July 30, 2013
Asides from backpacking with the boy scouts, I have since done backcountry overnight trips in Shenandoah, Glacier, Denali, and Grand Canyon. Longest day (that I can remember) was 12 miles with a full pack. Coldest night was in the twenties. That I specifically do remember. I was camping without a tent in Glacier only to wake up with an inch of snow on the bag. It was July.
I’ve lately been more into the day hiking and hit the woods almost every weekend. Last backpacking trip was rim-to-rim on the Grand Canyon in 2010. After getting the permit, I planned the route/food/equipment. Weather? I recommend not hiking the Grand Canyon in July. While it didn’t rain, the temperatures reached 100 degrees in the canyon. Still, the biggest issue was the weight of the gear, which is probably one reason I haven’t backpacked in awhile.
Backpack: Lowe’s Alpine Contour IV Sleeping bag: Northface with Polarguard Tent: Sierra Designs Meteor light CD
I’m looking for more challenging hikes and backpacking seems to be the way to achieve this. I would definately like to lighten the gear.
Looking for outdoors groups on Meetup.
Having been hiking all of my life, I have backpacked only on occasion. I'm hoping to get more into backpacking and do longer hikes.