Well, this is the last you’ll hear from me for a few days, dear reader. I’m headed up to the Adirondacks this weekend for some peakbagging with my buddy SoloJoe. He’s actually been up there since Wednesday; I think he’s bagged four peaks so far. The plan is for us to bag six peaks total – three on Saturday and three on Sunday.
My pack is packed – bear can is full of food; extra socks and thermals; summit pack with raingear; sleeping bag, crampons, snowshoes, tent and some other stuff is strapped to it. I’ll probably get up to Adirondack Loj around 10PM or so and the plan is to hike in to one of the lean-tos by Marcy Dam. Which is kind of a pain in the ass because I just realized that my headlamp is in my summit pack, which is inside of the big expedition pack. Frig.
I’m probably bringing too much stuff; my pack is heavy as sh*t. I’m not particularly looking forward to those few miles between the car and Marcy Dam, but whatever: better to have more gear than I need than get there and freeze my ass off. The biggest pain in the ass right now is my effin sleeping bag – it comes in three pieces. The goretex shell folds up pretty neatly and the patrol bag (the thinner one) compresses down to just about nothing. It’s the wintery bag that’s thick and doesn’t compress well. But again, whatever, it’s going to be like 35 degrees at night up there: I’m sure I’ll need the warm bag, given that I weigh 133.5 lbs and most of that is bone, sinew and internal organs.
Once I get this weekend out of the way I’ll have a better idea of what I’ll need to camp. This will really be my first time camping – not counting the time Scott and I got hailed on that time we were hiking the Long Path. I brought too much stuff that time, too. Though I wasn’t a Boy Scout, I dig their motto.
I’d kind of like to say that I’m nervous about this weekend, but that’s not really the right turn of phrase. I don’t really get nervous anymore. In all reality, I’m as prepared as I can be. If it’s cold and/or rains, I should be able to stay (or get) warm and dry; I’m pretty sure I have enough food and stuff with which to cook it. And I didn’t forget coffee. I’ve got extra juice for my iPhone and maps and an altimeter and compass. I sort of know what to expect, but not really. I probably do, but I’m just dissembling right now. Minus the trudge to the lean-to carrying my heavy-ass pack, I should be good to go.
So anyway, I’ll update you when I get back on how things went. Here’s (approximately) where I’ll be: