Last weekend, me and a few friends did a nice, easy, slow hike along the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap to Dick’s Creek Gap. This trip was really strange as far as weather was concerned… With it being January, I was expecting (hoping) for some cold weather, a little snow, some ice… you know, January weather. But, it was quite the opposite. We had rather warm weather, lots of rain, and some fog… Of course though, this changed some of the items that I had planned to bring with me for the trip…
For the most part, my gear list stayed the same, but there were a few minor changes, the biggest of which was my decision to leave my 15 F Marmot Helium sleeping bag behind, and instead carry my 35 F Enlightened Equipment Prodigy quilt. Then there were also some clothing changes I made (particularly my base layer), and afterwards, some changes I wish I had made (leaving my boots behind and wearing my trail runners…) Anyway, there were also a number of new items that I carried with me, as well as some items that I had used on previous trips.
As I mentioned, the trip offered a somewhat wide range of weather conditions. We had plenty of rain and some sun. We had temps around 50 F and as high as almost 70 F. And we even had some good wind’s blow through camp… In the end, these conditions allowed me to try out some of my gear (new & old) in these less than ideal conditions, which is always fun. So, now that I am back, and my camera has dried out about 90%, I figured I would do a video to talk about a few of those pieces of gear that I carried with me on the trip. And, instead of typing it all out, I made a nice, long, 30 minute video in which I talk about these items. So, if you are interested in listening to me blab about some good ole’ gear talk, check out the video below, and as usual, feel free to comment below!
Thanks for watching, and see ya next time!