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  1. Dec 26/08 Pack/Winter Clothing Field Test #2

    Dec 26/08

    Time: 11am

    Temp: -15C/5F Wind: 12 kph, gusting

    Distance: 3 miles

    Terrain: Street, mild inclines.


    Ready Pack (35lbs)
    Poly. hat w/ear flaps
    Columbia winter jacket
    Cotton tee shirt
    Poly. "micro-fleece" liner gloves
    Snow pants
    Jockey undershorts
    Cotton tube socks
    Snow boots


    I worked up quite a ...

    Updated 12-28-2008 at 07:32 PM by dougz

  2. Appalachian Trail

    Brand new to this website so I thought I would post a blog...

    Ever since I was a HS Senior in 1974, I have wanted to hike the entire Applachian Trail. Trouble is, I should have done it between HS and college, because I can see no way now to put my job, family, and life in general on hold for 4-5 months. Maybe when my kids are in college in 12 years; let's see, I will only be 64 then. Maybe my wife would like a 5-month break from me by then (LOL, at least a little bit).
  3. Dec 17/08 Cutting down on my gear

    Hmm.. I'll see..

    Dunno if I want to drill holes in a perfectly good pot.. LOL

    I've whittled my pack down a bit..

    I WAS going to get rid of the extra tarp..

    But I thought, it weighs next to nothing, and takes up almost that in space.. Might as well hang onto it..

    Was also thinking about ditching the Coughlan's emergency stove..

    But it'd be nice to have inside a tent for some heat in the pouring rain..

    Updated 12-17-2008 at 09:15 PM by dougz

  4. Pack/ Winter Clothing Field Test #1

    Dec 15/08

    Time: 10am

    Temp: -22 C Wind: 7 kph

    Distance: 3 miles



    Ready Pack (35lbs)
    Poly. hat w/ear flaps
    Columbia jacket
    Tee shirt
    Poly. "micro-fleece" gloves
    Cotton tube socks
    Old Merrel all-terrain sneakers


    Pack felt good, though I could have gotten it on my hips better, I think ...

    Updated 12-28-2008 at 07:33 PM by dougz

  5. S&R Ready Pack

    jacket, poly. pants and shirt, scarf, boots, snow pants, wool socks, poly. hat w/earmuffs

    Lowe Alpine TFX Horizon 65 pack 35lbs, full

    * to be added


    1 50' nylon rope
    1 100' ball of twine
    1 10m. heavy wire
    4 bungee cords
    2 14x14 tarps
    1 Woods Lite Loft sleeping bag (rated +5C/41F)
    3 emergency blankets


    2 toques
    1 balaclava ...
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