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Grayson Highlands in January
Ryan, the shelter was the Thomas Knob shelter. Its up near the spur trail to Mt. Rogers. It was really nasty up there that night. Its a really sturdy, enclosed shelter but we all felt like it coul...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 30, 8:19am

Updated SUL Clothing 40F
I would agree that you generally don't want to walk in your puffy, especially in cold rain, which we see a lot of in the SE. A T2/Cap4 under a windshirt and/or cape is plenty down to 40 degree...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Updated SUL Clothing 40F
January 29, 3:03pm

Updated SUL Clothing 40F
At 40 in camp, I still like to have a little puffy. A vest would probably do me. But for SUL purposes, you can probably get by without the puffy. That 4 oz Borah vest would be a nice addition th...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Updated SUL Clothing 40F
January 29, 2:38pm

Grayson Highlands in January
There's nothing exotic about this trip report, but a nice reminder that it can be fun to get out anytime and anywhere.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 29, 2:15pm

Updated SUL Clothing 40F
The T2 hoodie is around 6 ounces and it has a hood. Its kind of a cross between a heavy base and light fleece. It's really a nice weight.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Updated SUL Clothing 40F
January 29, 2:12pm

Updated SUL Clothing 40F
Part of the problem is that cold rain is so common in your area. When it's rainy, the highs and lows are often about the same. Forty degree rain is pretty challenging. So 40 degrees and rain...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Updated SUL Clothing 40F
January 29, 1:56pm

Tent site in the Florida Keys in April?? Help!
I've camped at Pennecamp on Largo but it was a long time ago. I think Big Pine Key has better spots.

In Other Activities » Tent site in the Florida Keys in April?? Help!
January 29, 1:02pm

Updated SUL Clothing 40F
I think the Borah vest will do the trick. You have enough insulation and warmth for walking. The extra is just for warmth in camp. If you screwed up bad enough you can just use your bag. If your do...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Updated SUL Clothing 40F
January 29, 12:48pm

Grayson Highlands in January
I'm sure the place is beautiful in summer and fall. But the frosted trees on a bright blue day was pretty nice, too.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 29, 11:38am

Grayson Highlands in January
Let me first say, my winter backpacking is pretty limited. I live in the southeast, and there's really just not a winter culture like you have in a lot of northern and mountainous areas. But ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 29, 8:16am

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