Originally Posted by BFGMofo
What time are you thinking about heading out for the overnight loop and how long is the hike? Trying to decide if I am going to just car camp and what gear. If I just car camp, bringing the NX-250, if backpacking going with the eno. What to do, what to do?
Bring both. That's the advantage of car camping. I'll have two different setups with me, possibly three. That's what I did last year, but used only one to sleep in. The others were there in case I needed a change, and they were good for show and tell.
As to the hike, I'd welcome company. In fact I probably wouldn't venture far solo because it's winter and I don't know the trails. I'll be getting there sometime Thursday, and won't plan to spend long cutting firewood because Hickery is bringing his truckload Thursday this year. (Thanks!) Doctari and some others will be hiking then, too, and while I may not follow the same route, I'll at least make sure somebody knows where I'm headed. There's an easy hike in to the Wise shelter that I do know, and it's on the way to the Scales. Whatever I do Thursday and/or Friday night, I'll plan to be back at the campground on Saturday. Bring your NX-250 for then, at least. (Also bring it because I've never seen one up close.
a description of one possible loop. Not all these trails are on my GPS, but map, compass, and altimeter are my main navigational tools. ("MyTrails
" map overlay from GPSfiledepot.com is great, but not complete.) I find the National Geographic maps of the area a bit confusing, but usable. See what you can find. Thanks for the interest.