my favorite time of year here. this particular storm is warm and seems to be sitting right on top of us for a couple of days. the forecast says rain, rain, and more rain and the desert is soaking it up. we needed it.
my new euroschirm handsfree compact umbrella and the eberlestock halftrack hunting model backpack with the raincover on. everything worked pretty well today but the umbrella is significantly smaller than the golf model from the same maker so i have to be a little more careful to keep it perfectly adjusted when the wind blows or swirls. the bigger umbrella provides much more coverage but is also much longer so it sticks out the top of the pack when stored. there are always trade offs so you have to decide which is best for you depending on the situation. but again, the umbrella is great for keeping you dry and aired out.
note the black umbrella shaft holder on the left shoulder strap. it is a nice touch that allows me to easily hold and adjust the umbrella while walking.
the raincover that comes with the eberlestock packs works great.
gear from head to toe –
patagonia capilene zip t-neck base layer top (very good but wish the sleeve cuffs were tapered)
sitka gear stormfront lite jacket (i shouldn’t have worn this, it is no longer produced)
storm whistle (gotta have)
sitka gear timberline pants (still short in the rise but very good, not made for all day rain, seems are not taped and water will soak through eventually)
benchmade aof model 9050 (old stand by)
danner flashpoint over the calf socks (great socks, fit perfect, stay up all day)
lowa tibet gtx boots (stiffer, tougher, heavier version of the rangers-nice for heavier loads and rougher terrain)
eberlestock halftrack hunting backpack with rain cover (great)
garmin foretrex 401 gps (still my favorite)
black diamond collapsable trekking pole (indespensable)
euroschirm handsfree compact umbrella (very good)
blaze orange hcod cap (very stylish and functional too)
iphone 4s with lifeproof waterproof, impact resistant case
in the pack –
wilderness emergency kit (perfect, don’t leave home without it)
patagonia micro puff insulation layer jacket (it was too wet and warm for down)
hill people gear mountain serape (good but not optimal half bag)
rei active stretch zip t-neck top (indespensable)
hanz gloves (essential)
jetboil sol ti cook system
swarovski el 10×50 swarovision binoculars
slik 613cf tripod with outdoorsmans pan head
therm-a-rest 3/4 sleep pad
wiggys lamilite pillow
surefire fury flashlight
outdoorsmans super man drink
icom two way radio with mic and spare battery
sitka gear shooters gloves