January 31, 2006

Ryan Jordan pours cold water on many of the so-called innovations claimed by the outdoor retailer industry.


Update on Essence Pack

January 30, 2006

I’ve been antsy about receiving the Six Moon Designs Essence Pack I ordered a couple weeks ago. So Saturday when I arrived home from my hike to find a package at the front door, I immediately thought it was the pack.

It turned out to be a small order of stuff from Gossamer Gear, which arrived so quickly I hadn’t yet expected it.

Today I contacted Ron Moak, the owner of Six Moon Designs and he sent back a reply in very short order. He told me there was such an immediate demand for the pack he sold out of his first run.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response to the Essence Pack and sold out the first production run in under 2 weeks.”

He told me a new shipment is expected in March.

Though he offered to refund my payment, I told him I still wanted the pack and would gladly wait.

Now, after reading this first review of the Essence Pack, I’m even more willing to wait, but yet more anxious to get it.

Nice trip reports

January 30, 2006

Unlike some bloggers I know (ahem), Jonathan Claxton does a nice job of posting trip reports with photos of his hikes, soon after he returns home.

Short changed

January 30, 2006

I led a small group of Boy Scouts Saturday on what was intended to be a 10-mile hike. I chose for the trip a section of the Cumberland Trail.

The route we took starts at Nemo Bridge and follows the Emory River at first, before it turns to follow the Obed River. Our destination was Breakaway Bluff, a high overlook above the river.

The weather was sunny and unusually warm, making for a perfect day of hiking in January.

I’m not sure why, but the trip came up well short of 10 miles, however.

Information on the Cumberland Trail Conference’s Web site says:

“This portion of the Obed W.S.R. Segment, within the Obed and Emory River gorges, incorporates the Obed’s 2.5mile Nemo Trail and an additional 2.5 mile segment built by the Cumberland Trail Conference, Tennessee Trails Association, and Breakaway Volunteers, giving a total one-way distance of 5.0 miles.”

By my limited mathematical skills, returning to the starting point should total 10 miles. A trailhead sign at Rock Creek Campground, which is maybe a quarter mile from Nemo Bridge, said the trail was 4.9 miles to Breakaway Bluff.
So why did my GPS track show the trip was only 8.8 miles?

I’ll try to find out before I write up my trip report.

Now that’s a hike

January 27, 2006

The Appalachian Trail too mundane for you? The Pacific Crest Trail not scenic enough? Bored by the Continental Divide Trail?

Then how about a thru-hike of the Great Wall of China.

Gear lust

January 26, 2006

I was listening to Robert Butler’s Trailcast interview with of Yogi on the way to work this morning, and I had to laugh as she described a pack she wanted to buy.

She was talking about Six Moon Designs’ Essence Pack, the pack I ordered a couple weeks ago.

I haven’t received mine yet and I’m getting anxious. I want my new pack!

UPDATE: I changed that to “Robert Butler’s Trailcast interview of Yogi” because I didn’t want to imply Yogi was riding with me on my way to work!

You don’t see this everyday

January 26, 2006

I intended to mention this yesterday.

On Monday, Tennessee’s Gov. Phil Bredesen proposed to eliminate the state park fees that were added when the previous administration ran into budget problems.

Then yesterday, the governor said he would include $10 million in his 2006-2007 budget proposal for land preservation.

I can’t find a link to the press release on the second proposal, but it says,

“In his budget proposal to the General Assembly, Bredesen will ask legislators to increase the state‚Äôs land-buying power with $10 million in funding for the Tennessee Heritage Trust Fund, the public-private foundation Bredesen established in September 2005.”

Ending user fees. Spending money on conservation. Refreshing ideas, hunh?