Nice effort by my brother Joshua this morning at the Shamrock 4 Miler in Charlotte this morning. Here are a few photos from the last hill of the course.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
As I’ve gradually upgraded my backpacking gear to lighter-weight options, it finally became cost-effective for me to consider a cuben poncho tarp. Last fall, I sold my down bag, and with the proceeds I was able to purchase materials to make a down quilt and bivy. I recently saw Matt Kirk’s recent design and was inspired to take a stab at making my own cuben poncho tarp (thanks Matt!). Now that I have a bivy to somewhat shield my insulation from blowing rain and shelter condensation, I was able to sell my 8×10 myog silnylon tarp to buy materials to make this smaller and lighter tarp.
This new tarp made from cuben fiber is roughly 70×104 inches (much better coverage than the skimpy MLD 52-inch-wide cuben poncho I had considered purchasing ). And it weighs 4.75 oz (I haven’t seam sealed the hood yet) of which I am very satisfied– this piece of gear will replace a 16oz rain jacket and a 16 oz tarp! However, being substantially lighter, it does bring some “limitations,” and it will require proper use and care to work successfully. Hopefully, I’ll be able to test the tarp out via some fishing trips or perhaps a smokies-section fastpack of the Benton MacKaye Trail some time this year.
On Saturday, my younger brother and sister tagged along with my brother Joshua and I while we played at our favorite local state park. The recent rain and cloudy weather must have kept most of the casual visitors away because the park was relatively quite compared to the average weekend. My brother wanted do some hill running, and I used the occasion to hike several miles to judge how my Achilles was recovering from injuring it a few weeks ago. Joshua incorporated the WNCTrailrunner’s “Crinnacle” fitness challenge into his 10 mile run. As specified by the challenge, he began the challenge at the peak of Crowder’s Mountain and finished at King’s Pinnacle via the Backside/Crowders/Pinnacle trails. And he did it in 36:27! We met up at the top of Pinnacle for a finish photo.
And a little action from my other brother also documenting his presence at the peak of Pinnacle…
Right place, right time, with camera