AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 At $250, it’s more than reasonably priced for the quality and will keep you snug and balmy even in the coldest temperatures the Sierra can yield this fall. With storms a strong possibility and bitter cold likely, backpacking without a tent isn’t a great idea. When choosing a tent, the lighter the better. The Lightning by Sierra Designs weighs in at less than four pounds (less than some sleeping bags) and includes the rain fly. This tent is made for two people and is their lightest in the line. Price is $250. A simple weekend trip doesn’t require a large overnight pack. For women, Kelty’s Illusion 3500 is ideal for the backpacker who wants to pack fairly light, yet still have the perks of a well-designed bag. For men, the Tornado 4200 is a lightweight pack with an embedded, three-liter hydration system. Each pack will last a lifetime and be able to handle any trip of four days or less in the Eastern Sierra. Each runs $160-$170. Brunton offers several smaller gadgets that are perfect for backpacking. The Firelight ($40) is a windproof butane lighter with an integrated led light that will enable one to make a fire even in a windstorm. The Raptor ($40) is a butane canister stove, and MY-Ti ($20) is a set of titanium utensils that are light and strong. A Therm-A-Rest is a must for hikers who want to sleep in comfort. These self-inflating mattresses are light, specifically designed for men and women and compact. Stick with the “Trek and Travel Series,” and you’ll find yourself happy in the backcountry. Price $69-$79. When heading into the backcountry, keep in mind that you are climbing into areas well above 10,000 feet, which means single-digit nighttime temperatures are standard. REI offers backpackers two sleeping bags that can fend off the chilly weather and keep you comfy even when ice is forming on lakes. The REI Zenith is a synthetic bag that weighs less than four pounds and is rated to zero degrees. At $169, it’s affordable for a lightweight bag, but it;s a tough choice over REI’s Kilo Plus down bag. This bag is feather-like and weighs a little less than three pounds. A water purifier is a necessity unless you have the time and means to boil water every time you get thirsty. MSR’s MIOX Purifier ($130) is fairly new. It requires no pumping, works off batteries and can clean roughly four liters at a time. Merrell’s Chameleon II Gore-Tex Mid ($110) and Switchback GTX ($150) are ideal for backcountry expeditions. The Switchback is waterproof, durable and tough backpacking boot, but it’s comfortable; the Chameleon II is a cross-trainer that can handle a weekend backpacking trip without problem. Adventure Medical Kit’s .7 is a medical kit designed for two that will last up to four days. At $25, it’s cheap, light and waterproof, and it has enough nifty stuff to get you through blisters, headaches, cramps, scratches and cuts. Black Diamond’s Contour Trekking Pole is a must for hikers looking to take some of the pressure off their joints and knees while climbing up and down high mountain terrain. The poles are well worth the $99 price tag and come with Flick-Lock adjustable technology. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Heading into the backcountry during the fall can be a rewarding experience. Crowds are small, fall colors blanket the landscape, fishing can be great, and the crisp air is refreshing. But autumn expeditions can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Fall brings below-freezing temperatures and surprise snowstorms, but if you come equipped with the proper gear, the trip of a lifetime is attainable.
Ravindra Jadeja warmed up for the upcoming Australia tour with a sensational all-round performance for Saurashtra against Railways in the Ranji Trophy on Tuesday.Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 178 to help Saurashtra take first innings lead versus Railways on the second day of their Elite Group A match.Courtesy Jadeja’s knock, Saurashtra lead Railways by 144 runs after they ended the Day 2 at 344/8.After electing to bat, Railways were bundled out for a meagre 200 with skipper Mahesh Rawat top-scoring with 46.For the hosts, Jadeja finished with 4/58 and the all-rounder did not disappoint with the bat too.Also Read – Rohit Sharma rested for India A’s four-day game against New Zealand AJHARKHAND THRASH HARYANAJharkhand bowlers led by former India pacer Varun Aaron produced a stellar show for the second time as they thrashed Haryana by nine wickets in the Elite Group C encounter.Jharkhand registered a thumping win on the second day of the four-day encounter, which was a low-scoring thriller.After bundling out Haryana for a meagre 81 in the first innings on Monday, Jharkhand pacers again scuttled their opposition for 72 in the second outing to contribute in the team’s resounding win.Resuming the overnight score of 120/6, Jharkhand managed to add only 23 runs to their total and were bowled out for 143. They had a slender 62-run first innings lead.Watch: MS Dhoni makes it a day to remember for young fanHowever, 29-year-old Aaron, who has played nine Tests and as many ODIs, had other ideas. He wreaked havoc on the Haryana batsmen and returned with exceptional figures of 6/32 in the second outing.advertisementAaron was ably supported by Ajay Yadav (3/31) and Rahul Shukla (1/9) as the pacers shared the wickets among them.MANOJ TIWARY SLAMS 201 NOT OUTSkipper Manoj Tiwary silenced his critics by smashing an unbeaten double century before Bengal declared their innings at a mammoth 510/9 against Madhya Pradesh in Elite Group B match.Resuming at overnight score of 246/4, Bengal plundered a further 264 runs with Tiwary (201 not out) completing his fifth first class double century on the eve of his 33rd birthday. Tiwary began the day on 31.Madhya Pradesh bowlers had a tough outing despite a five-wicket haul by young Shubham Sharma (5/59). At close on Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh were 15 for no loss with plenty to ponder with two more days to go.HYDERABAD RIDE ON REDDY DOUBLE CENTURYSkipper Akshath Reddy’s marathon double hundred (248 not out) was the highlight of Hyderabad’s massive total of 523 for 7 in the first innings against Tamil Nadu in Group B match.Resuming at the overnight 249 for 3, the visitors continued to pile on the misery of Tamil Nadu’s bowlers as Akshath and B Sandeep (130, 221 balls, 15X4, 1X6) extended their partnership to 246 runs.Akshath continued his good form into the second day and added eight boundaries to his overnight 14 and also hoisted two more sixers.MILIND PUTS SIKKIM IN COMMANDContinuing his impressive form, former Delhi batsman Milind Kumar struck his second consecutive double century to put Sikkim on top against Nagaland in a Plate group fixture.Resuming on his overnight score of 78 in team total of 120/5, Milind hit a stroke-filled 224 from 215 balls (31×4, 3×6) to steer Sikkim to 374 in 82.5 overs.Sikkim then reduced Nagaland to 97/5 in their second innings with Bipul Sharma and Pawan Suyal claiming two wickets apiece to take their side closer to a second successive bonus point victory.The home side still need 95 runs to avoid an innings defeat.Earlier, Milind, who hit a career-best 261 in Sikkim’s innings and 27-run win over Manipur in Kolkata in their last round match, shared 174 runs with Bipul Sharma (90) to take a big first innings lead.(With inputs from PTI)