Apr 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm #1228213
Okay, any glaring oversights? Thank you thank you thank you.
Granite Gear Vapor Trail backpack
WM Alpinlite bag
Ground Cloth, tyvek
Pata Wind Shirt
Pata R1 Hoody
Pata Micropuff Vest
O2 Rainjacket for desert
I'll take a short hiking shirt instead of the sunshirt, and a better rain jacket (marmot precip), in the mountains.
2 pair underwear
Pata Zip off pants
(no rain paints, i'll deal)
2 pairs socks
small swiss army knife
stretchy nylonish gloves
2 platypus bottles 2Liter
Ipod 4g with solar charger
book, maps, etc.
duct tapeApr 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm #1427409
@burkestLocale: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Do you have the floorless version of the contrail? If you do the tyvek ground sheet is a good choice. The tyvek is overkill IMHO if you have the floored version. I use a GG polycyro ground cloth with my floored contrail with good results. The polycyro is 4 oz lighter than a tyvek sheet and packs up alot smaller.Apr 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm #1427413
@don-1-2-2Locale: Koyukuk River, Alaska
Some comments based on my experience on the PCT.
1. Bring your sunshirt for the whole hike. And consider sun gloves for your hands. Your hands will fry in the desert with trekking poles.
2. Bring more than 2 pairs of socks, probably three at any one time. Wash them constantly. I frequently changed socks twice a day in SoCal.
3. Have fun. I haven't finished yet, but I've thoroughly enjoyed my time on the PCT.Apr 6, 2008 at 8:31 pm #1427422
@vaporjourneyLocale: Greater Gila
I'd ditch the Rainjacket and just stick with the windshirt in the desert.
Consider adding another couple L water capacity for the desert. I'm no expert on this (i'm thru-hiking this year too), but surely you're gonna need AT LEAST 6 L in certain sections. Of course you can play it by ear, but at least check the asabat water report online before you leave and make sure that 4 L will work for you until you get to Lake Morena or somewhere where you can buy more bottles if need be.
2 pairs of underwear? Hey, I know this is very personal. A man who doesn't hike in underwear probably shouldn't give advice, but on the AT I never saw anyone with more than one pair.Apr 7, 2008 at 12:26 pm #1427514
A rain jacket for the desert does sound kind of dumb. That being said, I spent a month in the canyonlands with 6 days of downpours, and a week of heavy snow. Go figure.
Thanks for the advice guys.
pcApr 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm #1427516
One more thing Stuart, if you read this. I do have the floorED contrail, so I'll bring a lighter ground sheet. I have some silnylon sp? that my friend gave me. Is that stuff waterproof? It certainly is light. Can I cut it or will it fray? Also, is it easy to get this GC poly groundsheet? Do I order this or can I find it at REI. I live in Austin, so sometimes it's hard to find lightweight outdoor gear.Apr 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm #1427518
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@oystersLocale: South Australia
Im in Australia, and I'm jealous! One day Ill take a few months off for a PCT thru-hike.
But make sure you take a camera!!! I didnt see it on the list…stuff the weight, some people want to see where you have been, and its nice to be able to put a nice photo up on the wall at home to always remind you of the good times out in the wilderness.
AdamApr 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm #1427574
I've never used polycryo, nor have I hiked in a desert, but as I understand it, polycryo is heat shrink plastic and isn't appropriate for high temps. Be sure you figure this out before you plan on using it.Apr 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm #1428310
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
Suggestions: Just use your zip-off pants for shorts, not a separate pair of shorts. Your ground cloth does not need to cover the entire floor of your shelter. Make it the size of your sleeping bag. It is nice to have lightweight waterproof over mitts in case it is both raining and cold. It does not take much cold to make the fingers numb enough to make small tasks difficult. I also like the Golite windshirt, one model has a hood and zipper front. These pack small fit right in a pant pocket, can be worn for warmth, rain repellant, and to bed, ie. another lightweight layer. When drying a wet pair of socks, hang them from your pack with a safety pin. Rotate wearing two pair of ankle length socks, use a crew length pair only worn while in camp.
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