a.k.a. "Shitty Weather Camping"!
I'm about to enjoy some time off from work. As we all know, Gary plus Boredom Equals Danger.
This weekend, we're supposed to have lows in the Low 30s, and that's down here in the valley. Up in the mountains, it's probably colder. And for some strange reason, I want to drag a tent up there and spend a night when it's almost at its worst. The actual purpose of such an exercise would be to test the gear, as well as to test myself.
You see, I've been very lucky with my hiking trips so far. It always seems to be sunny and clear. Maybe a drizzle or two, but that's it. I have gear that's meant to withstand some extreme conditions, and I've never used it as such. I'm planning a very long hike in the next year or two*. One that will take months to complete. I'm guaranteed
to have Shitty Weather on that trip, and I'm out of practice.
I have my routine down pat under ideal weather conditions. Now, I have to test that routine for gaps. It's that process of developing a routine that I enjoy, right along the joy I get just from being outside.
My present challenge is logistics. There's some Shitty Weather coming, and that means that there's a chance that I might not be able to get to the trailhead (wherever that may be...) and there's an equal chance that I might not be able to get back
from the trailhead. So my choice of location may be limited to a circle with radius equal to "how long will it take Gary to walk home in the snow?"
If this turns into me setting up a tent in the back yard, then that's what I'll do.
With any luck, the words and pictures I may acquire will be worth sharing, and I'll be back in this thread with a bit more.
*I am Hiking the AT.
My pants don't smell like sunshine anymore.