posted by admin on April 22, 2010 15:42 as General
I had another good run in with someone today when I stopped to grab something to eat and take a break. As usual the back pack seems to invite questions which is great because there is enough time during the day where I don't get to talk to anyone.
He asks "Are those ski poles?" (again) and "Where you going with em?". So I tell him I am going camping and I use the trekking poles when I am back packing. During the next few minutes I explained to him that I was carrying all my gear that I needed with me in my back pack to camp with. He seemed a little skeptical and maybe a little impressed that you could do such a thing.
So the questions continued on and he noticed my GPS and asked if I had one of those "beacon things" on it. After he explained ...>> full
posted by admin on April 20, 2010 16:49 as General
I think I have been asked "are those ski poles?", "are you going skiing?" or my favorite "so where are you going golfing?" about once a day. Well kind sir, I think I am going to take my back pack and go golfing on Neptune, it's great golfing weather up there right now. To be clear I have only been asked the golfing question once though but it was pretty hard not to start laughing. The golfing guy turned out to be a pretty good guy though and we had pretty good chat. Once he found out it was a back pack and not a golf bag he was interested on hearing about the trip.
The ski questions come from people seeing the trekking poles which I will admit look pretty similar to ski poles but it still seems like an odd question to get so often. I have a ...>> full
posted by admin on April 19, 2010 8:34 as General
I headed out on Friday and the conditions were rough. It had rained the night before and then the sun came out hot and it was hot and muggy. After the end of the day I re-thought my packing and stopped at a post office on the way the next day and mailed things back home. Being able to carry seventy pounds and being able to carry seventy pounds for long periods of time are different things. I figured eventually I would end up losing that battle. The weight would stay the same on heavy load times but eventually I would wear out. So I took care of the weight issue sooner than later.
With removing things I am adjusting what I was planning. I knew I would be making adjustments so I at least expected it. Video's are gone, I decided I didn't want to carry the weight. So I ...>> full
posted by admin on April 19, 2010 8:09 as General
The trip down to the trail was good just a wait at the airport and then a car drive down. It was dark when I arrived and I decided to set the tent up in the dark rather than use the car lights to set it up. I figured I might as well get used to setting it up at night and I would rather practice that while it is not raining. Setting the tent up without daylight probably only took an extra five minutes, no big.
The Cape Henlopen park is a really nice place I would have stayed there a couple of extra days if I had known. There is the ocean and the forest all together. There were lots of birds and I saw a few lizards and squirrels. There were tracks of deer and raccoon but I didn't see either of them. There was also one huge ...>> full
posted by admin on April 13, 2010 12:18 as General
I am leaving tomorrow for the trail head and just wrapping last minute details today. I will have Thursday at the campground to get my gear packed for hiking and get ready in general to head out Friday morning. I have to pack differently for the plane and for hiking.
My gear weight will cycle from 70 pounds (brutal) to 45 pounds (no problem) every 7 days. I have carried 70 pounds before but it is going to be tough no doubt about it. My food weighs in at about 25 pounds so my weight goes down by around 3.5 pounds per day. I will see how much I am eating and I might be able to shave some weight off there, maybe 5 pounds. With the exertion I have a feeling that I will be pretty hungry though.
Overall my gear is down to the bare bones of what I ...>> full