Monthly Archives: October 2012

I really don’t like United.


Their service out of Memphis is awful. I haven’t flown them in months and will avoid them as much as I can in the future.

Delta, who I usually fly, isn’t the best airline around, but their customer service is miles better (and they spend money on their planes interiors).

I may not make my connection to Halifax with these ridiculous delays… But at least I got a nice shot of Chicago with the sun breaking through storm clouds as I landed.


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October 23, 2012 · 4:05 pm

Hiking Trails – Mt Rainier National Park – Tolmie peak



I took the opportunity to make the most of my waking up at 5am (due to the time difference) to drive an hour and hike the 5miles of the Tolmie Peak trail to see the sun come up over Rainier.


It was late season (Oct 17th) and the trail closes in November. About 1300ft of gain (probably 650 in the last 2/3 of a mile or so to the peak). Light snow on the trail that was only just starting to get sloppy on the way back. I took 3L of water, some pop tarts and my 10 essentials in my little Marmot 18L and it did fine up and back. Shed my Patagonia nano puff and MEC breathable soft shell on the way up and they both fit in it fine.



Spectacular views from the old ranger lookout, and overall a hike well worth doing in the fall.

All photos iPhone 4S!

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October 20, 2012 · 1:14 pm

Things I Like – The Colour Run


My wife and I did the Memphis 5k Colour Run today! Nice breezy Memphis Saturday and a great crowd and ever. If it comes to your city, go!




Also, the Osprey Manta 25 worked great as a hydration bag… And the pack cover kept it from getting all colourized!

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October 13, 2012 · 5:34 pm

Packs I Like – MEC Alpinite 30L


Just picked this daypack, with removable foam back sleeve and pack-away pouch On Sale while I was in Victoria BC. It has one main compartment and top pouch for my liquids and gels etc. I’m going to try it as a multi use trip bag for a four day jaunt to Indianapolis this week instead of my 40L REI vagabond.

EDIT: It was fine for short overnight trips. As a daypack though; I wish it had a sleeve for a hydration bladder. It won’t unhorse my Osprey Manta!

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October 2, 2012 · 3:59 pm