Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 16 Dec 1997 to 17 Dec 1997
Terry Dunnigan (thedew@CONCENTRIC.NET)
Thu, 18 Dec 1997 11:17:18 -0800
>Our guys got either good-quality external packs (they chose $150 4500
One thing which I have found invaluable is to make sure at least one guy in
a crew brings extra pins/screws/rings for all of the guys with external
frame packs. If one of those pins busts, life is not good....
>got Vasque Sundowners, Asolo 535s, or Salomons, all for around
I can't say enough for the Sundowners. I'm now on my third pair. One pair
because I outgrew them, the other because I hiked the living daylights out
of them -- I actually broke the bottom part of the boot in the toe area
above the rubber sole.
>And good raingear is another essential: flimsy plastic ponchos or cheap
>vinyvl raincoats will make you miserable:
I disagree. I've been to Philmont twice ( 1992 and 1994 ), and both times
I had el-cheapo rain jackets. In 1992, they were very cheap blue ones ( $
25 for both pants and jacket ), and in 1994 I got Columbia's green jacket
and pants ( $30 for the jacket, probably $20 for the pants ). The jackets
were always fine. I hiked in several rainstorms, but only once ( when it
was hailing ) did I wear the jacket. The other times it just wasn't cold
enough to justify the jacket. But I did wear my Gore-Tex gaiters almost
religously when hiking.
But I confess; I've upgraded to a Marmot Alpinest Lightweight ( 2 ply/ 3
ply ) for my 1998 trip.
>Campmor "CampTech" rainjackets.) Rain pants are good in a Philmont
>downpour but hot in New Mexico's July: if your jacket is long enough to
>cover your butt, you can usually just let your shorts (if they're nylon
>-- as they should be, not cotton ) and legs get wet and they'll dry
Agree with you on the pants. I have always left my pants in the locker,
and just brought my jacket and gaiters. It's worked fine for me.
Terry Dunnigan http://www.concentric.net/~thedew/Philmont/
"I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass.
And I'm all out of bubblegum" -Rowdy Roddy "Hot Rod" Piper
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