Who: Sammy and myself
Length: 12 miles (6 out + 6 back)
Time: 6.7 hours
Weather: 50-80 degrees, sunny, hazy
After research and hemming and hawing for several weeks, I purchased a new backpack–a Osprey Stratos 34 in blue. Plus, a Platypus 3-liter hydration system to go with it. Osprey is a Colorado-based company.
Today was my first opportunity to use the new pack, and it worked out great. I like having a hydration system with a tube that allows me to drink without taking off my pack to access water bottles. The pack has a webbing system that creates an airspace between the pack and my back. It has other features too, like a pair of loops for holding hiking poles, integrated rain cover, and additional pockets. I like it!
This hike followed the BLUE line to St. Mary’s Falls, then to Mt. Rosa, and back:
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