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Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 18:41:48 MDT Print View

Its nice and steady most of the way except the 35-40 degree climb at base of buckhorn mtn. It was slow going for both me and the goat.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 18:45:39 MDT Print View

It is a huge state. I guess I mean most of the NP and NF.

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: My first UL solo overnighter on 06/18/2009 21:39:48 MDT Print View

I enjoyed your pics. Always amazing to connect with some wildlife, especially on solo trips.

Redwood NP is not on I-5. It's on the coast. If you take I-5, you could go through Lassen. A lot less steep than the Sierra, but many pretty lakes and lots of good day hikes if you don't have time to backpack on the way down. Try the hikes out of the Summit Lake trailhead down toward Snag Lake and/or up to Cinder Cone through the painted desert for some cool volcanic views. Cinder Cone is accessible from Butte Lake I think also (that is probably the closest trailhead.)

I used to live in Southern California (now in Nor Cal). There are lots of great hikes in So Cal. Places for you to check out: Mt. San Gorgonio area of San Bernardino Mountains, Mt. San Jacinto area, San Gabriel Mountains (Angeles National Forest) - lots of great day hikes plus some pretty solid backpacks that can be more remote than you would expect so close to a metropolis, Joshua Tree (mostly day hikes, but I've done some backpacking there too), and best of all is that you are not that far from the South Eastern High Sierra. Head up to Lone Pine and up to the Golden Trout Wilderness or points north for all the passes that access some of the most beautiful hiking I know.

Edit: I should mention that if you have not seen Redwoods and you are thinking of taking the coast for that experience, by all means go for it.

Edited by Pendrey on 06/18/2009 22:50:34 MDT.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/19/2009 07:28:04 MDT Print View

Thanks for the suggestions Jeremy. 11,000 foot mountains only a couple hours from where I'll probably be living. Nice.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
My first UL solo overnighter on 06/20/2009 21:47:08 MDT Print View

Mr. Goat is now the featured picture on gossamergear.com

Edited by Steingass on 06/20/2009 22:11:14 MDT.

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
New MLD Homepage photo on 06/23/2009 03:44:25 MDT Print View

I guess I'm going to have to start playing around with my photo editor. He sure did make the colors and mountains pop.

Mine.
11

His.
2

Awesome new olive brown DuoMid color too.

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
What color? on 10/18/2009 12:23:45 MDT Print View

What color is the duomid in your pictures?

Thanks!

-Jace

Matthew Steingass
(Steingass) - F

Locale: Washington
Re: Color on 10/18/2009 23:31:11 MDT Print View

It's his grey color. It's nice but if both were available when I bought mine I would have ordered the new brown color.