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I am an Idiot

Postby markskor » Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:42 pm

Getting ready for that last Sierra trip this last weekend,
Drinking a little wine with Russ, gear all spread out - dreaming,
More gear examined/decisions...
Plastic storage bins full of crap - old Mountain House meals - took a 4-man Beef Stew.

Found my hanging WM bag - stuffed it inside its sack,
and then proceeded later, somehow, to cram another, the wrong sleeping bag into my pack -
same colored stuffsack,
some damn synthetic -
almost froze.
Got to be a lesson here...
Never talk to Russ when getting your stuff together.
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:28 pm

=D>

I could list all the items I did not put in my SAR pack yesterday. Good thing we did not have a surprise pack check, and focused on low angle training. It would have been rather embarrassing to show up without a radio, or food, or the rain gear. ](*,)
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:26 pm

markskor wrote:Getting ready for that last Sierra trip this last weekend,
Drinking a little wine with Russ, gear all spread out - dreaming,
More gear examined/decisions...
Plastic storage bins full of crap - old Mountain House meals - took a 4-man Beef Stew.

Found my hanging WM bag - stuffed it inside its sack,
and then proceeded later, somehow, to cram another, the wrong sleeping bag into my pack -
same colored stuffsack,
some damn synthetic -
almost froze.
Got to be a lesson here...
Never talk to Russ when getting your stuff together.


Um, my bags/stuff sacks are color coded.. And your food is beyond the date of exipration.. That 4 man beef stew has almost as many trail miles as you do.. And your stove fuel? well.. :lol: at least it was still a good trip and no one had to press a SPOT device or go home skunked.

The lesson is.. Organize, check, reorganize, recheck.

In the end, we were fine and you weren't cold.. Might be different if we were still up there today.

It was only a little cold and snow on the ground from the last storm:

Saddlebag Lk 2010 007.JPG
Saddlebag


BTW, Russ doesn't talk too much, but it was fun watching Mark put his gear together..
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:47 pm

been there, done that! :rolleyes:
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby oldranger » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:47 am

Mark

Can I quote you?

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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby sierramel » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:27 am

Like everyone else (I'm sure), I have a check list: Spring, Summer, Fall (I don't do Winter anymore) - periodically adjusted for new gear additions, and culling out old gear. I go through all my food - in storage bins - every spring. And color coded stuff sacks (for the most part). But no matter what, I still have the occasional beating my head on a rock situation.
A couple of years ago, the husband got into my stuff. He crammed 2, 3/4 length thermarests into one stuff sack, that looked the same as the one I usually take out on my trips. I didn't check before I left. The road to hel! is paved with assumptions.
Imagine my surprise on a 2 week trip when on the first night I pulled those dam@ things out at bed time. :eek:
"Some places remain unknown because no one has ventured forth. Others remain so because no one has ever come back."
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:46 am

Sierramel, i lost all my check lists. I'm sure they're in one of the bins somewhere. Can I borrow yours?

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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby oldranger » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:26 am

SM

The question is did you turn lemons into lemonade and use both pads?

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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby rlown » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:37 am

Not like we were gonna starve or freeze..

Marks "kitchen":
Saddlebag Lk 2010 009.jpg
how bad can it be?


Kitchen with an amazing view!!

We did a pasta dish that night.. before the storm hit.. Mark, you are not an idiot.. We had enough fuel and fleece to stay very warm.. Things happen, and you adjust..

Russ
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby sierramel » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:34 pm

Almost There......
Any particular issue? I have zillions of dog-eared copies, cataloged by year. Obsessive Compulsive on a Grand Scale. :p
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby Cross Country » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:08 pm

Seven years ago I went on a six day trip in Sep. above 10K. Instead of my sleeping bag I stuffed my sons bag for a ten year old. It only came up to my armpits. I slept in all my warmest stuff but it was still a very cold sleeping trip. It's a good thing we had a tent.
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Re: I am an Idiot

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:11 pm

I am the biggest idiot in the world. And I can prove it.

I left on a great road trip recently, and left my backpack with the food, $, and everthing in it on the chair be the door. I do it all the time.

I have a checklist I keep in my pocket, that I religously follow, and I still leave my camera, or whatever behind all the time.

So, no, I am the idiot...
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