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Ashevillian
02-03-2011, 11:18
I went on a three day, two night hike from Samís Gap north this past Saturday through Monday. Iím sure most are wired a little tighter than I, but here are some lessons learned (at least for me):
1. Pack earlier. I hastily threw my stuff together Saturday morning which caused a few errors.
2. Pack list. If I would have had one (see #1), I wouldnít have forgot my gaiters, footprint, extra batteries for my headlamp and most importantly, coffee.
3. Weather. The forecast in Asheville was highs in the upper 50s and lows in the 30s, sunny, little wind. From the start of the trail head from Samís Gap, 90% of the trail and 100% of everything else was snow covered anywhere from an inch to over eight. The snowpack lowered the temps significantly, especially on the shaded sides of the mountains. Morning and evening thermal winds where enough to up some wind chills. Lesson, I should have brought more clothes for campsite stays. Also, my gaiters would have helped tremendously with the snow.
4. Gear (test and know it first). I recently used a gift certificate to get a new BA Lost Ranger 15 degree bag with the integrated pad (Air core insulated). Needless to say, I froze my butt off in it. Iím taking it back and will stick with my tried and true Blue Kazoo. I also got a new TI 2.5 canister stove. It worked great but, like the lack of extra batteries for my headlamp, I was worried because of the unknown fuel level. Luckily, my fuel and batteries lasted, but it did cause too much concern because of my unfamiliarity with it.
5. Food. I forgot how hungry you get, should have brought more. Did I mention NO coffee?
6. Man, am I out of shape! The combination of snow, whatís hidden under the snow, a skinny slippery path, etc. had my legs and knees aching. I day hike and walk a lot, but the change in conditions and terrain altered my walking pattern were enough to make a difference.
Overall, I had a lot of fun. One BIG positive lesson: shedding 15 pounds off of my pack weight was like a dream.

Pedaling Fool
02-03-2011, 11:23
When there's no lessons to be learned than it's a boring hike.

Buffalo Skipper
02-03-2011, 11:25
...One BIG positive lesson: shedding 15 pounds off of my pack weight was like a dream.

Liberating, isn't it?! :D

Sounds good inspite of any hickups.

Helios
02-03-2011, 12:10
Sounds like a great trip! I can't think of a time I went out that I didn't learn something new. I've always tweaked my gear list when I got home. Part of the fun. Especially when you find you can drop some weight from your pack.

Glad you were able to get out and do this!

Namaste
02-03-2011, 12:36
I agree with all the responses :). You made it from Point A to Point B and have a good story to share.

sbhikes
02-03-2011, 13:52
I wouldn’t have forgot my gaiters, footprint, extra batteries for my headlamp and most importantly, coffee.
Gaiters, footprint and a headlamp you can live without. Coffee? Not so much.

Sounds like a good trip, actually. The best thing is you were a little uncomfortable but didn't die or quit.

bigcranky
02-03-2011, 15:11
You hiked without coffee? But..but..how?

Seriously, I have a journal at home in which I write down everything I learn from each trip. Always learn something useful.

Oh, yeah, and a detailed OCD-like packing list.

Spokes
02-03-2011, 15:14
Couple more shakedowns and you're ready to thru hike!

10-K
02-03-2011, 15:20
It would be interesting to see a thread on how people organize themselves to go hiking.. I think we all forget things from time to time - it's funny, but I also forgot coffee on my hike from Devil's Fork Gap to Big Bald a few weeks ago. Talk about a letdown!

Anyway, my "system" if you want to call it that is that I have this mental list memorized:

1. Food
2. Clothing
3. Shelter
4. Toiletries
5. Things that need batteries
6. Misc

I sort out my food by days: breakfast, lunch dinner. Then I add snacks.

I have shelves in our basement with all my gear organized on them, I go down each shelf picking out the gear I need. I think it helps to have everything well organized so I can see what I have instead of rummaging through a closet.

bigcranky
02-03-2011, 15:40
I lay out all the gear I am taking on the bed in our guest room. Makes it very easy to eyeball each piece and check it off the packing list.

Ashevillian
02-03-2011, 19:12
It would be interesting to see a thread on how people organize themselves to go hiking.. I think we all forget things from time to time - it's funny, but I also forgot coffee on my hike from Devil's Fork Gap to Big Bald a few weeks ago. Talk about a letdown!

Anyway, my "system" if you want to call it that is that I have this mental list memorized:

1. Food
2. Clothing
3. Shelter
4. Toiletries
5. Things that need batteries
6. Misc

I sort out my food by days: breakfast, lunch dinner. Then I add snacks.

I have shelves in our basement with all my gear organized on them, I go down each shelf picking out the gear I need. I think it helps to have everything well organized so I can see what I have instead of rummaging through a closet.

10-K you are supposed to be my I-26 corridor mentor, where were you last week? Just kidding, but you do owe me a cup of coffee!

10-K
02-03-2011, 19:20
10-K you are supposed to be my I-26 corridor mentor, where were you last week? Just kidding, but you do owe me a cup of coffee!

Hey now!

I did offer to meet you at Sam's Gap and shuttle you to any trailhead you wanted to go to did I not? :)

Come up anytime - there are a few < 15 mile AT hikes up this way that make good day hikes as well as a few 30ish mile hikes that would make a good overnighter.

TheChop
02-03-2011, 19:24
I try to have the rule that I pack everything a day or two before a trip. Having it sit in a pack for a day or two isn't going to hurt and it makes it so that I'm not confused and rushed. The last trip I went on I packed using a list I made from the spreadsheet that has all my items and weights on it.

Ashevillian
02-03-2011, 19:24
Yes, you did extend that offer, maybe you could have done a pack shake up to see what I was missing LOL.

mweinstone
02-03-2011, 19:31
my pack is the same every trip but for the choice of motel marmot or hotel marmot.
my two sleeping bags. helium eq and col eq.
my vest and thick underware and mittens and hat are my only other gear diferences in winter.

sir limpsalot
02-03-2011, 19:36
, maybe you could have done a pack shake up to see what I was missing LOL.

he said "shake up"! ...mental picture: sub pack for porn-weight thing in "shake weight" infomercial.

....is that inappropriate? oh well, day off- box 'o wine. see how it reads in the a.m. after a couple asprin and a pot of coffee!