[hr100] gaiters etc.
- Hello 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
I wear the really short strtchy OR gaitors. Have lots of problems w/ rocks
& snow in shoes: poss. because my heels and ankles are so narrow. My feet
are wet all the time, gaitors or not. That's life in heaven, uh, I mean
the HRH course. I tried full ht smart wool socks, but they bunched up in my
shoes when wet, so I'm back to dbl layer cool max, need some higher ones to
be more comfy under gaitors.
I wear a tank top or sports bra ( I think the guys would look cute in these
& not have nipple problems ) with a hi tec long sleeve over that. My long
sleeves have a long enough zipper so I can pull them on & off my shoulders&
leave them around my waist w/out taking off my shoulder strapped water
pack. I carry a very light fully water proof jacket that doesnt breath, the
whole way. I've even used plastic disposable jackets w/ good results. I can
pull the back of the jacket down from around my waist on snow slides and
dont need tights or wind pants, except at night ( esp. the 2'nd night) (
but Charlie & a Lot of you folks wouldn't know about that ! ) I also use
some kinda fleece top @ night. Oh yeah ! I do also wear shorts the whole
Last year I used a waist pack for the 2'nd !/2 and had stomach problems for
the 1'st time, so now I'm comitted to my shoulder pack. I'm going to carry
a titanium cup for drinking out of streams where I think it might be safe,
since other folks are doing it w/ no harm. This worked well for us in the
Eco Challange in BC.
Ginny La Forme rlaforme@...
325 Onate St. 505-753-3291
Espanola, NM 87532 505-753-8340