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    I Learn So Others Can Too FireInMyBones's Avatar
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    Well, I'm sorry I won't be reading another Foothills Trail report, but I will look forward to reading all about this one.

    Anytime I fly, I do carry on only. If I want something, like a knife, I pick it up locally (for a scuba diving knife, I pick up a steak knife with a plastic handle from a restaurant and break off the tip and toss it before I leave). I hate that the TSA makes it so hard to travel, but back on topic, your gear seems like it shouldn't give you any issues. I will reiterate the need for a light UQ.
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    Definitely bringing the Phoenix, thanks.

    No FH report that is true, it took a lot of searching deep within to make that decision, ok I jest. I'm still very much looking forward to the FH trail though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KauaiSurfrider View Post

    Enjoy your visit!
    Thanks and thanks for the links.

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    Anyone ever carried a water filter or empty water bladders with them on a check on?? ill be heading out to the big island late march through early april, backpacking the entire two weeks. I want to carry as much on the plane as possible incase my luggage gets lost... the only items i was hoping to check were knives (esee-3 and a spyderco dragonfly), multitool, stove (without fuel), and fishing kit. Also was unsure if i could carry my stailess cooking bowl and titanium spork with me... or if i should check those as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L84toff View Post
    Happy New Year everyone!

    So our planned trip down south to hike the Foothills Trail and then drive down to the Keys for another week has somehow morphed into going back to Maui after my wife managed to find us a flight for a ridiculous amount. To say I'm excited is somewhat of an understatement

    Last time we were there we kind of went all out a bit, taking family, getting married, staying in a beautiful condo, excursions, golfing - it was truly a trip of a lifetime for us.

    This trip we are looking forward to doing things completely different. It's just us, the hammocks, a change of clothes (my wife will no doubt want to pack more but last time I spend most of my time in swimming shorts and that was about it - we actually sent home 1 suitcase with the kids when they went home - and I just love travelling light), just hanging out at some of the places we either missed or really liked being at last time. I would love to bring only carry on but am not sure if we'll have any issues with the gear?
    - Blackbirds should be ok but they do have some hardware
    - Tarps, again the hardware I have some dutch stingerz on them
    - A cook set & alcohol stove (no fuel obviously)
    - I have a Zpacks toothbrush kit - any issues taking this onboard?

    Anyone fly and carry on all their stuff?

    We were initially thinking of just putting all that stuff in a checked bag but the fear of losing all our hammock gear is to great (we have 2 lay overs). I mean we could easily stay in a hotel but it would be days to get our gear sent to us if it was sent somewhere else (happened to my MIL on the way home from Maui last time) or worse having it go missing. I also thought we would need to bring our TQ's and UQ's but I just looked up the temps for Feb and low shows 69, we're planning on camping near the water rather than higher elevations.

    I'm thinking we could get away with just using our down jackets for top insulation and forgo under insulation (I realize under is better but since our BB's are dbl layer, I could always put our spare clothes between the layers if it got that bad and there's always Walmart). I wasn't going to bring the jacket with us but it's something I can wear on the plane and not have to fill up my carry on with a quilt.
    *edit* just looked more closely at the temps and it looks like a UQ might be in order (our new 40*Phoenix UQ's should be small enough....maybe...)

    Any advice about carrying on our hammock gear would be greatly appreciated.
    I flown a few times with gear and a lot with work. Only had bag issues getting there once. Thankfully only work and not for fun.....

    When I fly with other people I break up the gear between the 2 suitcases so we can make do if one gets lost. Planning a day where you get there helps too just in case. Unless you land in the morning it is a bit much to get everything and make a food stop, and hit the trail in a day. It takes the stress out of it. Having said that I am planning a trip later this year to the boundary waters and planning on getting on the water in the same day.

    I doubt TSA would like tent stakes. Everything else should work.

    I also get the locations of any stores I might need to stop at before I leave.

    If you fly through Toronto or maybe Montreal (can't remember which one), you clear US customs there instead of where you land. That would help since they are more touchy about things here. Less surprises and delays clearing security on a layover.

    EDIT: Forgot to add not making short layovers helps with getting your bags there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rellaw View Post
    Anyone ever carried a water filter or empty water bladders with them on a check on?? ill be heading out to the big island late march through early april, backpacking the entire two weeks. I want to carry as much on the plane as possible incase my luggage gets lost... the only items i was hoping to check were knives (esee-3 and a spyderco dragonfly), multitool, stove (without fuel), and fishing kit. Also was unsure if i could carry my stailess cooking bowl and titanium spork with me... or if i should check those as well.
    Not sure on the filter, but the empty water bladder is ok. I see a lot of people bringing empty water bottles and filling them not to pay airport prices. I doubt the spork. A lot of restaurants post security only have plastic wear.

    Sometime I fly with strange electronics for work. Having the manufacturer info on the product helps a lot. You get a lot of strange looks when you fly with a small cylinder that is in a plastic case. Thankfully gave that one to the new guy. Made for some good laughs.
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    Hey Coffee! I just finished that bottle of good rum you brought me. Time to pack up for another flight soon isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Hey Coffee! I just finished that bottle of good rum you brought me. Time to pack up for another flight soon isn't it?
    It does seem about that time. Heading to the boundary waters in June but free after Mardi Gras. Anything in the works?
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    temps in August

    Quote Originally Posted by KauaiSurfrider View Post
    We've had low temps into the low 50's to mid 60's here on the north shore of Kaua'i over the last month and a half. Rain, should also be considered during this time of year for all Hawaiian Islands. It's our *winter months*, no snow, unless your at the higher elevations on the Big Island of Hawaii at 10,000+ feet on Mauna Kea Or Mauna Loa. Due to the prevailing NE trade winds, temps can be pushed to lower temperatures during the evening periods. A light fleece and a rain jacket is always a +, for the *just in case* and will still keep your weight within the *normal range* of things.

    Check Local Weather Forecasts & Surf Reports for Ocean conditions.

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    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/category/202017/weather

    Enjoy your visit!
    Kauaisurfrider,

    quick question. I am planning to hike the Kalalau in late August. I was planning on just bringing a 3 season sleeping bag for insulation, do you think that will be insufficient? I have been to Kauai in the summer a few times before, but never slept outside there, what will the temps likely get down to? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    @C-had.... August, is still warm though it may get cool in the evenings and early AM hours... maybe into the mid to low 60's, then warm up as the day begins. It's a tough hike, 11 miles in or there are guys around here that will take you down the coast in a boat, drop you off ( and you swim to the beach with your pack in over sized garbage bags) and will come back to pick you up on the appointed day that's arranged, unless weather becomes a factor for the boat. It truly is a beautiful ride in a boat. Don't forget to get a Camping Permit.
    Link is below.

    http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/camp...mit_napali.cfm

    FUEL: Can be purchased at Kayak Kauai in Hanalei town, though I'm not sure on who / what they carry. I do know that folks drop off their partially used Canisters there before they get on a plane. E-mail or Call them for more info.Coleman fuel can be bought in Hanalei. Alcohol Fuel at WalMart or PS & D Napa Auto Parts with stores around the Island.

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    Not sure how you'll be getting around when you get here and I'm not sure IF, The Kauai Bus, will take your backpack. Hitchhiking is allowed here or maybe Craigslist, may have a cheap car rental. Car break-ins DO happen here unfortunately, you've been advised now.

    Haena Beach Park is a County Park and usually a jump off the next morning for many who do the Kalalau hike. Link below for County Parks and for Permits.

    http://www.kauai.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=176

    I only offer whats below because it can happen and has: Use good judgement on your part. The whole Island Chain got some nasty weather last week and flooding, streams turning into rivers and overflowing it's banks, even swept away a cottage on Maui, and we lost another woman backpacker for making the fatal move in trying to cross a river here, on Kauai, 2 miles in, on the Kalalau Trail.
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    Hiker swept away by Kauai stream identified


    Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:03 PM HST
    Updated: Feb 23, 2013 8:03 PM HST

    LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
    The woman who drowned after being swept away in rough waters in Hanakp'ai Stream on Thursday afternoon has been identified as 43-year-old Norka Villacorta of New York City.

    The victim's body was recovered further downstream on Friday morning by Kaua'i Fire Department rescue personnel.

    "Our deepest sympathies go out to Ms. Villacorta's family on their tragic loss," stated Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr.

    Fifty-five hikers were stranded overnight on Thursday when the stream swelled, making crossing unsafe. Two fire rescue personnel remained with the stranded hikers overnight and escorted them out either by air or on foot early Friday morning.

    Villacorta is Kaua'i's seventh drowning victim of 2013.

    Related story:

    Hiker swept away by swollen Kauai stream

    Thats all I can think of for now.... post up here, if you need more info and I'll try to help you out ....

    Aloha...

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