Backpacking - First Trip

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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby bonehead » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:02 am

When did gym shorts go out of style?
No need to complicate things.
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby Presto » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:29 am

:shock: :wft: :lol: =D> :-" :wink: (Pat, I'm not even gonna confess to how many photos The Man and I have that look just like that.) :-#
As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby bonehead » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:54 am

I have always been a fashion whore.
I would love to see some fotos.
Slide show, beers, my kind of fun.
I just don't understand the cotton nazi thing.
It's all I wear. It's only Colorado people!!!
Where would Hermann Buhl be without
Arc'teryx, BD,??
I guess he just didn't over analyze it.
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby dpage » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:56 pm

This might also be helpful in planning...average temps and precipitation by month.
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby Cool Hand Luke » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:20 pm

Nike DriFit shorts with a liner are extremely comfortable to hike in. The waistbands are so low-profile that the hip straps on your pack won't cause the band to dig in to your hips. They also dry extremely fast.

Running tights also work well under the shorts, or just alone, to add warmth. Pairing running shorts with tights is a low-weight option that doesn't take up much pack space.

If you're comfortable doing your long runs in a short it will probably be the most comfortable option for backpacking.
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby pbakwin » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:45 pm

Use your regular running shorts. Besides the shorts, I'd carry a very
light pr of sythetic long underwear & rain pants as well, for sitting
around camp in the cool evenings/mornings & in case it rains hard
while hiking.

I hope you already have your permit! Getting a wilderness permit in
Yosemite can be a challenge.

I've done quite a bit in the Sierra, mostly late July thru early Sept.
Conditions are normally incredibly mild, but you can occasionally
get huge t-storms with lots of rain and sometimes hail. Once on
the JMT near Tuolumne about 10 years ago we were driven off the
trail by an incredible hail storm. Next morning there was still 4" of
hail on the ground on Cathedral Pass.
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby VagabondSurveyor » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:12 pm

My favorite hiking/running shorts are Patagonia Nine trails.. Maybe check those out if you see them somewhere..
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby TallGrass » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:00 pm

dpage wrote:This might also be helpful in planning...average temps and precipitation by month.
For a broad idea, yes, but good to also look at current forecasts and maps showing actual highs and lows (like this one) before leaving. Last year I rode through Yosemite in the early, early morning in June and it was below freezing.
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:
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Re: Backpacking - First Trip

Postby SuperiorTrailHiker » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:03 pm

GottaGetOutMore wrote:Thank you for all of the suggestions. I'm definitely looking for comfort and function and the hiking shorts I've tried on to date, while functional, didn't seem to fall into the comfortable category.

You could air it out in a kilt.

Disclaimer - I have seen a couple of dooders on the trail with one before, and while I liked the idea from a comfort standpoint . . . . well, I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

So, some years later, a couple Odells, a credit card and the Internet, and now I have one. We'll see how that goes.

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