31[hr100] gaiters etc.
- Feb 23, 2000Hello everybody! This is Roger Wiegand, last year's caboose. Like Charlie
Thorn, I too avoid gaiters. It's not just the weight of the material, but
the water too. Wet feet and socks are inevitable at Hardrock, and with
gaiters it just takes longer for your socks and shoes to dry out. I have the
same clothing scheme (and I have to allow for two nights): Shorts all the
way, but tights for occasional use. (I put them on for the Virginius
descent, but it was all over so fast it was not worth the effort.) They were
helpful on the cold, wet climb up to Engineer Pass. I wear a long-sleeve
polypro shirt, but keep the sleeves rolled up most of the time. I always
have a superlight waterproof (well, sort of) jacket with me, though it's main
purpose is as a wind breaker for occasional use. A six-hour rainstorm would
make me pretty miserable I think. I leave a dry pair of socks at most drop
points and occasionally change. I also leave a variety of shoes scattered
around but generally stick with one pair.
Anyone interested in the view from the caboose (the saga of a last-place
finisher) can check out http://www.math.unl.edu/~rwiegand/HR.html
Eventually I'll put up some pictures, but for now it's just text.
See you all in a few months.
Roger A. Wiegand
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