I wrote this up about my trip to MT Washington on LF.net. I thought someone over here might get something out of it.
So I climbed MT Washington (highest mountain east of the Mississippi) and took along some of my gear so I figured I'd review it.
Just as background, the gf and I took the Nelson Crag trail. That starts out at an elevation around 2000 ft and asends to 6288 ft along a 6 or 7 mile trail. I was planning on using my North Face Venture 40, but my girl's pack didn't come in, so she stole it and I used my BH Raptor Pack instead (I know, BH = not mega force cool, but I got it before I found this site). I ordered a BH large GP pouch for the pack, but its not in stock right now. So heres the pack:
+ Sized for military items (which I wasn't using on this trip)
+ Rugged and decently water resistent
+ Pretty comfortable with a medium load in it
+ Works well with hyrdation system
- No internal frame
- Should have thought about the waist belt. Its sized to wear with all of the go faster gear so its not really snug without any of that on. It did feel better on the summitt with my jacket on though.
I purchased a Garmin Foretrex 201 a month or two ago and this was my first opportunity to use it in a role other than running. I was very impressed with its ability to create a vitutal trail of where we had hiked. Heres it towards the beginning of the hike:
+ Small size and ease of use
+ Accurate down to a couple of meters
+ Contiued to operate despite heave cloud cover
+ 15 hours of operation on one charge
+ Fit over my jacket
- Lost signal sometimes in the forest
- Needs to be plugged in to recharge
- No integrated maps
Another toy that I had the opportunity to try out on this trip was the MSR MIOX Water Purifier. This purifies water by creating an oxidizing "brine" solution from water, salt and some process that goes on inside the contraption. We used it an number of times because my girl friend was drinking water very quickly. Anyways, heres the device on top of my RAPTOR Pack (it also comes with additional salt and strips to test the water to make sure you got enough of the MIOX solution in the bottle
+ East to use.
+ No pumping
+ Kills EVERYTHING in the water, even stuff that iodine doesn't kill
+ No nasty iodine taste, smell, or color
- Tastes like pool water
- Smells like pool water
So thats pretty much it. I hope this helped someone. And heres me at the top. Have a good one.
Great pictures buddy. Our original plan was to climb MT Rainer this summer, but that fell through due to Army reasons. So now I'm headed up to Alaska and hopfully see some amazing mountains. If I end up posting up there after graduation, I plan on climbing Denali one day.