It’s Dreaming Season
I have long since left the mindset of a normal human being and now only think of things in terms of weight, necessity, and functionality. As the thru-hiking season draws near, my excitement grows. The need to indulge in ramen noodle bombs, mud-soaked socks, and pop tart challenges takes my focus from my daily life and I doze through “normal” conversations in a gear induced coma. I find myself at a crossroads between saving money to have a comfortable cushion to come home to or splurging, again, and buying that shiny new Hyperlite Mountain Gear pack. The pack wins.
Working in the outdoor gear industry, the language of backpacking is pretty much the only one I’m fluent in. The words “hiking” and “The Appalachian Trail” slip off my lips a dozen times a day. Rest assured that if you are in my general vicinity I will bore you to death with degrees of merino warmth and unsolicited hiking trivia that will leave you wondering how I worked it into conversation.
Packing for this trip, I find myself wanting to pass up the comfort of an inflatable sleeping pad for the ease of a roll-out Switchback. All the better for more accessible midday napping! What we bring on our trips is ever-changing and growing with our experiences. Here is where I am at so far…
The Big Three
- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 2400 40L Pack, 32.2 oz
- Lined with a trash bag for extra rain guard
- Nemo Hornet 2 Tent and Footprint, 16.5 oz
- REI Magma 30 Sleeping Bag 24.5 ozd
- Nemo Switchback Sleeping Pad 48 inches 14.5 oz
Worn While Hiking
- Altra Lone Peak 4.5 with gaiters
- Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks x2
- REI Kornati Roll- Up Pants
- Kuhl Bikini Underwear x2
- An old Hawaiian shirt (my personal favorite clothing item)
- An old pair of shorts
- Leki Cressida Thermo AS Trekking Poles, 16.5 oz
When The Weather Takes a Turn for the Worst
(So essentially the entire trip)
- Smartwool 250 Base Layer Quarter-Zip Top, 8.32 oz
- Smartwool 200 Intraknit Bottoms, 7.34 oz
- Smartwool 250 Gloves, 1.41 oz
- REI 650 Down Puffy, 10.8 oz
- Polar Buff
- The Parks Project Beanie
- Sea to Summit Extreme Sleeping Bag Liner, 14 oz
- Arcter’yx Zeta SL Jacket, 9.5 oz
- Debating on rain pants being an actual necessity – leave a comment yes/ no!
- Talenti Jar, — cold soak for the win!
- Snow Peak Titanium Spork, .6 oz
- Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter with two smart water bottles, 3 oz
- Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Bag 15 L, 1.3 oz
- 30 feet of Paracord
- Goal Zero Flip 36 Power Bank/ Charging Cable/ Cell Phone, 6.8 oz
- Gore-Tex Headphones (Yes, they are both machine-washable AND unnecessary!)
- ALPS Mountaineering Torch 250 Headlamp, 6 oz
- Gallon Ziploc Baggies for storage
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, toilet paper)
- Teva Voya Infinity Sandals for camp
February 27th can’t come soon enough…
** If you are looking for prices and more specific purchase info, check out my gear list on my Author Page!
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