Leader: Ian Powell, ipowell [at] eastman [dot] com
Never used a pair of trekking poles before? Not exactly sure how they are supposed to be used? Why do they have baskets on the bottom, it’s not going to snow in July? Why are the pesky straps on the pole, should I cut them off? Trekking poles can be intimidating and sometimes a big ticket item to purchase. At this meeting we will go over the proper use, adjustment and maintenance of trekking poles. We will touch on the different options that the industry includes in their pole designs. This is your chance to try out a pair of poles and see it they are something you might be interested in.
Come to this month’s meeting to learn about the details of using and how you can contribute to our new trail wiki site. Come learn how you can navigate our new wiki and use it to find trails that interest you. We’ll even cover how you can help contribute to the site by either directly editing yourself or by providing the information for others to use in editing. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy while talking with others. The program starts at noon and we plan to be finished by 12:45 to give travel time for those who may have a 1PM meeting. Location is at Eastman in Kingsport B150 Room C. If you’re not an Eastman employee but are interested in attending contact Tim Schaefer to arrange a visitor pass.
Vic Hasler reporting
During this lunch and learn, a discussion was held on how to decide which of the club’s tents, backpacks, or sleeping pads to rent for an outing. Most rental items have a description on the website. Selection guides exist for the tents (for 1-3 or 4-6 people). The group was fairly familiar with the existing equipment, so the talk became an idea session of what new gear the club could purchase. Like HT-1, other styles of hammock tents could be offered. Even lighter than the 1.5 pound HT-12, a very lightweight hexagonal fly could provide backpacking shelter. A backpack, which combines the close fit of an internal frame with air flow across the back offered by external frame, would be desirable for hot summer treks. A German brand, Deuter, was suggested. A new item, a pair of trekking poles, from a quality supplier, such as Leki ($80/pr + shipping) found favor with the group to allow folks to try them out, thus likely to be pursued once agreement with Recreation is obtained. A very compact, air chamber (thus not self-inflating or foam) sleeping pad was discussed to help get the gear volume down. The downside is that repairs are needed in case of puncture. Big Agnes has Air Core pads for around $40 plus shipping. Since the current rental set is in great condition, we hope to purchase several of these items in order to give members a chance to try out new gear for themselves. If you have any suggestions on future purchases, please let me know at rental [at] tehcc [dot] org. Finally, a show-n-tell session for these lunch gatherings was proposed to share what has been working for each of us.