Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22
  1. #1
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default New 2015 Classmate---Danger

    I have been doing a great deal of reading over the past week, and I just wanted to thank all of the members of this site and it's admin for the information and articles. As a new AT backpacker, at first I found the amount of info daunting, especially regarding gear and food. But after reading until my eyes have crossed, I have uncovered a lot that I can use. I know very well that the time, effort, and---sometimes---mistakes of others will help me create and AT experience that will be both memorable and fulfilling.

    I appreciate you all very much!

    Countdown: 284 days

  2. #2

    Default

    to White blaze Danger, while a little slow right now, it is a very active an resourceful collection of people willing to help.

  3. #3
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    Yea, I figured that. With all the 2014's on the trail and all the 2015's waiting patiently, I figure things won't gear up until this Fall.

    I'll go make some more wine.
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  4. #4
    Registered User Speakeasy TN's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-11-2010
    Location
    Chattanooga, Tenn
    Posts
    458

    Default

    Welcome Danger! See ya out there!

  5. #5

    Default

    Hey Danger! If you head down the valley a bit, Shawnee State forest is a great place to find your trail legs. Make sure to get out this fall! Maybe I'll bump into you sometime!
    Awwww. Fat Mike, too?

  6. #6
    Registered User Dahoyt's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-03-2013
    Location
    Central Vermont
    Age
    30
    Posts
    104

    Default

    Yeah seems slower during the summer when everyone is out and about. Winter time is usually when it's booming here.

  7. #7
    Registered User SawnieRobertson's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-15-2002
    Location
    Sugar Grove, Virginia
    Age
    86
    Posts
    1,355
    Journal Entries
    1

    Default

    My goodness! What a kind and considerate post. Well, Danger.
    You never know just what you can do until you realize you absolutely have to do it.
    --Salaun

  8. #8
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    What was I thinking?

    Well, again, I want to thank everyone here for all this great info, opinions, testing, compiling, and posting of questions, answers, articles, and reviews. I'd have already made numerous mistakes and no doubt wasted some large amount of money long before now.

    May Thor, the God of Thunder, bless you all.

    But some things you just have to learn on your own. I have not been hiking regularly for many years (see age of backpack above), and never with any kind of significant weight. So...not too long ago, I preformed a test. I took my old heavy pack (10 years old), carefully inserted three gallon jugs of water (~25 pounds), my summer sleeping bag, and a bunch of old clothes. Total weight = 34 pounds. I set my treadmill to it's steepest incline (10%), ran the speed up to 2.5 mph and walked for an hour.

    OMG! <Can I get an AMEN?> What was I thinking? I had planned to let the trail get me back in shape, but now I'm all about avoiding that painful first week. Oh, I know I'll still be working through some pain. What's that saying, "Pain is inevitable, misery is optional."? I'm opting out of misery. I'll be doing a lot of warm-up for this AT thu-hike next year. I want to enjoy the beginning as much as the rest.

    Mindset reset. I'm checking Craig's List for a used stair climber!
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  9. #9
    Registered User Big Dawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-23-2004
    Location
    NC
    Age
    52
    Posts
    1,636
    Images
    67

    Default

    Welcome to WB!! Lots of info to dig thru for sure! Glad it's helped you come up to speed.
    NOBO section hiker, 1066.4 miles... & counting!!

  10. #10
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    236 days...and counting...

    Four months to retirement, and I am so excited! Like a kid before Christmas. I can hardly wait. Small pieces of gear are appearing in the mail almost on a daily basis. Very cool! Everyone likes new gear. Yesterday, I got a small can of gas fuel for my tiny stove (en route), and my hydration Platypus bag (2L). Along with my summer sleeping bag (for later in the hike) and a couple of other small items, that's about it so far. If I was retired already, I'd have lots of money to spend on gear, but things are a bit tight right now for $1000 worth of gear. So, I'm buying stuff as I can, working some extra overtime for toys. I need to get my pack together for some hiking before it gets cold this winter, so I can try out my gear before I do some colder weather trips. How me and my gear actually function in the cold will determine my start date, I think.

    Just putting out a shout to all the other Class of 2015 NOBO's and SOBO's. We'll be on the AT before we know it!
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  11. #11
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Thumbs up Giddy over gear!

    Yesterday, I got my kitchen for the AT in the mail. Being new to lightweight camping, I'm just amazed at the simple sophistication of this equipment. My wife used the term "giddy". I think she might have something, there.

    IMG_0848.jpg

    Etekcity Portable Outdoor Backpacking Stainless Steel Canister Camp Stove w/ Carry Case, Piezo Ignition: 4.8oz (packs neatly inside TOAKS cup)
    TOAKS Titanium 450ml Cup: 2.7oz (holds stove and homemade foil windscreen nicely)
    TOAKS Titanium 750ml Pot w/ lid: 3.9oz
    (holds fuel canister inside perfectly)
    TOAKS Titanium Spork: 0.6oz (light and utilitarian)
    Primus 100gm fuel canister: 6.1oz
    (hoping to not have to resort to a larger canister, which would be +6oz)
    TOTAL WEIGHT: 18.1oz (just slightly over my target kitchen weight of 14-16oz)

    While I am certainly not trying to revert to gram-weenie-ism, I am pleased with this setup. I told my wife I will be cooking her some dinner one night this week, using my new camp kitchen. For anyone interested, I will report back here with post-dining results. Now, what to fix...
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  12. #12

    Default New 2015 Classmate---Danger

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerdave View Post
    What was I thinking
    Mindset reset. I'm checking Craig's List for a used stair climber!
    Or, if you are near a stadium, put on your pack and just walk up and down the steps for a couple hours each day. Di that for a couple weeks before your hike and that will get you in shape.
    Last edited by Deacon; 08-10-2014 at 13:37. Reason: correct auto-correct change

  13. #13
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    Getting more gear in the mail. My trekking poles and scale (so I can be a gram weenie) came this week.

    Today, at the fire station, I had a visit from Richard (soilman on WB, trail name Ohibro) who thru hiked the AT as part of the Class of 2010. Intelligent and informative, Richard was a wealth of info even about minor details. And what a memory, spouting off names and places visited from his hike five years ago! I had a hard time keeping up. But I did make a lot of mental notes.

    Thank you, Richard. We'll talk again, I'm sure.
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  14. #14

    Default

    Ohibro stayed with us in Vermont....good guy.
    Order your copy of the Appalachian Trail Passport at www.ATPassport.com

    Green Mountain House Hostel
    Manchester Center, VT

    http://www.greenmountainhouse.net

  15. #15
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    I'll make a note in my guidebook, Jeff, and be sure to stop and stay with you on my thru next year.

    Looking forward to it!
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  16. #16
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    Ok, after some consideration, I've got my water filter "system" together. Dirty water goes in the bag, and clean water comes out of the tube. The Sawyer Mini is held in with quick disconnects for easy back-flushing. I can also hang the bag, disconnect the extra length of hose attached between the mouth piece and the Mini, and drain clean water directly from the hose---for cooking, etc. I'll also be carrying a 32oz Nalgene for extra water (when needed), measuring, and mixing sports drink. Trying to keep it simple.

    IMG_0855.jpg

    Leaks would be my only concern. I'll have to see how those couplings hold up under use. O-rings don't last forever!
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  17. #17
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    Note to self: Find something to use as a barrier between the Mini and the Platypus Bag while in the pack.
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  18. #18
    Registered User dangerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-20-2014
    Location
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    Age
    56
    Posts
    365

    Default

    I want to do a shout-out to the awesome people at REI in Easton Town Center Columbus, Ohio. They fixed me up with the last of the gear I needed for my thru---and took a large pile of my money---and were very friendly, informative, and knowledgeable.

    Thanks to them, I am good to go!
    AKA "DANGER" AT Thru-Hiker Class of 2015

  19. #19
    Clueless Weekender Another Kevin's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-10-2011
    Location
    Niskayuna, New York
    Age
    64
    Posts
    3,876
    Journal Entries
    10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerdave View Post
    I want to do a shout-out to the awesome people at REI in Easton Town Center Columbus, Ohio. They fixed me up with the last of the gear I needed for my thru---and took a large pile of my money---and were very friendly, informative, and knowledgeable.

    Thanks to them, I am good to go!
    At least as far as Neels Gap. Then, if you're like most hikers, Mountain Crossings will be happy to relieve you for more of you money and ship home a lot of your gear..

    (Which can't be helped. As a beginner, you need to be outfitter, but don't yet know your hiking style. When you've learnt your hiking style, you always discover that some of your stuff doesn't fit it. And then with experience your style evolves further. Welcome to an addiction. )
    I always know where I am. I'm right here.

  20. #20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerdave View Post
    Ok, after some consideration, I've got my water filter "system" together. Dirty water goes in the bag, and clean water comes out of the tube. The Sawyer Mini is held in with quick disconnects for easy back-flushing. I can also hang the bag, disconnect the extra length of hose attached between the mouth piece and the Mini, and drain clean water directly from the hose---for cooking, etc. I'll also be carrying a 32oz Nalgene for extra water (when needed), measuring, and mixing sports drink. Trying to keep it simple.

    IMG_0855.jpg

    Leaks would be my only concern. I'll have to see how those couplings hold up under use. O-rings don't last forever!
    the only problem I see is that inlet barb, can ya get it on there any further? try heating with hair dryer, or better still warm water.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •