Preparing for the Colorado Trail

Well, it’s official… I have left my summer jobs and will be starting the Colorado Trail in 10-ish days. I have to be finished by the 25th of August for school, so I’m giving myself  about 30 days to complete the trail. Since I am already acclimated to high elevations, I don’t think it will be too hard – especially when I have views like this to look forward to…

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Here’s what my gear situation looks like right now –

GoLite Jam Pack 50 L – 30 oz. The Jam Pack is the best pack ever. I was able to score a free pack when I worked for GoLite. Thanks, GoLite! Jam_50L_Pack_Mint_Green

EMS Boreal Sleeping bag (20 degree synthetic) – 48 oz. This bag is heavy, but I needed a new bag in Hanover, NH last summer on the AT and this was the best bag I could find. Now I’m stuck with it until I spend the money on a new ultralite bag.

Tarptent Contrail – 27.5 Oz – I bought this tent a while back and wrote a review about it here!

Klymit Intertia X Lite – 6.1 oz. I was skeptical about this pad, but was able to buy it at a discount so I took a risk in purchasing it without trying it out. Last weekend, I took it out camping with me and was able to sleep on it comfortably. It’s extremely light and packs down really well.


MSR Pocket Rocket – 3 oz. My Jetboil was stolen in March and I chose to buy the Pocket Rocket instead because it’s lighter.

Halulite Minimalist Cook Set – 6 oz. Just a basic ultralite cook set.

MSR Isopro Fuel – 3.9 ounces. This much fuel should get me through half the trail – I think.

The Colorado Trail Data Book – This book is lightweight and has everything I need in it. I wish it had more information about towns, but I think I’ll be okay.

Sawyer MINI water filter – 2 oz. This filter is the best – Jennifer Pharr Davis even said so! I also wrote a review on it!

GoLite Selkirk –  800 fill down jacket – 6 oz. I was able to score this jacket for free when I worked for GoLite and it is, in my opinion, the best jacket for summer ultra-lite backpacking.

Running Shorts – I’ll be wearing my cross country shorts from high school.

Possibly Florida's most swagged out cross country team in 2011

Florida’s best dressed cross country team in 2011

Long Underwear – These are to wear when it’s cold at camp. I also wear these when I ski.

Shirt – I’m probably going to wear a Brooks running shirt that I got for free from my job at a running store a couple years ago.

ShoesBrooks Cascadia’s. These have 500 miles on them already from the AT, but I’m sure they’ll be durable enough for another 500.

SocksThorlo Experia. The best socks for running and hiking, in my opinion.

Other things I’ll bring – Phone, Money clip, food (never more than 4 days at a time), and two 1L aquafina water bottles.

Now that I (finally) have my gear together, I’m really excited to get started on the trail. Maybe the one and only Zach will join me for a section or hook me up with some trail magic!

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