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    salmon river : mt. hood NF

    farting owl and i got out on the salmon river trail in mt. hood NF for a 2 nighter this past weekend. saw a lot of wet & cold weather saturday night... lows around 30 with rain. sunday showed quite a few glimmers of sun- actually outlasting the rain and clouds for the most part.

    i was field testing the packa, which worked out well. when it rains... things get wet, no matter what. but the packa did a pretty good job. it was easy to vent while climbing the 1,000 ft. elevation gain, and offered good warmth retention when the temps dipped. *i will say though, the packa is not modular, therefore if your pack is not on you, neither is the packa. and vice versa. farting owl's system allowed him to drop his pack after the 9 mile haul= pack cover protecting his pack, rain shell keeping him dry. hmmmm... the verdict is still out.....

    my wb spinn mamajamba performed flawlessly as expected, keeping the jrb bridge, hudson river and incubator dry. i slept warm, high and dry. it's trips like this that make me love the hmmk so much more than that passe notion of a tent.

    *note on the jrb bridge hmmk, even as a small guy - 5'8" 160lbs., i still experienced a decent amount of shoulder squeeze. i slid up as far towards the head end as possible, and that seemed to help. while i can get a good, flat lay- especially as a side sleeper, my shoulders cramped pretty bad, waking me up and forcing me to flip sides. the verdict is still out on that one too.....
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    I never get tired of looking at pictures of Oregon. You guys have the best woods in the country dude. You'll get the bridge down soon I'm sure. But, I hear it's not for everyone. Great pictures and thanks a lot for sharing.

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    rip, its good to hear you found someone to hang with out west, we miss ya here in ohio. wanna fly back memorial weekend for one last trip to wildcat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papi View Post
    rip, its good to hear you found someone to hang with out west, we miss ya here in ohio. wanna fly back memorial weekend for one last trip to wildcat?
    possibly labor day- first chance i'll get to make it home to ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by rip waverly View Post
    farting owl's system
    Thanks for the report. I did a search on farting owl and came up with nothing - is there a link to his system?

    Keith

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    Great report... brought me back to my PDX roots!! Love the pics too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgbenson View Post
    Thanks for the report. I did a search on farting owl and came up with nothing - is there a link to his system?

    Keith
    he was basically using an rei pack cover and mt. hardwear something or other rain shell jacket. when we got to camp, he was able to drop his pack, and keep it protected, while my 'the packa' requires you or your pack to be exposed if trying to operate one without the other. i suppose its not a big deal for true distance hiking, or when you get to a spot & deploy your tarp immediately with the pack still on. ** but even when we stopped for lunch, i was in a quandary about whether to leave my body exposed to drizzle, or my pack.
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    Great looking place.Thanks
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    I'll be out that way in July for a Rogue River trip. Can't wait to see all that green.
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