Next week my son and I will be hiking the 68 mile stretch of Appalachian Trail between Hot Springs, NC and Erwin, TN. We are planning to do this hike in 3.25 days, which means we will average 20 mpd the first 3 days, and will log the last 8 miles early on the 4th morning. Considering the faster than normal pace (for most folks), we have decided to keep our packs light… or “super ultralight” so that our hike is more enjoyable.
In the above video, I (briefly) go over the food that we will be carrying, and then the gear that we will be carrying. HERE is a detailed link to our gear lists, but for those not interested in the finer details, my BPW is 4.73 lbs and my TPW is 12.05 lbs. My son’s BPW is 4.82 lbs and his TPW is 12.07 lbs.
As the title of this post suggests, we will be carrying hammocks for this hike, as opposed to tents. My son is carrying a full size hammock tarp, and I will be using my GoLite Poncho Tarp with my hammock, if the weather allows. If the weather turns “bad” then I can use my poncho tarp over one end of the tarp my son is carrying to provide us with a larger protected area, in which we can hang both of our hammocks under. (Photo’s below.)
At this point in time, the extended weather forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a 30 – 50% chance of storms each day we will be out. The highs are looking to be around the mid 80’s (which is a BIG surprise being it will be mid July…) and lows in the low 60’s.
After completing this hike I will have linked together all the random pieces of trail I have already hiked (some multiple times) between the Amicalola Falls Visitor Center and Dennis Cove Rd, or the first ~418.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail! After this, the next section I will plan to do will take me all the way to Damascus, VA, which will also then complete the first 3 states (GA, NC, & TN).
One last thing to note, I will not be carrying my camera on this hike. With all the rain predicted, and the fact that we are trying to go lighter than normal, I will simply be using my iPhone 6 to take occasional photos, as well as some video. As normal, I will get those posted, along with a trip report, sometime after we get back from the hike.
So, until then, thanks for stopping by!