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The day was cool at 7:30 am.  The trail head was quiet.   2500 vertical ft above us, on a steep scree slope above timberline, we could see our destination.  This trail had intrigued me since I first noticed it.  At that time, I was hiking through Maloney Basin in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness.  The trail ran from left to right, high above me on an open mountainside.  It seemed incredibley HIGH. But that’s Montana; everything’s big.  The mountains match the sky in that regard.

We started walking and 3 hours later, at 9500 ft, we would look down to see the truck waiting for our return.

It never ceases to amaze me what putting one foot in front of the other can achieve.  This day hike delivered alpine beauty beyond our expectations.  

Macro views of the high peaks of the Pintler Range.

Micro wonders of lichen and flowers fresh from recent rains.

Also a spring so cold that our hot feet could stand only a few minutes of submersion.  We sucked down long swallows of the pristine water; unfiltered and full of elemental energy.  Restored, we sprinted back up 1000 ft to retrieve a trekking pole forgotten in our dreamy alpine distraction.  

Another day in Montana.

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Okay, so this is not the intended use, but it does show intrinsic durability, which is a concern with any ultralight equipment.  The NeoAir has done very well at the beach coupled with the Big Agnes Cyclone SL Chair Kit.  No rips tears or abrasion issues so far.IMG_5396

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The entire unit weighs less than a pound.  NeoAir (small) 9 oz. and chair kit 6 oz.  Wow, that’s great for a comfy beach chair.  We’ve hiked miles into a couple of pretty remote beaches and been sitting pretty!

This is no casual test.  We’re talkin’ lava rock and coral.  I haven’t actually set it up on lava rock or coral, but the sand itself is a course mix of lava, coral, shells and other ocean debris.  So I’m encouraged.  When I return to the mainland I’ll give it a real backpacking trial in Southern Oregon’s Kalmiopsis, but until then we’ll see how the fabric holds up to 50 SPF sunscreen.

Aloha,  Carol

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img_5106Been wanting to try out these used ultra light poles on the trail ever since I bought them from an online forum.  At 6 oz for the pair they are way lighter than my current favorites, REI’s Peak UL Shocklight, 14.5 oz a pair.img_5092

So here they are on the Mule Mountain trail.  Those are hair bands from Fred Meyer I attached to the small loops on the handles.  I put them around my wrists so I can use my hands without dropping the poles.  These worked pretty good, but sometimes they got caught on the buckbrush where it encrouched on the trail. 

I liked the poles lightness, but missed the traditional strap from my old ones.  With the GG poles I had to actually grip the handle.  With most poles the straps are attached at the top of the grip and loop around your wrist in a way that puts the pressure on your hand so you don’t have to actually grip the pole.  See illustration:art-6-21

So, in this case, heavier is better for me.  If I could attach a strap to the GG poles at the top of the grip, I would prefer them.  Until that happens I’ll stick with my REI UL Shocklights.  Here’s a couple more photos from the hike yesterday.  img_5095

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