Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Searching for Hiking information

Automobiles of the past:

The revolutionary 1985 Olds Tornado IOur first USA front wheel drive production car.

For tonight: 

My next door neighbor, Richard, is a retired Boy Scouts Official.  He came over to borrow a wheelbarrow to haul some fire wood to his fire pit. We talked. In the conversation I mentioned I hoped to try a Thru-Hike of the AT.  We talked a little more and he left to haul wood. I went on about my business of no business, or making covers for Grandson Josh’s house vents. In a couple hours Richard came back. “I’ve been thinking, I have a friend, named Richard also, in Statesville who has a shop that specializes in Hiking support equipment. Let’s drive up  to Statesville this week and talk to him.

At first I was a little reluctant, but then realized it has been 10-20 years since I bought my hiking equip, maybe this is a good chance to find the latest in “LIGHTWEIGHT” equipment. So today we made the trip.  I was pleasantly surprised at the suggestions and tips.

Richard Griggs’ Carolina Mountain Sports is a nice shop. Richard was very straight forward about equipment even recommending his competitors for a couple things. We were discussing the canister cookers we both knew that canisters are not great below freezing. He gave me a hint I had not heard, “Drop the canister into your sleeping bag on COLD nights and it will stay warm and work well in the morning,” laughing he continued, “But remember if you  give that canister in your sleeping bag a girl’s name you are in trouble.”

I received some good advice on packs and cookers.  I also had a good time with neighbor Richard on the trip. We had never talked at length, but we had a good time. It was nice of him to take me to Statesville (an hour’s drive) and introduce me to the owner.

She said "It's COLD, but feels good!" Taking a break in Vermont

It is too early to get real enthused but it is fun thinking about the coming event I truly HOPE does fall into place.




Chatty Crone said...

I do wish you the best of luck and I hope it happens.

betty said...

What a nice outing for the two of you! And I'm sure so much has changed with lighter weight equipment, etc since you guys last hiked so it was nice to see what was out there that might make the hike easier. Refreshing to have such great customer service too!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

What an adventure. We look forwards to your photos here. Thanx Jack.

God bless.

Lisa said...

I bet they are always coming out with new equipment. I would think by now there is a lot of silicon and collapsible containers and more.
Sounds like preparing for a hike is just as fun as the hike itself.

Off to work

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I always like to think that preparation is half the fun. Getting ready for this trip will be fun and your trip sounds like it was worthwhile. Nice to have a neighbor that shares your enthusiasm.

Mevely317 said...

What a generous spirit that shop owner has! Unusual in this day and age, but hey. Seems there's lots of good folks in your neck of the woods. Like 'Ma' has said, I think anticipation plays a big part in one's enjoyment.

Great timing on that photo of Sherry. I love the expression on her face!

Dar said...

Preparation seems vital for such an adventure. So is Sherry hiking with you or are you truly going solo???...oh brave one. Are you just finishing what you started long ago or hiking the entire trail? If memory serves me, Fred was with you for a short time on your last hike........looking forward to the news of your adventures always.
loven'hugs from up north where we're feeling whipped

boromax said...

wooHOOO! You're going to do it, Jack! AT here you come!

[[ I think you meant 1965 on the Olds Toronado FWD ]]

My Tata's Cottage said...

You are so blessed with your wonderful adventures. My father was an Oldsmobile man. Chevy trucks and Olds cars. I am catching up with blogs. I need to be better organized or stop letting the day get away from me. You both take care and have fun. HUGS from Our Colorado Home to Yours