Archive

Posts Tagged ‘gear’

Smoky Mountains, Rainy Weather, Ramsay Cascades Hike (Day 91)

October 18th, 2009 4 comments

It’s sort of amazing to me how much weather determines my mood. And you’d think that someone who grew up in the Seattle area would be okay with being rained on constantly, no-visibility skies, and temperatures in the low-50s. Nope. Ah, well.

Picked up my bro in Knoxville Wednesday night, slept in a Holiday Inn Express in Kodak or Sevierville (one may be a subset of the other), then trucked on down to the Ramsay Cascades trailhead in the northeast part of the park. It was an eight-mile out-and-back with a 2,400-foot elevation gain.

ramsay_little-pigeon-riverWhen it rains this much, the Little Pigeon grows up a little.

ramsay_log-bridge-telkontarA Telkontar sighting.

ramsay_ramsay-cascadesFor want of a telefoto lens, the best shot available of the falls.

ramsay_warning-signWe weren’t next.

ramsay_path-and-treesWenn von Nebel frei die Bahn!

ramsay_log-bridgeLog bridge on the way back down.

The rivers were awesome and the falls apparently relatively big — I’ve found some other photos online wherein the water coming off them is a lot less than we saw. I guess the rain *is* good for something. I was pretty soaked — as much from sweat as from rain — but lived to fight another day. Some website designated this trail as “difficult”, but that website, whatever one it was, is crazy. Or at least its author has a different definition for “difficult” than I do. Or maybe I’m just in that good of shape.

And then we decided we were wet enough that we didn’t need to prove anything by also camping in such weather. Fortunately, Pigeon Forge offers plenty of cheap hotels. Unless you plan on staying Friday or Saturday night.

bkd

PS, I’m staying in the Brick House Campground in South Carolina right now and it is the best Verizon data connection I’ve had through my MiFi the entire trip. Could some physicist out there please explain?

Fort Raleigh, Then Durham (Day 89)

October 16th, 2009 1 comment

North Carolina strikes me as a lovely place to live, but kind of an odd place to visit. Heading west from the Outer Banks, I figured Ft. Raleigh sounded interesting enough. I always wondered about those Croatoan people, so — right. Here’s what there is to see at Ft. Raleigh:

fort-raleighAnd a fine location for Frisbee golf, too!

Yeah, well, I suppose I knew it was a lost colony. From there, headed west to Durham, where they have the REI. Having finally tired of my GPS’s incompetencies, I took it back. I’m starting to see a lot of upside to REI. I had that thing misguiding me throughout the country for 2.5 months, but REI had no problem taking it back. Go REI!

For dinner, met up with my ol’ Clarion buddy Alex in Carrboro, where we had some great detox food at the co-op.

Then I drove out to Statesville where I found a surprisingly clean hotel, with breakfast, for $29.99+tax. Go Statesville!

bkd

Road Trip Packing List!

June 3rd, 2009 8 comments

I put together a preliminary packing list a few weeks ago. It’s time to revisit it, I think, but for the sake of adding some visual flair to the site, here’s this:

My hand, posing with my handwritten packing list.

My hand, posing with my handwritten packing list.

Y’know, since creating this list, it’s occurred to me that it’d be real romantic and cool-like to bring as little as possible. I’m not sure what’s going to win out. I got a few weeks still. Maybe also note that I’m mostly camping on this trip, and hiking. Here’s what the above says (with cross-outs where I’ve altered plan).

  • Tent & Footprint
  • Happy Sleeping Bag (as opposed to the unhappy one, also known as…)
  • Nylon Sleeping Bag (aka, the expensive, lightweight one that I hate)
  • Inflatobed/Cot (or both)
  • Stove (+ Backpacking Stove?)
  • Fry Pan
  • Sauce Pan
  • Lantern
  • Water Jug
  • Cooler
  • Utensils
  • Flashlight
  • Hatchet
  • Mallet
  • Day Pack
  • Overnighter Pack
  • Rope
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Camera (Point & Shoot)
  • DSLR
  • Power Inverter
  • Laptop
  • Kindle (yes, the reading device)
  • iPod (yes, the hipsterism-compliance device)
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Legal Pad
  • 2x Pen
  • Pencil
  • Hike Boots
  • Hike Shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Dress Shoes (I’m going to be having some important meetings at a couple points, hopefully)
  • Runnin’ Shoes (I’ll get plenty of exercise without ’em)
  • 2x Quick-Dry Shorts
  • 2x Normal Shorts
  • 1x 2x QD Pants (b/c I may hike on consecutive wet days in tick-infested locations)
  • 1x Rain Pants
  • 1x Camp Pants
  • 1x Jeans
  • 1x Business Suit
  • 2x Ties
  • 2x Belts (one nice, one indestructible)
  • Nice Watch
  • Parka (this trip isn’t ending till mid-November…)
  • Rain Coat
  • Tritium Watch
  • 7x Hiking Socks
  • 7x QD Socks
  • 3x Dress Socks
  • Long Underwear Top
  • Long Underwear Bottom
  • 10x QD Underwear
  • 4x Normal Underwear
  • 4x QD T-Shirts
  • 6x 3x Normal T-Shirts (if I need more, they sell these in stores nationwide I hear)
  • 4 Long-Sleeve Warm Shirts
  • 2x Short-Sleeve QD Shirts
  • 2x Short-Sleeve Shirts
  • 2x Long-Sleeve Dress Shirts
  • 1x Golf Shirt
  • Stocking Cap
  • Boonie Cap
  • Baseball Cap
  • Thin Gloves
  • Thick Gloves
  • Beach Towel
  • Normal Towel
  • Camp Towel
  • Blanket
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hiking First Aid Kit
  • Kayak (Inflatable)
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Bike Shoes
  • Bike Shorts
  • Bike Shirt
  • Water Bottles (Bike)
  • Fishing Rod
  • Reel
  • Bike Gloves
  • Road Atlas

Add:

  • Gas Generator
  • Blackout Window Coverings
  • Fishing Tackle & Box
  • XBox & Screen (?)

That’s way too much possibly about right. We’ll work on it.

bkd

Categories: pre-trip Tags: , , ,