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Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far on 08/12/2009 15:55:40 MDT Print View

I've been lazy about trip reports, so I'll do a round up in this thread. We've been trying new terrain's, seasons, and have gotten down to official ul base weight's this year so this might be fun for noobs.cold wife
This was our firs true 4th season trip. It's on Assateague Island National Seashore. The temps never got above freezing.big packs
As you can tell we didn't hit that 10 pound goal, I carried around 16 #'s bpw, she was around 14. We also lugged a gallon of water each. For heavy loads these osprey's, and aether and aura are good sturdy packs.tent

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 08/12/2009 16:03:36 MDT Print View

oops, Well thats our luxury condo tent, a REI half dome 3, it's really better as a car camping tent at +4#'s but it's comfy and we have fit 3 in it.signCool right?Dune
Another day on the beach, in February, on the east coast, in 35mph winds and 15 degrees f. Where's the chicks in bikini's and Gary Hasslehoff???sunset
Obligatory sunset.
Cheers

Edited by kilgoretrout2317 on 08/12/2009 16:05:32 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
more 2009, Old Rag on 08/16/2009 12:37:49 MDT Print View

Old Rag (SNP VA) is a loop that can be done as a day hike, no problem. We camped like 2 miles from the car. More winter hiking, this time with some elevation.Rick
The Shennadoah Valley.
I wearing an Osprey and not my trusty GG Mariaposa Plus since my "Posa" was in the shop getting the curved stay upgrade.pack
This was our first trip with prolonged scrambling. I had a blast.Happy me
The wife? Not so much.grumpy
I was defiantly happy to drop 3#'s of tent and get back into my super awesome tarptent! God bless you, Henry Shires.tarptent
After this trip i nixed that ground cloth.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: more 2009, Old Rag on 08/16/2009 12:43:04 MDT Print View

Putting the blue in the blue ridge Yo!ridge
Old Rag!old rag

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 08/16/2009 12:46:23 MDT Print View

Now see the motion picture!!!
http://www.youtube.com/user/cheehytrailhead#play/uploads/3/-bxNhA76FVE

David Stapleton
(KamperDave) - F

Locale: VA, DC, MD
Re: 2009 so far... on 08/24/2009 07:13:04 MDT Print View

Looks like fun times!

Where did you camp near Old Rag? A friend of mine and I were interested in trying to incorporate that into a backpacking weekend but it doesn't seem too feasible.

-Dave

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: 2009 so far... on 08/24/2009 19:50:52 MDT Print View

How far are ya'll looking to hike? The Old Rag Fire Road is like a main vein. If you do big days you can take the fire road over to the cedar run/white oak falls are. Camp off Cedar run. Small day there's a few options, I'll post soon, gotta get my book.

Tell you what, give me milage and I'll give you some options. My wife and I are close to hiking all 500 miles in the park. We've done some weekends in the area.
Do you already know about the little parking lot?

David Stapleton
(KamperDave) - F

Locale: VA, DC, MD
Re: Re: Re: 2009 so far... on 08/27/2009 07:31:17 MDT Print View

My buddy is more familiar with that area than I am. We're no distance hikers that's for sure so under 10 miles a day would be nice. This would be a overnighter type thing for us. Drive in Saturday morning and get home Sunday night.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: Re: Re: 2009 so far... on 09/01/2009 19:15:36 MDT Print View

Sorry it took so long to get back with you. First trick go to the second parking area! The trip we took was 10 miles total. It was more a "test our ul winter kits" than a big hike. But those 10 miles take extra time because of the scrambling. We went:
1 Saddle ridge
2 weakley hollow fire road
3 camp @ junction with corbin hollow trail.

If you want more miles on the second day you could "out and back" these
1 Robertson mt is steep and rocky but the summit is great and not many people know about it
2 Nicholson Hollow is a nice, fairly level, walk along a very pretty stream, lots of good camping and trout as well. You could drop stuff off at the car and hit the porta-pottys if you want a little civilization with your hike.
Happy trails

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
even more 2009 on 09/01/2009 19:37:27 MDT Print View

More cold, we got a little snow this time, nothing stuck. My 'posa was on the way back from Austin, so I'm still in my osprey.Coldgear

Ultra-wife in double duty sleepy socks. Pink of course!ultrawife

We came up with this hike ourselves so we could see the backcountry in the Nicholson Hollow area.map

Edited by kilgoretrout2317 on 09/01/2009 19:38:24 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 09/01/2009 19:45:42 MDT Print View

We figured out that laying a space blanket on top of our GG thin-light pads, and then our therma-rests on the bottom kept us warmer, and kept our pads from sliding around. Muy Bueno!spacemarmot

These are our marmot bags, warm and cozy but heavy. We got JrB quilts now.

Edited by kilgoretrout2317 on 09/01/2009 19:50:58 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: 2009 so far... on 09/01/2009 19:49:46 MDT Print View

The wife has a Gossamer Gear Murmur now. She loves it.wifestuff

The last time I will ever stuff a tent in a stuff sack! What a waste of time and weight!

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 09/01/2009 19:53:10 MDT Print View

Don't ya just want to hike off into that. Oh man!!!

Don't ya just want to hike off into that? Oh man!!!

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 09/03/2009 14:30:54 MDT Print View

Here's me and the Mrs. on a foggy journey in the SNP backcountry. This is the classic White Oak Canyon Cedar Run Loop. This is the hike for waterfall heads. Wh hiked it after a major storm. It was awesome.usfor<img src="/backpackinglight/user_uploads/1252009808_15827.jpg" alt="falls2" width="550" height="413">fog2falls2

Edited by kilgoretrout2317 on 09/03/2009 14:33:23 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 09/03/2009 14:34:09 MDT Print View

falls

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far... on 09/03/2009 14:37:16 MDT Print View

Here's me in my trusty Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus.mariposa


I've lightened up this set up a bit. I switched out that nightlight pad for the sitlight pad. I carry an xxl driducks jacket instead of that poncho. It fits over my pack. Saved me 2 oz. I got rid of that blue stuff sack and carry my first aid/survival in a ziplock. And I got rid of that gator clip on my hydration system.

Edited by kilgoretrout2317 on 09/03/2009 14:45:01 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
2009 so far...white oak canyon on 09/03/2009 15:14:08 MDT Print View

Now a major motion picture event. It's the feel good hit of the summer!
http://www.youtube.com/user/cheehytrailhead#play/uploads/4/6LR3Yzjtaf0

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: 2009 so far...white oak canyon on 09/03/2009 19:34:58 MDT Print View

Rick...what map is that? I hike Old Rag several times a year, and would like to find Nicklolson Hollow. Is it a PATC map?

Thanks!

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
one more waterfall on 09/03/2009 19:36:27 MDT Print View

One for good measurewaterfall3

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: 2009 so far...white oak canyon on 09/03/2009 19:39:47 MDT Print View

That's a National Geographic map. The patc are great as well. Nickolsen hollw is nice.