It’s safe to say that most hikers like to count. They count days, miles, pounds, liters, ounces, calories, States, and more. Hikers like to make lists too, some even do elaborate spreadsheets and graphs. Some hikers are more obsessive about the numbers than others. I will admit to counting ounces and keeping track of certain numbers too. For example, how long until March 24, 2018? As of today, it is 3 months, or 13 weeks… or 93 days.
Time enough to make some significant adjustments
The first adjustment is to lose a few pounds, not pack weight but *me* because Winter and the holidays inevitably lead to less outdoor activity and more festive indoor activities, if you know what I mean. The second adjustment is to switch packs from the Osprey Exos 48 to the ZPacks Arc Haul because the Arc Haul offers more cargo space and a slight weight advantage.
What’s in my pack
Having logged several hundred miles in recent months doing shakedown hikes on the AT has helped refine my gear selection. Using the online tool at LighterPack.com I created my current gear list which includes both warm-weather and cold-weather gear, so the total weight will be less depending on what gets sent home. My 2018 AT Gear List
bear encounters, hysterical antics, near disaster, epic weather
I have lived in Georgia for more than 45 years and hiked up and down the GA section of the AT many, many times. Nearly every campsite along the way stirs fond memories of camping with my wife, children, brothers, nephews, friends, and dogs. So, if I walk past a site and bust out laughing or shed a tear, it’s because of the real-life experiences that have happened to me there. Whether it was bear encounters, hysterical antics, near disaster, epic weather, all the things the trail throws at you makes for amazing stories and memories. I anticipate the same holds true for the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Yes, I’m counting down the days until my trek begins.
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