Finally it is time to head out for another hike! And not just a day hike, or even an overnight hike, but a 4 day hike! It is not too often that I get to head out for a multi-day hike like this one, so I am pretty excited about being able to get out! However, this trip will also mark a few other milestone’s for me. So, just a few things to mention…
First off, I will be completing the Georgia section of the AT and even a tiny part of the North Carolina section. My wife and I did the approach trail along with the first 30 miles of the trail as our first hike back in 2009, so I will happily be picking up and going just a little farther on this hike. As well, after this hike, I will be able to say that I have one state down. (Of course though when I do my thru I will do it over again, but that’s not the point.)
The next big thing for me is my pack weight. Almost 2 years ago when my wife and I headed out, I left the Amicalola Falls SP Visitor Center with a whopping 56+ pounds. But not this time! My total pack weight for this trip comes to a much nicer 20.8 pounds. That is 11.01 pound base weight and 9.79 pounds in consumables. For a complete look at my gear list, check it out here:
Also, concerning my weight, I am waiting on my summer quilt to arrive which will knock off another 13 oz from my 11 pound weight as of now. As well, I am testing some items that are a little heavier than items I would normally carry. So, saying this, I could save another 12 oz or so. And to take it even farther, I plan to replace the Swift pack with a ZPacks Blast pack later on and this will save about another half pound. With all of this, if I decided to leave a few “luxury” items behind I could drop about another half pound to a pound which would put me closer to an 8 pound base weight.
Last, but definitely not least, this will be my first solo hike. I must admit that I am a bit nervous about this, but I am also looking forward to it as well! This will give me an opportunity to get my own hiking style (so-to-say) down. For this reason, I am also trying to push myself. Compared to my previous hikes, this hike will entail much longer miles each day. However, I am taking into consideration the length of the day at this time too, so I don’t feel like I am going over board. My plan is to hike out early, stop for lunch and dinner and hike in late. Given the amount of hours in a day I think that this will work out well for me.
So, anyway, I am pretty excited to get on the trail. I have a lot to get together and get ready before the hike so, once I get back I will be sure to post a trip report as well as post some more gear review videos that I plan to do while on the trail. So, until then…
Thanks for reading!