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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-24 on 03/24/2012 23:33:56 MDT Print View

Locals Only
Honeydew Cabins
Limited Space
Fort Knox
Tarp Set Up
Mattole Road

Edited by Creachen on 03/24/2012 23:35:25 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-24 on 03/24/2012 23:46:41 MDT Print View

Aka A Thorough Soaking

Still dry

Hustling along into the increasing wind

Occupied at the light, we press on

WINDY! Check the deflection on the tent

Undeterred by the weather spirits were still high.

We all learned something, and survived

Even some snow.

Thanks for the show Mother Nature.

Edited by kthompson on 03/24/2012 23:52:17 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-24 on 03/24/2012 23:48:54 MDT Print View

I missed the sea lion. Good to see you guys.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Snow? on 03/25/2012 00:15:00 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting ya'll. I always regretted I never made it to the Lost Coast while I was in CA.
Whats with the snow is that normal? I thought snow along the CA cost was really, really rare.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Snow? on 03/25/2012 01:33:33 MDT Print View

Luke, some of the roads around there go up pretty high. The king range can get up to 3,000-4,000 ft, even though it's right next to the ocean.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Snow? on 03/25/2012 08:54:00 MDT Print View

That amount of snow is unusual, especially this late. It was a big, cold storm front. Came in pretty quick as people started their day here in shorts.

Adam Criswell
(macrophyllum) - F

Locale: Northern California
Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-24 on 03/25/2012 09:38:46 MDT Print View

Glad you all made it back safely, I was wondering how the weather would be. Wind + rain can be a pretty dismal combination.

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Thanks! on 03/25/2012 09:45:44 MDT Print View

For posting the report and photos. Did you get back a day early?

I was (and am) in the snow this weekend, too. When the Lost Coast trip filled up to capacity, I was disappointed, but made plans to go skiing at Lake Tahoe instead. It's snowing up here (lightly). But at the end of a day out in the elements, a bed and hot tub await. Still, I'm sorry I missed going on the trip. It looks as if you had a great time.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Thanks! on 03/25/2012 10:24:56 MDT Print View

Oh, I had a hot tub and a bed alright; the shallow pool of frigid water I was laying in warmed up very quickly and my station wagon was a palatial canopy bed when I hiked out in the dark.

It was a great effort and I only regret not bringing older and heavier gear that would have been much better suited to the conditions. The snow on the drive out was stunning and it is always a treat to head up North and visit with Ken.

Now I am going to go bat some clumps of wet down around again in my poor little sleeping bag.

Edited by mtblack on 03/25/2012 10:30:59 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-24 on 03/25/2012 10:37:52 MDT Print View

iPhone photos through a Loksak aren't very clear.A balmy day.The light houseLots and lots of snow with a bonus lens obstruction.

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
weather on 03/25/2012 10:41:57 MDT Print View

Did you guys get lots of precipitation or just the usual relentless wind?

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Weather on 03/25/2012 10:50:52 MDT Print View

On the way out we had gusts of wind from the South that drove sand into us hard enough to be painful and halt our progress. Luckily this was intermittent although the wind was constant.
We received wind driven rain from about 8:00pm until about 6:00am. It was initially from the Southeast then came in from the Southwest. Ken Thompson served as an excellent advertisement for Hilleberg tents and Casey is the poster boy for site selection.

Thanks for the hat, Kat. My head is the one thing that never felt cold.

Edited by mtblack on 03/25/2012 11:05:29 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-234 on 03/25/2012 11:12:23 MDT Print View

First of many creek crossings.
Wind swept dunes.

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
good trip on 03/25/2012 14:05:54 MDT Print View

Nice trip you guys. Love it up there! Ken, your tent must have behaved admirably in those conditions. Did you hike in the snow or just drive though it?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-234 on 03/25/2012 15:49:24 MDT Print View

We just drove through it Josh. What we needed was your pyramid tent--the weather was fierce! My sleeping bag got soaked and my tent failed in the wind. Lots of lessons learned.

Edited by Creachen on 03/25/2012 15:50:33 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Lost Coast Challenge 3/23-234 on 03/25/2012 16:43:55 MDT Print View

@ Josh Yes the Unna performed just as advertised. It's a pig, a warm dry pig. Worth every penny as it paid for itself that night alone. Huge amount of space for one. No discernible amount of wind movement inside made for a restful, warm environment.
Needed less layers on because of that. Nice.

Ryan Slack
(RWSlack) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Tarp? on 03/26/2012 16:48:46 MDT Print View

Though I've never been, I love looking at trip reports of the Lost Coast, especially those sans bluebird days. From the comfort of a laptop, it looks quite adventurous. Not sure if you felt that way every minute out there.

Sorry if I missed this while reading: I count two Tarptents and one Hilleberg, for four people. Did two of you double up or did someone sleep under that tarp? Wondering, if so, how that worked out in the conditions!

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Tarp? on 03/26/2012 16:58:56 MDT Print View

The tarp is a5x8 Integral Designs Sil1 and it worked out very poorly. I lack the experience and skills to make it work in that kind of a downpour and obstinately refused to believe that I was already facing the big rain night.

I've consistently seen recommendations for 8x10 as the safe minimum and I will not forget this.

On the bright side I really did enjoy the hike out in darkness with the detritus and flooding left by the storm all around me lit only by a Photon keychain light.

I was also impressed by how warm I stayed in a down bag as it wicked moisture throughout the torso. This is primarily due to the pad beneath me, but it was still eye opening.

Edited by mtblack on 03/26/2012 17:16:05 MDT.

Ryan Slack
(RWSlack) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Thanks! on 03/26/2012 17:47:33 MDT Print View

Well, hindsight being 20/20 and whatnot.

Looking at those pictures, if I were to choose between my 6x9 tarp and my 8x10 I would definitely pack the latter unless I had a wpb bivy. 5x8 is quite small, but workable in more protected areas especially with some kind of splash bivy. I find the extra length to be even more helpful than the extra width, especially in any kind of half-pyramid type pitch (pitching with steeper angles).

I hope you didn't hurt your sleeping bag's feelings. Otherwise it looks like you had the most adventure of all!

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Thanks! on 03/26/2012 18:01:48 MDT Print View

She's an old' bag and though she isn't speaking to me now, I suspect she will come around.