October 3, 2009

Trail post--Santa Ana Mountains

This is a first for me. Today I'm doing my first overnight, self supported run. I started with a sleeping bag, 134 oz of water (yes, very heavy), some bars and dried fruit, and a few other odds and ends. I sarted at the base of holy jim trail and made it to blue jay, about 14 miles. Running with a full back pack was brutal, but I'll be returning a lot lighter now that half my water has been used, which is more than enough to return. Now I lay under a full moon.

Keep it real!

8 comments:

RunnerinLV said...

Very cool, I'm jealous.

Will said...

Great experience! I learned that a regular backpacks don't work for runners. Now I begin my quest for a running pack that holds a sleeping bag and hydration. Sleeping in the wilderness all by yourself brings new meaning to my definition of solitude.

ianL said...

Will,
have a look at the camelbak rim runner. i use one for commuting, and it has plenty of room. running the rockwall with Leslie, Bryon, Mike, Miles and Angela, i had over 16lbs of water and gear (overkill), and it felt great.
ian

Will said...

Thanks Ian...that is a great tip. I've been browsing the web for something but to get an endorsement like that is very helpful.

ianL said...

on the down side, it is definately NOT waterproof, or even resistant, so any gear would need to be wrapped up in waterproof bags.

Will said...

Ian, it would appear that Camelbak makes so many models that you could test ride for a month and still not be able to decide how to pick your nose. I'm going to try to find one that is a) big enough b) light enough and c) won't get my cookies wet. I just wish the darn website would describe which ones are water resistant or waterproof! Help Camelbak!

ianL said...

i have tried out a few, and the cloudwalker and rimrunner are more suited to carrying gear while running. neither has much water protection, but both are very stable on your back. for training, i put a 5lb weight in the hydration sleeve (which is accessable via an external zipper) when i run to and from work.
i am VERY happy with the rimrunner. it is really comfy when loaded, and has huge volume.

Will said...

Neat blog to find and start reading: I can probably learn a few things from you!