So quick notes from the road. I’ll add info as time allows:
- Joe was able to hike from Redwell Trailhead to Coyote Natural Bridge with mid-height waterproof boots and keep his feet sand free and dry. If you have no existing foot issues Teva-style sandals would work well for most of the trail. If I were to hike this route again in similar conditions, I would use waterproof boots until the bridge, then use something like Columbia Men’s Supervent Water Shoes.
- The water was very silty. I recommend using something like a coffee filter as an additional pre-filter for your water filter.
- We were told that it was 6 miles from Redwell TH to Jacob Hamblin Arch. It seems like it was much longer and our GPS devices tracked it as such. I need to clean up my GPX file and I will post the results later.
For those following my trip, I’m skipping the SLC portion and headed to the Vail area today. Hopefully the I-70 won’t be too much of a headache.
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- Seek Outside Unaweep Divide 4500 Backpack – My first long trip with this pack and I am very happy with it. With all of my camera gear, my pack was 43 lbs and carried it very well.
- Katabatic Gear Helios 55 Backpack Flex 22 Quilt – The temps were dipped into the low 30s our first night on the trail. I stayed warm and slept comfortably
- Hi-Tech Flash Force Low I WP Trail Shoe – I am happy to report that I had no ‘bottom of foot’ pain on this hike, which is amazing with the weight I carried and the mileage we covered. I will have to test more to see if this was due to these shoes, the insoles (see above) or a combination of the two. The vibram soles on these shoes have awesome traction.
- MyFootShop.com – Spring Plate Carbon/Graphite Fiber Insole – no ‘botton of foot pain’ (see above). I’m very happy.