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  2. When I became intrigued by the trout swimming in mountain lakes in the Northern Rockies, I realized the tenkara rod gathering dust in my gear room would be a great way to test the waters before outfitting myself with a full fly rod and reel set up. Tenkara is a Japanese method of fly fishing that focuses on simplicity and forgoes a reel in favor of a longer rod length, fixed amount of line, and uses as few fly patterns as possible. Presentation, mindful casting, and technique are emphasized more than trying to “equip” your way into catching more fish. I’d used a tenkara rod in Kentu
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  4. Hi everyone, I am looking to hike the Kungsleden next year from Abisko to Hemavan, but I wanted to address a hiking problem that has almost ruined previous trips. Damp clothes and drying them out. I use a couple heavy duty pack liners to keep the things in my pack dry, as well as separating dry and wet items, but in situations where I’m hiking more remote trails where washing and drying clothes with proper laundry facilities isn’t an option, and rain is frequent, I find that my clothes aren’t drying quickly enough to replace them. I bring spare clothes but I wanted to see if there was a s
  5. Thanks Aaron for reading, and thanks for the positive feedback.
  6. This was a great report and photos. Thanks for the read!
  7. Aaron

    Warmth in Fall/Winter Hikes

    Hopefully that helps. Let us know how it goes!
  8. This past Thursday and Friday, I took an impromptu trip to the Smoky Mountains. Tuesday evening I found a single campsite available at Cades Cove Campground for Thursday night, so with my wife’s approval, I went ahead and reserved it. I spent part of Wednesday packing and putting together a quick itinerary. That itinerary included attempting to hike the Alum Cave Trail on the drive up. The Alum Cave Trail is 4.4 miles long for the round trip and leads to one of the more iconic hiking destinations within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ve been wanting to do this particular hike for y
  9. Hunkering Dixie

    Warmth in Fall/Winter Hikes

    THANK YOU!! Looking into that now :):)
  10. Aaron

    Warmth in Fall/Winter Hikes

    Seems like the rain jacket would be the most likely culprit based on the clothing setup you described. Even though most hiking oriented rain jackets claim to be waterproof and breathable, they still aren't very breathable. Perhaps if it's not raining continuously a wind shirt, which is more breathable might be worth a try: https://www.trailgroove.com/blogs/entry/119-hiking-wind-shirts-and-the-patagonia-houdini/ For hiking in cold conditions I like to have everything setup in layers and most of those layers can be vented as well: the windshirt can be adjusted utilizing the zipper (or
  11. Hunkering Dixie

    Warmth in Fall/Winter Hikes

    Hi everyone!! I have recently caught the hiking bug after a few years of anxiety related inactivity. Quite out of shape now but that's another story. My question is what kind of fabrics are good for winter hiking? I still get really sweaty, especially when the hike is complete and I'm back in relax mode. Last night I ended up with a chill for a few hours even under a blanket. I had on a light rainjacket, synthetic tank and yoga pants with thin nylon pants over top. It was cool, no rain, and I felt fine til towards the end. I hope I make sense lol!! I dont want to discourage
  12. I have done the same thing with a Steripen as well if viruses are of any concern, especially after filtering from something like a large river that’s downstream of a populated area. Try not to get water from a source like that but it can be the only option on some trips. And sounds like a good move - living the dream!
  13. I really like your idea of running distilled water through the filter before drying and storing it. I think I will try that after the next trip. BTW, in November we are moving to the North Georgia mountains, and I'm really excited about being able to backpack right out of my back door!
  14. What I usually do is run a weak bleach solution through the filter when I come back from a trip, and then let the filter dry out as much as possible before storing it. I have learned (the hard way!) to do the vinegar soak, and then filter a couple of bags of water to flush out the vinegar, the day of or before leaving for a new trip. That way I know for sure that the filter is working. BTW, this vinegar process restores the really great flow rate to the BeFree, making it just like new. Also, I generally use the BeFree as my main filter and carry the Mini or a Steripen as a backup. On a short t
  15. Can anyone suggest the best places within North Georgia that you can either sunsets or sunrises from your car that are not well known?
  16. Thanks for sharing, I have seen where Sawyer does suggest a vinegar soak followed by running water through the filter for stubborn clogs / for situations where there could be calcium or hard water build up. I'm curious if you've seen if they suggest running vinegar through the filter however? I know Katadyn for example cautions against running anything other than fresh water through their BeFree. I haven't had issues with hard water deposits, however as an alternative, running the standard disinfection / backflushing process using distilled water (without added minerals) right after trips coul
  17. Aaron

    Altra Lone Peak 4 Mesh Mid Hiking Boot Review

    I could see that scenario unraveling in a hurry! Fortunately I haven't personally had that happen (knock on wood), but I have had laces catch on deadfall plenty of times while hiking offtrail (with a similar result). I always try to secure laces so they aren't exposed when I can these days.
  18. I always do a vinegar soak and then run some vinegar through my BeFree and Sawyer Mini before I leave for a trip because, more often than not, as the filter was drying from some previous trip, our hard water has deposited a thin coating of minerals inside the filter and little or no water will go through it.
  19. Yeah, an open hook would've been nice . . . but I've also found that if those come undone it's easy to get your other laces caught up in them and trip (first-hand experience). No perfect solution I suppose and you're right that once they're on they're very comfortable. I'm hoping to pick up another pair on closeout once they release a new model.
  20. Aaron

    Altra Lone Peak 4 Mesh Mid Hiking Boot Review

    Thanks for the review, this is the only type of offering in the Lone Peak lineup I haven’t used. Would have to agree on the lacing system (same thing as found on the RSM mid I have used), wish there was an open hook there instead of the eyelets, although in my case lacing them very loosely worked somewhat as a work around. Hard to complain once they’re on though - really comfortable.
  21. HappyHour

    Hiking the Theodore Solomons Trail

    I missed the Simpson Meadows-Tehipite stretch due to not wanting to chance the ford of the Middle Fk Kings, so I can't comment on its snakiness. The stretch from Rattlesnake Crossing (!) to Cassidy Bridge is at a similar altitude (6500-4500 ft) and I didn't see any snakes there. The majority of snake bite incidents are 15-25 year old males who get bitten on the forearm. In other words, people being idiots. I grew up in Tucson in the 1960s, and it was considered good fun then to pin a snake down with a stick, grab its tail and whip it around. If you can refrain from doing stuff like
  22. For the last several years, I’ve primarily backpacked in low-top trail runners with Brooks Cascadias and Altra Lone Peaks being the ones most often on my feet. I’ve used both waterproof and non-waterproof models and, after much experimentation, have pretty much decided that in three-season conditions non-waterproof works best for me in the terrain and conditions most common on my backpacking trips. While trail runners have been preferable to me for a variety of reasons – breathability and comfort being the foremost ones – I’ve found myself missing the ankle support provided by boots. Desp
  23. Lakes, peaks, and bugs sounds like a typical trip for me as well. I'd agree that when that final drive to the trailhead becomes slow enough due to a rough road, it's about time to just park and walk (or ride in your case). Thanks for the read!
  24. Aaron

    Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe Review

    Let us know your thoughts if you give them a try! Maybe check out Amazon - looks like they currently have free shipping and free returns on that size here.
  25. Aaron

    Buzz Away Extreme Insect Repellent Review

    Ticks can be tough - I haven't found a natural repellent that does more than offer a little discouragement. During tick season I mostly use the physical barrier approach - tuck pants into socks and try to avoid areas where I know they'll be: https://www.trailgroove.com/blogs/entry/139-tips-for-hiking-in-mosquito-and-tick-season/
  26. Stephen R Young

    Hiking the Theodore Solomons Trail

    I have hiked on the JMT several times and found the experience excellent. After researching this trail one of the biggest problems due to the lower elevations appears to be the presence of large #'s of rattlesnakes, particularly in the stretch through Tehipite Valley in Western Kings Canyon National Park along the Middle Fork of the Kings River past Simpson Meadow. I know these creatures frequent this part of the park as I have run into them in Paradise Valley on the way to Cedar Grove/Roads End from Rae Lakes. Is this another factor of climate change. My understanding is that this trail
  27. Char

    Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe Review

    Thanks for this review. I need a new pair of trail shoes and local stores never carry my size 6. I like to try shoes on before buying but may give these a chance, if I can return/exchange them for free if I purchase online.
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