jkneilson | 1 Nov 19:56 2006
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jmt 2007

Planning to hike JMT either in Aug or Sept - is precipitation more 
likely in either month? What's the ideal time to go? Cheers, K

 
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Merritt | 1 Nov 20:47 2006
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Hiking December in Falls Creek Falls Tennessee

Hey everyone!

Anyone ever been up to Falls Creek Falls TN? I am planning a trip there 
in early December. We will probably stayin the cabins there (we come 
with kids) but during the day we plan to hike and possibly cave.

I was looking on the internet and there appears to be some nice caves in the area, has any one ever been there? 

Just looking for some real information on the area.

Jerry

 
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Yellow Jacket | 1 Nov 21:09 2006
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Re: jmt 2007

On 11/1/06, jkneilson <jkneilson@...> wrote:
> Planning to hike JMT either in Aug or Sept - is precipitation more
> likely in either month? What's the ideal time to go? Cheers, K

Ask again on the PCT mailing list on http://www.backcountry.net/.
And, maybe in the "Other Long Trails" forum on www.whiteblaze.net, as
there are quite a few PCT/JMT hikers who frequent the board.

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Frank Martin | 1 Nov 22:44 2006
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Re: jmt 2007

--- In BackpackingLight@..., "jkneilson" <jkneilson <at> ...>
wrote:
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> Planning to hike JMT either in Aug or Sept - is precipitation more 
> likely in either month? What's the ideal time to go? Cheers, K

Either month is fine.  The later you get in September the more chance
of an early snow.  Also less daylight.

Generally you get afternoon thunderheads and depending where they
finally dump you will either get rained on or not.  On occasion you
will have evening or night rain.  Of course there are always exceptions.

Really August is the best month but also the most crowded.  A lot of
people avoid July because of skeeters .

Really any month is good.

f

 
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enoch | 2 Nov 00:01 2006
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Need help making waist belt. (for lumbar pack)

Hi guys:

Has anyone out there made a waist belt and can give me some 
pointers ?

Requirements: I am designing a lumbar pack that will need to hold 10 
pounds comfortably.  It will hold 2 litres of water, food, feul

Background:  I was trying to save effort by modifying a off the 
shelf lumbar pack, so I bought a MountainSmith lumbar pack and made 
several modifications.  I cut off 1 pound of excess straps & junk.  
Also put on a 2" wide buckle (it came w/ a 1" wide buckle- way too 
thin).  It handles OK  at 4-5 pounds but really starts to pull in 
the middle at 8+.  Its waist belt system only comes around just past 
the hips.  So when you load it up it puts alot of pull on the front 
buckle.  I've only used it for 1 hour and it was starting to bother 
me - so you know that after several miles it'd be a real pain.   I 
really like my GG- VaporTrail and am considering buying an extra 
belt from them and using that.

thanks,
sully

 
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hikrtoo | 2 Nov 00:28 2006
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Re: jmt 2007


In a message dated 11/1/2006 2:54:30 PM Pacific Standard Time,  
jkneilson@... writes:

What's  the ideal time to go?

September has less mosquitos.

It will rain anytime in August or September.

Regards, Jim

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Don Ladigin | 2 Nov 02:50 2006
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Re: Need help making waist belt. (for lumbar pack)

One thing you could consider is using "suspenders" (like found on 
some carpenter tool belts) to help support loads over 5 pounds or so. 
I've seen some of these suspenders at hardware stores in a clip-on 
style which you could experiment with.  

You can also save space inside the lumbar pack by hanging a couple of 
water bottle totes onto the belt, although they will bounce around if 
you run while wearing the pack. Sierra Trading Post has had some 
Outdoor Research Bottle Totes for only $4.40 each: 
<http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/9358,98554_.html>
They're also easy to make, it's just a small bag with a drawstring 
and a loop or velcroed loop for putting it onto the belt.

Like you, I think the Vapor Trail is a very nice pack, simple, 
comfortable, and with plenty of room for the gear you mention plus 
more, but it's a backpack of course, not a lumbar pack. 

I know others are also working on getting a lumbar-type pack to work 
for ultra-lite backpacking, but it's difficult. Personally I'm really 
drawn to the "add suspenders" idea. That may make such a pack a 
hybrid between a backpack and a lumbar pack, but if it works and is 
comfortable enough, who cares if it's not a "pure" lumbar pack?
  :^)   Best,  Don L.

"enoch" <markwsullivan <at> ...> wrote:
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> Has anyone out there made a waist belt and can give me some 
> pointers ?
> 
> Requirements: I am designing a lumbar pack that will need to hold 
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wandelaar_negen | 2 Nov 08:52 2006
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What's new in watches?

I'm looking for a nice watch for backpacking. I don't have a GPS, so
I'm looking at the new Timex and older Garmin wrist GPS devices. I'd
also like a heart monitor and wonder how annoying is that strap, is it
even worth it if you're not a marathon runner, but just want to get
stronger, since it's more like I'm getting weaker every time?

 
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Jeffrey Zimmerman | 2 Nov 13:28 2006
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Re: jmt 2007

A few years ago I attempted in September.  We had appreciable snow when  
about two-thirds of the way down, waited it out, caught another storm as  
we were crossing the next pass, and decided to bail.  Of course, that was  
followed by two weeks of fabulous weather.  The really bad, killer snows  
hit in October.

The worst of the crowds are gone by Labor Day.  Even though the permits  
limit traffic, there is still a crowd.  Sunrise High Sierra camp, a few  
days after Labor Day, still had over a hundred people, and that was not  
counting those who were there on the guided horse trips.  Until  
mid-September, there was never an hour when other people were not also  
visibly on the trail with you.  By late September that interval had  
increased substantially, but it's also true that south of Red's Meadow the  
lateral access is more difficult.

The weather is drier, and as mentioned by another, there is almost no  
skeeter problem.  Water, though, is not a problem, it seldom being more  
than a mile before near-potable water is available.  You won't have the  
searing heat the prior two months offered, but you'll have a taste of fall  
on its way, less green on the hills.

If you're doing 10- or 15-mile days, and you're moving at dawn, you'll  
have plenty of light by which to find and set up camp.  I don't remember  
setting up any camp by flashlight.  The total trail length is 222 miles,  
so 10-mile days is about a three-week trip, 15-mile days is about a  
two-week trip.  You'll be done before Equinox if you start in early  
September.

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-- 
Jeffrey "56"  Zimmerman
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ptoddf | 2 Nov 16:20 2006
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Re: What's new in watches?

Instead of watch GPS, how about a waist GPS? The Foretrex 101 is a 
wrist mount design that works perfectly IMO on the pack waist band.
I use a little bracket bent out of Home Depot light aluminum sheet to 
hold it horizontal. Cut a strip of metal the width of the GPS band, 
bend it like the letter "P" in shape, with the upright side of the 
letter behind the waist band and against the body. The GPS Velcro band 
goes around this and around the waist band. It's perfectly secure.

I just look down and have time, altitude, heading, compass direction 
right there with no annoying strap on my wrist. No interference with 
hiking poles, much more intuitive to use. I've seen this GPS on sale 
for $85 recently. Doesn't do maps, but I don't want that. That's what 
topos are for. (GPS might croak, then what?)

Best, Todd in CC.

 
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