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    2 day, 1 night Zaleski Get-Away

    My wife has been an angel and rewarded me with many things for Christmas despite my somewhat mischievous over the past year. After a couple of less than inspiring days at work, I decided I would take advantage of my Thursday and Friday off and head to the woody hills of southern Ohio.

    My plan is to hike all of Zaleski State Forest trail in two days, some 25 miles of hilly terrain. It will be my first trip into the woods by myself, and my 4th backpacking trip ever. First night in the woods with a hammock. Third time setting up my tarp. First time using a spindrift, and second time using a Lynx. I'm unabashedly a little nervous.

    Now, at this point, I haven't actually left yet. That will occur in seven hours' time when I drive over the Hammock Gear's shop to meet Stormcrow and Thorwren and pick up the down pillow they made me out of the blue. That occurs at 0900. After that, it'll be another 30 miles south to the trail head. Aiming to have boots to dirt at 1000.

    So, one last thing, something I'm always curious to know (some of you may find this part boring, so skip ahead if you don't like gear lists.) What's in my pack?

    ULA Circuit, RRw/net, Cloud Burst in snake skins I made tonight, Spindrift, 20 Full lynx, Kelty Cosmic Down sleeping bag, 35L drysack, Mtn Hardware down jacket, Terra Mar thermal wool shirt and liners, hat, liner gloves, AGG rain coat w/ pit zips, cabelas rain pants, REI Merino hiker socks, food stuffs including hawk's vittles lasagna for one, Black Box Pino Grigio (I think), other misc food, Swen Saw, Mora Kniv Mil. 1, Ti Pot, Fosters Pot, Cozy, Spoon, camera, note pad/pen, book, aquamira, Element Ti, Mini Atomic, UCO Micro candle lantern, head light, hiking sticks, toiletries, lighter, fire steel and a whole lot of excitement.

    So, now you all have the preview, the rest is yet to come. I'll put up the rest of the report upon my return. Oh, Base weight is 10.6lbs, Pack weight sans water, but with fuel and food is 21.2lbs.

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    Have a great trip, be safe and take lots of pictures!

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    Have fun! ( Wish I could get my pack base weight below 20lb!)
    Post pics!

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    Have a great trip! Sounds like a nice pack weight and gear supply, should be fun and comfortable!

    Cheers

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    CB, have a grand time!!!!

    You will be snoozing in total bliss I tell ya.....

    I setup my RR and Spindrift the other night just for a quick test hang(also installed a pad for the first time), and my wife kept texting me saying she couldn't sleep because she was afraid I was so comfortable and I was gonna fall asleep outside in 20 degrees, and freeze myself....hahahaha.

    Have fun, take pictures! Was there a camera on your gear list?

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    Man I wish I'd seen your post earlier. I had Thursday and Friday off plus a major case of camping withdrawal.

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    I had a great trip, just a quick overnighter. Originally, I had intended to hike 12.5 miles to site H, stay the night and complete the rest of the trail the next day. Things didn't quite work out the way I wanted, I did do the 12.5 or so the first day, but bailed early the next day. Things to do at home, and it was pissing with rain.

    A history of the Zaleski region can be found on the Zaleski page of www.backpackohio.com, but the gist of it was that a significant amount of Union iron was mined an smelted to make ammunition during the Civil War. You can see one of the large stone furnaces in the background of this picture I took of my car as I set out. When I hit the trail it was 1135 and 34F. Later start than I wanted, but I stopped by Hammock Gear on the way down to pick up a backpacking pillow. I had the pleasure of meeting Thorwren and Stormcrow as well as a couple of their little ones. I was also lucky enough to meet some of the other employees that work at their shop. Enough can not be said about their kindness and character. It was a true privilege. It was also very difficult to not walk out of there with significantly less money than when I walked in. Thankfully, I came away with only the pillow. I will say, an M50 TQ and Cuben Fiber tarp are going to be purchased prior to this summers' shenanigans.




    Truthfully, I was disappointed at how warm it was. I had bought the spindrift for my ridge runner, and was really looking forward to putting it through its paces. There was still a bit of snow on the ground, and many of the ponds were still ice covered.



    Sadly though we got a warm spell through Ohio this week and by Thursday, it was in the 60s when I left, so that these beautiful icicles were all but gone on the way home. You can see the before and after in the next couple of pictures.







    The terrain in southern Ohio, while probably not as rugged as that of the Smokies, Appalatians etc is still quite hilly. In my opinion the state of the trail's tread made it worse. It was very, very slippery as the ice melted off. There are plenty of natural caves, ledges and other rock features. You have to be very careful if going off trail as much of the time there is no indication of a drop off.











    Some new grown lichen on the trees in the low part of one of the valleys. There was not a lot of water on Wednesday, by Thursday however there was a good bit more.





    I rolled into camp at around 1730, it was dusk at that time. After I set up my hammock and got my pack stowed, the new wood stove came out. Finding fuel was remarkably easy. I only needed a couple of finger-thickness sticks that go down to twigs. I will confess, I did cheat and use a bit of alcohol to get things going, but once it was up and working it went great. I cooked my Hawk Vittles Southwest Lasagna over the open flame. It worked great! It went down with a little experiment. Black Box Pino Grigiot accompanied it. While it was good, I don't expect to pack wine again. Too heavy to justify its existence in my pack. Kit Kat for dessert.







    Bedtime came early, around 2000 actually. Once again I brought a book. I don't know why I keep doing this as I never read before bed while backpacking. It's just weight I don't need. I write in the my trip journal though. Sleep came quickly and easily. One thing I found, and never knew anything about was "hammock song." While it was raining, the drops would hit the hammock lines and sound like a guitar string. The different strings would put out different pitches. I couldn't hear it unless I but my head down on the pillow, but it was audible! Very cool. I was very warm and dry the whole night. The spindrift did exactly what it said it would. I do need to seam seal the tie-outs and along the rings on the ridge line of the tarp. Other than that, no leaks. The next morning, I was up at 0900. I was hoping for an early start but didn't get moving until 1000. I packed up everything except the tarp. It was still raining so I chilled under the tarp and made tea and breakfast. On the trail again at 1035.











    On the hike out it was still raining, and it was hot. My AGG pit zip jacket kept me dry on the outside, but I got drenched on the inside from sweat. Good thing it was warm. In the streams, mist was rising up allowing for some very pretty pictures. I finished up at around 1300. Very fun hike all in all. Looking forward to many more.







    The root ball of this tree actually took out the trail. The trail now goes over top of the root ball that was probably 8 feet in diameter.



    Woodland Camo?



    A couple to finish up.



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    Beautiful photos of a familiar place! Your setup looks great. Any idea what your pack weight was (about)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk View Post
    Beautiful photos of a familiar place! Your setup looks great. Any idea what your pack weight was (about)?
    Thank you for the kind compliment! The base weight was around 12 pounds, but I found I really didn't need some of what I carried, I was just playing around with a couple of things. Right now I'm sub 10# base. Total weight with food/fuel etc was 25# roughly.

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    Great pics and writeup!! I'll definitely have to visit that area sometime...looking for new places within 3-4hrs.

    Crazy weather lately that's for sure!

    That's funny you mention bringing a book; I always do this too and never read it. I started bringing a magazine which is light but only good for an hour maybe, so I take my time...plus I can burn it when I'm done to kill some weight.

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