Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Daypack

I made a new daypack and it has been on two hikes now.  This is my best one yet.  My sewing machine is better and my sewing skills are improving.  It took me about 28 hours to sew this.  Faster then last time since I repeated most of my old design.  All I bought for this was thread, velcro and bungie cord.

I'll need to buy material for my next pack, this tent rainfly is all used up.  The material is 75 Denier Coated Ripstop.  I'm having trouble finding anything other than 70 Denier ripstop on line, not sure if that is strong enough.

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All ready to sew up the 4 sides

Summer day hiking list

My Sumer Dayhiking packing list

Here is what I will be packing tomorrow for a day hike:
all this goes into my home made pack

extra socks for wet feet after river/ swamp crosssings
1  pair of gloves for emergency warmth
1  pair of gloves for brush crashing through the devils club 
1 down vest
rain coat
insulating hat (in case of an emergency)
Crocks for a planned river crossing

First Aid / Emergency / Health kit in silnylon bag
Head Lamp
Spare batteries for headlamp
A few assorted band aides
Xanax to keep calm in case of an emergency overnight
Migraine medicine
Diarrhea  medicine (for backpacking)
Thick mole skin for blisters 
Pocket knife with scissors and tweezers
Ultra light reading glasses
Sewing kit , duct tape

Other fun stuff
More TP than I think I will need
Sawyer Squeeze filter on a smartwater bottle
empty 2 liter platypus if it will be a dry hike.

I always have a cup of hot coffee or tea at lunch time
Mug /stove/ wind screen / lighter / ground reflector
Vinacafe instant coffeeHeet brand fuel or denatured alcohol from the hardware store

Trekking poles 
Only if the hike is steep and without a lot of brush crashing.  Poles
are pretty useless for brush crashing.

Ricoh GRII camera 
If I expect outstanding scenery then I bring a
Nikon D7200 with 18-55 lens instead
Delorme inreach or cell phone if there is cell service
GPS Garmen 60CSX with topo map
Extra batteries for camera and gps

Hand lens
Moss collection packets
There might be some things in my pack that I forgot to list..

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Boundary Lakes

Boundary Lake

Talked my youngest daughter into hiking to Boundary Lakes with me.  We had a great time.  Track log is below in case you want to try this road hike before it gets "partially" logged.  6.5 miles with 250 feet elevation gain.  A nice enough walk for being so close to home.  My trail car is having issues with overheating, so afraid to drive it too far.

I'm shopping for a new car.  I've narrowed it down to a Jetta Sportswagon with Manual transmission.  Sure the Subaru Outback would be better, but I feel like they are overpriced.  The Jetta is a better value I think.  My current car has 113,000 miles on it and is running okay but is to the point that I will have to start investing a lot of money into it if I want to keep it running.

It is not a comfortable car and it has very little ground clearance, so even though it's been a great car I'm not going to sink money into it to keep it going til 200,000 miles.

We had data for most of this hike so I hatched a lot of Pokemon eggs.  Had to use the flying camera to find the best way to reach the water.  Sent the camera up, found a good spot and somehow walked right to it!!!  Was that luck or skill or both?

More photos later.


6.5 fmiles with 250 feet elevation gain

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful Meadow

Phil saw this meadow on Google Earth several years ago and he always wanted to explore it.  We plotted out our route and we got there!

Human or natural

Cow Parsnip or Coltsfoot

Can you find Sage?

Phil with his Aplenstock

Stachys cooleyae

Mimulus guttatus

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Old Camp in the Woods

Back to visit an old campsite well off the beaten track.  I feel like there were actually more people in the woods 20 years ago than now.  Back when people did not feel like they were required to stay on the trail and camp in established campsites.

This was a rough brush crash in places featuring lots of devil's club and slide alder on a steep slope.  At least there were no yellow jackets.    It was about 5 miles round trip with about 1,000 feet elevation gain, but it felt like a lot more with all of the route finding and brush crashing.

A good time anyway and I'm sore now.   I've lost 14 pounds this summer and I could really feel it on this hike.  I'm more agile now.  Also my iron levels are probably a lot closer to normal and that helps with the elevation gain.  My fit young adult daughter did not have to wait for me at all on this hike.