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  • jimmyjam -

    Replied to the thread National Park Lodges.

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    I've stayed at the small cabins North Rim, Phantom Ranch Cabin, Bright Angel, Masawick and the other GC lodges except El Tovar. We have dined in El Tovar. Phantom Ranch is way cool. Been to the South Rim 4 or 5 times, North Rim once- I really loved the…
  • jimmyjam -

    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread Kathy's most excelent adventure.

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    This past Sunday Kathy left for another one of her solo backpacking trips. Not really solo though as she has our dog, Tora, with her. I'm not sure who enjoys these jaunts more, Kathy or Tora. Before they left all I knew was that they were headed to…
  • Astro -

    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread Kathy's most excelent adventure.

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    This past Sunday Kathy left for another one of her solo backpacking trips. Not really solo though as she has our dog, Tora, with her. I'm not sure who enjoys these jaunts more, Kathy or Tora. Before they left all I knew was that they were headed to…
  • Astro -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread Baseball Thread.

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    braves vs marlins doubleheader. first game ronald acuna leads off with a home run. second game ronald acuna leads off with a home run. thats only the 4th time that has happened. 2 of the other 3 are in the HOF. BTY, thats 4 games in a row he has…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread Kathy's most excelent adventure.

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    This past Sunday Kathy left for another one of her solo backpacking trips. Not really solo though as she has our dog, Tora, with her. I'm not sure who enjoys these jaunts more, Kathy or Tora. Before they left all I knew was that they were headed to…
  • Quote from StalkingTortoise: “So...what about Sox and Adam? They made it over Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield without a single view. Nothing. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…f78a73d46d92e57546be80e49 They ended up camping about 2 miles…
  • chief -

    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread Kathy's most excelent adventure.

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    This past Sunday Kathy left for another one of her solo backpacking trips. Not really solo though as she has our dog, Tora, with her. I'm not sure who enjoys these jaunts more, Kathy or Tora. Before they left all I knew was that they were headed to…
  • chief -

    Replied to the thread Baseball Thread.

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    Quote from max.patch: “braves vs marlins doubleheader. first game ronald acuna leads off with a home run. second game ronald acuna leads off with a home run. thats only the 4th time that has happened. 2 of the other 3 are in the HOF. BTY, thats 4…

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  • New

    This past Sunday Kathy left for another one of her solo backpacking trips. Not really solo though as she has our dog, Tora, with her. I'm not sure who enjoys these jaunts more, Kathy or Tora. Before they left all I knew was that they were headed to New York's Catskill mountains, as Kathy couldn't decide which trails she wanted to hike. Later on Sunday I got a text saying that she was at a trailhead on route 206. That's all I expect to hear from her until she gets home this coming weekend. Photos to follow......I hope.
  • New

    The Plan

    Sox and his family were spending the week at their lake house in New Hampshire, so this section would require little effort from a logistical standpoint. Mrs. Sox agreed to follow Sox and his youngest son Adam to Crawford Notch to leave a vehicle then ferry then south to Franconia Notch for the start of their hike. My logistics were a little more complex. I would drive up from PA on Tuesday August 7th and spend a night with my friend Sue in Vermont before hitting the trailhead early on the morning of the 8th. I reserved a bunk in the Galehead Hut for Thursday the 9th and a bunk in the Zealand Falls Hut for Friday the 10th. Sox and Adam figured they would start a day behind me and catch up sometime on Friday, so they also reserved bunks in the Zealand Falls Hut for Friday but would tent at the Garfield Ridge campsite on Thursday.

    Spoiler alert - the plan went to hell. My 91 year old father-in-law came down with an infection on the Sunday before the hike which required…
  • New

    Whites Day 1: Slackpack over Mt. Moosilauke SOBO. at the recommendation of Bisquick, the caretaker at Hiker's welcome I slackpacked from Kinsman Notch back to the hostel. There was a lot of hype about how hard it was, I just didn't see it. Yes it was steep the first 1.5 miles to beaver Brook Shelter but after that pretty normal trail up, over and down. I carried my pack minus quilt, rainpants, extra food, stove, fuel etc. A climb from 1870 to 4802 and back down to 1056.
  • New

    Tomorrow, my wife and I are off for three days at Glacier NP. We are staying at the newly renovated Many Glacier Lodge. I am a sucker for classic NP lodges. We have also stayed at Big Meadows (SNP), Rock Harbor Lodge (IRNP), Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, and Grand Canyon Lodge (north rim). We have visited, but not stayed at Paradise Lodge (MRNP), Zion Lodge, Bryce Canyon Lodge, Awahane (YosNP), Colter Bay Village (GTNP), and Canyon Lodge, Roosevelt Lodge, and all the lodges at Old Faithful (YelNP).

    Of these, I found the Awahane to be the most elegant, Grand Canyon the best located, Rock Harbor and Roosevelt the most serene, but most stunning was the Old Faithful Inn. On my wish list, Phantom Ranch, El Tovar and Bright Angel (GCNP), Volcano House (VNP), Wuksachi Lodge (SEKI), and Crater Lake.

    Do you have favorites?

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  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

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  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…