thanks for all the insight, y'all.
way to go, brother! PNW pride;)
i do not make my own clothes but i will be doing quite a bit of that this year. need my sewing machine repaired.
i now the toll our weather here in WA can take on down, and i have taken both down and synthetic to the Oly's and back up the 'scades and i honestly prefer the lightweight of down. i have no prob taking extra care with my down, sorta gives me that 'ranger' feeling when weather gets bad...our ancestors would have had similar gear keeping them alive they would've had to keep dry at all costs. i like DOWN.
i am torn between the MH Phantom 15, MH Phantom 32 and the Marmot Plasma 15. i really feel like a tool buying stuff from REI (after all, most of my dividend was because my lazy roommates dont have their own memberships and luckily they contribute to mine>:), but with the discount i'll get i cant avoid it. i'll likely end up making whatever i get into a quilt anyhow.
my typical spring trail day:
6/7: wake up, brew breakfast/coffee water
8/noon: hike, warm up, find my pace, take a few breaks, brew some more coffee if i'm not feelin' it.
noon/afternoon: more hiking, likely at a steady pace. i like to average 2mph on the regular.
afternoon/dark: start to slow down, unless i'm making a push for a sought-after site. i usually pitch an hour before dark, but it can vary from 2 hrs (busy day on the trail) to right before dark (pitchcookcrashout).
in the summer, i'll take more short breaks. in cooler wet weather, i'll start later and finish days earlier. probably take lots of shorter breaks and maybe even stop to cook hot lunch if its also cold out.
i bring cap2, cap1 in the summer. i sleep in cap2/1, sleep socks, hat, REI revelcloud jacket (till i can make my own kinsman), and if temps get really chilly i will slip on some fleece thermals (myog, 9oz. i consider these the equivilant to the revelcloud, i dont bring them in summer).
i like to sleep under the stars in the summer, and i somehow find cold places to sleep. i like sunrise and set so i often orient myself accordingly for views. i use a tarp. i pitch low-end against the wind.