Definitely would love to see a gear list, particularly Tala-related gear as I hike with my dog, too.
Also, your cousin needs a trail name or he's going to get stuck with "Fronkey's Cousin from Florida" which just doesn't roll off the tongue.
The 80 pound packs in the Corps will be a bit different, but knowing that he did the SHT on his first ever backpacking trip, he'll probably think boot camp isn't so bad.
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