My Catalyst arrived a few days ago. I’ve been excited to take it out, but I couldn’t fit an overnighter into my schedule for this weekend. It was raining pretty hard today, but I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I threw my dayhiking crap into the Catalyst, and went out on the Darlington Trail for a short hike.
My dayhiking gear isn’t very heavy, so today’s hike probably wasn’t a good test, but the pack was extremely comfortable. There’s a lot more room in there that I’ll probably ever use, but the next smaller pack (the Circuit) doesn’t come in an XL size, and I need about 25″ between the shoulder straps and the hipbelt to accommodate my long, studly torso.
In all my excitement, I forgot to take any pictures of the pack itself (hard to do by yourself when you’re wearing it). So, you’ll have to settle for a picture of this handsome devil.
I got out for a bit of a hike yesterday. I logged the west end of the Darlington Trail as well as the east end of the Tuscarora Trail.
I walked a bit of the AT just so I could make a nice junction on the maps.
By the way, I started a Wikipedia Article for the Darlington Trail. If you know anything about the trail, please add to the article before it gets deleted for lack of “notability”.
Brandi and I went on a (very short) hike yesterday, and I was able to log about a mile of the Darlington Trail for the map. GPS reception was very bad on the north side of the mountain, but approximate data is better than no data at all.
The Darlington trail is only about 8 miles long. Maybe I’ll have a chance to log the rest of it next weekend.
By the way, some of you may remember my hysterics when a developer wanted to build a housing development across the White Rocks Trail. Well, it looks like the Monroe township supervisors shot it down (on June 14th. I’m a little behind the times).
From what I understand, they are going to try to strengthen their zoning laws to keep this kind of thing from happening again. Kick ass!