I wanted to mention about my gear. I love gear. All kinds of gear. It is my only materialistic need.
I used the legs cut off a wet suit the go down buckskin. They were great. they kept me warm while protecting my legs from the sharp ice.
I had diy wind pants that impregnated with sil. They worked ok, but water got though more than I wanted
Crampons. This is the first time I used Yak Tracks or any crampons for that matter. They worked well, but the $10 velcro strap accross the top would get fouled by snow and were open most of the time.
I took Beyond fleece pants and coat. I was never cold using these, they were great.
My Marmot hydrogen 15 degree bag was just the right bag for the ground. At 2 pounds I have yet to see a bag beat it.
Leki poles helped find the way thought the snow and make sure there was ground under it.
Full length selfinflating thermorest with a 3/4 length cc pad meant there wouldn't be any cold from the ground.
Neoprene socks and gloves were great for fording frozen pools and stream. They don't keep you dry but since it isn't flowing water it keeps you warm.
I used a pair of winter tights from EMS that have spandex from the knee up. They worked well.
I have a diy buff for my head. I love this thing and it is so versitile.
My ULA P2 backpack is light and roomy. Since ULA doen't make it any more I and OLD SCHOOL with this pack. I used the same pack for my 2003 AT thu hike.
Since my car got me there I want to make special mention of my hybrid Honda Insight. with 55 mpg it only cost $230 in gas to go from PA to AZ and back. We only eat at 3 buffets at less than $10 each and stayed at 2 cheap motels. Shuttles cost us $110 and it cost about $60 for admission and backcountry passes. The entire trip cost each of us less than $300 each. That is about how much it would have cost to go one way by train or bus plus rent a car for one person. I feel like I got by cheap and didn't miss a thing.
Last edited by Dutch; 01-04-2009 at 19:11..