Posts tagged ‘backpacking’

Backpacking: San Pedro Parks Wilderness ~ Cuba, New Mexico, USA

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Overnight backing trip to the San Pedro Parks Wilderness (SPPW) near Cuba, New Mexico. Hiked three trails: the Vacas Trail (#51), Damian Trail (#436), and the Palomas Trail (#50).

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Lions… and Tigers… and Bears…

I have hiked a lot and even done a little backpacking. I never see wildlife. Well, okay, there was that close encounter with a rattlesnake. Other than that, a deer or two, and a split second view of the south end of a north bound elk. That’s about it, not that I really want to get within eye-shot of a lion, or even a bear. But I hike in the wilderness. I’m supposed to see wildlife. Well, except for Tigers.

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Backpacking: Blue Lake ~ South San Juan Wilderness ~ Rio Grande National Forest ~ Colorado, USA

July 31 – August 2, 2013

3 Days ~ 2 Nights

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REI Changes Its Return Policy

For those who haven’t heard, on June 1, 2013, REI axed their long-standing, lifetime return policy for merchandise. The new policy allows you to return merchandise for up to one year after purchase. After one year, it belongs to you.

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Why I Bought A PLB (Or… Why I Didn’t Buy A SPOT)

PLB stands for Personal Locator Beacon. About a year ago, after giving it a lot of thought and after doing a lot of research, I bought a GPS-Enabled 406 MHz PLB: the one I chose is an ACR ResQLink. So why didn’t I buy a SPOT, instead? Over the past month, I’ve had a number of hikers ask me that question and I’ve given them the reasons based on my research.

Given all the questions, I thought it might be a good idea to post my research and reasons on my blog where it’s easily accessible to others who might find it helpful. This is a hiking blog and since, for me, the purpose of a personal locator beacon is to get rescued, I will only focus on features related to emergency distress signals.

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Backpacking: San Pedro Parks Wilderness ~ Santa Fe National Forest ~ Cuba, New Mexico, USA

June 20-21, 2012

Yes, the date above is correct. It’s been almost a year since this trip and I’m just now getting this up! 🙂

Went on my first backpacking trip into the San Pedro Parks Wilderness (SPPW), which is ENE of Cuba, New Mexico. I chose the SPPW for my first backpacking experience because the elevation gain of about 1,000 feet comes in small chunks at minor grades, and water is plentiful. Since I’m not a big guy and I have a screw in my right ankle, I wanted to test myself wearing a heavier pack without having to do a lot of climbing and without having to carry more than a liter of water at at time. For this first trip, we decided on 2 days and 1 night.

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Making Plans for My First Backpacking Trip

A friend and I are planning a trip into the back country, northeast of Cuba, New Mexico, USA, in the San Pedro Wilderness. This is just north of the area where I went snowshoeing last December. Mid-June looks like a good time for this trip. Snow should be melted, with mild days and cool nights. This area is beautiful and there are a number of small rivers where we will be hiking and camping.

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