Something came up and I can't be there in the morning. There is an outside chance I can hit the trail at 1ish. If that works out I'll start out at the 7 Lakes Dr parking and take the short way in. Best case scenario I beat you all there and have wood collected and a fire going to welcome you. Assuming I can find wood. There ain't much up there.
1 · October 4
Everyone was GREAT. I'm so damn proud of this group of hikers!. It was really fun talking and laughing around a campfire! Special thanks to Jens an Al, which I was told led the group when I was busy assisting someone in the rear, and to Luis!! for his never ending patience!. Everyone had everything they needed and did a good job following some of my tips on gear.
I can't wait. CAN'T WAIT. To hit a trail with you guys again!
0 · October 7
Jena, I think you mentioned I might be able to hitch a ride with you??? Mariano, I was about to buy a new tent since I havent seen mine in a few years and I think it was fairly large. Do you have anything extra small to mid size I could coordinate with someone else and split up the weight with?
0 · October 2
Sleeping bag, therma-rest
Two person tent
Cooking pot with esbit stove
Base layer shirt
Long sleeve synthetic shirt
Spare undies and socks
1 · October 2
Hey Tom, yesterday I posted that I was leaving from Mahwah if anyone wants to carpool - since then I believe 3 people were added to my car. If so, I might have room for 1 more (hopefully, with all our backpacks?) - lemme just double check how many are meeting me at my house and I will let you know!
0 · October 3
ok ppl.. here's my gear list for this trip.
Sleeping bag+bag liner+pad+tinny ultralight pillow
5' by 7' tarp (for a tent)
Water filter (you don't need to carry one! )
Small first aid kit
Backpacking cooking pot
Backpacking "super cat stove"+ 4oz of fuel
Toothbrush+toothpaste tube - travel size!
2oz of biodegradable camp soap = hand sanitizer
100' of paracord (or thin nylon cord)
Two 1 ltr bottles with water+ camel pack(maybe)
2 rolls of biodegradable toilet paper (for the group!)
Small trash bag (ziplog)
Clothes I'll wear: polyester shorts, wool socks, hiking shoes, polyester t-shirt, ultralight windbreaker.
To sleep: long johns, extra wool socks, long sleeved polyester base layer(shirt)
Food ( I love coocking while backpacking but I'll keep it simple on this trip)
Lunch: 6" sandwich from subway
Dinner: 6" sandwich from subway
Breakfast: oatmeal and coffee
Snacks: energy bars
0 · October 2
I just saw your email about the murder suspect hiding in the woods near where we wanted to go camping. Does somebody have a concealed carry permit and a tool they can bring to blast this guy if he pops up on us with the funny games???
I also checked the weather report and it says some rain on saturday as of now... I know they have a hard time with what the weather is going to be like when we are talking about as soon tomorrow or even later this afteroon. What is the course of action in the event of a rainy saturday/sunday?
Also-- at what rate do you expect us to complete the 7-8 miles on day 1?? I am trying to figure out at what time we will be setting up the camp and cooking dinner... Not trying to do that stuff in the dark while its raining.
***PSA TO EVERYONE**** --- MAKE SURE YOU BRING A GROUND TARP FOR UNDER YOUR TENT... POTENTIAL RAIN/SHOWERS SATURDAY MORNING/DAY.
0 · September 30
I would love to go but live in Baltimore now. Advise...my first backpack trip I took way to much. Don'[t over pack on food...bring something easy like dehydrated soup or tuna in packet that won't go bad, but easy to pack. Clothing no COTTON...it hold moisture like crazy.For pant I recommend hiking ones that you can remove bottom part to create shorts...breathable material, windproof and most can withstand some water on them. Being extra socks like he stated, and re-wear clothing just bring an extra -tshirt or something to sleep in.sleeping bag cover can covert to pillow by stuffing with clothing. For those who need toilet paper take center roll out and decompress (bring slightly used rolled so it doesn't take up as much space).Campmor, REI, Walmart, Target, etc have camping supplies...aka clothing, sleeping bag/pads, tents, plastic sporks, etc.
Have fun. And don't over pack less is more don't forget travel size toothbrush & toothpaste.can also get odor proof bags at Campmor for $9.
1 · September 29
First it was on the 29th, which I accepted. Then pushed to the 6th, which is not ideal for me, but never mind... I re-arranged my plans accordingly so now I have scheduled something else for the 29th. If you put it back to the original date, I won't be able to make it anymore.
It is not the end of the world but Mariano, just go with what fits YOU because it is impossible to make everybody happy :-) and you are kind enough to organize it for us all. I am sure everyone will understand if you have to make a choice that doesn't suit all.
1 · September 9