Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: West Paterson, New Jersey
Do you have the latest Thru-Hike book for the trail ?
I have done a Thru-Hike of the AT and I can tell you, you don't want to carry more then 5 days worth of food if you can help it.
Also depending on what kind of shape your in to go out and do about 14 miles a day I would say a least cut down to about 10 to 12 and don't kill yourself.
However with all that have a great time and wish I was going with you.
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Conyers, Ga
Hammock: Blackbird 1.7 DL
Tarp: BMJ w/pullouts
I think a lot of these were covered already, but I'll give it a go. The ones that stood out the most to me were....
Seems heavy for a pack. If you can afford a smaller or lighter pack, I'd go for it.
Can go lighter.
Thermarest Neoair (in case I need to go to ground)-20.35
Ditch this altogether. If you insist on being able to go to ground, then ditch the UQ and keep this. Don't need both.
Pillow (a must for me in a hammock)-9.3
Pillow is a must for me too, but my HG pillow weighs 3.6oz. Either get a lighter pillow or use a fleece jacket for double duty.
1 set of extra clothes (with 4 pairs of socks)-35.2
For both shirts and socks, I bring 2 of each...one to hike in and one for sleeping. Hang up the hiking shirt/socks overnight and they'll be ready again next day. You probably don't need extra shorts/pants.
Pocket Shower-5.2 & Towel-3.05
Ditch both of these. I think someone mentioned the bandana already. It works.
Do you mean headlamp? I would definitely upgrade a flashlight to a headlamp. Night and Day difference (pardon the pun).
100' extra cord-1.7
Could probably be good with 50', but it weighs next to nothing so go for it.
Chacos (for stream crossings)-38.0
There are a lot of footwear options that can be used as a camp shoe and for river crossings that weigh much less. Crocs are one cheap and easy to find option.
Some things that I bring...HYOH
- Trash compactor bag
Inside my pack for all down as added protection.
- Water bottle
In addition to my bladder. A cheap 1L bottle is light, and I use it to mix my Gatorade or Emergen-C packets so I don't have to contaminate my main bladder.
-First aid kit
Everyone's is different.
I store my down loose in the compactor bag and then crush down that bag. Storing down loose helps it to fill all the little pockets in your bag and actually reduces the size it takes up in the pack. Plus, no dedicated stuff sack to carry. Switch that stuff sack over to permanent bear bag duty so you don't get food smell on your sleeping gear!
-Opsack odor-proof bag
I keep my food in one of these and then put that into my bear bag. I like the added protection of knowing nothing in my pack should smell like food, but it's optional.
Twenty-four pounds without food or water seems heavy to me, but maybe you're up for it. My base weight (EVERYTHING in the pack excluding food, water, and fuel) in the summer is a little under 14 lbs, and closer to 18 in cooler weather. I haven't backpacked in true winter yet.
"The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can.
Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."
~Bilbo Baggins - LotR