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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Dark View Post
    The wind up on the balds can be, for want of a better term, exciting. But once you get in the trees, it aint too bad. All this from one hike up there, but yea.

    (click for the vid, you can't hear a **** thing I say, which is kinda the point lol)


    As an aside, I am looking at picking up a sock before I head up. Trying to keep my pack weight as low as possible while still being comfortable, and a 10 degree bonus for a 8-12 ounce sock seems a good way to do it.

    Kinda hope to avoid the whole snowshoe issue, since all I have are the gigantic USGI monsters. Going up those hills in those things is not my idea of fun.

    Unless temps get closer to 0, I plan on running my "regular" coldweather kit:
    KAQ winter Jarbridge UQ
    Thermarest Zlite pad for the foot area
    Golite TQ
    GT "Ultralite" (or thereabouts) hammock
    (if I get a sock in time/if the rain holds off) my new ZPacks asym diamond tarp.
    Clothing will include the usual layering, lots of fleece and synthetics, with Marmot raingear as my outer shell.
    Oh, and a bottle of something at least marginally acceptable.

    If it looks to be down near 0, I'll add another pad, and another TQ. And hope thats enough.


    Aiming for a pack weight under 20#. Wish me luck.
    That asym tarp might be pushing it even with a sock if there's wet precipitation. The nighttime winds are enough to soak a sock if you don't have a sheltered enough space. I'm leaning toward a diamond with my sock, but a bigger one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    That asym tarp might be pushing it even with a sock if there's wet precipitation. The nighttime winds are enough to soak a sock if you don't have a sheltered enough space. I'm leaning toward a diamond with my sock, but a bigger one.
    Agreed, but (with everything up there) it will all depend on the weather outlook, day of. I have several silnylon tarps that have done me great in all sorts of weather, but I really want to give this new one a try. At Overmountain, the wind doesnt seem to be nearly the problem as at RHK, so maybe I use a bigger one on friday, and swap out on the way past the parking lot on saturday. Who knows, it could be 70 degrees and sunny the whole time.
    It could be that the purpose of my life is merely to serve as a warning to others.

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    I remember what Wisenber told me about asym tarps....

    you have to choose which side gets wet!
    Wisenber, here are the overbooties I found:
    https://goosefeetgear.com/products/2...f-over-booties
    They wont make it in time for this hang but nice to know they are out there weight wise. He's got a beefier version for the he-man types that like to hike in their down.

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    Here's a link to the National Weather Service's forecast for Grassy Ridge Bald. The forecast area include Roan High Knob too. Click HERE

    We've got three inches of fresh snow at our house (at 3500 feet elevation) this morning. I'm sure the balds got even more. But I would not want to snowshoe or pull a pulk on that section of the AT. Some areas are deeply trenched and some areas have some big rocks you have to step up on.

    Wish I was going with you!
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    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

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    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

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    I wish I could make it again this year but I have to work Sunday. Last year was fun despite the wind chill, snow fall, and intestinal issues. Hopefully next year and will definitely do a couple hangs over the course of the year with you guys
    Jammer

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    you have to choose which side gets wet!
    Wisenber, here are the overbooties I found:
    https://goosefeetgear.com/products/2...f-over-booties
    They wont make it in time for this hang but nice to know they are out there weight wise. He's got a beefier version for the he-man types that like to hike in their down.
    Those should keep the outside of a down bootie from getting wet, but I'll stick with my Wiggy's Sunwalkers for now. They're designed to be a pack boot liner, so they can handle moisture from inside and out. The inside is also waterproof. If worn as a bootie for a late night nature call, the bottoms will wipe off with a pack towel without issue. I've got some other down booties of the lower grade variety, and they don't seem to e nearly as warm. Combine that with a $49 price, and it's quite serviceable.

    That being said, I've only worn mine as camp shoes since my feet tend to remain on the hot side during the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    ...but I'll stick with my Wiggy's Sunwalkers for now.
    An item Wisenber roched me into getting. And they are warm.

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    Pipsissewa thanks for that link....really good one.

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    Googled those liner/booties....

    very nice indeed. Wiggies has lots of nice things. Priority though is their suger lightweight waders.

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    the latest :)

    In the city of roan:

    Fri
    Feb 8
    49°
    31°
    AM Clouds / PM Sun
    Chance of rain:
    20% Wind:
    N at 6 mph DetailsSat

    Feb 9
    51°
    32°
    Sunny
    Chance of rain:
    0% Wind:
    E at 4 mph DetailsSun

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    Chance of rain:
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