Big Hill Pond Day Hike & Gear List

Last weekend I was able to sneak out for an overdue day hike. It was nice to get out and hike down a trail that I have not been down before and to just relax and enjoy the day. The hike I went on was a simple hike. About 4 miles round trip, however, after getting turned around a few times it was a little more than that, but that was ok too. That was just more time that I got to spend on the trail…

Of course it was a great time to use some of my gear too; some old, some slightly used, and some brand spanking new. I was actually hoping for rain, and since there were T’storms forecast for the day, I planned on it. I was looking forward to setting up my tarp, and sitting under it for a while and listening to the rain fall, using my new Jetboil Sol Ti that I am testing for to heat some water for a nice cup of joe in my cool Kupilka…however, in the end, it never came.

So, here is a list of the gear that I packed for my day hike:

Clothes Worn:

Gear Carried:

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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3 Responses to Big Hill Pond Day Hike & Gear List

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  2. TheGPSGeek says:

    I see you like those columbia pants. I find myself in the market for some good hiking pants. I’m not necessarily searching for lightweight pants. Rather, I’m especially interested in some pants that can handle off-trail bushwacking with lots of thorns and other sharp things. I have an old pair of Columbia Omni-Dri pants (they’re probably 7yrs old now) that work well for the most part, but the fabric pills a lot. I have some lightweight pants and I like them when I stick to the trail all the time.

    Being that I live out in the boonies with not much opportunity to look at a fabric before I buy, I need to get others’ opinions first. In all the pants you tried out, did you find one that was supple, yet durable enough to get off trail?


    • Stick says:

      These are the only pants I have actually used, so it is hard for me to fairly compare them to others. My only experience with other pants were simply in the store and trying them on. I found the Columbia’s to be the best fit and the most comfy for me, so that is what I walked out with. In my opinion, to touch, they are thin and pretty light-weight feeling. As far as actual weight, I have the size large with a 32″ inseam and they weigh 12.6 oz with the nylon belt. They are 100% nylon and IMO they breathe well and they dry quickly. I like the pocket configurations as well.

      Saying that, most of my hiking is done on actual trails. I have never set-off on a planned off-trail hike. However, many of the trails around where I live are not that well maintained. (Like any park, the ones that lead to something worth seeing is usually the best kept trail.) If I want a nice well maintained trail, I am usually on the AT somewhere. Otherwise around here, some of the trails are ok, but most of the time I am pushing through small branches, small vine tangles and even thorns. I have had them 2 years and so far they are holding up very well. Most stains have washed out of them pretty easily and to date there are no holes in them.

      I really do like them, but first and foremost for me it was about fit. These fit the bill for me, and so far they are standing up well to the trials (or should I say trails) that I find my self on. Honestly though, for true off-trail bushwhacking with lots of thorns and other sharp things, I am not sure how well these will hold up. I do think they would be fine for a while, but not sure how long a while would be…

      John from Mountain Ultralight has recently written a review on the Montbell Trail Ridge convertible pants and he compares them to the Columbia pants. He seems to like them pretty well. You should check out his link:

      Hope this helps.



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