This is at the end of the trail on Trail Ridge rd in Rocky Mountain NP. There is a dome/ rock outcropping and the sun dial is at the top of it. Very cool! The dial has other NP's and the distance away on top of the dial. On the side of the dial is the mountains and the height.
Over the past 3 decades, I have come to realize, that in my pursuit for the optimal outdoor experience, there are many paths to choose from - each with their own pros and cons. As I look back on the changes I've made to my approach each season, the underlying similarity seems to be to find a way to enjoy a new challenge.
When I was a teenager, just getting into backpacking, the word that always seemed to float off every retailers tongue was "bombproof". People made purchases based on longevity, lifetime guarantees, and Kevlar was the fabric of choice.
Despite the weight differences from the lighter gear available today it made sense at the time. Most of my friends used gear their parent's had when they were young. It was handed down, and to be honest, didn't seem to be all that different from the new stuff on the shelf. With that in mind you generally made purchases thinking about the long term viability of the thing, and passing down this heirloom piece of gear to...
Drop used to provide a great range of low priced outdoor equipment. In the past I have picked up great bargains on fleece, jackets, hats often provided by name manufacturers such as OR, Rab, marmot and the like.
This has really contracted in the last few months. I get that the profit margin on overstock items from large manufacturers is low and that Drop is a business, not an organisation designed to provide me with variety. I also get that the profit on in-house development is high - the massdrop x-mid being an example of a high quality and really well selling product.
That said, I have to lament the lack of range of produce evidence lately - really is little reason for me to even browse.
if it wasn't for the watch community, and my watch collecting interests, I wouldn't even look at Drop anymore.
I began backpacking when I was a scout, lugging around a bargain, classic external frame pack that my parent's found on a closeout deal at a local gear shop. It wasn't pretty, or terribly comfortable, but it held my stuff, and what it didn't - easily lashed on the outside.
For two years, I hoisted that thing around and when I was 16, and was working my first job, I saved and scrapped all of my money until I had enough to buy an internal frame pack. Back then, outdoor gear was beefy, made from 1000 denier, kevlar; my new backpack was made to last a lifetime! It even came with a lifetime warranty. And the weight... well, lets just say that pack alone was more than half the weight people are bragging about these days as their BASE WEIGHT.
At first it was hard to justify a replacement backpack. I mean... it worked, albeit a bit heavy, and it was near bulletproof. But as my gear got smaller, and lighter... and after packing a full size pillow for a year or so, to fill the extra space...
Review of Durston x-mid 1p - haven't had a chance to use this in the field, but have set it up in a local park a couple times. Easy and quick to set up if you follow the instructions... I'm 6'3, 230 lbs and have no issues with the size using a Thermarest Trail Lite large pad and North Face Blue Kazoo long down sleeping bag. Packs away easy enough. Looking forward to using it in the wild.
In the market for a 0 deg sleeping bag. Not hardcore backpacker right now, but might do so in the future. Prefer not to spend too much. Have been looking at the Teton Leef, Cascade Mountain Tech and Kelty. Any thoughts on them? Thank you in advance.