testing new kit in the Pintler Wilderness

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by mtwarden, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. mtwarden

    mtwarden

    Sep 27, 2009
    I put together a 5 lb kit recently and wanted to take it out for a spin; the Pintlers are really rugged and would be the perfect place to give it a whirl

    the "kit"

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    loaded up

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    It's about a two hour drive to the trailhead and tried to get there early as possible as I had a pretty aggressive route planned. On the drive over I couldn't help but notice how hazy it was- smoke from fires in WA & CA (a few of our too). Weather was calling for hot and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening, hopefully not too much rain.

    I headed up Page Ck and after 8-ish miles came to Page Lake

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    it really started climbing after Page Lake up to Rainbow Pass

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    it was only 3/4 of mile climb to Rainbow Peak so I decided to bag it, nice views all around

    looking into the Page Ck drainage

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    from there I dropped into Queener Basin (saw a small bunch of elk in one of the many meadows)

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    I ran into a trail crew on my way to Cutaway Pass and thanked them for their work; many years ago I worked on a trail crew and have very fond memories of it

    the climb to Cutaway Pass was tough, but was greeted with a nice view of Beaverhead Mtn

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    from Cutaway Pass I dropped into the LeMarche drainage and had to lose all the precious elevation I had gained, plenty of nice views along the way though- here's West Goat Peak

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    having a light pack while covering a lot of distance in the mountains is always advantageous :D

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    at the head end of the West Fork of LaMarche Ck I started my final climb of the day (in the rain!) and it was doozy- 24 switchbacks later (yup I counted them) and I finally made it to Warren Lake (Warren Peak in the background)

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    home for the night (I actually changed the pitch to a lower one as the wind started to come up)

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    My route back the next day was only about half as long, as I needed to get home at a decent hour. It was a quick trip, but got to see some spectacularly rugged country AND pretty pleased with my kit :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2015
  2. jonnyt16

    jonnyt16

    Jul 17, 2007
    I don't know how you ultralighters do it. No matter how hard I try I can't get my load to be under 20 pounds, and its usually a lot more than that. I like bringing stuff though....more toys = more fun I guess is how I look at it lol.

    Looks like a nice trip and a beautiful area for sure. But, where was the knife?? This is Bladeforums after all, ha ha :)
     
  3. mtwarden

    mtwarden

    Sep 27, 2009
    knife was in my pocket :D Swiss Army Bushcrafter- blade, saw, awl- simple, but effective!
     
  4. Dave in PA

    Dave in PA

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    Sep 23, 2000
    Thanks for sharing with us, that is some beautiful country! Could you list what all you carried so maybe I could get my typical load a bit lighter?
     
  5. crossada

    crossada Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2004
    Beautiful pics!

    That pack is a bit of an eye sore though lol
     
  6. B34NS

    B34NS

    Dec 30, 2013
    Nice! Was curious how those MLD packs fared. :thumbup:
     
  7. mtwarden

    mtwarden

    Sep 27, 2009
    thanks gents!

    you bet :)

    pack- is a MLD Core- 28 liters weight w/ the accessory pockets is 11.2 oz
    shelter- is a 7x9' cuben flat tarp from zpacks, w/ guys&stakes it's 7.5 oz
    sleep- is Hammock Gear 50 degree quilt w/ a additional oz of down (6 oz total 850 down), probably 40-45 rated- 12.9 oz; pad is a neoair infatible short 8.8 oz and a FlexAir inflatable pillow 0.8 oz
    cook-ti esbit stove w/ diy windscreen, SP 600 pot w/ ti lid, plastic spoon, food bag/cord/biner for hanging total 6.5 oz
    water- 2 generic 20 oz water bottle w/ Aquatabs for purification 1.5 oz
    clothing carried- rain jacket 6.2 oz, down jacket 6.8 oz, windshirt 2.4 oz, down beanie 1 oz, spare socks 1.9 oz, Buf 1.4 oz
    misc- first aid, repair, fire, map/compass, susncreen, anti-chafe, toiletries, TP- all trimmed down & repackaged, total 5.6 oz

    right at 5 lbs
     
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  8. jonnyt16

    jonnyt16

    Jul 17, 2007
    That's funny I was thinking the same thing. To each their own though.
     
  9. basb

    basb

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    Apr 27, 2010
    Ah a fellow ultra-lighter! Wonderful photos! Already miss being out.

    5 pounds is very admirable.
    I would have guessed that it was the 38L Burn. The wasabi green has something to it, not my taste though.

    My baseweight is about 4.8-5.2Kg depending on the area. This summer I was in the mountains of Jämtland, Sweden and wasn't comfortable bringing a tarp so I took my Tarptent Notch instead.
    Hope to get all the photos up soon.
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    Last edited: Aug 11, 2015
  10. Dave in PA

    Dave in PA

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    Sep 23, 2000
    Thanks mtwarden!
     
  11. mtwarden

    mtwarden

    Sep 27, 2009
    thanks gents!

    basb- nice looking area :)

    maybe wasabi green grows on you??? :D it's also the exact same color as my Exped Lightning 65

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  12. basb

    basb

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    Apr 27, 2010
    The area is great. It was my first time in the mountains, proper mountains, and I can totally understand why people are drawn to them!

    Don't think it wil grow on me enough to carry it, it's too.... green. I'll just stay in team hill-ninja when it comes to colour.
     
  13. OwenM

    OwenM

    Oct 26, 2000
    Looks like a twin to my UGQ 50F, but mine is 13.3oz with 5.8oz of 850. Dang it...
    Good stuff. Wish I could get away with a tarp around there this time of year-the heat, humidity, and bugs have had me mountain biking 3x/week instead of hiking, lately.

    I don't know what people's problem is with the pack. My old down jacket was the same color. For some reason it was on clearance for 70% off :p
     
  14. mtwarden

    mtwarden

    Sep 27, 2009
    I looked at UGQ- nice stuff :)

    wish my packs were 70% off for the color :D
     

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