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Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Joshua Tree NP Traverse on 02/14/2013 19:36:44 MST Print View

this will be a one day traverse of Joshua Tree via the CRHT- ~38 miles w/ a drop/resupply at the half way point (Keys), thus the food weight is cut in half

expected temps temps- highs upper 60's, lows lower 40's


Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Joshua Tree NP Traverse" on 02/14/2013 20:03:54 MST Print View


Capilene 4 beanie seems a little "heavy handed" considering the mild temps. It is also a redundant item. You have the Buff, wrap it around your Headsweats cap if needed at the start.

You have TP and wipes listed, but no WAG bag to carry them out if they're used. I say ditch them and find a smooth rock, or add a means to pack it out.

Body Glide. Lather up before you run and leave it in a drop bag at the midway point. Reapply there if needed.

Are your shorts orange?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: "Joshua Tree NP Traverse" on 02/14/2013 20:31:51 MST Print View

the cap 4 is actually a pretty light/breathable beanie as far as beanies go, but you're right w/ the buff it probably is redundant

now using a smooth rock isn't some kind of desert snipe hunt deal is it? didn't know they wanted you to pack it out, that definitely adds some good incentive not to bring TP! :)

good idea on the body glide- much easier to apply w/ the bigger stick too

no, but my shirt and windshirt will be :)

you were supposed to comment on the FluidFlex shoes, brand new from Montrail- low drop- 4mm, 7.6 oz, no rock plate, but relatively thick EVA, relatively decent tread

just got them today (put 6 easy miles on them), it's my first low drop shoe, so not 100% I'll have enough miles/confidence in running w/ them @ JT

wish you could make it!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: "Joshua Tree NP Traverse" on 02/14/2013 20:55:45 MST Print View

Dan Carter and I were jabbing about the new Montrail line of shoes the other day on our group run. I hadn't seen them yet. Montrail has been slower to market with the low drop shoe designs. I think they were smart in waiting it out instead of jumping in headfirst. The dust has settled and the 4-6mm drop range seems to be the happy medium for trail shoes.

The toebox looks roomy on that shoe, which is a good change for Montrail.

I'm still running in the original Pure Grits. On my fifth pair.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Re: "Joshua Tree NP Traverse" on 02/14/2013 23:53:09 MST Print View

4 mm drop, 7.6 oz, no rock plate,
my house slippers are beafier than that :-)

I've been testing the Pearl Izumi Peak II shoes this year and will probably use them on the desert lark coming up. At 9.7 oz (with rock plate) they are at the limit for me, lightest pair I've ever tried. If a shoe won't work for at least a 50 mile run I don't keep it around.

things take much longer to decompose in the desert, so good idea not to leave your paper behind.

Edited by asandh on 02/15/2013 00:00:34 MST.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
shoes on 02/16/2013 18:58:24 MST Print View

the fluidlfex's might turn out to be camp shoes this go round :) not getting enough miles and want to go slow transitioning to a lower drop shoe