2016-08-30

Backpacking in the Aderondak High Peaks

Angie and I decided to go out backpacking in the high-peaks. It ended up being an awesome 5 day trip, with one zero day due to a minor sprain to Angie's toe, and a sore knee.

Just to give it a try I decided to skip the sleepingbag and just bring puffies, and see how that went. I also decided to go with only 1 pint of water capacity, just to give that a try on some non-trivial mountains (well, for the east-coast anyway). Here's the gear I carried:

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I have a sleepingpad because we were staying in the Adirondack shelters along the way, though we did have my poncho as a backup/emergency shelter should it be needed (and Angie had an emergency bivy as well). Here's the gearlist:
  • Sleeping:
    • Puffy pants
    • Down vest
    • Linen sheet
    • Closed cell foam sleeping pad
  • Pack
    • External frame pack
    • drysack
    • belts/twine to tie things to pack
  • Food/water
    • ursack (they require canisters)
    • 1 pint kleene-kanteen food container
    • folding spork
    • ... food
  • Clothing
    • Sweater
    • shorts (worn)
    • cotton dress-style shirt (for bugs/sun)
    • Tilley hat
    • silnylon poncho (with a mesh bag)
    • run-amocs (minimal leather moccasin with rubber sole)
    • 1 pair wool socks (worn)
    • bug headnet
  • Other
    • bandana
    • benadril, ib profen, and pill case for them
    • inhallers (I'm asthmatic)
    • kindle (with drysack)
    • Belt knife (tied to pack)
    • Headlamp
    • Pocket altoids-tin kit (not shown, carried in shorts pocket)
    • Keys with backup pen-light, himilayan rock-salt in pill container, and mini leatherman
And here it is packed up:

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Before you're all impressed with how little gear this is... It didn't quite work. There were 2 flaws.

First, it was colder than I expected, dropping in to the 4's. I would've been *okay* with this gear for sure, but I got a little cold and borrowed a corner of Angie's sleepingbag most (but not all) nights so I could really get a good nights sleep.

Second, they don't allow fires in the high peaks region! We were not expecting this. Luckily, angie had packed a more normal cookset including an alcohol stove, so we did all the cooking on her stove, and pot and never used my kleene-canteen.

As it turned out 1 pint of water was plenty for the high-peaks, even running ridges most of the time we were out... we didn't treat which helps. We would "camel up" before going up a mountain, just drinking water straight from the stream. 

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