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    #46
    Originally posted by autococker04 View Post
    Should camping get it’s own thread? Either way, I’m looking at an awesome price on a Mountain Hardware Drifter 2 tent. Seems like a slam dunk, but does anyone have any experience with them?
    Car camping or backpacking? If that's for backpacking you are a little heavy in my opinion with that tent.

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      #47
      Deltasteve thats a good point. I’m about half and half between car camping and backpacking, but every time I backpack it’s either with someone else so I can split the load or I just take a hammock and a tarp. My hope with this one is to get my wife into camping a little bit more.

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        #48
        Originally posted by autococker04 View Post
        Deltasteve thats a good point. I’m about half and half between car camping and backpacking, but every time I backpack it’s either with someone else so I can split the load or I just take a hammock and a tarp. My hope with this one is to get my wife into camping a little bit more.
        5 lbs is a lot for a packed tent. Even over 2 people that is heavier than my 2 person tent from Big Agnes. However, I bet it is more durable than an ultralight. I used to think a few pounds didn't matter until I started packing more frequently and quickly started ditching all kinds of extras and buying lighter weight stuff. Personally, I would not want to carry that tent.

        I have a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 that I love. Easy to setup up and take down. I did however get one for 299 instead of MSRP 450 off back country last year. The REI quarter dome is a great tent for 350 and is also quite light. It is a squeeze with two people in there however, no gear will fit in it.

        Like anything, you can get good stuff for less but they get heavy quick.

        Also, those are all 3 season tents. If you want to camp in snow frequently they won't be heavy enough material wise.

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          #49
          I’m in a sort of transition from all car camping to a mix with backpacking so a lot of the gear is getting repurposed and slowly upgraded. I’ve probably done less than 150 miles combined, so the heavy gear hasn’t really gotten to me too badly but I could see it being a concern if you’re doing really long days back to back. That being said, this might end up being more of a buy once, cry once scenario if I want to avoid upgrading.

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            #50
            Originally posted by autococker04 View Post
            I’m in a sort of transition from all car camping to a mix with backpacking so a lot of the gear is getting repurposed and slowly upgraded. I’ve probably done less than 150 miles combined, so the heavy gear hasn’t really gotten to me too badly but I could see it being a concern if you’re doing really long days back to back. That being said, this might end up being more of a buy once, cry once scenario if I want to avoid upgrading.
            Yeah I didn't buy once cry once in a few things and wasn't happy when I went back. But you live and learn. I guess it's a do you think you'll be carrying it on your back semi regularly? If yes I'd highly recommend something lighter. And also make sure you get a footprint most tents aren't coming with them for some reason.

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              #51
              Originally posted by Deltasteve View Post

              Yeah I didn't buy once cry once in a few things and wasn't happy when I went back. But you live and learn. I guess it's a do you think you'll be carrying it on your back semi regularly? If yes I'd highly recommend something lighter. And also make sure you get a footprint most tents aren't coming with them for some reason.
              It will probably only be a couple times a year, I decided to get this one cause the guy was selling it for $100 and I figure I can probably resell for that if I hate it.

              what’s the deal with those footprints anyway? Every tent I’ve ever had had a tarp bottom, now all of them require an extra piece to make it usable.

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                #52
                Fun story, today I took a 7.8 mile loop along the AT and a little side trail called Sunset Rocks, which turned out to be 8.4 miles, but who's counting. Around 5, 5.5 miles in, I hit Little Rocky Ridge, which is best described as a little slice of the Emyn Muil along the top of a mountain ridge. I carefully and slowly pick my way over rocks and around boulders (perched on a ridge, mind you), always looking for--and occasionally not finding--the next blue blaze, which marks what can only loosely be described as a trail at this point. Did I mention it was now 3:30? Far too late to go back.

                Long story short, I did manage to get down the mountain side before dark (even though the actual trail was over a half mile longer than expected) with no broken bones or twisted joints. Otherwise Axel might have been naught but a mansicle somewhere out in Michaux State Forest this evening.

                Nah, I was well dressed with extra provisions and emergency supplies including warmth, and the Mrs knew exactly where I was going, so it'd probably have been a couple miserable hours waiting for rescue, but still... Next time I'm leaving an extra hour for sunset, and paying better attention to the elevation gain instead of just counting miles


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                • Axel

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                  This is just where the rocks started... It got a hell of a lot worse but at this point the phone went away

                • BLachance75

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                  I always check the elevation gain on Alltrails

                #53
                And take a headlamp lol. Axel

                From this past weekend, climbed South Mountain on Christmas Day and went out in Cave Creek to watch the sun rise.



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                • Axel

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                  I had light! What kind of doofus do you take me for? Don't answer that

                #54
                Wonderful photos. I myself love hiking, but now the weather is not conducive, slush and mud is not the best weather for walking.

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                  #55
                  By using hiking as a way to stay physically active, you can potentially lose weight, reduce heart disease, decrease hypertension, and slow the aging process. It also offers mental health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety.This made me love hiking.

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                    #56
                    Revive!

                    Just lost interest in posting for a bit, but wanted to share some photos from my Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim of the Grand Canyon with some buddies last month. It was an excellent trip, we did it over 5 days and I can't wait to try something a bit longer next time.



                    Mule Train heading up S Kaibab


                    Down in "The Box"


                    Campsite at Cottonwood


                    View from about 80% of the way up the North Rim. No better photos can really be taken further up than that because treeline is so thick you can't see out of it.


                    View from the River trail, had to do part of this because the Silver Bridge was closed by the time we waited for canteen to open and get some M&Ms to fuel up with pure sugar to get out.


                    Near Plateau Point heading up to Indian Gardens for one more night of camping.


                    Done! Best part was that due to COVID the shuttles were not running, so we got to walk about 3 more miles from here to the van still parked at the visitor center. I couldn't stand being in my hiking boots any more so I did the last 3 miles in my Crocs, lol.

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                    • lew

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                      Well done. While I've only hiked down into The Canyon on either side a couple miles, I think the North Rim is, hands-down, the best part of the park. My aunt wants to do a Rim-to-Rim, but I'd be more than happy to camp on the Kaibab while she does her thing.

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                      @lew

                      North Rim is great. I really enjoyed the bottom of the canyon. You see it from the rim and it does not do it justice. You get down there into the middle and you realize that you are in so deep you can't even see the rims anymore, yet the rock formations that appear from the top to be so small are towering over you by a thousand feet. I would go back and do a Rim to Rim in a heartbeat, could likely do it in two days with 1 camp out night at Bright Angel if you really wanted to. Rim to Rim to Rim was great, but turning around and doing it all over again to almost 50 miles was enough for once. Besides, gonna go somewhere else next year. Thinking Tahoe Rim Trail.

                    #57
                    Originally posted by Deltasteve View Post
                    Revive!

                    Just lost interest in posting for a bit, but wanted to share some photos from my Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim of the Grand Canyon with some buddies last month. It was an excellent trip, we did it over 5 days and I can't wait to try something a bit longer next time.



                    Mule Train heading up S Kaibab


                    Down in "The Box"


                    Campsite at Cottonwood


                    View from about 80% of the way up the North Rim. No better photos can really be taken further up than that because treeline is so thick you can't see out of it.


                    View from the River trail, had to do part of this because the Silver Bridge was closed by the time we waited for canteen to open and get some M&Ms to fuel up with pure sugar to get out.


                    Near Plateau Point heading up to Indian Gardens for one more night of camping.


                    Done! Best part was that due to COVID the shuttles were not running, so we got to walk about 3 more miles from here to the van still parked at the visitor center. I couldn't stand being in my hiking boots any more so I did the last 3 miles in my Crocs, lol.
                    Judging by the photo, the trip turned out to be wonderful. Was the weather so wonderful all the days?

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                    • Deltasteve

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                      It was pretty mild at the rims but the weather in the box got really hot. It was about 92 there when we hiked through it. I was ok because I live in the area, but had some friends from the East Coast that were not having such a great time.

                    #58
                    Camped at Great River Bluff State Park in Minnesota last weekend.

                    Beautiful Park to hike in.

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                    • Jonnydread

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                      That wide trail is gorgeous, I want to go running there!

                    #59
                    Great photos! I have spent most of my life in the Northeast so I love seeing terrain like this, so different than what I'm used to.
                    💀Keeper of the Ointments, Ragnastock💀

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