Of your middle earth friend you met on the hike
Poor Willderness, you were brought up exclusively on AR-style activities, transitions, packing and toughness. The real world must seem strange and frustrating!
It really is. I carried beers for 3-4 people up the mountain and my pack was still the lightest by ~15 lbs. I honestly have no idea what I could have added to possibly have that much weight on my back or fill a 75L pack!?
Also, I have no idea how to post the pic.
The pic needs to be posted somewhere else online first since AP doesn't store photos. The fastest and laziest way is to upload the pic to Facebook, set it to Public (so people don't have to be on Facebook or FB friends with you) and just post a link here.
For photos to be displayed in your log, you'll need an account on a photo site like Flickr, then upload the photo, click on it and look for the option to link an embedded image. That will generate a line of html that you copy and paste into your log.
I gave up on hiking/camping with a group about 15 years ago.
Kayak trips are different, so I'm all over those.
You should see SAR work. It is definitely something to tone down for. And I've never heard of so much gear talk before. Not in any of the sports I've been involved in. As a bonus though, we do get 50% off Arcteryx, Black Diamond, and other deals. So I don't even have to bug an APr for deals:).
From what I hear theres an APr moving to N.van that I can start bugging for deals...
The group hiking/camping is definitely an interesting environment. I'd do it again, I might just have to lay down some ground rules first.
Surprised about the gear talk in SAR... How could you possibly need more than for AR?
Ill work on uploading to Facebook after my presentation I have to make in 29 mins.
Cuz in SAR all those bloody weird ice axe/cappuccino machine/fishing rod hybrids somehow make sense to somebody:) And big packs.
But I have to be a bit of a gear head now as well, as I need to dress for not moving in the cold. Or riding on the back of a quad in rain for 6 hours. Different, heavier, gear.