This weekend I will be heading out for another fun-filled adventure… so I figured I had better pack a bag before it’s too late… But, let me begin by saying that I have chosen not to reveal the location of our hike just yet, so you will just have to wait until I get back to find out who exactly is going, and where it is that we will grace with our presence…
So, when getting ready, one of the first things I have been doing is watching the weather forecast… and it just so happens that it changes every time I look at it! But that’s ok, because the time is drawing nearer, so I can begin to start actually believing a little bit of what they are saying… Anyway, at this moment, it looks like our first day will consist of thunderstorms with a 100% chance of precipitation, and winds up to 25 mph. But the following two days will be nice and sunny with clear skies! As far as temperatures, they are predicting lows of 38 F and highs of 68 F. So, we are going to be all over the place!
As for some of the gear I will be carrying on this specific hike, due to the weather forecast, I have decided that I can bring my ~35 F Enlightened Equipment Prodigy quilt, and supplement that with some long bottom capilene 2 pants and my down socks. Of course I will also be carrying my beloved GooseFeet Gear down pillow case with the large, Exped UL air pillow. I will be lying on my short, TAR ProLite 3 sleeping pad, and will use my ZPacks Zero backpack and a 1/8″ GG Thinlight pad under my legs and feet.
I will be carrying my super-duper awesome ZPacks Hexamid Solo Plus tarp (with the extended beak), but instead of my Hexanet, I will be carrying the ZPacks solo size cuben ground sheet, which I just received in the mail a few days ago.
For those interested, the tarp, ground sheet, and all stuff sacks, guylines and stakes come to a grand total of 12.85 oz! I love it… :)
I have been back and forth trying to figure out what kitchen set-up I wanted to bring… We had talked about bringing in grills to cook real food for the first night, so I was actually planning on bringing the Ruta Locura ti grill and my 0.9L Evernew pot with the matching Trail Designs Sidewinder Caldera Cone. This would have allowed me to actually boil some Bratwurst in the pot, either while on the grill with a wood fire beneath it, or in the Caldera Cone. After boiling for about 20 minutes, I was then planning to transfer them over to the little grill to finish them off….
But, with the forecast of wind and rain all day the first day, well, this has kind of turned me off to that idea. Not really interested in collecting wet wood, and then trying to build a fire and cooking for that long under my tarp… So, believe it or not, I have decided to bring my Jetboil Sol Ti… Yep, it is the heaviest cook kit that I have carried in quite a while, but I will admit, it will be nice to quickly boil my water, and not have to clean up any mess afterwards… Just gotta lug all that weight around though… :)
Now though, I gotta figure out something to eat on the trail… I was all set for some Brats! I guess some Ramen is now in order… (Also, in the photo above, note the paper “Stick” standing atop the upside down Snow Peak ti bowl… gotta give a huge thanks to Keith Stone, from Gear Toons, for making this up for me!)
Anyway, these are the biggest things worth mentioning, I think. Some other items are of course, my ZebraLight H51 headlight, with my DIY headband, my Sawyer Mini water filter, my Montane Minimus Smock and the ZPacks Cloudkilt, the LiteTrail NyloBarrier pack liner & food bag, and other things. Also, I am carrying my Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork poles that I have mod’ed with the GG LT grips, which thanks to the grips, I now love a lot more! And thanks to Brian Green, I have started using the Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter bag as my “ditty bag.” As well, I am also debating carrying my GoLite Chrome Dome umbrella since they are calling for so much rain the first day…
However, rather than just sitting here and listing all of the gear (like I haven’t already), how about I show you a video of it all… Hope you enjoy!
As far as weights are concerned, well, I talked about that in the video. But, I’ll repeat them here again. My BPW will be between 7.9 & 9 lbs, and my food and water will come in around 5 – 6 lbs, so I am anticipating a total pack weight of around 15 lbs. (I know, not near as detailed as normal… but this is it regardless… For a more detailed list though, click HERE. Also note, this list does not include my camera gear, which will be carried in my ZPacks Multipack, except the tripod which will be carried in the backpacks front pocket. Also, daily snacks will be in the multipack.)
Also, here is a video showing how everything fits into the backpack… hope this helps:
So, as normal, I will be doing video, and taking more photo’s while on the trip, which I will work on putting all together next week once I get back and getting them posted. Until then though, thanks for stopping by!
Disclaimer: I see no need for a disclaimer here… I can’t think of one anyway…