Minda Paul

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  • in reply to: Snow levels and pack on East side #90441
    Minda Paul
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    I did some hiking near Winthrop 6-28. Looking down at Copper Glance lake..6100 ft it was 50% frozen.

    in reply to: AP: Fish stocking in North Cascades lakes set to end #86547
    Minda Paul
    Participant

    The PI article was printed in the most recent edition of Cascadia Weekly, a free community paper read by residents of Whactom County.

    http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/pdfs/issues/200915.pdf

    Way to get the word spread Sandy!

    in reply to: What’s in Minda’s PCT pack? #85797
    Minda Paul
    Participant

    Well, I have not done it yet..
    Key’s to keeping your weight down-
    Carry minimal amount of water. I used to haul enough water in my pack to get to my destination. Now, I’ll look for reliable streams along the way so I can keep it to a liter or less. Mountain water is better anyway.
    Food-Look at calories per oz. I try to pick things that are 120 cal per oz or more.
    Nomad told me there is a balance in backpacking-being comfortable while you are walking and being comfortable while you are camping.

    A couple of things that did not work out..
    Rei Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles-They were more stable than the alum ones, but I returned two pair due to the screwing height adjustors not working. (One time I had failure in the Sierra’s and had to sleep in a shortie tent for two weeks) I have only had that happen with the Leki’s a couple times in the cold. I held the joint in my hand to warm it up and then they worked fine.

    Water System-I really like sipping from a bladder. I couldn’t keep one in my pack because I found it would either end up leaking on my stuff or it was difficult to refill. I found the platy’s easy and sturdy enough to strap to the outside of my pack. (The 2 that I have I have used since mid May and have travelled 2000 miles) I have a bladder tube I can attach and a regular lid as well for when I was at camp and wanted to disconnect it.

    Pants-I had a pair of Mtn Hardware convertable’s and the mosquitos could bite through them. For some reason the skeeters can’t bite through the Sahara’s. They dry much faster too.

    I’m glad you came to the meeting too. I wish I could get out on a trip with you. I like snow camping-so let me know if you want to go this winter. I’ll should be fine by then. There are plenty of people in the club who like to get into spots tucked away from the masses. If you are looking for company post it on the forum. I am guessing it will catch on so you should get response.

    in reply to: What’s in Minda’s PCT pack? #85795
    Minda Paul
    Participant

    I went through several hats that weren’t working for one reason or another before I modified my own. It was hot in the desert. I needed something to shade my neck and block the late afternoon sun from all angles, but my head needed ventilation with all my hair.

    The poncho was great. In the past I have carried an emergency one for just in case on good weather trips. I’ve needed to use it and liked it, so I decided to get something more durable for the trip. For the most part the poncho kept me and my pack dry. However, the one I have doubles as a tarp so there are three snaps on each side instead of a sealed seam. When I walk through wet brush I end up getting the sides of my shorts wet. I used the hood to keep my head dry, but I tucked the edges behind my ears because of the crinkling noise. I would still wear shorts and a tank top, so when I was moving I was the perfect temperature as where with rain gear I get way too hot. The down side to that is that when I stopped I got cold really fast. I didn’t want to get my warm clothes wet, so I just kept moving.

    The pole was worth the weight just becuase I had the opportunity. I only used it once at Blue Lake in the wind. Had I made the trip another year I think it would have gotten more use. Although I had planned on reduced mile days for fishing I was plagued with either mosquitos or cold weather rain.

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