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Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 02:38:52 MDT Print View

This was my first solo trip and first UL trip. I didn't have much daylight because I work nights so I chose a short trip. I got really lucky and had a great time.

Marmot Pass/Buckhorn Mountain Olympic NF
Length: 12 miles round trip
Highpoint: 6983 feet
Elevation gain: 4522 feet
Low temperature: 38 degrees

The weather looked good until I got to the trail head so all of my photos are from 6000 feet and above. At this elevation I was basically in a cloud sandwich with some intermitent sunshine.
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Picture of Buckhorn mountain and the ridge I spent the night on.
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I weighed my pack at the post office after my trip and found I had a base pack weight of 7.82 pounds. I've used all this gear before but always needed a larger pack for some reason. This time I took my time and found a place for everything in my slightly modified Ion. My only other pack weighs over 7 pounds empty and easily kicks me out of the UL category.

Here's my Ion and LT4 poles at the pass.
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I wasn't solo after all. I was starting to make camp at about 6800 feet on Buckhorn ridge when I saw this guy come up from the mist.
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He didn't seem to mind me and grazed around my camp for next next 3 hours.
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He doesn't advocate the use of poles.
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One of my favorites.
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The DuoMid did great. It shed the gusts with ease and was condensation free in the morning.
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MYOG quilt
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Sunset
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Sunrise
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A sea of clouds.
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If my battery didn't die I would have done this part up there too. I guess my dirty living room floor will have to do. My gear list is in my profile.

Packing my gear.
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The pocket I added under the lid gives the ion a little organization. It holds first aid, emergency poncho water treatment, mini bic. compass.
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Pad, thermal pants, balaclava, and socks go in first.
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Quilt
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Inner Parka
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Shelter, gloves
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Hydration, wind jacket, camp food, spoon
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Cook set, trail food
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I bought the Ion before I had all my gear (the wrong way to buy a pack) and quickly found it was going to be a tight fit. I can barely do 2 nights with this pack but I have an MLD Exodus on the way so longer trips are sure to come. Enjoy!

Edited by Steingass on 07/25/2009 10:35:49 MDT.

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 03:23:56 MDT Print View

Awesome Matthew. I can't believe you made that quilt before your first solo trip! The duomid looks very cool too. Thanks for the great pics.... =-)

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
Re: Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 03:30:49 MDT Print View

Thanks Ashley. Here's the thread to the quilt in case you haven't seen it yet.

www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=21087&skip_to_post=169191#169191

Edited by Steingass on 06/17/2009 03:34:16 MDT.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 05:48:48 MDT Print View

Wow! Really nice trip report and I particularly enjoyed the goat set. This is your first UL trip? Crazy. You had me fooled, it appears you are a seasoned ULer. Thanks for sharing.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 08:08:04 MDT Print View

Duomid, quilt, long handled ti spoon...great gear choices. If that is a bag of peanut m&m's I see, I'd swear we have the same kit!
Nice pics by the way, you've got to be an animal lover to take all those goat shots. Sometimes, when I'm in camp and something stops by for a visit, I just sit and watch it for hours, even if it's a squirrel!
You know, if you had the TiGoat poles, you could have probably sold one of those photos to them. ;)

Looks like a great trip.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 09:27:40 MDT Print View

Thanks guys. Nope no peanut m&m's just some trail mix with fruit added.

LOL. I guess it is a lot of goat pics. Photos never do wide open areas justice but throw a mountain goat in their and you've got a winner.

Almost wish they were TiGoat poles in the pic. Maybe a trade for a Ti-Tri would be in order.

Edited by Steingass on 06/17/2009 10:21:34 MDT.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 11:52:12 MDT Print View

Nice Trip. I really like the running goat picture too. The gear pics are nice and informative too. It's one thing to look at a spreadsheet, another to see how it looks all laid out. I'll have to start including a 'gear layout' in my trip reports.

How did the LT4's perform? What kind of winds were you shedding in the Duomid? It's under serious consideration for my winter tent.

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: "My first UL solo overnighter" on 06/17/2009 12:22:15 MDT Print View

Matthew,

Great trip report. Like the others I really like the goat pics, too. Also, great choice for a camp site... Really beautiful.

Thanks,

Kendall

Edited by socalpacker on 06/17/2009 12:24:06 MDT.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
re: RE: "My first UL solo overnighter" on 06/17/2009 13:22:01 MDT Print View

Thanks Kendall. I see your from Southern California. I'm getting stationed in Camp Pendleton this December so I'll have to get some trip suggestions from you when the time comes.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: re: RE: "My first UL solo overnighter" on 06/17/2009 13:42:04 MDT Print View

Marmot pass in the north cascades is snow free? That's good news, I'll have to find out where it's at in a guidebook somewhere. You going to Camp Pendelton as a corpsman, marine or for the navy landing crew down there?

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
FMF Corpsman on 06/17/2009 13:54:17 MDT Print View

Being a Corpsman I had a hard time putting together a first aid kit that would fit inside my Ion. I did make a special pocket for it under the lid to make it quickly accessible tho. I can't wait to go down there. Sometimes this PNW weather is a little frustrating.

Edited by Steingass on 06/17/2009 14:20:00 MDT.

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/17/2009 20:22:34 MDT Print View

Hey Matthew,

There's lots of great trails here in California. BTW, I was on the USS Roanoke from 1981-1982 and then at NavFac CVB in Northern California from 1982-1985. Let's keep in touch. I'm planning my first solo UL trip for July maybe, but hopefully not as late as August. Send me a PM anytime.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: FMF Corpsman on 06/17/2009 20:31:13 MDT Print View

Also keep in mind Matt, that alot of us meet up for hikes within California too. Sometimes our Southern CA friends come up and join us

Joshua Gilbert
(joshcgil2) - F

Locale: Seattle
Marmot pass on 06/17/2009 20:42:07 MDT Print View

I think this particular Marmot Pass is in the Olympics.

Still, I was up there 2 years ago at the same time of year, and where Matt was camped was a snowfield, so that is good news

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 06:09:06 MDT Print View

Sounds good Kendall. I plan on exploring most of California from lake tahoe down. On the drive down I-5 I want to check out Redwood NP. Are there any other must see areas of California north of tahoe because after I come down through that area I probably won't ever go back?

Edited by Steingass on 06/18/2009 06:23:15 MDT.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
LT4s on 06/18/2009 11:51:52 MDT Print View

Ha. I just got a FB update from Gossamer Gear with your picture of the LT4s & goat. Nice.

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: "My first UL solo overnighter" on 06/18/2009 17:56:05 MDT Print View

Matthew,

I'm pretty new to this sport. Most of the hikes I've found are on Backpacker Magazine's website and a couple of books I got off Amazon. The other people on THIS site know alot cooler hikes than I do. And, Ken is right. Lots of times the Northern California hikers will post a trip announcement when they're looking for hiking partners. We could definitely go on a hike when you get down here.

Ken,

I've been tempted to go with you guys sometime, but my schedule always seems to get in the way. Is that an open invitation? I'd like to go with you guys sometime.

Edited by socalpacker on 06/19/2009 08:28:05 MDT.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 18:25:14 MDT Print View

I sent some pics to GG and MLD. Hopefully I'll see them on their sites.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 18:36:03 MDT Print View

Cool hike. That is some serious vertical for an overnight. Oh, to be young again. Or in shape. Or both.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 18:38:08 MDT Print View

>> I plan on exploring most of California from lake tahoe down.

Tne state is bigger than you think! :)