Yay! I'm heading to Yosemite again this evening for the weekend. I'm heading up (well, east) with Yenyi & Jason and their friend Patrick. We're hoping to do the two-day Half Dome hike if we can get a the necessary permit and find a space at the required campsite (Little Yosemite Valley).
So I've been to REI and bought a new backpack and a few odds and ends and am getting pretty excited! Can't wait to get back there.
Have I mentioned that I love REI? Check this out – I bought a sleeping bag two weeks ago and they're having a sale starting today. Naturally, as predicted by Murphy, my sleeping has been reduced by around US$100. But wait, it's cool! REI has a policy that says if any item goes on sale within thirty days after you make the purchase they will give you back the difference. Now that's looking after the customer.
I was also very impressed with their advice on backpacks. As well as dishing out solid advice on how to pack, what makes a good fit etc, they insist that you walk around the store for 10-15 minutes with the pack realistically weighted down in the worst-case scenario (in my case with around 21 kilos/46 lbs). It makes a difference; after about five minutes you start to feel which pack fits you better and after ten you know if you've got a winner.
Anyone want to join me if I start an REI fan club? 😉