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    [–] After many many failures, I finally won a permit to The Wave (Arizona) [4016 × 4684] [OC] Middleagedaccountant 23 points ago in EarthPorn

    You may be interested to know that one of the three, Alexey Lyakh, continuing such antics, fell off a waterfall in Squamish recently, and is now quite dead.

    [–] To solar panel or not to solar panel, my ultimate rabbit hole question. Help! Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in JMT

    I did a NOBO starting early June and took a 10,000 Anker. I used Guthooks during the day, listened to music for hours each day, podcasts at night, and used my phone for pictures and video, and sometimes as a flashlight. I brought an iPod nano and an iPhone 6. I never came close to draining the Anker battery, and I started in Cottonwood Lakes and only resupplied twice (Kearsarge and Red's Meadows). I think it was half full both times I hit town. I would have had no need for a solar panel.

    [–] How many miles out of a pair of Altras? Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in Ultralight

    No, it wasn’t annoying and I really only noticed it after.
    Here’s my shoe:
    https://m.imgur.com/a/DMyHD5E

    [–] How many miles out of a pair of Altras? Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in Ultralight

    My nearly new 3.5 Loan Peaks got heel collapse on my June JMT this year. No regrets though. I had zero foot problems, and that’s worth every penny.

    [–] Backpacking Stove/cookware for 3-4 day hike Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in backpacking

    I have an MSR Windburner and a Pocket Rocket 2 and prefer the Windburner. It's more efficient than the open-flame Pocket Rocket, and I get about 8 days out of the small fuel can (breakfast and dinner for one). And for freeze dried food, I think making it directly in the Windburner is better than using the foil package. Less mess, and the insulated pot stays warm.

    The Windburner is a heavier set-up than the Pocket Rocket with a titanium pot, but not by much if you add a windscreen and a cup.

    But it's really only a water boiler. It doesn't simmer well. So it depends what you're cooking.

    [–] Thinking of converting my quilt into a sleeping bag Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in Ultralight

    I tried with a variety of clothing, but mostly merino base layer. On a couple nights I wore my puffy. And always a hat. And I always ate a big meal about an hour before bed. And I was in a FlyCreek with the fly zipped.

    I wasn’t over cold so much as awakened by drafts. I think after walking long days, I toss more as my legs rest up. I was definitely generating lots of heat.

    Maybe you’re right and I should just sell the EE quilt rather than butcher it.

    [–] Thinking of converting my quilt into a sleeping bag Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in Ultralight

    Thanks! I do think the EE quilt would be fine in warm conditions. If the width doesn’t work, I could also just sell it and get a proper light mummy.

    [–] Glen pass and Rae Lakes Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Try following Saunter Beyond and lifeoft on YouTube. They should be there about now. I'm heading into Horseshoe Meadows on Saturday, and I am using their vlogs to gauge the conditions.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    I’m glad you’re telling me all this!

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Woo-hoo! I’ll make up for it on my second, third, and fourth.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Will do! Lots of oatmeal, I hear. I wonder if MTR will have their hiker boxes out. They aren’t expected to open until a week after I pass by.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Yeah, I’m definitely riding the ferry. I’m section hiking, with no fixed goals, and a flexible agenda.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Yeah, I think you’re right. Splitting it up also gives me more time to do Whitney. You’ve changed my mind. Thanks for that.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    I'm starting in Horseshoe Meadows, and I heard Independence doesn't have much for hikers. You're suggesting Kearsarge - Onion Valley (7 miles) and hitch hiking to Bishop? (I thought people got to Bishop using Bishop Pass Trail to South Lake (12 miles), then Hwy168). Hitching makes sense since Bishop has a grocery store.

    [–] VVR for re-supply Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Thanks for this. I did check and VVR is expected to open mid-May. MTR may not be open until June 23rd, or I could have resupplied there. I'm getting to VVR after a very long carry from Horseshoe Meadows / Cottonwood Lakes. (I want to avoid resupplying using Kearsarge Pass & Independence). I'm not fast, so that's likely a 9 day stretch for me.

    [–] Early June NOBO questions Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in JMT

    It’s actually a train from LA Union Station to Lancaster, then a bus up 395. Bus doesn’t run on the weekend though.

    https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Los-Angeles/Lone-Pine

    [–] What hikes are you planning for the summer? Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in Ultralight

    I’m starting NOBO from Cottonwood Lakes on June 3rd, and finishing the 25th or so. If you message me after that, I’ll let you know!