Monthly Archives: February 2012

Comment on Rocky Mtn National Park

This is from Rock Mtn NP, about 6 years ago;  I was going thru my old pix and I had forgotten how beautiful it was. This was at the height of my fat phase, which I account for my altitude sickness on day 1, but was more than likely just a stupid decision to hike up to 12,500′ from the campground instead of spending a little more time acclimatizing. Lost over 30lbs since then and train a lot better.

RMNP absolutely sucks from a back packers point of view. Forget RMNP head out to one of Colorado’s wilderness areas where you can plan your own itinerary and not be stuck at one of the bull shit designated campsites!

My Review of REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent

Originally submitted at REI

The REI Quarter Dome T2 is freestanding tent that pioneers an innovative architecture to keep weight low, ensure high interior volume and bolster strength and stability.

Great tent, Great value

By Slo Hiker from Hampton, Va on 2/6/2012
5out of 5

Pros: Easy To Setup, Fly Works Well, Windproof, Comfortable, Lightweight, Sturdy, Waterproof

Best Uses: Backpacking

Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer

What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven

Was this a gift?: No

Have used it on about 10 trips this year, including 4 winter trips, no storms, only light snow; 1 trip up to the Continental Divide Trail in the Weminuche Wilderness. Goes up easy, very light weight (a little over 3 lbs). I don’t need all the stakes, just a front and rear to hold it down. Huge front and rear vestible. Lots of inside pockets, and 2 nice upper pockets to tuck open the screen. It’s lightweight due to its all net upper, but so what, with the fly it becomes bullet proof. The poles are a little fragile, so not sure about long term storms or durability on a glacier, but when the fly is up it would take a giant storm to do any damage. The inside is ‘boxie’ i.e. the head room is squared off so plenty of usable space. I love this tent.

Setting up camp in the Weminuche Wilderness

Notes 4 Feb 2012

1.  In training for Grand Canyon hike 6 March.  S. Rim-to-Cottonwood-to-Rim.

5 Nights.  Camp 1 – Indian Garden, Camp 2 – Bright Angel, Camp 3 – Cottonwood, Camp 4 Bright Angel, Camp 5 Indian Garden.

Have reserved a steak dinner and breakfast at Phantom Ranch on the return leg.  I know, this is like cheating, ok, it is cheating.  Geardog’s wife Lisa, is taking the donkey ride down and staying 1 night at phantom, their going to sneak me into their cabin. In case you were wondering, the steak dinner in the canyon runs just under $50, ouch.

2.  Geardog and I have 2 more hikes on the horizon, Wonderland trail, cascade NP, circumnavigates Mt Rainier, 95 miles(?) 9-11 days, 1 food cache.  He’s trying to get the permits for early July.

Next up is our annual pilgrimage to Colorado, 4-Pass Loop, Maroon Bells, Aspen.  Can’t wait.

Here’s the link to photos at picasa: