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    :banana New Pack, or "What are you doing this weekend?"

    Got my ULA Catalyst Thursday after playing tag with UPS for the past week. I plan on taking it on a 8 mile "break in" at Sky Meadows State Park this morning after I get off of work. No campouts, I'd already made plans to go up to Philly tomorrow(May be my last chance to see the Olympia before they sink her...*sigh*).

    So what are you doing this weekend?
    ‎"You know your camping trip really isn't going well when you find yourself hoping to stave off sepsis with a six-pack of Icehouse. "

    "Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucherm View Post

    So what are you doing this weekend?
    Shooting myself after reading this thread. . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by warraghiyagey View Post
    Shooting myself after reading this thread. . . .

    Good! Everyone talks about the surplus population, it's high time someone did something about it!
    ‎"You know your camping trip really isn't going well when you find yourself hoping to stave off sepsis with a six-pack of Icehouse. "

    "Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin."

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    Hey! I'll be going through Sky Meadows next weekend. I'm being dropped of at Linden Saturday morning and hiking up to Harpers Ferry by Monday. Come out for an overnighter or two and really break that new pack in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cross View Post
    Hey! I'll be going through Sky Meadows next weekend. I'm being dropped of at Linden Saturday morning and hiking up to Harpers Ferry by Monday. Come out for an overnighter or two and really break that new pack in!

    Alas, my plans for the Labor Day weekend are currently in Flux, so it's unlikely I'll be on the AT that weekend(it currently being more lihely that me and my brother will be on the Tuscarora Trail).
    ‎"You know your camping trip really isn't going well when you find yourself hoping to stave off sepsis with a six-pack of Icehouse. "

    "Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin."

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    Guard drills in the morning, then off to REI for their annual clearance sale!! Then its off to Oklahoma for a two day jaunt on the Ouachitas, (Hopefully), then back here to do nothing.. Maybe a short bike tour now that things are cooled down..

    Have a nice hike!!
    "So what if theres a mountain, get over it!!!" - Graywolf, 2010

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    Grayson Highlands loop after classes today.

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    phartaround loading up my gear and leaving sunday or monday for the 100-mile wilderness and some other sections I need up north.... probably take MY new pack from zpack out for a ride on the local fountainhead trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucherm View Post
    Got my ULA Catalyst Thursday

    So what are you doing this weekend?
    testing out new gear is fun

    I'm taking out a group of new Boy scouts to Croatan National forest to hike the Neusiok Trail. We're expecting high waters, snakes and maybe a gattor sighting... sounds like fun, huh??!!!

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    ...working. Planning and fantasizing about a bike tour I'll be doing up around Niagara falls (hello Canada!) next month.

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    .....waiting on my new Catalyst from ULA that I ordered this Monday......

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    You will like the pack, I bought one for doing treks in New Zealand this spring and it worked out well. One nice feature is that you can minimize the volume farily easily for when you dont have a lot of gear. One thing to note is that if you use treking poles you can remove the handloops from the shoulder straps prior to the trip. They are handy when hiking without poles. I also ordered the option to have the load hoop made in three sections, with the hoop out the pack rolls up and fits in my suit cas efor travel.

    By the way, I am going to do the Baldpates in Maine via the old AT through Frye Brook and then doing Mt Mansfield in VT on Sunday. The weather forecast for New England is sun all the way into next Thursday. I expect the thruhikers are going to love it (expect for the crowds in the whites!)

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    What is the story on the road they punched in next to that?

    Pretty spot/trail up thru there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucherm View Post
    Good! Everyone talks about the surplus population, it's high time someone did something about it!
    . . .

    Just readjusting to life off the trail and dreaming of weekend trips back into the trees and the mountains. . .

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    I'll be kayaking around Joes Bayou
    cause it is too dang hot to hike.

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    Loaded up my new Flash 65 for a test today. Love it and can't wait to get it out some more. Working night shift for the next 3 nights now so that's it for the weekend

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    I'll be going to warraghiyagey's funeral and drinking all the brew he left in the fridge afterwards.

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    I am Who I am because I've been THERE .

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    Sitting on my skinny ass, eating fatty food, and playing with the dog.

    <----- just got back from 12 days on the PCT

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    How much weight will you be carrying in the pack? I was able to try on the Circuit a few weekends ago at the NOC in Gatlinburg and it left me with wonder. I had two sleeping bags and 4 weights that was said to equal 25 lbs inside the pack. With this I wasn't too impressed. The weight seemed to be pulling on my shoulders regardless of how much I tightened the hip belt. It also felt like a large lump on my back, however I would imagine that if I took extra care as to how it was packed that may have differed. It did have the internal suspension hoop in it but it didn't seem to help the structure of the pack with this amount of weight. Anyway, I am not giving up on the ULA packs. Seems lots of folks like them, so there must be something that I missed. My goal is to carry between 28 - 35 lbs so I need a pack to carry that... Anyway, I am curious as to what you will carry in this pack since it is rated to carry up to 40 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STICK View Post
    How much weight will you be carrying in the pack? I was able to try on the Circuit a few weekends ago at the NOC in Gatlinburg and it left me with wonder. I had two sleeping bags and 4 weights that was said to equal 25 lbs inside the pack. With this I wasn't too impressed. The weight seemed to be pulling on my shoulders regardless of how much I tightened the hip belt. It also felt like a large lump on my back, however I would imagine that if I took extra care as to how it was packed that may have differed. It did have the internal suspension hoop in it but it didn't seem to help the structure of the pack with this amount of weight. Anyway, I am not giving up on the ULA packs. Seems lots of folks like them, so there must be something that I missed. My goal is to carry between 28 - 35 lbs so I need a pack to carry that... Anyway, I am curious as to what you will carry in this pack since it is rated to carry up to 40 lbs.

    I think I ended up carrying in the neighborhood of 35lbs on Friday. It was quite a bit better than my Kelty Coyote, it seemed as if there was nothing on my back(admittedly the 8 mile loop of Sky Meadows is relatively easy walking). FWIW word on the Interwebs is that people have crammed over 50lbs in there with no trouble.

    My understanding is that the Circuit doesn't have stays and isn't a "real" internal frame pack because of it? Maybe that's why you had trouble?
    ‎"You know your camping trip really isn't going well when you find yourself hoping to stave off sepsis with a six-pack of Icehouse. "

    "Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin."

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