This meet up is for 12 people only. DO NOT SIGN UP IF you are not sure you can attend. (holding a spot until you figure out if something better is going to come along is rude and selfish) DO NOT SIGN UP IF you have not completed a hike of more then 7miles in the recent past. I have attempted this climb three times now and each time one or more hikers have been unable to keep up with the group leaving me behind with them. That will not happen this time. DO NOT SIGN UP IF you are going to ask me what time we are going to be back. This is an all day hike. DO NOT SIGN UP IF you stopped reading this description as I am sick of answering questions that I have taken the time to write out.
HIKE STATS This hike is a steady up hill climb
Distance:9 miles Elevation Gain:2500 feet Hike Time:5+ hours Difficulty:Moderate Trail Condition:Well maintained trail Hike Type: Out and Back
WHAT TO BRING BESIDES A GREAT ATTITUDE
- Common Sense - Good judgment saves more people than any equipment. Poor judgment kills. If dark clouds are approaching, go home. If your heel feels hot, stop hiking. Obey signs and guidelines and think about what you are going to do before you do it. The word "touron" is used by National Park employees - it is a combination of "tourist" and "moron" - don't be one.
This includes having your trek plan and leaving a copy of it with a friend at home.
- Pack - I use a large Camel Bak but you can use what you need but, make sure it is good quality and comfortable.
- Map & Compass - Whether you've been on this trail 50 times or this is your first, there is always a chance of getting lost. Unexpected injuries, bad weather, a closed trail, wild animals may all require an immediate change in route.
A compass is not like an insurance policy - just having it does you no good. You have to know how to use it properly along with reading your map correctly so you can stay on course or get back on course. Having just a compass or just a map is not good enough; treat them as a single team.
- Water - One quart of water weighs 2 pounds. That's why so many people don't bring enough water on hikes. But, you need at least 3 quarts per day. It's a good idea to drink plenty of water before your hike to get your body well hydrated.
- Flashlight - Even if you start hiking at 6:00am and will be finished by 11:00am, still take your flashlight. An injury or bad weather can easily keep you out through the night. LED headlamps are very bright, very small, inexpensive, and last a long time.
- Food - Your body will expend lots of energy hauling you all over the hills. Continually snacking throughout the hike is a good way to keep the tank full and the motor running. If you wait to drink when you feel thirsty and wait to eat when you feel hungry, your body will already be in need. It's better to drink and eat a bit often throughout the day to stay strong.High energy, compact foods are good choices because they take up little space. You should carry at least 2000 calories of food.
- Raingear & Clothes - A $1.00 plastic poncho is fine for quick protection from a passing thunderstorm. If you are a summer hiker at low elevations, then that's probably all you need for rain. But, rain in the mountains can feel more like ice up there and the implications of not being prepared can be deadly. I always take a good raincover with hood I can wear the extra layer to stay warm when the temperature drops, to stay dry in fog and dampness, and to shed rain or snow. The pants are critical and often overlooked. Extra clothes need to be kept dry so you should put them in a big ziploc. Include at least a hat, pair of socks, polypropylene long underpants and undershirt. Avoid cotton clothes.
- Firestarter & Matches - I always have matches in a canister, and a cigarette lighter That way I can get warmth if I get caught in a bad situation.
- First Aid Kit - a small kit with basic supplies like moleskin, tweezers, bandaids, antiseptic wipes, gauze pad, and tape is adequate for most problems.
- Knife Make sure your knife is sharpened before you leave home. A pocketknife with a 3 inch blade is fine - no need for a big Bowie knife.
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen - Sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brim hat really should be worn when you are hiking all day.
- Whistle - All you need to do is blow air. Even if both your legs are broken and you are at the bottom of a cliff, you can still use it and the sound of a whistle can carry far to rescuers.
- Insect Protection -
- Key & License - I leave all my pocket junk locked in my car except for my identification and key.
- Nylon cord - There are too many uses to list for a piece of thin cord, from making a new shoelace to an emergency shelter. It's just a good piece of insurance.
- Trash Bag - Roll up a heavy-duty lawn bag for emergencies. There are lots of potential uses and it takes little space.
- Toilet Paper and a ziplock baggie to put your used paper in.
- Poles Hiking pole(s) will help with the down hill
Dogs are allowed on this trail. I will insist they stay on leash at ALL TIMES. I don't care if you think you know your dog. I recently hiked with a person who had been hiking for many years with her dog off leash and her dog took off and we did not find him. (we spent 6hrs looking, waiting and crying) I don't want to do that ever again. Of course we clean up after our dogs please don't make me have to ask you to do that.