I purchased the pack online from
Hyperlite for US Shipping to Canada was an additional $40. $365.
With the pack I also ordered a small Pod which fits inside without wasting any space. I put it on the bottom with light items including clothing.
NOT inexpensive. 😕
That said, after my
first overnight hiking trip, I’m very happy with the Windrider.
light (32oz) but not as light as my usual
Virga 2 (18.5oz)
incredibly durable waterproof
finally! expandable to 55L plus 3 big mesh pockets
Many on the PCT this year were carrying the white version. I much prefer
I’d say it’s the best looking lightweight pack available right now.
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Aug 16-18, 2019 near Bridge of the Gods.
Pacific Crest Trail Days (an event produced by Outdoor Viewfinder), is a 3-day summer festival that celebrates outdoor recreation, with a focus on hiking, camping, and backpacking.
Attendees are able to learn about outdoor products from exhibiting sponsors, participate in activities, games & presentations, win awesome gear at the raffle, watch a series of films, and get great deals at the Gear Expo….
Nalgene is 70 years old.
classic is still my water bottle of choice.
They are selling limited edition
70th anniversary bottles for USD $11.54.
Or you can
enter the contest to win one.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. 😀
PCT schedule 2019:
Warner Springs, CA – March 15 to May 16
Lone Pine, CA – May 24 – June TBD
Etna, CA – July TBD – Aug TBD
Mary and Charlie at Warner Springs and really appreciated their advice on very light hiking gear.
I bought my first pair of
Injinji toe socks. They worked well.
2 Foot Adventures carry
Granite Gear, my pack of choice for many years.
But I was convinced to try a
next time I’m buying. Hyperlite
100% waterproof Dyneema®. The external mesh pockets are bigger than my Granite Gear. Weight is a bit more, however, at 2.17 lbs | 34.82 oz | 987g (Black).
There’s no doubt I should switch from sleeping bag to quilt soon. The
is my choice, so far. Jacks R Better “Sierra Sniveller” 20 degree
Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
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Having hiked 1 day and 2 hours so far … I
in took a zero , California. 😀 Idyllwild
Most PCT hikers take a zero in Idyllwild. It’s one of the most popular towns on the PCT. Party time. But most hikers have put in 10 hard days or more to get here.
I hadn’t planned on taking a zero. I was fresh.
But the day prior my beloved
MSR Hubba tent pole broke in two places. It took a couple of hours, one splint and plenty of duct tape to hack a fix.
There’s one good
gear shop in Idyllwild – Nomad Ventures.
By the time I got the tent fixed and packed up … it was
The library opened at Noon. Free
internet. A chance to fully charge all my electronics. I couldn’t resist. One thing led to another and …
… the library closed at
5pm. Too late to get back on the trail.
I returned to the
$5 PCT camping area and set up my fragile tent. Again.
Reportedly the least expensive rooms in town were $150 / night. And were full.
rotisserie chicken, my favourite townie food. And then I headed over to Higher Grounds Coffee Shop for LIVE music on Friday night.
I hung around the campfire until 10pm. That’s an hour later than usual.
is 9pm. Hiker midnight
PCT hikers were in holiday mode. One insisted I have a beer.
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Backpacker Radio spoke with the thru hiking legend, author, blogger, and backcountry guide Andrew Skurka.
Very entertaining. Very informative. He shares strong opinion on gear.
and Cam “Swami” Honan as two thru hikers he admires in 2019. Justin “Trauma” Lichter
Smiles host the podcast. Listen online – Backpacker Radio #33
You Think Your Winter Was Rough (Trauma’s winter PCT)