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Nor Cal Scot
12-01-2011, 6:08 PM
I go at least 10- 20 days a year. Mostly N. Sierra and S. Cascades. Who here packs?

The Geologist
12-01-2011, 6:38 PM
Aye

Nooner7
12-01-2011, 6:45 PM
I do about 15 days a year.

TrailerparkTrash
12-01-2011, 11:49 PM
Me too...... about 15-20 days per year.

problemchild
12-02-2011, 5:29 AM
Used to go all the time. My back is not so good so now its car camping only.

http://www.michaelkdickson.com/oldsite/ROADTRIP/XU6L5286.jpg

acegunnr
12-02-2011, 7:00 AM
Did 85 miles in 11 days back in August with my two sons in northern New Mexico.

Tanner68
12-02-2011, 11:36 AM
Stepping forward....

Ironmany2k
12-02-2011, 2:09 PM
Did a lot of hiking this past year. Most of my hiking is around the Big Bear area and did the section C of the PCT throught the year.

Got Stuff?
12-02-2011, 4:26 PM
No as much as I would like anymore. Spent a good amount of time in the San Bernardino mtns.

wilit
12-02-2011, 5:58 PM
Yep.

cptorrez
12-02-2011, 8:04 PM
i did one trip before. the trail said it was 16 miles, but as I passed each marker it stated a longer way going back the way I came. After adding it all up we did 32 miles in two very long and exhausting days. I would love to do some more trips, help me get into better shape. I have all the gear and live in orange county if anyone is interested


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cptorrez
12-02-2011, 8:04 PM
i did one trip before. the trail said it was 16 miles, but as I passed each marker it stated a longer way going back the way I came. After adding it all up we did 32 miles in two very long and exhausting days. I would love to do some more trips, help me get into better shape. I have all the gear and live in orange county if anyone is interested


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asheron2
12-02-2011, 8:04 PM
http://www.a-trip.com/users/home/3593

http://www.a-trip.com/users/home/6697

asheron2
12-02-2011, 8:05 PM
double post

asheron2
12-02-2011, 8:05 PM
Did 85 miles in 11 days back in August with my two sons in northern New Mexico.

You at Philmont for this trip?

cptorrez
12-02-2011, 8:07 PM
^^^^^ thats a bad *** site...now I really want to start going^^^^^^

asheron2
12-02-2011, 8:18 PM
^^^^^ bad *** site...now I really want to start going^^^^^^

I use this logger because the batter is good for over 2 weeks on a 60 second logging.

http://www.i-gotu.com/

The program can be downloaded from this site:

http://www.i-gotu.com/

You can use any GPS device if you can get the logs off of it, which most are capable of. Just Remember to sync the camera time with the time in the program(atom clock time).

The prgram then takes the times of the photos on the camera and places them on the map matching the timestamps.

cptorrez
12-02-2011, 8:33 PM
I use this logger because the batter is good for over 2 weeks on a 60 second logging.

http://www.i-gotu.com/

The program can be downloaded from this site:

http://www.i-gotu.com/

You can use any GPS device if you can get the logs off of it, which most are capable of. Just Remember to sync the camera time with the time in the program(atom clock time).

The prgram then takes the times of the photos on the camera and places them on the map matching the timestamps..3


awesome...and just in time for Christmas

VictorFranko
12-02-2011, 8:38 PM
Second admission today:
Backpacked my whole life, every vacation until 28 years old, including Alaska.
Took a Caribbean cruise.
Never backpacked again.
I am so ashamed.

mindwip
12-03-2011, 12:33 AM
yep. hiking mostly recently.

westcoastr
12-03-2011, 5:37 PM
Tons of backpacking and mountaineering for 15 yrs...but now backpacking is just a means to get me to unexplored hunting spots.

acegunnr
12-03-2011, 6:19 PM
You at Philmont for this trip?

Yep. Was wondering who would recognize this. Trek 6 which was the northern portion including Baldy. My second trek. Beautiful country.

mls343
12-03-2011, 7:47 PM
I do more "base camping" these days. Fill the backpack up with luxerious goodies and hike it down to a spot. Set up camp and grill steak and have a nice wine. Shoot, hike, and resupply. It's the best of both worlds as you have all the conveniences of car camping without the crowds. I do this about 20 days a year.

Hunt
12-03-2011, 8:34 PM
backpacking, car camping and hiking, BC Canada, Hawaii, CA, AZ, UT, MT, Alaska won't do Mexico! Now it's a combination of family backpack vacationing in cool spots like Glacier NP or wilderness back pack hunting by myself, nothing like taking your rifle and heading into wilderness for a few days.

Fot
12-03-2011, 8:41 PM
This is something I am planning on doing soon.. What's the rules on camp fires? Gotta have fire permitt, can't use dead wood, anything else?

asheron2
12-04-2011, 11:19 PM
This is something I am planning on doing soon.. What's the rules on camp fires? Gotta have fire permitt, can't use dead wood, anything else?

Make sure is is out and cool to the touch before leaving un attended!!!
Other than that you should be good for fire in wilderness areas. Always check with local ranger station if unsure about fire rules.

Sunday
12-05-2011, 8:04 AM
When my son was in the Boy Scouts we would spend at least 30 days per year back packing. I haven't gone back packing since my son turned 18.

Big Ben
12-05-2011, 9:52 AM
Used to do 10-15 days a year, but less frequently now that I have young kids. I still get out once or twice a year, usually in the Northern Sierra (although we did the West Coast trail of Vancouver island last summer - awesome trip). A few more years, and my oldest will be able to join me on shorter trips. Looking forward to that.

MudCamper
12-05-2011, 10:21 AM
Marble Mountains:

http://www.paul.net/guns/temp/fishing1.jpg

echo1
12-05-2011, 8:47 PM
Us, we're "echo1", Central Sierra mostly. About a quarter of the modern crew, 5 years ago. The last few years, we've been starting with a warm up camp the 2nd week end of February, at Kayak Group Camp on Angel Island. In March we turn East and TRY to get out once a month. PAX
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac159/adpax/default/blueholehellhole05075.jpg

stix213
12-06-2011, 2:22 PM
I actually have another backpacking trip coming up in a few weeks. Thinking Tahoe NF, but I haven't tried up there yet. Should be exciting.

Here's a pic from a few years ago during a summer trip
http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/2609/66048111319368931276100.jpg

echo1
12-07-2011, 12:32 PM
stix213, actually about 6 in my crew got Kayaks this year and have been spending most of they're free time on the water. The Stanislaus is less than a mile away and they've been going on a bunch of short trips and a couple of overniters. PAX

Hooligan
12-07-2011, 11:27 PM
Yes, like to go. But didn't even get one trip in this year. Maybe next year...

Gladdis.45
12-08-2011, 11:28 AM
Used to bp in the Kings Canyon area. Did the second half of the JMT a couple years ago. I've been really wanting to get back into it as I mainly use my BP to carry my deeks for waterfowl. I'd really like to start BP'ing into hunting spots.

TheExpertish
12-08-2011, 3:33 PM
I pack, but not nearly as much as I'd like. That should be changing in the near future. I usually pack 3-4 days in Yosemite.

CRACKERJACK
12-08-2011, 11:53 PM
Haven't been for about 6 months. That's about 6 months too long for me.

The Geologist
12-18-2011, 2:02 PM
Sounds like a need for a CG trip. Hopefully the trails are open a bit earlier next than they were this year.

awall919
12-18-2011, 2:04 PM
Packer cheking in. Nothing better.

Nor Cal Scot
12-18-2011, 4:27 PM
Sounds like a need for a CG trip. Hopefully the trails are open a bit earlier next than they were this year.
Yeah, that was crazy. July still had a lot of trails snowed. Been hiking lower elevation the last month. Mostly Ishi WIlderness.

A CG trip would be cool.

Darklyte27
12-21-2011, 11:11 AM
Been a few years yosemite kings canyon
Someone get a calguns backpack trip goin on?
Anyone else subscribe to backpacker too?

Dutch3
12-21-2011, 12:00 PM
Not since I was a kid.

It seems I had more energy back then. :D

Nor Cal Scot
12-21-2011, 12:14 PM
Hey Dutch, I got some easy hike-ins for ya. You're more than welcome to come along next year. I got a lot of extra gear in case you need some.

Nor Cal Scot
12-21-2011, 12:18 PM
Been a few years yosemite kings canyon
Someone get a calguns backpack trip goin on?
Anyone else subscribe to backpacker too?We should definitely set one up. I'll look into it in a few months. The snowfall this year will determine time and place.

Yep, bp subscription here.

acegunnr
12-21-2011, 12:20 PM
Learning how to go light is the best way to enjoy backpacking. Especially the older you get! :)

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/popular_features.html?n=0

gh0stface
12-21-2011, 10:19 PM
I compled the Tahoe Rim trail this summer in 10 days. The hardest part was Desolation Wilderness trek; the combo of 16 miles and a ascent from 7000 feet to 9500 feet really tested my endurance. Backpacking has to be one best ways to get in shape; I lost 30 lbs on this trip(granted that 20 of it was water weight). The biggest problem for me is my knees. I burn up flat trail and uphill doesn't slow me down much, but going down hill is a problem. Most of the problem is I'm just overweight; I gone out with less than 20lbs; the reduction in weight really helps, but I haven't figured out how go light on the extended treks. I'll keep treking; it's good for my body and soul.

mindwip
12-22-2011, 1:10 PM
Trekking poles and/or a knee brace will help your knees. Over night pack should be less then 20-25. If you have an over night bag at 20 pounds that's a good start. Why does the weight build up on extended trips, what things are you taking other then water and food on an extended trip?


I took a scale to all my camping items and found out some really interesting stuff. Like the difference between 2 water bottles was 1/4 a pound. Thats a lot of weight over many bottles. My 3000 cc overnight/weekend pack weighs the same as my camel day pack 1200 cc.

gh0stface
12-22-2011, 3:51 PM
Trekking poles and/or a knee brace will help your knees. Over night pack should be less then 20-25. If you have an over night bag at 20 pounds that's a good start. Why does the weight build up on extended trips, what things are you taking other then water and food on an extended trip?


I took a scale to all my camping items and found out some really interesting stuff. Like the difference between 2 water bottles was 1/4 a pound. Thats a lot of weight over many bottles. My 3000 cc overnight/weekend pack weighs the same as my camel day pack 1200 cc.

I bought some poles at REI for self-bought Christmas present. Three reasons for the weight gain for the longer trips: I take my tent for the extended trips which adds 4lbs-8lbs depending on which configuration needed, I fill my extra water bladder which adds about 8lbs, and the extra fuel and food add another 2-3lbs. I might ditch the tent for rain fly/tarp shelter during for the Spring through Fall seasons. I really don't know if there is a solution to the weight of the extra water bladder; I only fill the extra one up when I need it. I could ship the food to places like Echo Lake and Incline Village to cut back on weight, but I been burnt doing that before. Taking care of all that stuff still won't alleviate the 30lb spare tire I have on my stomachhttp://img407.imageshack.us/img407/5844/facepalm.gif.

repubconserv
12-22-2011, 9:42 PM
Yo. Grand canyon, mt san jac, san gorgonio, tahquitz peak, joshua tree, oak glen quite frequently... a few other places but only once or twice

mindwip
12-22-2011, 11:12 PM
Of course losing the wieght will help but no reason not to pick up a pack.

Your tent is heavy! Mine under 3pounds with every thing. Shop REI used gear sale, or if u don't want to wait Eureka has good solids light weight tents. If you need the water u need it. Can you filter water while hiking and bring less. Freeze dried foods.

odysseus
12-22-2011, 11:16 PM
Reporting in.

WOLFPACK117
12-26-2011, 7:09 PM
I love Lake Aloha in the summertime.

rudigan
12-26-2011, 7:32 PM
Been going for over 30 yrs in the Sierra. First trip was to Ritter/Banner/Garnet Lk in 1978. Hooked ever since. It used to be what I live for. Don't get out as much as I'd like any more but try to get out once or twice a year. Truly God's country. Longest trips were a few 11 and 12 days. If you have not tried it, get into snowshoeing or BC skiing, just another way to enjoy it but way less people and so quiet...

Damn, words just can't describe what we experience out there.

Hope to keep doing it till I fall over dead.

shoupdawg
12-26-2011, 11:03 PM
Please advise if there's a group going that's newb friendly. Never been in my entire life.

lugee
12-26-2011, 11:06 PM
3 season backpacker here. Occassional winter trip. I backpack at least one long weekend every month except December and at least one week to two week long trip a year.

tacksman
12-27-2011, 7:19 AM
Bingo. Even bring my Camera. Mostly California.

fuzz415
12-27-2011, 8:40 AM
id be totally down for a cal guns backpacking trip. Ive only done a few 2 dayers (sinkyone and a few bay area local pack-ins). im no expert nor seasoned veteran, but i can make all that up in youthful enthusiasm

The Geologist
12-27-2011, 11:32 AM
The Emigrant is good. There are a lot of overnighter lakes good for fishing.

mindwip
12-28-2011, 1:07 AM
A weekend in January perhaps?

Crom
03-05-2012, 4:50 PM
I love to backpack. I do a lot of desert trips. Usually trips with no access to water and severe, rugged, unforgiving, breath-taking terrain.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jriafjbQ9Xs/TxXKW5DerVI/AAAAAAABHt8/91lGUnwCGsI/s800/DSC05552-1.JPG

Onetyme
03-05-2012, 5:49 PM
It's been awhile for me. I have all the gear, but what's the use of having it if I don't use it. There has to be some practice mixed in with the prepping and planning.

JCavSD
03-05-2012, 6:48 PM
Lots of hiking and camping over the years, but doing my first backpacking tip in April in Anza Borrego.

Mezcalfud
03-05-2012, 8:28 PM
My daughter is old enough to be a good companion and we are hiking a lot getting ready for her first week long trip in Yosemite.

Ron-Solo
03-05-2012, 8:41 PM
I used to backpack a lot, until I blew out my knee. I still have my pack and gear. Holding out hope that it will get strong enough to pack again.

ko1featherweigh
03-06-2012, 12:01 AM
Not often enough, maybe once or twice a year.

Warrior King
03-06-2012, 2:28 AM
I do more "base camping" these days. Fill the backpack up with luxerious goodies and hike it down to a spot. Set up camp and grill steak and have a nice wine. Shoot, hike, and resupply. It's the best of both worlds as you have all the conveniences of car camping without the crowds. I do this about 20 days a year.

Nice. Hemingway wrote about doing this type of thing in Europe in the 20's. Buy a great bottle of wine and chill it in the cold stream you fish at, and then grill the fish and enjoy a cool bottle of wine that afternoon.

xrMike
03-06-2012, 2:33 PM
Nice. Hemingway wrote about doing this type of thing in Europe in the 20's. Buy a great bottle of wine and chill it in the cold stream you fish at, and then grill the fish and enjoy a cool bottle of wine that afternoon.Sounds like one of my favorite scenes in The Sun Also Rises.

Let us utilize a little, brother. :)