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Yesterday I walked around townlake to try to break into my hiking boots, and decided that I need better socks. So I went and got those smartwool socks at REI (along with a sleeping pad, whistle, compass, dry-wicking clothes, small compressible pillow, pillow cover, dehydrated napoleon ice-cream, etc). The bill at the register shocked me. So these items better be awesome. But the good thing with REI is I can return the stuff anytime, and it has a lifetime guarantee.

Anyways, the smartwool socks help. My little toe on my right foot is still rubbing the shoe a bit. Maybe I need to create more padding there.

Last night, Andy and I watched "Lust, Caution", the new Ang Lee movie. I won't talk much about it in case you want to see it; suffice it to say that it pleased me and annoyed me in different ways.

On Thursday, I fly to the Smokey Mountains and go for a backpacking trip in the Appalachian.


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Oct. 16th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Suggestion on places to stay
I spent many weeks of my childhood camping there, and by far the best campground I've found is the Cosby campground, near Gatlinburg. It's pretty out of the way and has a nice stream running through the middle of it. Keeps sealed food nice and cold as long as you submerge it.

If you haven't been there before:
1. Make sure you pack a few big thick trashbags(Every time I've been there it has rained overnight and until arount 10-11 am and then clears up.
2. Buy a painter's tarp, thin plastic.
3. Bring N+3 pairs of socks and underwear
4. You need to spend a whole lot more time in those boots, like wear them all the time between now and when you leave. Might also want to think about wrapping them in towels putting them in a pillow case and that into a drier on low/no heat to help soften them up a bit.
5. If you are gonna be cooking over a campfire, make sure that you have a ready supply of wood in the places you tent in. They get really upset about you cutting anything green for campfires.
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Suggestion on places to stay
hey, thanks a lot for the feedback :)

i noticed that it might rain.. definitely gonna get some trashbags!
Oct. 16th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Hiking boots are overrated. Now that I've gone on a multi-day hike, I'd rather wear shoes.

If you toe rubs now, it's not likely to stop soon, so you may want to put duct tape or moleskin on the spot that rubs before it blisters.

Sleeping pads come in all kinds of costs depending on what you want.

A whistle and compass (with a map; a compass w/o a map is nearly useless) are the most important things you can have. Whistle + compass == rescued or got yourself out.

Have fun backpacking!
Oct. 16th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I like the smart wool...
they are expensive but worth it... and put the moleskin on before the blister comes...

good thing about buying quality gear from REI, is the Rebate and the way the stuff lasts...

Oct. 16th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
hey, i think i left my yellow bike helmet in the back of your truck?
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
ok let me check... I haven't unloaded any of my stuff...

behind the seat?

you need ASAP?
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
no, don't need it for a week or so :)
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
ok well I can meet you downtown tonight after around 9 pm...

tomorrow at lunch...

I have a dentist appt in the morning.

Oct. 16th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
we don't have to meet up... i'm flying out on thurs morning so i'm busy planning for the trip.

i'll just get it the next time we hang out?
Oct. 18th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
Concur about the quality-thing. I don't know REI, as they're asfar as I know US-only, but quality gear is cheaper in the long run.

My hiking-boots where bougth in 1996. They've logged probably 5000 miles since then, including two winther when I was a poor student and opted to use them as my regular winther-boots rather than purchase extra. Many of those kilometres have been in the kind of rocky terrain that will (I've seen it) KILL typical non-hiking-shoes in a week.

They're not even close to worn-out. I expect they'll last me another decade. With such longevity, $250 actually don't seem so bad. I got my backpack in 1992. Good as new. Actually been used more than the shoes since I tend to use it for vacation too, not only trekking.

I'm envious. I wanna go appalachian too ! Some day I will.

Oct. 25th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: I like the smart wool...
i would love to go backpacking with you someday.
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