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  • Roleigh Martin
    Google the message archive on comments about Mini Babybel Cheese (which is fully wrapped in wax coating). It has been used by me on my last 2-3 JMTs and holds
    Message 1 of 22 , Jun 16, 2013
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      Google the message archive on comments about Mini Babybel Cheese (which is fully wrapped in wax coating). It has been used by me on my last 2-3 JMTs and holds up fine.  Same for others I know who have used it.
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    • dofdear aka Thumper
      Dear Group, I posted this on the PCT-L but am curious what you opinions are. This is my plan and I d appreciate comments; SOBO hike of the PCT beginning 3rd
      Message 2 of 22 , Jun 16, 2013
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        Dear Group,

         

        I posted this on the PCT-L but am curious what you opinions are.  This is my plan and I'd appreciate comments;

        SOBO hike of the PCT beginning 3rd week of June this year from Manning to Campo by end of October. Starting with 2 or 3 others and plan on staying together at least through the WA  now, if any. Otherwise this could be a solo hike but in reviewing each others plan we could be together/near for much of the trail.  So here is my proposed strategy;


        No paper!  Delorme GPS with TOPO 9 Maps and Halfmile's Waypoints and Tracks. Redundancy provided with Samsung Galaxy Note II loaded with Halfmile's maps, the Wilderness Press  Guidebooks, Ben Go Data Book.  GPS and Phone will have spare batteries and backup micro-SD chips.  Both will be in waterproof sacks.  Yes, I'll carry a compass.


        Rational - My old phone (HTC EVO) weighed in at 8oz with extended battery. Smaller screen made reading pdf maps acceptable but difficult.  New phone is 6 oz with normal battery that is  similar capacity as old phone's battery yet the screen is much larger and has significantly improved resolution. Battery life goes from 12 hours to 36 hours in normal use and on the trail the phone and GPS are off unless needed.  The point is I'd carry a phone and GPS anyway.  So the real savings would be the paper, maps and guide/data book sections plus the weight savings of the new phone itself. All the peripheral items, cable, charger, etc are the same between phones. Oh, the battery backup for the phone also supports GPS device for an added layer of redundancy.

        I realize this is a big paradigm shift and I'm hoping for the Group's
        perspective.  Thanks,



        Thumper

      • brucelem12
        Mozzarella balls sealed in original vacuum wrap for month + in resupply, then opened/eaten over as many as 6 days on a hot hike tastes/works well for me. Might
        Message 3 of 22 , Jun 16, 2013
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          Mozzarella balls sealed in original vacuum wrap for month + in resupply, then opened/eaten over as many as 6 days on a hot hike tastes/works well for me. Might be my palette is just so unsophisticated I don't even recognize cheese gone bad, :) ..but I've never noticed any mold or bad taste. Makes up a fairly significant portion of my diet...great w/ many things. No particular care taken in slicing off chunks per meal, (often just bite directly off it actually) :) ...just reseal in ziplock.
          Bruce

          --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "ravi_jmt2013" <ravi@...> wrote:
          > I'm thinking that hard cheese (probably parmesan) may be a luxury for the first segment of the JMT but I'm not sure that the cheese would survive in a resupply shipment. I may try an experiment with keeping hard cheese unrefrigerated for a longer period of time to see what happens. I assume that keeping the block of cheese intact and then somehow grating it on the trail would increase longevity by reducing the amount of cheese exposed to air. Trader Joes seems to have a good selection of hard cheese.
          >
        • nedtibbits
          We do not put a lot of faith in nor rely heavily on electronics in the backcountry, especially when you will be back there for, perhaps, a week or more at a
          Message 4 of 22 , Jun 16, 2013
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            We do not put a lot of faith in nor rely heavily on electronics in the backcountry, especially when you will be back there for, perhaps, a week or more at a time.
             
            Don’t forget, electronic devices do not do well in the wet and cold. Battery life diminishes quickly in cold weather. Electronics are affected by magnetic fields like old lava flows (and you will be on many while in the midst of the old volcanoes of the PNW).
             
            It is good that you will be taking backup batteries. Do you know how fast you will go through them considering the expected cold and wet weather? When you plan on saving weight by relying on electronics to do multiple tasks, you’d better have a “Plan B” for when they fail!
             
            When we are navigating through dense trees over solid snow (typical of the PNW), constantly searching for the trail and “signs of man,” our GPS units use a whole lot of power and last only three days before needing a battery change. Is this what you’re expecting?
             
             
            Ned Tibbits, Director
            Mountain Education
            www.mountaineducation.org
             
            Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:21 PM
            Subject: [John Muir Trail] Request for Strategy Comments (Maps, Guide & Data Book)
             
             

            Dear Group,

            I posted this on the PCT-L but am curious what you opinions are.  This is my plan and I'd appreciate comments;

            SOBO hike of the PCT beginning 3rd week of June this year from Manning to Campo by end of October. Starting with 2 or 3 others and plan on staying together at least through the WA  now, if any. Otherwise this could be a solo hike but in reviewing each others plan we could be together/near for much of the trail.  So here is my proposed strategy;


            No paper!  Delorme GPS with TOPO 9 Maps and Halfmile's Waypoints and Tracks. Redundancy provided with Samsung Galaxy Note II loaded with Halfmile's maps, the Wilderness Press  Guidebooks, Ben Go Data Book.  GPS and Phone will have spare batteries and backup micro-SD chips.  Both will be in waterproof sacks.  Yes, I'll carry a compass.


            Rational - My old phone (HTC EVO) weighed in at 8oz with extended battery. Smaller screen made reading pdf maps acceptable but difficult.  New phone is 6 oz with normal battery that is  similar capacity as old phone's battery yet the screen is much larger and has significantly improved resolution. Battery life goes from 12 hours to 36 hours in normal use and on the trail the phone and GPS are off unless needed.  The point is I'd carry a phone and GPS anyway.  So the real savings would be the paper, maps and guide/data book sections plus the weight savings of the new phone itself. All the peripheral items, cable, charger, etc are the same between phones. Oh, the battery backup for the phone also supports GPS device for an added layer of redundancy.

            I realize this is a big paradigm shift and I'm hoping for the Group's
            perspective.  Thanks,



            Thumper

          • casey
            I ve been using a Samsung Galaxy 7 tablet for the almost two years, works great, hoping to upgrade to the Note ll. It s half the weight. I carry a Goal
            Message 5 of 22 , Jun 17, 2013
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              I've been using a Samsung Galaxy 7" tablet for the almost two years, works great, hoping to upgrade to the Note ll. It's half the weight. I carry a Goal Zero Nomad 3.5 solar charger to power it. (Also recharges my headlamp batteries, g.p.s. batteries, and mp3 player.) It gives the tablet about 8 or 9 hours of video playback time on a recharge.

              When you consider all the things the tablet replaces, for me it seems to save weight, definitely saves on space. It's my camera, notebook, maps, trailguide, and I can watch a movie before bedtime. Personally don't have a problem with electronics in the backcountry. If it works, saves weight, and bulk, why not take advantage of the benefits. Without change we would all be wearing calf high leather boots and carrying external frame packs. (not meant as a criticism) There was a lot of resistance to g.p.s when if first became available, still is to some degree.



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              > From: dofdear aka Thumper
              > Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:21 PM
              > To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: [John Muir Trail] Request for Strategy Comments (Maps, Guide & Data Book)
              >
              >
              >
              > Dear Group,
              >
              >
              > I posted this on the PCT-L but am curious what you opinions are. This is my plan and I'd appreciate comments;
              >
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              > SOBO hike of the PCT beginning 3rd week of June this year from Manning to Campo by end of October. Starting with 2 or 3 others and plan on staying together at least through the WA now, if any. Otherwise this could be a solo hike but in reviewing each others plan we could be together/near for much of the trail. So here is my proposed strategy;
              >
              >
              > No paper! Delorme GPS with TOPO 9 Maps and Halfmile's Waypoints and Tracks. Redundancy provided with Samsung Galaxy Note II loaded with Halfmile's maps, the Wilderness Press Guidebooks, Ben Go Data Book. GPS and Phone will have spare batteries and backup micro-SD chips. Both will be in waterproof sacks. Yes, I'll carry a compass.
              >
              >
              > Rational - My old phone (HTC EVO) weighed in at 8oz with extended battery. Smaller screen made reading pdf maps acceptable but difficult. New phone is 6 oz with normal battery that is similar capacity as old phone's battery yet the screen is much larger and has significantly improved resolution. Battery life goes from 12 hours to 36 hours in normal use and on the trail the phone and GPS are off unless needed. The point is I'd carry a phone and GPS anyway. So the real savings would be the paper, maps and guide/data book sections plus the weight savings of the new phone itself. All the peripheral items, cable, charger, etc are the same between phones. Oh, the battery backup for the phone also supports GPS device for an added layer of redundancy.
              >
              > I realize this is a big paradigm shift and I'm hoping for the Group's
              > perspective. Thanks,
              >
              >
              >
              > Thumper
              >
            • Mark Liechty
              ... My suggestions may be to basic for most of the readers of this list but they work well for people getting started and looking for confidence and toolsets.
              Message 6 of 22 , Jun 17, 2013
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                On Jun 16, 2013, at 10:12 PM, <ned@...> <ned@...> wrote:

                 
                We do not put a lot of faith in nor rely heavily on electronics in the backcountry, especially when you will be back there for, perhaps, a week or more at a time.
                 
                Don’t forget, electronic devices do not do well in the wet and cold. Battery life diminishes quickly in cold weather. Electronics are affected by magnetic fields like old lava flows (and you will be on many while in the midst of the old volcanoes of the PNW).
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                My suggestions may be to basic for most of the readers of this list but they work well for people getting started and looking for confidence and toolsets.

                I have never ever been lost.  Maybe misplaced but never lost.   I always know ... What Planet I am on, What continent I am on, what Country I am in, What state I am in (mostly there have been times I have been on border)  and within 20-30 miles of my last fixed point.  Knowing these things helps settle the mind to further pinpoint locations.

                A couple of weeks ago i was delivering basic Outdoor leader training to some new Scout Leaders.  As was to be expected ALL of us had Compass apps on our phones.  

                I had them take them out and orient themselves to 180 degrees.  None of them were pointing in the exact direction.  Variations from 1-15 degrees.    Nothing significant in a 100 yard compass course but enough to get you in serious trouble in the wilderness when you are not really confident with your map reading skills.    

                We then brought out standard boring old compasses and the same group of men all ended up pointing in the same direction.   It did not make them experts at orienteering but if you find yourselves just a bit disoriented it helps to know your tools will be working on your side.    My cell phone compass is good enough when I have a map and solid peaks, rivers, valleys to confirm my location.  Other than that it is a toy that I love to carry but it is still just a toy.  


                Mark "Blankie" Liechty



              • John Ladd
                ... I ve also noticed that I get better altitude readings with my barometric altimeter (assuming I reset it frequently at known elevations) than with the
                Message 7 of 22 , Jun 17, 2013
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                  On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM, Mark Liechty <news@...> wrote:
                  ... We then brought out standard boring old compasses and the same group of men all ended up pointing in the same direction.

                  I've also noticed that I get better altitude readings with my barometric altimeter (assuming I reset it frequently at known elevations) than with the altitude readings of my GPS.

                  Explanation here

                  http://gpsinformation.net/main/altitude.htm

                  John Curran Ladd
                  1616 Castro Street
                  San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
                  415-648-9279
                • Roleigh Martin
                  John, what a great link -- this is a keeper (want to add it to our link library). Anyway I m curious about the comparison of mechanical altimeter (Sun or
                  Message 8 of 22 , Jun 17, 2013
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                    John, what a great link -- this is a keeper (want to add it to our link library).

                    Anyway I'm curious about the comparison of mechanical altimeter (Sun or Liberty Mountain) versus an altimeter watch (eg, HighGear).
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                    On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
                     

                    On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM, Mark Liechty <news@...> wrote:
                    ... We then brought out standard boring old compasses and the same group of men all ended up pointing in the same direction.

                    I've also noticed that I get better altitude readings with my barometric altimeter (assuming I reset it frequently at known elevations) than with the altitude readings of my GPS.

                    Explanation here

                    http://gpsinformation.net/main/altitude.htm

                    John Curran Ladd
                    1616 Castro Street
                    San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
                    415-648-9279


                  • John Ladd
                    ... I don t really know. I ve come to trust my Suunto watch altimeter (if frequently reset at passes) but haven t used other kinds. John Curran Ladd 1616
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                      On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...> wrote:
                      I'm curious about the comparison of mechanical altimeter (Sun or Liberty Mountain) versus an altimeter watch (eg, HighGear).

                      I don't really know. I've come to trust my Suunto watch altimeter (if frequently reset at passes) but haven't used other kinds.

                      John Curran Ladd
                      1616 Castro Street
                      San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
                      415-648-9279
                    • John Ladd
                      ... Done. It s now with other technical stuff on navigational technical issues like compass declination and the UTM grid systems you see along the borders of
                      Message 10 of 22 , Jun 17, 2013
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                        On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...> wrote:
                        John, what a great link -- this is a keeper (want to add it to our link library).

                        Done. It's now with other technical stuff on navigational technical issues like compass declination and the UTM grid systems you see along the borders of your maps.

                      • ravi_jmt2013
                        ... Picked up some 24 month aged Parmigiano Reggiano today and I ll be thrilled if I can make this part of my trail diet. Surprisingly not that calorie dense
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                          -- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "dh5169" <dh5169@...> wrote:
                          > Ravi,
                          > As a former cheesemonger, I can assure you that a well aged, good quality parmesan (check a local cheese shop for a stravecchio parmesan) will keep for months, especially if well wrapped.
                          >

                          Picked up some 24 month aged Parmigiano Reggiano today and I'll be thrilled if I can make this part of my trail diet. Surprisingly not that calorie dense at 110 cal/ounce but very tasty cheese. It seems hard enough to survive a long time.
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