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?!?
Feel free to write and complain.
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.
Location: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, near Seward, PA to Decker shelter area
Trail Distance: 5 miles (5 miles ytd)
So that's a decent start to the year. Stupid warm for January, but pretty dry considering the days of rain beforehand. Shelter 1 has two great hyangin' trees right next door.
Learned that I really need to put things in the same place each time, or I will be unloading the pack completely to find my gloves.
And orange loops on stakes are a Great Idea when doing the final once-over (also: once-overs. And twice-overs).
This is pretty, but IT'S THE WRONG WAY.
First trip of the fall (I know this is late but WE GOT A NEW PUPPY so totally cray-cray) out to Ohiopyle and the LHHT start point thingy. Overnight parking was easy-ish to find (asked directions YES I AM A MAN) but spent a nice hour wandering along the great Allegheny Passage looking for the LHHT access.
D'OH it was the other way across the railroad tracks, behind a bar down a gravel road OBVIOUSLY.
So I had 4 hours of light left to make it ~7 miles or so to the shelter. This would have been easier if I had anything like cardio going for me. Infarction Incline was tough enough, let alone Heart Attack Hill.
I actually made it before dark, but finding trees to hang the hammock from took for evs. Glad it wasn't rainy or I woulda been....rained on (I AM A CODER NOT A WORD PERSON).
Lessons learned this go around:
I am sure these will all need to be repeated ad infinitum until they sink in.
The next morning was a lot easier but it took a lot longer. And I think I got lapped by a trail runner.