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New England ultralight weekend!
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Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Sage's Ravine on 10/18/2011 09:34:34 MDT Print View

Good deal Philip, look fwd to meeting you and other BPLers.

As for Sage's Ravine... If all or part of us hiked to the ravine on Saturday, how would we arrange getting back to our cars on Sunday? Would we road walk the miles back (*gasp* & ouchy for my feet) or shuttle cars? If it is the later we'd need to make arrangements now so people could meeting in the Forest HQ parking lot Friday.

If it's too much of a PIA to coordinate, and I certainly don't want to alienate other BPL members (my personal goal on this trip is the get to know as many BPLers as possible and pick their brains about gear, haha), we can just rock the 8.5 mi day hike from the Friday night campground, 3mi to the west of Forest HQ.

Philip Werner
(earlylite) - F - MLife

Locale: New England
One more shelter on 10/18/2011 09:53:12 MDT Print View

Oh yeah, I also have am MLD Duomid I can bring along, if anyone wants to try it too.

Andre C
(AndreC) - F

Locale: New England
aw shucks on 10/18/2011 13:41:34 MDT Print View

Out on the Long Trail until Sunday - would have loved to make this trip.

Have fun.

Greg Pehrson
(GregPehrson) - MLife

Locale: playa del caballo blanco
rides/ scheduling on 10/18/2011 17:21:24 MDT Print View

This is great! I live in Boston and have a (small) car and am happy to provide rides for folks in the area. I'm thinking about leaving early Saturday morning so as not to get to the campsite in the dark, doing the day hike, camping Saturday night, and then heading back Sunday morning. Anyone who is interested in the same schedule feel free to PM me.
Bryce, do you have thoughts about what time you would leave for the Saturday hike so we could be sure to be there in time?

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Sat. Morning Hike Time on 10/18/2011 18:30:04 MDT Print View

Hey Greg,

Great to have you along. Knowing other hikers, we'll want to get a relatively early start to the hike on Saturday morning but certainly there is some play time there to accommodate other late arrivals.

It is 3:10 travel time from Boston to the trailhead and if you hike 2mi / hour (can anyone else check me on the pace here?), if you left your house at 4:30am with your pack fully loaded with water and ready to hit the trail, that would put you at the trailhead at 7:45am. If you hike your 2mi / hour, that would have you rolling into camp at 9:15am. I think that is reasonable to meet up with the rest of the group in the spirit of accommodating everyone.....BUT, then you'd tack on another 8.5 miles for the day hike for a total of 11.5 miles for the day. If that is reasonable for you let us know.

I'm certainly not the boss here, just trying to get everyone together for some fun while accommodating as many people as possible to join in the chill weekend. Does anyone else have any thoughts? I don't want to speak for everyone. Thx.

(Also if you were worried about hiking at night, might you be more comfortable if you meet up with someone else Friday night to hike in the dark? It would certainly make Saturday's mileage easier.)

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
Re: The weekend on 10/19/2011 12:52:28 MDT Print View

@Ben I think I've met you before, I may have bought my MH rain pants from you =P

you guys happen to be hiring part-time?

Boston Rides:
Philip Werner - "I'll probably be leaving mid-day on Friday. I can drive 2 people if you can get to the Malden Center T station by noonish."

Greg Pehrson - "I'm thinking about leaving early Saturday morning so as not to get to the campsite in the dark, doing the day hike, camping Saturday night, and then heading back Sunday morning."

Me - I will be bringing my dog along. I can fit 3 others very comfortably. I can fit 4 others if we leave enough room in the back for him (possible depending on how much gear people bring, but I have done this before).
I can leave any time any day Friday or Saturday. I can also drive back any time.

-I can drive Friday evening, when folks like Ben get out of work, though we or someone, would have to get back to the car to leave before 9am to get Ben back to the North End in time.
@Ben: if you jump on the C line after work you should be at my stop (Summit) in less than 45mins, another option is I could pick you up but that may be a pain since it's a Friday night near the Garden...
-I am fine hiking in the dark for 3mi to get to the campsite. Hopefully the weather report is correct in that it won't rain...
@Greg: if you wanted to meet (or carpool) and hike with us as a group Fri night to the campsite?
@Konrad: let me know if you and the lady friend can go and if you want to carpool.

I think that covers all of us coming from Boston?

my only tent is my Losi 3P, which actually sleeps 4 "skinny" people quite comfortably, or 3 plus my dog... I will be bringing my hammock but can also bring the Losi if people want?

I have my inline-sawyer water filter that can be used as a gravity filter.

I'm also questioning whether I should bother bringing my cook set since I'm going to guess everyone else is already planning to bring theirs...

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Greg is going to check with Ryan on 10/19/2011 12:54:15 MDT Print View

....I think he's 90% sure of hiking in at night and not coming in Saturday morning.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
I wish on 10/19/2011 12:56:22 MDT Print View

I'm sorry I'm missing this:-(
Already had a commitment.

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: Tahoe
Jealous on 10/19/2011 13:06:06 MDT Print View

This trip has me quite jealous. I was just out in Boston last week and took a drive up to NH on Saturday and was wishing I had more time to squeeze in a backpacking trip. Beautiful time of year out there.

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Re: Greg is going to check with Ryan on 10/19/2011 13:14:02 MDT Print View

I'd be happy hiking in Friday night, but it would also be nice to coordinate with folks coming in since I don't have a detailed map and haven't been to this place before.

So, folks coming from Boston on Friday evening, what time to you think you'll leave Boston? Any possibility I could join the carpool in Northampton or thereabouts?

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Plan to be at the parking lot @ <3:30pm on Friday on 10/19/2011 14:46:42 MDT Print View

I'll be carpooling in with "Seth" who reached out to be via PM. I'll post up an itinerary (as I understand it) this evening or tomorrow so hopefully everyone is on the same page. I'll be PMing people who I understand will be on the trip with my cell phone in case of emergency. If I forgot to give you my cell and want, shoot me a PM. Thx.

Seth Reichman
New England ultralight weekend! on 10/19/2011 14:58:26 MDT Print View

Hey Bryce,

I don't know if you picked up another Seth along the way, but I wanted to make sure you guys knew that I can't make this one. Good luck. Weather looks like it's going to be prime for a weekend out.

With the size of the group you're going with, hopefully if the JRB doesn't keep your fingers and toes warm, your new BPL friends will. Who's bringing the intimacy kit?

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Re: New England ultralight weekend! on 10/19/2011 15:05:04 MDT Print View

No problem Seth, the other Seth is from CT and no intimacy kit needed (

In fact if anyone but Konrad and his GF brings one, I'm packing out! :p

(The temps look to be falling at the lower range of my JRB quilt. I'll have some extra insulation along for the ride as I sleep a bit cold.)

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Re: The weekend on 10/19/2011 15:25:06 MDT Print View

I may be able to go. I would like to carpool -Ill be in Cambridge MA. Fri. So if anyone has space I would be happy to go.

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

I am known as "The Other Seth" in many circles... on 10/19/2011 15:30:38 MDT Print View

I am the "other Seth" and have contacted Bryce to carpool up to MA from my house - which is about an hour and a half from the campground. Look forward to seeing you all there - and I may possibly be picking up another thru-hiker that's in CT for a while, so it may be me and guest but I'll have to wait and see. So glad this trip is finally happening for us BPL NE'ers and it looks like the weather may even cooperate! Cheers to those who pounded out the details and made this trip a reality!

For anyone that may need it - I've got a TarpTent Rainbow that I'd be happy to bring if someone would like to try it out

Just email me at:

And just so that you all know - I'll be bringing the best backpack along so you can give up now and admit defeat. Can your backpack "humiliate your surroundings" 'cause I know mine sure can ! Here is the proof:

Edited by Whistler on 10/19/2011 15:35:15 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: New England ultralight weekend! on 10/19/2011 15:39:22 MDT Print View

Just wanted to say congrats on pulling a group of BPLer's together for an outing.

Know you all are going to have a great time.

Hopefully you can take some photos and post up a trip report.

Think you will find that if you do, it will entice more people to join you the next time around.

Plus, it would be cool to see what your neck of the woods looks like and the UL gear that you have adapted for your region of the country. have your own Gathering of Gear Geeks! GGG


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: New England ultralight weekend! on 10/19/2011 15:40:52 MDT Print View

We'll toast our east coast brethren. Have fun. We will.

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Re: Re: New England ultralight weekend! on 10/19/2011 15:55:42 MDT Print View

Speaking of Gear Geeks, I just discovered there's an iPhone app for Massachusetts State Parks, which includes our area. Oh boy, I get to test a new toy with my phone! Now I can hike in at any point in the night. With my battery-powered nerd-machine, I'm invincible!

I just have to remember to bring my other gear, and food.

Greg Pehrson
(GregPehrson) - MLife

Locale: playa del caballo blanco
Friday on 10/19/2011 18:40:30 MDT Print View

So it turns out I will be able to leave Boston on Friday anytime after 3:30pm. Would love to do some carpooling and group hiking in on Friday night. I talked to the ranger and he said the trail in to the campsite was "wide and obvious." Brian my Cambridge brother, I'm at the other end of the red line if you want to catch a ride with me.
I haven't checked the route yet, but I'd imagine driving right through Northampton or close anyway, if you want to carpool Ryan. What time are you available on Friday?
I'd also be happy to ride with Steven A. depending on space and how many folks need rides.

Ben Egan

Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
coming together on 10/19/2011 18:47:45 MDT Print View

Hey all,

Ok I'm absolutely in for the whole weekend. I changed my post above to reflect that I got Sunday off so I don't have any tricky time constraints. To say the least, I am very excited for this weekend and I owe Bryce a ton of thanks for pulling up my slack and taking some initiative after bailing on my own thread--as well as everyone else, thanks for making this happen.

@Philip- I've sent you a PM about carpooling together. I live pretty close to the Malden T stop and so it'd be very easy for me to meet you there. Also I'd like to try out your duomid, if possible.

@Steven- bought the pants from me or from Tent City? The epic rain pants or not rain pants? I'll stop picking your brain. But we're probably gonna get someone for the holiday season, though it'd be only temporary. If you're interested an app wouldn't hurt at all. Also if I can't get a ride with Philip I'd like to hop in your car with your dog.

@SETH I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT YOUR HANDS ON A FLEXTREK 37,000,000,000,000. Incredible. I thought about bragging this weekend but--like we all eventually will--I admit defeat. How do you like the Nitro-Hyper-Flex EnforcementĀ© Construction?

And that iPhone app sounds great. I hope they have it for android, too. Good thing we have our phones, no chance of getting lost then. I hear that when Steve Climber doesn't take his Flextrek, he goes out with just a speedo, an intimacy kit, his iphone, and a compass.

What does everyone think about bringing gear to the trailhead to have a small gearswap? We did it in California earlier this year and it was casual and I got a cool Outsak out of it for just $20 (thanks Jay) and a sweet Alpaca beanie as well (thanks Kat). I know I definitely have some gear I'm willing to swap. Also, good news about that weather, hopefully it's more pleasant than it has been today. Oh and, TWO DAYS!