttrpg, specifically #Pathfinder2e / #pf2e. While I've used #linux off and on for the last couple of decades, I recently switched to #PopOS and made that my daily driver. Online, I try to keep up on #privacy and local/national #politics without being overwhelmed or depressed... which is not easy to do.
I've got a black #cat named Nef, and sometimes find time for #baking and #knitting, though not as much anymore.
September 1, 1983: The trail down the far side of Smarts Mountain was in worse shape than the ascent had been, but what did that matter to a man surrounded by that kind of magnificence? The AT lunged downward across more of those dripping, mossy rocks. It took me longer to cover the first mile down from the summit than I had needed to make that final steep mile of ascent.
July 4, 1983: Scattered traces of the old Shenandoah formed interesting diversions in a long, pleasant woodland stroll. After Blackrock, the Appalachian Trail descended to cross Skyline Drive in a scrubby area (one of those old orchards), skirted a small picnic and camping area along the crest, and descended again to Browns Gap.
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June 4, 1983: Standing at the top of that large, steeply-rolling meadow, a rural two-lane curved through the green valley below and up over the next ridge. Beyond, there again were Roan and Hump Mountains and the intervening sweep of balds. The summits were shrouded in thick, dark clouds. Undoubtedly, a cold rain was falling on some poor sucker up there today.
For your viewing pleasure, the short list of backpacks I've been researching. I looke a bit at ~90L packs but eventually decided I wanted something in the 60L range. I have the Kakwa 55 on order and will report back when I get it.
May 4, 1983: I went to bed right after dinner but was not destined to get much sleep. Somewhere around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, the stillness of the mountain night was broken by the long, eerie shrieks of mortars plummeting to earth and subsequent loud explosions.
September 3, 1983: The Appalachian Trail briefly followed the U.S.F.S. fire road before turning onto a paved road for a while. Eventually, the trail turned off that road, passed through some fields, and reentered the woods. That was the point where the real climbing began.
The quest for the perfect #backpacking pack continues.
I went down to REI b/c I heard they had a few Mountain Hyperlight packs in stock I could look at. I tried on a Southwest 70.
Pros: Very impressed with the toughness and seeming water resistance of the fabric. Love the simple design. It made all the traditional packs on the wall look needlessly complicated. With a 25lbs load it felt great. Weight was perfectly distributed between hips and shoulders. I felt I could carry that for days.
July 7, 1983: A ledge just above the AT along the ascent had a 180-degree view stretching from southwest to northwest. To the south, Skyline Drive snaked around Hogback's green summits and followed the Blue Ridge towards Stony Man, Hawksbill and beyond.
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June 1, 1983: Monday night on the bank of the Nolichucky River had been a time of gentle breezes and soft starlight, but clouds had begun rolling in yesterday morning. By the time I reached the shelter last night they were looking ominous. No rain fell overnight, but day broke gloomy and foreboding.
August 15, 1983: After Sages Ravine, the #AppalachianTrail climbed steeply to another wooded plateau. In the middle of a cool dark hemlock forest, it crossed Bear Rock Stream near the eastern rim of the plateau. I took a short side trip to one of my favorite places on earth, following the stream east off the trail for about fifty yards to a spot where the flat ground ends
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May 4, 1983: Dave and I only made nine miles today. We were tired and sore and got off to a late start this morning. The terrain was heavily wooded with no real views, although there were some steep climbs.
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September 2, 1983: The initial mile of trail was a meandering stroll through the forest on assorted trails and logging roads, after which the AT cut through a farm, crossing a pasture and going past some outbuildings before turning onto a dirt road. The next mile was all on dirt and gravel roads, at one point approaching Upper Baker Pond:
July 3, 1983: I descended steeply into McCormick Gap, crossed Skyline Drive, and began to climb the next mountain. Most of the trail route from the gap onward was devoid of trees. The AT followed the ridgeline of Bear Den Mountain to a flat, rocky meadow. The summit area was crowned with a cluster of equipment buildings and storage sheds and bristled with several police radio towers.
🧵 June 3, 1983: The fourteen miles of trail between Little Rock Knob and Hump Mountain traversed one of the most superb stretches of scenery I have ever encountered. The climb up Hump was a bear, but views from every inch of the trail lightened the load.
May 2, 1983: I woke up to the sound of freight trains. One after another, they came clattering up from the distant mountain range to the west, circled the woods around my tent, and churned off toward the eastern horizon. My tent was pitched in a small, grassy clearing on the summit of Frosty Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia.
August 16, 1983: Today began with the final three-and-a-half miles of the Taconic Range: Mount Bushnell with its excellent views, Jug End with more extensive views, and a series of nice lookouts in between. Jug End in particular was outstanding.
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I almost forgot what the clear skies and the sun were looking like after the weeks for gloomy weather.
When I woke up and saw bright sunshine outside, I immediately grabbed my backpack and went on a hike.
I walked along the Camino route through the forests near Helsingør.
Beautiful day with crispy fresh air and frost-touched leaves on the ground!
September 1, 1983: The trail descended past a water source called Hairy Root Spring (I know — sounds yummy, doesn’t it?) to the shores of Wachipauka Pond, the mountain tarn I had just seen from above. The AT crossed a marshy area and climbed over a wooded hill before dropping down to state road 25, another small two-lane highway,
June 19, 1983: A vast open field, Symms Gap Meadow, ran across the crest towards the middle of the ridge walk. Some decent views through the haze into West Virginia gave me the bit of a lift I needed. I made somewhat better time over the last half of the day, although I was still not impressive.
I made a Slatt's Rescue paracord belt. I needed a narrower belt for my hiking pants. It has about 49 feet of paracord. I was worried I needed more paracord but the belt ended up being 58 inches long. It will be easy to shorten though. It currently weighs in at 6 ounces. Slightly less than my leather belt.
July 12, 1983: Not far past the shelter, the Appalachian Trail left the canal path, crossed the B&0 Railroad tracks, passed under US 340, and began the ascent of South Mountain. That is the long ridge I will be following throughout Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania. The climb was not all that bad.
Lessons Learned on the Adventure Trail:
Lesson 2: How to pack a bear canister.
Typically, my BV-475 bear canister was the last thing I put in my pack. That way, I had easy access to my food.
On this trip I had about 5 lb of food. On my first day of hiking I noticed I felt a bit wobbly and kept having to tighten my load lifter straps.
Overnight I thought, hey dummy maybe having the heaviest thing in your pack on the top isn't such a great idea.
@TimKStanton gave me a great Idea to do a series of posts about lessons I've learned hiking.
I learned a lot of lessons on my recent hike of the adventure Trail, so I will start there.
Lessons Learned on the Adventure Trail:
Lesson 1: Don't pack so much food! My leftover food weighed in at 1 lb 4.5 ounces. Part of the cause of this was last minute planning. Also, I just didn't eat much on this trip. I think the extreme physical exertion made me not hungry.
A meditation on backpacking along the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Beautiful #autumn mood, a rustling carpet of golden leaves covering the ground. I enjoyed a break on a lakeside bench with a thermos of tea.
Unfortunately, there were a lot of trees broken during a storm two weeks ago.
July 25, 1983: The ensuing trail was one of the most intriguing portions of the entire Appalachian Trail. It climbed out of the gap over a huge rockslide. There were several tough scrambles that probably did not belong on a backpacking trail, but the area possessed a certain unique charm (if you can call it that).
May 6, 1983: My camera received heavy use this morning, as I traversed another group of scenic ridges with equally picturesque names. The six miles of trail between Neels Gap and Tesnatee Gap featured a long uphill climb similar to yesterday’s and some steep downhills, but most of the trail was nicely graded.
So I'm off to Australia soon (Perth > Sydney > Melbourne) to see if it's a place where I could potentially live. 🥳
Since I'm in the region it's a perfect opportunity to visit new Zealand AND the Cook Islands 🏝 Obv expensive, but a lifelong dream (the Cook Islands, don't really care for NZ sorry). Should I do it? Or should I rather stay in Australia longer?
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Greetings! I'm Bryan, a Senior Software Engineer currently based in Carson City, Nevada. During my free time, you'll find me immersed in the world of #DIY projects, whether it's #crafting , #building , or #tinkering with various tools. I also enjoy the serenity of the great #outdoors often #backpacking #camping and #hiking However, it's the call of the open #sea that truly ignites my spirit. With dreams set on circumnavigating the globe, I navigate both the digital realm and the untamed waters, embracing the freedom and challenges that each journey brings.
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I took this photo on a recent trip. The weather, the colour of the leaves, and the light just made for a really interesting moody scene.
It's also wild, the more you look at this one, the more you see. There's all sorts of very interesting things in it.
It's worth reading the accessibility description after you've have a chance to look for a moment.
Let's do a play on @intrepidhero's "What's in your pack?" post.
What is your pack?
I currently have a REI Flash 55. It's been a good pack so far. It's my first one, so I don't have anything to compare it to. The 55 liter size seems about right, especially with my BV475 Bear Vault. At 2lbs 13oz, it's not the lightest pack. I would like to get one that's closer to 2lbs and can carry a max of 30ish lbs. Looking for recommendations.
Rogers Peak Camping: Day 2
After hiking for 13 miles while trying to create a loop I had to admit to myself I was lost and turn around. I had no cell service and mostly relying on inaccurate non-GPS enabled digital maps. Did have a full sized GPS device in case of emergency. On the plus side, I burned over 3,600 active calories over 26 miles. Was mostly in the fog/clouds so most of these photos are from the day prior.
Rogers Peak Camping: Day 1
I feel rejuvenated after feeling slightly depressed that backpacking season is over (for me). I’m a fair weather backpacker. Sleeping in the Pilot was a lot warmer than in a tent. Didn’t sleep great but still getting used to it. I explored a new road and enjoyed the sun and blue sky. Legitimately warm outside, so nice. After hiking, I got brave and drove up into the mountains to a new area.
Rogers Peak Camping: Start
I’m testing out camping in my SUV this weekend in the Tillamook State Forest. Sleeping in the back with the seats folded flat. Don’t have much other than my regular backpacking gear. Plus some jugs of water, jump starter, and extra clothes in case I get soaked. Plan is to explore deeper into the forest than I’ve been able to do day hiking.
Let's talk about cell phones. They are a great multifunction tool so long as you recognize how fragile they are and plan accordingly.
I use a Moto G because of the long battery life. In airplane mode and turning it off at night it easily lasts for a week.
It's my camera. Caltopo offline maps make it an awesome tool for navigation in addition to my paper maps and compass. And paired with my Zoleo I can send text messages anywhere.
What's in your pack?
Has anybody used one of these from https://www.flipfuel.co/?
"What is FlipFuel?"
"Brought to you by backpackers to solve a simple problem. What do I do with this box of partial fuel containers I won't take on a trip? Now you can easily consolidate your backpacking fuel & recycle the empty fuel canisters. "
For this week's #whatsinyourpack
Rope. I have a numbers of pieces of rope for my tarp and hammock. I often carry a hank of bank line for hanging my food bag. But...
I always have a 10' (3m) piece of paracord for Just In Case(TM). It's come in handy as a belt, to fix a pack strap, hang up a water bag, and in a pinch, add some length to a tree strap. I threw it in my essentials bag thinking I'd never use it and it's turned out to be the handiest thing in there.
What's in your pack?
Three Sisters Backpacking: A.M.
As many of you know, I bailed from my trip early due to stomach issues. Still saw some beautiful scenery in the Three Sisters Wilderness on my very long day. I’m feeling much better so far this morning so it might have just been a 24-hour bug.🤞🏼Very happy to be home. Drinking lots of electrolytes and resting.
Likely I will be conducting an open Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class in the Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, California) area sometime in the next two months. If you are interested, let me know and I can fill you in on details as I figure out times. It will be two Saturdays, cost will be $100 per person. Waiting on confirmation from the group which would be hosting the class location. #FirstAid #WildernessFirstAid #class #WFA #hiking #backpacking #outdoors #ConejoValley #VenturaCounty