Change in Plans

April 6, 2010 · 3 comments

So I was wrong in yesterday’s post: Katie’s birthday party isn’t until NEXT weekend.  Which means that I very well may spend this entire weekend in the woods.  This evening I priced out some of the bigger pieces of gear I’ll need.  I bought a little pack for the summer – a 20L Osprey Manta – and looked again at a couple of the larger, expedition-type packs.  There’s a 70L Osprey Aether at Ramsey Outdoor Store on sale for $179 and an 80L Gregory Palisade on sale at Campmor for $279.  I’m not all that psyched about spending $300, but I think I’m going to go with the Gregory.

I should be able to get a one-person tent for about $50 – a Eureka – and though I’ve heard pretty crappy things about Eureka tents, they’re what’s available right now.  John (or Jon, I’m not sure – it might be a silent ‘h’), a.k.a. “Drama” on the ADKHighPeaks forum told me on the way down Lone that he has a Black Diamond tent he’s very happy with, so maybe I’ll surf the net a bit at work tomorrow and see what’s what.  Hell, maybe I’ll even swing into the city after work and check out Tents & Trails – I can look at both packs and tents there.  (Though they’ll probably be overpriced, given that Manhattan is both a city AND an island.)  Whatever, it’ll be nice to browse – I know they’ve got a pretty decent selection.  If, of course, I can get there before they close (which I think is around 7PM).  Doubtful.

Anyway, as I was headed into work today, I checked the weather for Lake Placid and it’s raining.  And that state is supposed to continue straight on through the weekend, so I’ll definitely need a tent.  And extra socks.  I mentioned it to Joe when I spoke with him today, but he was already up there.  We’re leaving our plans up in the air.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he called it a trip by Friday afternoon.

I’m going to head up Friday after work anyway.  Hopefully I’ll hear from Joe at some point on Friday with better info, but it ain’t Friday yet.  Our tentative plans are for me to meet him at the Avalanche lean-to site at 8AM on Saturday morning.  I was thinking about staying the night at the Adirondack Loj, but almost $50 is too expensive for a bed for me.  Again, I’ve got to learn to camp sometime.  Avalanche lean-to is three or four miles into the woods; miles which I’ll be covering with my headlamp on Saturday night.  Hopefully not in the rain.

So in the two evenings left to me – Wednesday and Thursday nights – I’ll get my gear together, pack it up, and get ready to head out after work on Friday.  Here’s what I’ve got on my list so far:

  • Packs (big & little)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Warm layer for sleeping
  • Rain gear
  • Food
  • Coffee
  • Juice for the iPhone
  • Extra socks (and for that matter, probably a whole change of clothes)
  • Regular hiking gear (gaiters, poles, snowshoes, crampons, maps, compass, altimeter, etc.)

It’s time to put new batteries in my altimeter and headlamp.  And I need to switch my Murphy kit from my winter pack to my (new) summer pack.  And sew my patches onto my summer pack.  I think that’s about it.  Let me know if you think I missed anything.

I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve always wanted to be the guy who walks into the woods on Friday afternoon and comes out on Sunday afternoon.  We’ll see how this weekend goes, but either way, I’m getting closer to being that guy.  Hell, I’m going to HAVE to be that guy if I want to bag those 46 peaks.  I’m currently 4/46.

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Brian April 8, 2010 at 08:45

What are you gonna do with Christines pussy this weekend?

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Whosyergurl April 8, 2010 at 15:31

Don’t forget your hat.
You lose 95% of your body heat out of the top of your head, you know.
(Or is it 80?)Anyway, don’t forget votre chapeau.
I have the REI half-dome plus 2 & have been very happy with it. I recently saw the updated version and it looks like it is a little better than mine.
Hoosier hugs,
Cheryl

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niceguyted April 8, 2010 at 22:13

Very cool. The Half Dome definitely looks pretty sweet. Thx for the rec! And good call: especially when it’s going to be like 33 degrees out at night, I’ll definitely need mon chapeau.

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