My family of three is hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness NOBO starting the 3rd week in August. After having done 50+ miles in the Tetons and Wind Rivers, I'm wondering how to adjust my expectations and am also looking for recommendations on the best campsites/must-see locations.
1.) What kind of average temperatures might we expect? Is there a site that will allow me to query average historical temperature during a date range?
2.) Is moisture enough of a problem that I should convert from down puffies to synthetic? In the West, down was best because we never saw rain and even if we did it would dry out the next day. My wife keeps stealing my Western Mountaineering Flight jacket I carried because it was warmer and lighter than my Patagonia down sweater. Not quite sure how to replace that with synthetic.
3.) Is rain enough to warrant rain gear (ie. GTX paclite) instead of DriDucks? We carried the DriDucks in the West and never really used them. Can I get away with a cuben kilt? The only time I was really grateful for rain pants was when we were caught in a freak snowstorm in the Tetons and I needed the warmth as well as waterproofing.
4.) Are the mud bogs traversed via logs? I've heard of many complaints but seen many pics in trip reports of the raised double log/beam paths.
5.) Are the big peaks on the south end really any different than many of the 4000 footers in NH that have about 2000' elevation gain over ~4 miles?
5.) I've been mapping out shelters. I've heard mixed opinions on shelters vs. "stealth" camping. Some say the shelters are great, others say they're noisy, trashed, and mouse-infested. Personally, I'd rather set up 2 tents away from anyone else. What are the conditions like for off-trail LNT camping?
I have a couple of recommendations from people here for Antlers,side trip to Gulf Hagas and the Nature Conservancy campsite on Rainbow Lake.
Here are the tentative camp locations just based on distance to defined shelters. Any nearby camping recommendations would be greatly appreciated:
Day 1-Long Pond Stream lean-to: 15.1 mi
Day 2-East Chairback Pond 13.8 mi
Day 3-Logan Brook Lean-to: 14.4
Day 4-Antlers Campsite: 19.6
Day 5-Wadleigh Stream lean-to: 13.6 (with a lunch detour at Whitehouse Landing)
Day 6-SE End of Rainbow lake (Nature Conservancy campsite?) 15.3 mi
Day 7-Birches in Baxter SP (how likely is this to be full on Saturday, 8/24?)