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, rt 271 parking lot to rt 30 shelter
Trail Distance: NO MILES FOR YOU COUNTING IS FOR CAMPERS (39.6 miles ytd)
Rain? -- no problem. Wet shoes? -- big deal. Cold? -- BRING IT.
Breezy tree blowing and train sounds? -- OH IT'S BEEN BROUGHTEN.
Man, I gotta get over being freaked out by the wind. Other than that, had a good pace and pretty easy terrain (despite the mud and wet).
Guess I'll go back to trying to grow a pair.
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.
Oh yeah -- untangle the underquilt shock cord before hanging it. You will thank me.
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).