So you’ve got your boots, socks and foot stuff. Heading north, the pants you wear on your Half Dome hike are important. My choice are cargo pants with the big pockets AND zip-off legs. Many summer mornings at 5:30 am (recommended start time from Happy Isles) are pretty chilly at Yosemite. Zip-off legs are really handy when the hair on your legs is sitting on top of goose bumps. If it stays cold as the day goes on, you will be happy you had long pants. If it turns out to be a 90-degree day, you can take off your legs and roll them up and stuff into your pack. Should weather change and a chill comes up, you can put them back on.
Brands? There are many out there. North Face is very good and I like that they mark the legs left and right. To be honest, the cheaper REI house brand is my favorite. I love that fact that the leg zippers go all the way up to the knee, so they are easy to get off without taking your boots off.
I like to stuff a couple handfuls of trail mix into my cargo pocket to munch as I walk and not have to stop and open the pack. When it’s really hot and there’s no chance of rain, I just take the legs off and leave them in the tent cabin. Synthetic pants are light and do not chaff. Use Body Glide from yesterday’s blog on your inner thighs if you rub.
Now the underwear discussion. Do not use your cotton BVDs. Yes, you sweat down there and you want to be comfortable all day. I like the synthetic ExOfficio Give-N-Go Briefs. Dumb name but they work.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Zip a dee doo da, zip a dee day.” – Disney
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com