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I have a 1 person Eureka backcountry, and it fits very nicely in a drybag that I bought (sorry, gearheads)...at Walmart. It was the largest one in a pack of three and the price beat the pants off of any of the designer gear. It works fine for weekend stuff (no pun intended) that I do. The other two bags hold clothes and they're working just fine too.
Go to Campmor or Ramsey Outdoors and you'll finds stuff sacks in many sizes.
I have an old (90's era) Eureka backcountry 2 person tent that's still going strong but whose stuffsack seems to be wearing out. The drawstring won't draw -- it sticks on the cloth of the sack. Anything I can do to fix the problem? Or a good tent-sized replacement stuffsack you can recommend?
My current pack, a Mountainsmith Boundary, is nearing the end of it's life and I'm in the market for a new pack. The features I'd like are.........
External pockets to hold 2 water bottles (1 quart Gatoraide bottles)
An internal pocket to hold things like wallet and keys
About 4500 cubic inches and able to carry up to 45 pounds
Straps to lash my tent to the outside
And of course comfortable to wear ( I realize that is subjective)
I'd appreciate any suggestions you folks can offer.
Just thought I'd update this. I finally bought a Gregory Baltoro 75 pack.
Two words describe this pack, huge + comfortanble.
The size will be useful for winter loads where I sometimes am carrying 3 sleeping bags, and comfortable, well I think that's self explanitory.
Try out all osprey packs, but for your criteria, the osprey aether 70.
A few weeks ago, I got to try out NYNJTC's new Digital Maps for the iPhone and iPad on an overnight hike in Harriman State Park. I really like the app, and I found the maps with GPS to be very useful. Read the review here:
40 days of Dehydrated Food
For two months I have been organizing a Long Path thru hike. I bought a lot of dehydrated food; unfortunately, due to job issues I can’t do this hike. In total I spent over $250.00 dollars, but I am willing to sell it for half the price or best offer. Everything is sealed and in perfect condition, with varied foods and brands of food like: (Packit Gourmet, Mountain House and Backpacker's Pantry ). The 40 days of food include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and energy bars “Mojo” and more. If you are interested, please send me and email.
Thank you and happy Trail.
I just found this post, and I don't know how well you made out with moving this food. But I wanted to mention that freeze dried stuff lasts forever...well close to it. I have actually had Mountain House eggs that were about twenty years old for breakfast with no ill-effects at all. There was a bit of oil separation when I first hydrated them, but it was good.
So don't throw it away!
The scales of our maps vary greatly due to factors that don't focus as much on the standard map scales. As such, I don't currently know of any commercially-available UTM grid overlays that work with some of our less-popular map scales, including the North Jersey maps. I do know that a few map-users have approached me with their makeshift solutions of producing their own overlays by using the scalebar in the map legend, achieving 50m accuracy or better in some cases. While this certainly is not as accurate as a UTM grid overlay, it can help pinpoint locations in most cases.
~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the dog section, but here I am.
We're looking for new booties for our dog to protect her feet. The set we had got torn up during a recent traverse of the Presidential range in New Hampshire's White Mountains. While they protected her feet from all the rocks they held in the heat and her feet got very warm.
We're wondering if anyone knows of any dog booties that have a tough surface for under the foot and a ventilated fabric for the top part of the boot. Thanks for any info you can share with us.
My dog is a Catskill 35er and he recommends Mushers Secret paw wax.
I have hiked my dogs for years and they don't require booties which are designed to make their humans feel better while taking their money.
I would leave it here and post it in the dog section too!
If the tent is for one person I'm going to recommend the Rainbow made by Tarptent.com I've got one and it's everything you want in a tent, almost. It's roomy and you can sit up in it, it's light weight and packs pretty small, and it does a good job of keeping out the weather and the bugs. All single wall tents made of silnylon have some issues, but I believe the pros out weigh the cons. Check it out at www.tarptent.com as well as their other models of tents too. And just in case you're wondering, I have no connection to the company other than as a customer.
I disagree. I find Tarptents to be flimsy, delicate, they have misting isuues in th rain, condensation is a big issue, over priced and a real pain to pitch properly. I've tried them before and find them a waste of time and money. There are way better options out there. They may not be as light, but still light, they'll go up better, last longer, keep you drier etc.
Waiting for my membership card to go shopping all gear I would need for the long path thru-hike next July. Tent or hammock? Any advicde?
We had a tent when we backpackpacked the Long Path. Shelters are in Harriman / Bear Mountain - Catskills - a few on the Long path North. So the answer is you will need shelter. If you are doing the backpacker route you can use the sheters while on the AT. We have no shelters on the Shawangunk Ridge Trail but camping is plentiful on the SRT
We did the LP in trips but did thru hike the Vermont Long trail. I sent you a message with my email. Please contact me as I have information that you will need for a thru hike.
We've been doing the Long Path in sections for a little bit now. It's an interesting trail. There are some parts in Rockland County that are very suburban. For the first 30 miles or so, at the most you'll be a couple of miles from stores and restaurants. Once you get in Harriman there are some shelters. In July it will probably be very hot and if there were reliable shelters all the way up, which I am not sure about, you might not need a tent. But you certainly don't want to risk getting you and all your gear soaking wet. How many miles per day are you hoping to do?
The membership discount is a great benefit especially when you are buying more expensive items. We bought new boots, crampons and snowshoes this winter and the savings really added up.
I think that and average of 15 miles a day would be fine, however this would depend on how I could feel and the day and path conditions I'd find. I have a good guide in the Jacob Aronson's blog to get an idea.
On the other hands, I hope I will save some money , since I have to buy all gear, including the expensive one, I will need; Tent, backpack, boots, gaiter, tracking poles..etc.
I am looking to get a GPS for hiking - I don't need top of the line but I want it to work, be reliable, and have good battery life - It seems the most popular brand at this time is Garmin - I have a Garmin car GPS and have been happy with it - I was looking at something from the eTrex series in the $110-$200 range.
I had a few questions about recommendations on the device itself and even more so on the topo map I load on it - there is a good deal of information out there and it can get confusing - Garmin and other retailers sell a northeast topo for the device but as far as I can tell that is not the USGS topo - is the Garmin map just as good or do I really want the USGS topo? Can I load the official USGS topo for NJ or NY on the device?
Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
Some of your questions may be answered by a page we have devoted to choosing a GPS unit, and this can be found by clicking here: http://www.nynjtc.org/content/gps-trail
At the bottom of the page are some specific GPS device recommendations by other users as well.
Lastly, I'd suggest visiting an outdoor retailer with various GPS units in stock to try out different units and ask knowledgeable staff any additional questions.
~Jeremy, TC cartographer
thanks a lot - I saw your article right after I wrote my post - I was reading through the article and I saw a particular unit that comes pretty highly recommended and I have found it in a bundle with the Garmin US Topo and an SD card for a very reasonable price - the Garmin gmaps 60csx - most of the reviews of that unit seem very good...but it is a little older - it was released in 2006 or so - but most current reviews as of 2010 or so are still very good
do you see any downside to a unit that is a bit older like this one?
The 60CSX is still a great unit and the one that most newer units are measured by. Because there is a newer model in the line (62S) it is a very good value. You will not be disappointed.
thanks all for the input - concerning gps in general i have been doing a lot of reading etc and wanted to ask...for hiking what will a GPS do for me and possibly more importantly what will it NOT do for me? do the topos (garmin, nat geo, usgs, etc) have trails on them? from what I have seen the answer is no - so if i am going to a park in ny or nj...or wherever i still need a trail map - i realize a gps is not a replacment for a map and compass and should never be relied on as such as it can break, lose signal, get lost etc - i am just trying to understand what it will do for me and what it won't so my expectations are in line - i know it will enable me to retrace my steps back if i get lost - but what if i am not lost per say but i reach a junction and i have doubt over which way to go and the map is not entirely clear? how does a gps help there? i am just trying to understand how it is used as a real navigation and safety tool as opposed to a gadget/toy - i am a tech dweeb so i am all for gadgets - i just want to understand this from someone's personal experience
fyi - I bought a GPS device and I completely understand its value and purpose now - definitely a good thing to have - not essential if you are in an area with clear trails and good weather...but if you get lost and you are not a map/compass expert or clear landmarks are not available to determine your location - seems like a GPS is a great use of technolgy ;)