I had heard that most of the snow was gone so I decided to head up to the Saddle to see. Turns out there’s a bit still left but it should be gone in two weeks. Flowers are starting to come on. A bit of lupine and paintbrush around Paradise. I packed an over night pack in case I decided to camp last night but didnt:
My overnight photography pack. REI Stoke 29 pack and
– sony a7r with Zeiss 50mm
– Zeiss 16-35mm
– Gitzo gt-0540 tripod, RRS clamp and BH25 head, remote, extra batteries
– Ten Essentials including Nitecore p10 800 lumens flashlight
– Pants, down jacket, pullover, extra socks, extra doorag
– One Black Diamond Ultra Mountain carbon pole for tent
– Two bottles of purple gatorade
– Bananas, pb/honey sandwich, powerbars, powergels
– Shires Tarptent Contrail and stakes
– MH Phantom 32 bag
Facing a really busy July, it was time to get out a bit for a challenging overnight. My friend and I chose Colchuck for a nice outing. We had some new ultralight gear to try out. The trail is in great shape and snow free but not bug free. We found a great campsite near the boulder field and set up for the night. Encountered many other hikers and climbers. Impressed with the massive packs and loads others were carrying. A few borrowed our water filter system and others stopped to chat about conditions. Rained all night but sunny and 80s the next day. An amazing adventure. Sony a7r was a dream with the two lenses I brought: Zeiss 18mm and 50mm. My tent was a Tarptents Contrail and my sleeping bag was a Mountain Hardwear Speed 32. The Contrail was especially impressive after a night of rain and winds. It was still standing and dried quickly. My Granite Gear Vapor Trail also did very well with its 25lb load and most of the time I was unaware of it on my back.
Used this pack for an overnight into the Enchantments a few weeks ago. Loaded up to about 27 lbs. I used my neoair pad in the padding slot. This pack did a great job of carrying everything I needed for the hike. I found myself, however, constantly adjusting it and feeling shoulder pain. Possibly a good idea to add a larger hip pad. Going back to my various Arcteryx packs ie Arrakis 50, M40/M30. Will probably sell this pack.