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Old 07-27-20, 12:59 PM
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Cycling since 1996 I go through periods of bicycle burn out. I am toast and need another form of endorphin inducing highs. So back to hiking I go . Economical and a full body workout with a loaded pack. Getting my hiking gear in shape and going to hit the trails. Texas state parks are open to limited capacity but most are easy to get a pass online the day before and the most you get charged is 6 bucks. Updated the first aid kit and everything else hiking related. I guess I caught the hiking bug. No problem social distancing on remote hiking trails. Looking forward to hiking some trails.

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Yeah I like to hike as well and social distancing is not an issue. I have a good friend who lives in TX. She recently went hiking there and was attacked by wild boars. She managed to escape but got hurt. She's OK but the rangers said they are wary about hiking in the state forest she was in for that reason. Feral pigs apparently are a potential issue throughout the US but they are thriving in Tejas.

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I’m a fan of Osprey backpacks here is my day back good for 12-15 milers with no refuel stops. Ok enough about hiking on a biking website just wanted to share my other aerobic endeavor.



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Yeah I like to hike as well and social distancing is not an issue. I have a good friend who lives in TX. She recently went hiking there and was attacked by wild boars. She managed to escape but got hurt. She's OK but the rangers said they are wary about hiking in the state forest she was in for that reason. Feral pigs apparently are a potential issue throughout the US but they are thriving in Tejas.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scien...exas-73769069/
Wild hogs are a major pest. Crop destroying and yard ruining. And can be aggressive. Luckily I havenít been attacked but I have thrown many rocks at them on some trails.
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hiking in august in Tex...sounds brutal.
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^^^^ there are a lot of places around SONORA where you can day hike ... not sure about packing in
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I did Green Mountain yesterday. It's been on my list for years, I don't know why I waited so long. Incredible views! Wildflowers "are in full on riot mode" as somebody else put it. I did a noisebeam and carried water, a lot more than normal. Didn't really need to, there was plenty of snow. Got home around 11 last night because summer is short and fleeting and in a few months we won't be able to hike any of these trails ... so it's worth driving too far for them while we can.

Now I have a Monday mountain hangover.
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Went to Aravaipa Canyon this past weekend again (we were there in early June too) with the family for one night. We had two nights scheduled, but heavy rain was forecast Friday night which was risky as this is a flash flood prone area with narrow sections. (Last year several parties had to be helicopter rescued after spending the night perched on 6" ledges above the raging canyon waters. Most campers lost most of their equipment -we were there the weekend after the flood and found scraps of tents 30' high in the trees)

The hike is all in the creek which makes the 106F temps enjoyable. Here it is wide, flat and shallow making for easy walking.


But there are a lot of rocky sections too which you kinda stumble through on the slippery rocks.


Balance is key


And regular cooling off even more so


10mi the first day, 6mi to camp and another 4mi of exploring (there are several really nice side canyons) and 8mi out on Sunday with some more exploring.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I did a noisebeam and carried water, a lot more than normal. .
Speaking of water I carried 'too much' again - in quotes as I was aware of what I was doing.

Obviously water can be filtered at any time along this above hike in the creek and we each had a Sawyer filter on us. But I am lazy/impatient and like cold water when it is hot so I carried in three liters frozen solid in a bladder and another liter in a Nalgene for easy access while hiking. My wife carried two frozen liters and one on side and son carried two Nalgenes.

We had ice water at camp which was so nice and filtered a couple liters to cook with (no point in heating up ice water) and for the hike out we started with one cold liter each which was all we needed.

So we carried in 12 liters and filtered 2 total when we could have filtered all the water.

We did not carry sleeping bags, but instead each a silk sleeping bag liner which was warm enough.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Iím a fan of Osprey backpacks here is my day back good for 12-15 milers with no refuel stops. Ok enough about hiking on a biking website just wanted to share my other aerobic endeavor.



I know itís lime lol. I get good deals buying unpopular colors.
I couldn't fit everything I wanted to bring in a 25L pack yesterday. First time I can remember having that problem on a day hike. I've done 26 hours straight through in that pack with room to spare. Yesterday I had to leave the nicer camera and food behind.
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My wife has the exact same daypack. For day hikes I use an REI Flash 22 which has no structure, but is lightweight and sometimes I pack it inside my overnight pack. I can carry three liters in the Flash 22 in bladder.

I carry Canon M6 camera unprotected over shoulder on strap and have two lens pouches on pack belt for three lenses total. Only camera equipment inside bag is a mini-tripod, remote shutter release/timer for night shots and spare batteries.

Not having to carry any extra clothing or warm stuff saves a lot of room.
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Speaking of water I carried 'too much' again - in quotes as I was aware of what I was doing.

Obviously water can be filtered at any time along this above hike in the creek and we each had a Sawyer filter on us. But I am lazy/impatient and like cold water when it is hot so I carried in three liters frozen solid in a bladder and another liter in a Nalgene for easy access while hiking. My wife carried two frozen liters and one on side and son carried two Nalgenes.

We had ice water at camp which was so nice and filtered a couple liters to cook with (no point in heating up ice water) and for the hike out we started with one cold liter each which was all we needed.

So we carried in 12 liters and filtered 2 total when we could have filtered all the water.

We did not carry sleeping bags, but instead each a silk sleeping bag liner which was warm enough.
Cold water is a delight. Have you tried any insulated hydration pack? I'm curious how well they work.

I froze my 3L bladder before a long hike once. Ran out of liquid water, still had plenty of ice. That wasn't fun. Bet that isn't a problem for you.

Our creeks are frigged, so filtering is a great option. And water is so abundant in most of the Cascades that I rarely start a hike with more than 1L.

I don't have a hydration compatible pack, I normally just make it work. Yesterday I was carrying a liter by hand, every time I emptied it I'd stop and refill from the big bottle.

Is it three in your party? 12L sounds like so much, especially if none of it is for cooking!
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Three in our party. Given we each had some left back at the car we ended up using ~13L total for the two days including cooking and coffee. I encouraged everyone to drink a lot in the first half of the first day to reduce weight.

The creek water is not warm, but not chilly either. It feels a bit too refreshing to get into at first, but not refreshing to drink.

Our packs have small bladder pouches but we don't use them as our bladders are too big. I use the heavy duty MSR dromedaries - no chance for leaks like the lightweight ones and also no mouth tubes or nonsense like that. I freeze them flat on a cookie sheet which makes them easy to slide into pack.

The 2L frozen in a 6L bag was liquid at camp but near freezing temp. The 3L in a 10L bladder was still ice old in the morning (I left it in pack until use to keep it colder) but no ice bits lefts.

I know there are people who when hiking this canyon creek as a day hike just take a water bottle with a sawyer or similar filter attached and nothign else and then when thirsty scoop and filter directly into mouth. We could do it this way too even overnight but filtering takes time and none of us mind the pack weight.

I have done two night backpacks in the desert where there is no water at all and family of three starts with 18L and we are careful with every drop.

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Bet that [ice not melting] isn't a problem for you.
I bet you have never done a backpacking trip where the only clothing you had was a bathing suit, t-shirt and one dry underwear in pack for sleeping in.

Oh, and socks so the river sand doesn't wear away your skin under the sandal straps.

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Here is my largest pack. I guess it could serve for light overnight packing. I only have long day hiking equipment. I have a water filter system somewhere I haven’t found it. I got this pack I think in 1998 but it is in excellent condition. I have few Gregory backpacks,



Seen many miles all day hikes. Comfortable because I never have fully loaded it. I carried two bladders and water bottles on long desert hikes.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
hiking in august in Tex...sounds brutal.
Yup, gotta be careful with the heat. Easier to find shade on the hiking trail. I try to find the shadiest routes according to the angle of the sun. High noon you are going to get cooked
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I bet you have never done a backpacking trip where the only clothing you had was a bathing suit, t-shirt and one dry underwear in pack for sleeping in.

Oh, and socks so the river sand doesn't wear away your skin under the sandal straps.
South Llano River SP has 40 miles of trails that can end up here. A great place to end a long hike.



Not ending up here in winter LOL
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We did not carry sleeping bags, but instead each a silk sleeping bag liner which was warm enough.
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I bet you have never done a backpacking trip where the only clothing you had was a bathing suit, t-shirt and one dry underwear in pack for sleeping in.

Oh, and socks so the river sand doesn't wear away your skin under the sandal straps.
Ha ha, no! Every overnight (or longer) trip, I bring a 20* quilt, silk liner, goretex jacket, insulated midlayer, down booties, and a long sleeve base layer to sleep in. I'm a little paranoid about getting stuck in some remote camp where it's much colder than I can deal with. Some friends were out for a few 15F nights with 40F bags and a well ventilated summer tent, I don't want to go through something like that.

Merrell makes knit shoes, they're basically like socks with shoe parts. They make great water shoes.

https://www.trailandkale.com/gear/me...4-knit-review/
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Glacier Peak from Green Mountain, Suiattle River below

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I will here tomorrow the closest state park from my house. 10 miles as the crow flies but 30 miles by car. Nothing like the Cascades in Washington State but it will have to do.

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Few more.

Green Mountain Lookout





Some wildflowers



And a meadow of blueberry bushes

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^^^^ you gotta lie to make texas look that good
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Napeequa Valley from Little Giant Pass. Not my pic. Another place I've been wanting to go for years.

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Spent a week in the backcountry of Glacier National Park back in 2003. First ever backpack trip. Signed up for a group trip but turned out to be the only one who signed up for that week, so it was just me and the guide, which was great since we didn't have to structure the pace and stopping based on the slowest person. My only camp job was fetching and filtering water. Saw sheep, goats and five mooses. I will try to remember to post some pics when I get home.

Did a few more three-day trips in PA forests after that. Sadly, my feet and back no longer like it.
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Glacier NP is awesome. Going To The Sun Road- I didn’t want to drive so I could see it. Got a ride on a tour van with a guide.
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