Headed down to the Pine Barrens to pound out some mileage. My original goal was 13 miles in one day, but I didn't know if I could make it.
I had intended to start hiking at noon, but woke up with diarrhea.I didn't want to take that on the trail so I decided to postpone my departure. While waiting for things to calm down, I went through my pack looking for weighs (pun intended) to lighten it. I got rid of the following:
Rain gear (instead brought lightweight poncho)
Six extra batteries for headlamps
Lengths of Amsteel I always take in case I want to splice (and I never do)
Extra aluminum pot I use to drink coffee
4 carabiners I never used
4 continuous loops and two soft shackles (I only brought one soft shackle and one continuous loop)
Bag I carry batteries, carabiners, Amsteel, continuous loops, etc.
Glasses - I never use them
Magnifying glass - never once used it
Cut my repair kit & first aid kit in half
Sawyer Squeeze backflushing syringe
Extra garbage bag
Four oz. denatured alcohol instead of 8
Four velcro fasteners
Spare whoopie sling and tree strap
Needle nose pliers
One Sawyer water bag (I still took two)
Two hand warmers
One oz. of coffee (usually carry two)
Once the tummy calmed down, I drove to Batsto Village and started hiking at 2:45 pm. There were a lot of very attractive women there - I'm not sure what the occasion was - I think it was an antiques fair. Who knew the honeys love antiques?
About 4 miles into the hike, SilentOrpheus called me and said he was coming down to hang at Batona, so I accelerated and did my best pace ever: 3.5 miles per hour. Frosty adult beverages are a powerful motivator for SilvrSurfr.
Stay tuned for Part 2 to find if I make it to Batona, or just get hopelessly lost at night as I usually do.
Good hiking SS. Food and beverage are strong motivators.
I was really amused by the reasonings for dumping some weight in the pack. :lol:
Good job on the hike (plus the half mile~;))
I don't know the area you were hiking or the type of water that's available, but I would want the Sawyer Squeeze backflushing syringe just in case you need it since it is hard to improvise something to replace it on the trail, especially when hiking by yourself.
Hey slvr good job on the video. Also thank you for the invite to this weekends trip. Unfortunately I had to work Friday so that didn't work out :(. But I greatly appreciate the offer!
If the hills aren't to steep and the scenery not too distracting I usually hike 3.45 miles an hour... That's when I care about the time... But sometimes its closer to one mile an hour when I get to looking at rocks and flowers and birds and enjoying my time out...
Congrats... I agree on some of your weight cuts, not all... But hang your own hang... Before editing your pack sounded like mine with extra stuff here and there that "i might need" but rarely ever pull out...
Nice. Thanks for posting. Looks like a nice area.
The question isn't whether or not you make it to Batona, the real question is, what in the world happened to that peanut?
I just came across a movie that's coming out soon titled 'The Barrens'. It's about people camping out in the pine barrens only to be attacked by the Jersey Devil. Gave me a chuckle, I'll let you know if it's worth watching. Your lucky you made it out alive! The Barrens