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Yes, very nice report. "It's me. I'm on fire." is just a great line. I'm not sure if Ms. Congahead is a board member. If not, I'd suggest Girl on Fire would be a great user name.
There’s a hole in the side of her right shoe where the ember had burned almost completely through it. We go through her pack to see if any potential ignition source – iPhone battery, fuel canister, etc. – was the culprit. Everything’s in order. We examine her shoe again and finally develop a theory.The gaiter she’s wearing has a metal grommet on the bottom right where the fire started. She had managed to sit still, in just the right position, for just long enough, in the blazing sun, for the grommet to get hot enough to ignite her shoe. I’m not sure what the odds are of that happening to anyone else ever again.
I've been watching for a water report on Pena Spring but haven't seen anything in awhile. Maybe I missed it but did you pass by it?
The next morning I use my inReach to pull down a weather forecast for the night. Just yesterday, it was for 37°F, which we are prepared for, but I wanted to see if it had changed. Indeed it had. Forecast is now for overnight lows in the teens. We discuss for a bit and realize that we’re not prepared for those temps and we’ll likely be miserable. Our three-day/two-night just turned into a two-day/one night.https://caltopo.com/m/MVEF
Quote from: congahead on February 17, 2018, 08:41:59 AMThe next morning I use my inReach to pull down a weather forecast for the night. Just yesterday, it was for 37°F, which we are prepared for, but I wanted to see if it had changed. Indeed it had. Forecast is now for overnight lows in the teens. We discuss for a bit and realize that we’re not prepared for those temps and we’ll likely be miserable. Our three-day/two-night just turned into a two-day/one night.https://caltopo.com/m/MVEFScore one for the inReach.
Great trip report. Mrs. Conga is a trooper!
We are beat up, exhausted, and bloody. Bruises, scrapes, puncture wounds all over us.Mrs. Congahead looks at me and says matter-of-factly, “Happy birthday.”
+1. I don’t use one, but I think its value-added features are significant. Anyone thinking of buying PLB should take a close look at the inReach. I highly recommend it. A couple of years ago I pulled down a weather report while backpacking through the Canyonlands Needles district. It let me know that a rainstorm was heading our way one day earlier than expected. So we altered our route to avoid hiking over steep slick rock in the rain, which would have been really dangerous.And during last year's MdA failure, when we had to bail a day early (gee, I'm sensing a theme in my treks), I used it to contact my wife and ask her to call the Chisos Mining Company Motel and move our reservation up a night. She did and confirmed it with me via the inReach before we even got off the mesa.I also use it to check in nightly with the home base (usually my wife or my sons, depending on who I'm trekking with) just to let them know I'm still alive. Not sure how much value my sons find in it, but I know Mrs. Congahead appreciates getting these updates when she's home and I'm backpacking.My older son also does lots of solo paddling trips through the Everglades and elsewhere. We bought him his own unit a few years ago, mainly for our own peace of mind. He checks in every night when he's on one of his paddles. We bought him the Explorer, which also has the functionality of a handheld GPS unit. Comes in handy on the featureless terrain (e.g., water) where he often travels. I have the SE, which does not have the GPS functionality. (I use the Gaia GPS app on my smartphone when I need GPS, but mostly just use map and compass.)
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