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: LHHT out-and-back at rt653 shelter
Trail Distance: 10 (10 miles ytd)
Well that happened. Got down to 11f overnight, which really wasn't so bad.
Until you gotta go potty. The worst part is the bargaining that goes on for long minutes about "do I really need to?" when you know deep down that you should just get it over with.
Other takeaways: frost bibs are useless for active/side sleepers. Mini Bics suuuuuck in the cold. Don't get water night before -- get it in the morning so it isn't frozen.
Location: Raccoon Creek Loop, THE WHOLE SHEBANG PLUS EXTRA 'CAUSE DUMB
Trail Distance: 22 (39 miles ytd)
Been a while, eh?
Yeah, I know, I know. So many excuses, so little drive. I think it's getting better - I actually went and a) hiked in the hot and 2) FINISHED A TRAIL, BITCH (I have been following IBTAT, obvs).
Yup, I did the whole thing. Instead of just the Raccoon Loop, I did a figure-eight from the east side Heritage trailhead across the Mineral Springs link to the office. Hence the extra. Oh, well (THE CHURNED UP HORSE TRAIL MADE IT FUN THO).
I'm not usually a fan of hiking in warm weather (ALSO BUGS EAT A DICK BITING FLIES no maybe please don't), but this was tolerable. Getting going in the morning and having at least 3/4 of the time be less humid (waht a sentence) helped a lot.
Yeah, I learned you cannot have a twist in the continuous loop where it connects to the cinch buckle. Luckily I can brain enough that I remembered to add a slippery half-hitch behind it so I did not bounce on the dirt.
A++ will hike again but in coldy times.
Location: Laurel Highlands, north trailhead parking lot to decker shelter
Trail Distance: 11.5 (61.6 miles ytd)
So, I figured since it's been several months since I hiked -- thanks a lot, climate change -- I thought a nice, easy, familiar hike would get me going for more ambitious trips this winter. The plan was perfect, except I left one important thing at home: ALL MY CARDIOS. I've done this hike a half-dozen times and this one seemed to be the hardest yet. The climb out of mile 70 isn't even that strenuous, but I was gulping like a fish out of....fish swimming fluidWATER FISH OUT OF WATER.
On the plus side (beside my waistline AMIRITE), altra lone peak 3.0s are pretty decent to walk in. Feet hurt way less than normal after all the rocks and roots. Oooh, and down booties are delightful.