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    Idaho Sawtooth Overnighter

    Took my wife and our oldest out for a short overnight trip recently. We drove up to the Sawtooths late in the evening and set up camp by the headlights of the car. I lay awake for a while staring up at the tree tops and the stars. I watched loads of satellites and a few shooting stars until I finally drifted off. In the valley of the Sawtooths the cool night air settled in and by morning we all had frost on our bug nets. Temps dropped to the very low 30's for a few hours. We decided to drive the few miles from our camp into Stanley for breakfast. Back at the trail head we packed up our gear, My wife and son both had Golite Ions and I loaded the bulk of our gear into the Dixon Roller Pack. With the DRP I was able to carry all of the heavy gear and food along with most of the food. That feed them up to just a leg pad each and their sleeping bags, throw on wind and warm jackets and they each had 5-8 pounds for their loads.

    We hiked the 5 miles into a secret lake in a couple hours with only a few breaks. After setting up camp, getting the hammocks each hung, quilts lofting and some fire wood gathered we set out to do some fishing. I set up the spinning reel with a bobble float and a black woolly bugger. I cast the fly out and handed the rod to my Rock Hopper, my sons newly dubbed trail name, in less than 10 seconds of reeling he had set the hook in a nice cutthroat. After dropping it back in the lake and casting back out I handed the rig over to Princess, in seconds she was reeling in a large rainbow. We continued to fish the lake for hours right up till dark, we pulled in near 20 fish, most to small to keep but fun to hook as many as we did.

    After dinner we sat around the campfire for several hours enjoying the quiet evening. When we did settle into our hammocks Rock Hopper was out in seconds and as soon as I was set could hear him snoring. I laughed and Princess asked what for, before I could answer it was about his snoring so loud she had joined in. Again I lay awake for a while listening to the night and staring up at the stars and near full moon. The night was much warmer, probably close to 40. Being up close to 2000 feet higher in elevation we did not get the cool air that settled into the valley like the night before.

    We got up as the sun crested the hill, ate a quick oatmeal breakfast and grabbed the fishing pole to see if we could land a few more fish before packing up. We were able to get a few fish but it was not as fast as it had been the evening before. We decided we should get back on the trail so we headed back to camp to get our gear packed up. The five miles out when quick with only 2 short breaks for water and a good snack for lunch.

    In a couple hours we were back down to some of the towns on the way home and stopped for dinner at Snow Bunny Dive In for some burgers and milk shakes.

    I got to play with some new gear on this trip, an hour before we left for the trip Brown Santa dropped off a new camera, the Pentax W90. I really like this camera, I shot about 5 pictures before we left the house to see that it worked. But it did great on the trail. It is a waterproof camera, tested that shooting a couple shots of one of the fish we reeled in near the bank. It did very well in macro and had great color rendering. I did a small bit of video and the sound was very crisp and clear. Power up and ready to shoot was very good, it has quite a few options for a small camera. This was also the first trip that I have been really successful with using a float bubble and fly set up on a spinning reel to catch fish. I have tried it a couple times with little to no luck. This trip it worked very well. I think that mostly comes down to a couple factors, mainly that this particular lake is off the main beaten path in the Sawtooths and does not get visited as much as many others. It was packed with fish, and we watched a number of them swimming and feeding within feet of the bank.


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    Nice Paul. Thanks for taking us along.
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    Paul, Nice video thanks for sharing your trip. That Dixon roller pack looked like it was tracking pretty well in the clip of you going up hill. Does it push any on the down hill stretches?
    Terry

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    Thanks guys, we had a lot of fun.


    Quote Originally Posted by Poppabear View Post
    Does it push any on the down hill stretches?
    No it really dose very well going down hill. I think it feels less like it is pushing me than the weight of a regular pack does.
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    Nice Video lad you got some time away from the office with the family

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    Hey Paul,
    Thankee for the great trip report and "Da Bomb" video.

    I liked all of the pictures, especially the wild flowers, but the one that I simply loved was the next to last one of Rock Hopper taking a big bite of his "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at the end.

    Man...I can tell you guys are gonna really enjoy this falls' hang in the Sawtooths! Glad to see you took Shug's advice, and got out into the woods pardner.

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    Thanks for the video! Looks like you had a great time.


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    Very nice, Paul. How old is Rock Hopper? I've not been brave enough to bring my 5 year old along yet, but I think he's ready. It's just me, the overprotective father, that isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outkastblast View Post
    Very nice, Paul. How old is Rock Hopper? I've not been brave enough to bring my 5 year old along yet, but I think he's ready. It's just me, the overprotective father, that isn't.
    He is six, his first trip was last year, we did 8 miles on a day hike, it was a long day but he did well. This year he was out in front setting a good pace most of the way, we averaged over 3 MPH, very good in my opinion for the terrain. We should do a kiddos hike sometime, maybe before it gets to cool.
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