why?

I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?

So check back weekly for all the smrt missives! And the dumb tweets!

Also hiking things!

Feel free to write and complain.

one day at a time
19 April 2017

Yup, down thattaway. Sure it's fine.

Date: 04/01/2017

Location: Oil Creek State Park, park office to Wolfkiel shelter

Trail Distance: 18.1 miles (39.6 miles ytd)

That was pretty but boy-howdy I am glad I waited a day to not do this trail in the pouring rain FOR IT WAS A MUDDY BOG SCAPE ANYWHO. Saw lots of trail runners who were out doing their running thing. I enjoyed the refreshing breeze as they flew by.

What I learned this time is that you shouldn't hang the tarp too close to the hammock or it'll get dewy soaked.

Dewy Soaked is a great band name

Oh yeah -- untangle the underquilt shock cord before hanging it. You will thank me.

more stroud
12 April 2017

Bushcraft is mostly  building forts and making spoons. 

back to the grind
5 April 2017

Evidently pacing back and forth is insufficient cardio.

can you spare....?
29 March 2017

Ever have your laser printer just randomly stop printing before the sheet is fed through? Does it keep doing it, even after changing toner and doing your regular troubleshooting?

Try printing from a different source.

My Brother laser was stopping when printing my backpacking checklist from geargrams.com. Did it several times in a row. So I printed the list to a PDF file, then printed from THAT.

Bingo no problem.

oxford is for shoes
22 March 2017

I am more of an Appalachian State comma guy, myself.

blair whatnow
15 March 2017

Nothing to worry about. I am sure this is a natural occurence.

cuppa
8 March 2017

You can't even see the remote...

Date: 02/26/2017

Location: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, 271 trailhead to Decker shelter area

Trail Distance: 16.5 miles (21.5 miles ytd)

So that was nice. Still haven't learned to drink enough water when I stop hiking for the day. I'm older, so I will be getting up MULTIPLE times during the night to pee, so why not make it worth it?

And if you're cold, get up and adjust the underquilt. It always makes a big difference.

Finally figured out how to use the trekking poles effectively (thanks to this fella). Felt a lot stronger going up hill instead of having to pant for breath every 30 yeards. MADE IT 60 YARDS NOW.

IT TOTALLY GREW THAT WAY

idles of march
1 March 2017

My dog's favorite toy is....a cherry tomato.