Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Loch Leven Lakes Trail, Middle LL Lake, Tahoe Nat'l Forest

This Meetup organized trip was a 2.8 mile trek up (and I mean UP) to Middle Loch Leven Lake on the Loch Leven Lakes trail.

We took lots of breaks on the way up, as one hiker tended to overheat quickly. I didn't mind the breaks, not at all.

Since I had the chance to take pictures!

There is an easier way into the lakes, via Huysink lake trail, but we opted for the 1000 foot climb over rocks large and small and downed trees.

The group decided to stop at the middle lake, as we'd been hiking for about 2.5 hours and lunch and sitting looked mighty appealing.

I used my hammock set up (of course)

I did very well with food, using a pot cozy (which can also double as an alien-deterring fetching foil fez) and walking out with very little food left over.

My gear list is at the end of this post. I carried 17.5 pounds before food and water.

John, Me, Murray, Laura

Well worth the climb. I'm proud of myself for making it down the next morning (there were times when I was not too sure I would).

G4 - DIY
compacter bag liner
snack bag - DIY
bottle holder - on strap
mesh potty bag
Ursack and 2 liners

MacCat Deluxe tarp
Groundhog stakes, ridgeline, spare line, Dutch clips
Warbonnet Blackbird hammock
hammock sock - DIY
Crowsnest underquilt by Hammock Gear
Shenandoah top quilt by Jacks R Better
Prolite extra small sleep pad
Visqueen - scrap of plastic nearly 40 years old.
Nite Ize lightup zipper pulls

Revelcloud jacket
windshirt - DIY
rain chaps
Packa - combo pack cover and rain jacket (no rain, actually)
Marmot wrist warmers
Navy surplus wool watch cap
Smartwool hikers socks
lycra exercise shorts
midweight longjohns - Ibex wool
spare panties

Clothes (worn in and out)
wicking short sleeved shirt
Mountain Hardwear kilt, Lycra shorts
Inov8 Roclite 295 trail runnners
Injinji toe socks
Dirty Girl gaiters
Tilley w/ DIY bug net on crown
Pearl Izumi arm coolers
Moving Comfort Fiona sports bra
thin glove liners - REI, finger tips cut off. Sun protection for hands.
Black Diamond trekking poles (my Gossamer Gear poles are in for repair)

1st Need filter
Outdoor Research folding bucket
Camelbak Eddy bottle, 25oz
Nalgene soft bottle

Firelite Ti stove, windscreen, paperclip
Esbit tabs - brought 2, used only one
BIC and matches
Pot from esbit kit
bowl cozy - DIY
fire permit
REI plastic soup spoon
Ziploc screwtop plastic bowl

Neutrogena baby sunscreen stick
SPF 20 lip balm
first aid kit
dropper bottle of soap
toilet paper
Wisp tooth brush

map and compass
pocket knife
Petzel E light
potty trowel (snowstake)
cotton bandana
Dutchware plastic utility hook
ID in fabric pouch
Canon point and shoot camera

Food 1lb 9½oz total
2613 calories total
We decided to walk out after breakfast so one sandwich and one bag of Fritos came out along with an uneaten Tanka bar.
2 lunch, 1 bkfst, 1 dinner, 2 snacks

2 Almond butter and jam sandwiches - 450cal
Umpqua oatmeal in ziploc - 273cal
Mary Jane meal - 580cal (2 servings)
2 snack bags of Fritos -160cal each
2 Kind bars - 200cal each
2 Tanka bars - 70cal each

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