Title: The Man formerly known as Furnace Man
August 9, 2006
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I've slept in a tent in about 10-15 F, prob. around 0 wind chill, in a 40 degree-rated sleeping bag (and with a sleeping pad, of course). I felt warm. See, I am Furnace Man! Warmer summer temps don't agree w/me. Spring/fall are my faves.
Once, at a place called the Bat Ranch, the ranch's four cats took a hike with us for about a mile around the property. That was fun, and strange... usually cats don't go hiking.
If you're new to the group, do a day hike before trying a multi-day backpacking outing. The multi-day trips are much tougher. Be sure you are properly equipped and DON'T EVER FORGET YOUR FLASHLIGHT, especially if Francisco is leading. If you have the stamina and experience, it's great fun! The group has great people, too. I always meet someone fascinating. Just remember that winter AND spring outings can involve hiking on ice and slippery snow, which persists on the trails later into the year than you might think. Bring MICROSPIKES (or crampons) for ice and snow for all such occasions. We didn't think we'd need them for a March 30-April 1 trip, but they would've helped tremendously. And gaiters would've made an April 27-29 trip much more successful. Still, even the problematic trips are great fun.