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  2. Welcome to the forum thrifthiker, has been a while since I explored Deam but I don't recall any significant navigation issues in the peninsula area from my trip there, it's a pretty confined area with the main peninsula trail leading through it, and the entire peninsula is only about a mile wide at the widest point. Plus you can camp anywhere as long as you're 100 feet from water / a trail (excluding designated sites that might be closer). I would imagine that if you were targeting a specific marked site, it shouldn't be too hard to find by way of some quick offtrail / use trail exploration. Let us know how the trip goes!
  3. Welcome Jason!
  4. I'm wanting to go check out Patton Cave in the Charles Deam Wilderness in Hoosier NF, but it's been several years since I've been there so my memory is a bit hazy. There are several campsites on the west shoreline of the peninsula, however, the forest department's map doesn't show any trails leading to these sites. Does anyone know if there are trials leading to these, or are they only accessed by boat? I was wanting to hit the cave and then continue a bit north along the shoreline and camp at one of the sites. I've linked to the map I was referencing. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev3_017286.pdf
  5. Thanks for sharing these tips. luckily standard lacing usually works pretty well for me, but without a doubt these are great tricks to know and to have in the repertoire!
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  7. Has anyone done the Chuck Keiper Trail in PA recently? Just curious about trail conditions.
  8. Gold bond has an anti-chafe "stick" that I used during my Marathon days which works well. It's light weight coming in at less then 2oz, and about the size of a pack of cards. Haven't had to use it on the trail yet though.
  9. Lots of ventilation and airflow will help reduce or eliminate this problem. Of course the possibility always exists depending on the weather conditions.
  10. All tents get condensation. The issue is when you have to touch the wet walls or if they drip on you, which has been a problem with my Six Moon Designs tents. The single pole in the Rainbow keeps the wet tent material off your face and feet.
  11. you might also try Sportslick (similar to body glide). A friend of mine swears by it. I have some but have not had the need to use it, so cannot say from personal experience. Here is their website: http://www.sportslick.com/
  12. Hello everyone! I am new to TrailGroove! I live in the north eastern United States (New England) and i love hiking and spending time in the woods. I'm working on section hikling the Long Trail in Vermont and also hiking New Hampshire's 48 4k peaks (I have 17 done). I love hiking, thinking about hiking, and talking about hiking. Jason
  13. This year is particularly bad for allergies in my region. I am lucky in that I do not suffer as badly as some from them but on a trek of several days, they can start getting to me. I generally carry some OTC meds with me but was curious if anyone out there knew of any ways to minimize allergies other then meds? I'm not a big fan of taking stuff if I don't absolutely have to. Thanks.
  14. I forgot to mention that besides using it to pretty much live out of I will be using it to backpack on my off days. The way it works is we work in the field for 9 days and then we have 5 days off, which I'll use to go backpacking pretty much every time. This is why I was looking for something lightweight yet fairly spacious for when I am set up at work I can have room to change and do other things. The rainbow looks like a really good option.
  15. Look at the Seek Outside Silvertip. It's decent sized and weighs 27oz (though it sounds like you'll be in a stationary place, so weight may not be as big of a factor) and has the option for a stove if you want to add one later one. It can get cold in Colorado in the winter. https://seekoutside.com/silvertip-tipi/
  16. Spring has sprung and in Colorado that means drying trails and couloirs packed with stable, hard snow. In go the ski boots and from the closet come trail shoes and mountaineering boots. Sadly, my last pair of shoes died a grizzly death at the hands (feet?) of my extra-wide pinky knuckle because I was too lazy to lace them correctly. Below are my tips on funny looking lacing for funny looking feet. My 2016 Lone Peak 2.5's - ready for the trash bin thanks to a 2" long hole. Fresh Lone Peak 3.0's - they look so helpless! Since it was about time to get down to it I figured I'd share what works for me and add in some resources at the end since everyone's feet are different. I generally have two problems with shoes - my wide right forefoot and slippery heels. I have learned to address these issues by lacing my footwear to reduce tension in the front of the shoe and lock down tension at the base of the ankle. First I'll show what I do on my Altra Lone Peak trail shoes, then move to mountaineering boots since boot lacing tends to be different than glorified sneakers. Keep in mind, lacing techniques only go so far and still require a lot of in-store fitting with various brands. The first technique is straightforward - simply skip some laces where the shoe is too narrow. The tension will still pull down on the front of your shoes but allow some extra width. If this doesn't add enough width, you can try leaving the lace looser there by tying a surgeon's knot (begin by looping your laces together as if you were starting to tie your shoes, but wrap around an extra turn) at the top to allow you to tighten only the upper laces. Skipping loops can add width where you need it. Next I want to address my heel slip by tying a heel lock. The idea is to bring tension from the base of the ankle down through the heel to prevent the foot from moving up and down in the shoe. Regular lacing only brings tension into the sides. I start by lacing the shoe up to the top hole: Next I make a loop: Then pass the opposite lace through the loop: Tension the laces and you should notice more downward pressure on the top of your foot instead of the usual sideways squeeze. I also have the same problems on my mountaineering boots (Scarpa Charmoz), which use a different lacing system and come up higher on my ankle. The first step is easy enough - simply find where your foot is too wide for the boot and skip the nearest laces: The heel lock is a little trickier since these eyelets are open at the back. We can get a similar effect by skipping the laces closest to where your ankle starts: Then loop the opposite laces through and tightening up: That's what I do, but you likely have much different issues so here are some resources that might work better for your funny feet and hopefully something here works for you: A great video covering the heel lock and several additional techniques, endless combinations available on Ians Shoelace Site, and lastly a more British approach to locking down the heel. If not - post in the comments!
  17. I can't recommend anything because I've more or less decided to abandon single wall tents as a whole. I have a tarptent contrail that I purchased years ago. I've used it off on over the years each time swearing I'll never use it again but then I forget about all the problems with it and the weight savings draws me back in. I just used it again for 5 days in the supersitions. Between condensation issues and space issues, and entering from the front I won't use it again. Also I could barely roll over without touching the tent walls which was a bad thing with all the condensation. I could never get it pitched right no matter how much I practiced, much less try to trust it in a heavy storm. I'll be going back to my rei quarterdome. The 30 extra ounces is worth it in terms of space inside, two side doors, I can sit up without touching my head..etc..etc.. I'm aware that there are newer tarptents with more space and side entry but I just can't imagine they've gotten past the condensation issues. Having to pack my tent up wet all the time is kinda frustrating. More power to you people who've been able to make them work for you. I wish I could.
  18. Steve, Welcome from another Coloradan!
  19. Hey guys, for those of you who enjoy my little backpacking films, I'm moving to Vimeo. Seems like a better platform overall. Please feel free to subscribe to me there. http://www.vimeo.com/chrisisawesome You can check out my latest project while you're there.
  20. The east shore which faces west usually overall melts out faster than the west side which faces east. Hikers might want to consider that in their planning especially this high snow yr.
  21. I've also used the oval stretchy Band-Aid Blister Ampoules for heels and the fingers and toes versions. A small piece of Gorilla Tape works if you dry off the Platypus polyethylene bladder first. Seam Grip and regular duct tape doesn't last. https://www.band-aid.com/advanced-protection/advanced-healing-blister/bandages-6-count https://www.band-aid.com/advanced-protection/advanced-healing-blister/fingers-toes-8-count Never leave on a hike without at least 24" of 1" wide Gorilla tape. Biggest gear fail turned into the biggest gear fail because I didn't attempt to rectify a loose faulty zipper slider until on trail on a sleeping bag. The slide loosened up to the point it popped off. On trail I attempted to bend open the slider track on one side so it would go back on the teeth side it had slipped off and squeeze the slider back tight again. I entirely broke the metal slider. This was significant because I was cowboy camping at 13K ft above treeline pushing the 35* temp rating to 8* that night. With the zipper breaking at 1 a.m. which is when I finally decided to stop and sleep already having eaten and in the bag and having an elevation profile before me for the next 8 miles that didn't go below 10,700 ft with dimming batteries in a headlamp and out of stove fuel it was significant. Fortunately I always keep 4 stainless safety pins attached to the outside of the pack. I wore every apparel piece I had, used what I could under me for insulation including unfolding maps, putting my feet into the empty pack, the flat minimalist sized tarp became my impromptu draft tube, and the 4 safety pins somewhat closed the bag's zipper. It was still a fitful night of cold sleeping always losing my warmed interior as a turned from side to side but the crystal clear skies with the shooting stars and Mars and Venus shining brightly and two Big Horn males who walked within 100 ft provided entertainment. Got so cold had to start hiking again at 5 a.m.
  22. I did not. I assume there's trout in the lakes, but didn't bring any gear with me on that trip to check.
  23. Sounds like a great hike and nice photos. Did you fish any of the lakes?
  24. Welcome to the forum Steve, sounds like a pretty good list of priorities!
  25. Hello fellow outdoor types, I like to use nature to wash clean all that nasty suburban living stuff that us modern people do. My name is Steve, but that's just useless trivia you'll never remember. What you should remember is that I love virtually anything that gets me out of the house. With my wife, I have two young children (4 and 2) that I am attempting to coerce--I mean gently teach--to appreciate the outdoors, which at times is easier said than done. I am a former accountant who abandoned stuffy cubicles a few years ago, though I still do some part time accounting work. That's because my new calling in life, freelance adventure and travel writing, isn't exactly a license to print money. But in my view, if you're doing something for the money, you're doing it for the wrong reason. I live in Colorado, and while I'm not a native I got here as fast as I could. I'm usually too busy climbing 14ers, fly fishing, skiing, and hiking to live an ordinary life, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for listening to my story and I'm looking forward to getting to know y'all around here. Cheers.
  26. Thanks! Yea, assume the trail will be buried longer than usual this year.
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  28. Sounds like a trip to remember all around! Hard to go wrong in the Winds...is that a 2 night trip as well? That would make for a pretty quick sample but many of the more popular areas are doable in that timeframe...just depends on what you have in mind and what type of trip you're looking for!
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