The hurricane will get to DC after we’ve left and looks to be not affecting weather too much.
Wednesday: A slight chance of rain after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night: Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 51. Northeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Rain likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
This is a fateful time for us. The anniversary of Robin’s death. https://adrr.com/living/. She died August 31, 1997.
A time of hope as well.
I’m filled with a lot of emotions.
But I know I love my wife and children and look forward to many tomorrows with hope.
Then we heard South bound (SOBO) to Bear Mountain. 250 miles to finish the trail.
A long way from when we started. The picture is from October 9, 2018. We started hiking sections of the trail before then, but that was when we hiked with the intent to finish.
In that hike, we hiked from Springer to the NOC (sat out the hurricane at Enota). That developed into a plan to continue from the NOC onward to Katahdin in March of 2019 with a goal of finishing before October—thus completing the trail within 365 days.
However, chest bags also add warmth. Usually I notice because my chest is sweating. So I started thinking of looking for an alternative.
I couldn’t do without because I did need something to hold some food and my reading glasses in.
After my wife got a shoulder pouch it became obvious that that was what I needed too. I looked at alternatives and finally I decided on a shoulder pouch.
The template for a belt pouch can be resized easily, not by calculating and redrawing it, but just by choosing what size to print it out at.
10” across? Just print in landscape mode and set the size at 10”. No math or drawing or drafting skills needed.
You can enlarge or shrink the bag from the template that way as many times as you want and just fold the pattern up to see what it will look like.
When you are ready, it is time to just match the template printout to the Dyneema.
Once it is sewn, use some seam tape to seem seal it. Add a “slick clip” on the back instead of belt loops and it hangs vertically from your shoulder as a shoulder pouch instead of horizontally from your belt.
My dear wife did the hard work. And made me one that is slightly larger than the one in the picture that I hang from the shoulder strap on my Hyperlite backpack.
The Dyneema (DCF) it is made from is both light and waterproof. It was a great Father’s Day present.
And it is the newest item of gear I’m using.
In left hip belt pocket, water treatment. Bic lighter for fire. Face mask.
In right hip belt pocket, head lamp, rain gloves.
In shoulder pouch, reading glasses, snacks.
In pants/shorts pockets, my phone and my wallet (a DCF zippered pouch).
The rest of the gear is in my pack, except a smart water bottle hanging from the other shoulder.