Going there at the beginning of the summer. Itinerary not fully fleshed out yet. Having to buy a lot of gear though.
Useful nicknacks when winter camping
Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Tablets
Useful when camping with the kids. Lets them easily start a fire without frustration.
Indoor Extra Large Window/Patio Door Shrink Film Kit, 84-Inch x 120-Inch
Can be used as ground cover under tend or sleeping bag if not sleeping in a tent. Very thin, very light, very cheap, doesn’t puncture.
Non-locking trailer hitches
Useful when going camping in the snow and it’s more useful to have a hitch on that you can use a tow strap on than a ball. Very cheap, like $2.50
Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS
My wife bought this insulation layer jacket to go along with the rain shell posted below.
- Very stretchy
- Active Fit. Trim, close to body fit
- Hydrophobic 800-fill down
- Weight: 14.8 oz / 420 g
So far she’s only worn it a few times. I’ll return with an update.
Update: She wears it every day and so far so good. Keeps her warm, not too delicate, perfect body-hugging fit.
Where to camp at Lake Tahoe in Winter
Sugar Pine Point Campground is a sure thing. Roads to the campsite are paved, almost nobody there, right by the lake, etc.
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Looking for rain jacket
My rain hike to test out my new pair of The North Face Ultra 110 GTX’s was a success for the shoes but an epic fail for my 10 year old Patagonia ski jacket.
Time to find a jacket that will
- Keep me dry in the rain
- Work well with some layers to keep me warm down to at most 20 degrees
Arc’teryx Beta AR looks to be the best if I can get it on sale.
In the market for off-road shoes
Looking for trail runners and hiking boots. Should I get loggers or a lighter pair?
- Salomon X Ultra 3
- Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid
- The North Face Ultra 110
- Salomon Quest 4D
- White’s Boots
- Baldor Black Logger 8
Sites I’ve come across
I’ve tried on the Salomon X Ultra 3 and they were a bit narrow.
This is where I’ll be posting about traveling, camping, cheap equipment for the most fun, etc. I live just outside San Francisco, so most of what I do will be localized to this area and be optimized for mild, warm, arid climates and a cold ocean.