‘Tis the season for gear lists, it’s hard to find a blog or FB page of a backpacker without a gear list. I’ve never posted one, no particular reason that I know of just haven’t. I pretty much use the same gear regardless of season, only adding insulation layers for colder months. So with a 6-day trip coming up I decided to post “What’s In My Pack” aka the gear list. This is the gear I’ll be carrying on an upcoming trip, I will carry a few small items not included in this list, in order to not visually clutter it up I left them off, besides who wants to read about TP, however everything I will carry is included in the PBW (pack base weight) non consumables.
The trip is in the Great Smoky Mountains NP, expected temperatures L-low/mid 40’s, H- upper 60’s, slight chance of rain on the first day (as of the time this list post). Elevation- 1,650’-5,842’ above sea level, nothing extreme or technical.
Rather than post the expected grey matter, sorry guys no offense intended to all who choose to use Excel…but it’s boring. I decided to take a different approach to my gear list; you have to admit it’s more interesting than data, charts and graphs.
PBW – 10.66 pounds
I could easily shave it down by another pound or more, but to paraphrase Carol Crocker “I’m not attending a Suffer-fest”.
Okay guys, I won’t tolerate foul language, keep it clean or go elsewhere.
A simple overnight trip to North GA, cowboy camped on the rocks…watched the moon…awoke to fog.
My friend who I will refer to him as Drat in order to protect his identity and save him future embarrassment, sent his gear list to me for review; I have three words…bless his heart.
Let this be a warning to all Sawyer Squeeze users…don’t let your filters play with elephants.
Along the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau in TN lies an area known as South Cumberland Recreational Area. The SCRA encompasses Savage Gulf and the Fiery Gizzard Natural Area, gotta love the names of these lands. I’ve hiked both areas several times and always in late fall for the spectacular fall foliage color. Last fall I began wondering what Savage Gulf would look like if stripped of all the leaves…I knew a springtime trip was in order. Continue reading
This weekend I’m leading a three-day backpacking trip, a first for me. Until now I’ve only planned b-packing trips for myself, never for a group and I’ve never officially lead a group. And it’s going to rain, pour, possibly a gully washer, severe at times.
Gear list: umbrella-check, coloring book-check, rain jacket-check, crayons-check, rain skirt-check, water wings-check, snorkel-check, flippers-check…good to go.
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