May 28, 2010 at 7:57 am #1259548
3 Day Knobstone Trail list
Tarptent Cloudburst 2
MH Phantom 45
Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian
Large trash compactor bag
Marmot Precip pants
Marmot Essence Jacket
Marmot Driclime Windshirt
2x Smartwool Ultralight Hiker socks
ExOfficio Boxer Briefs
Sunday Afternoons Cruiser Hat
Columbia zip off pants
Smartwool Merino top
ExOfficio Boxer Briefs
Smartwool Ultralight Hiker socks
Vasque Celerator trail runners
Black Diamond Trail Shock poles
2x 1L Platypus, 1 hoser hose
Aquafina 1L widemouth bottle
MSR Pocket Rocket + 1 4oz tank
Evernew .9L Titanium Pot
BPL Long handled spoon
Small bottle of Dr Bs
1 chunk firestarter (coghlans)
Princeton Tek 4LED 2AA headlight
Coghlan's 6 in 1 whistle/compass/mirror/light/thermometer
50SPF Coppertone lotion
MSR small pack towel
Moleskin + bandaids
4 Lithium AA
Garmin GPSMap 60CSX
panasonc lumix dmc-tz4May 28, 2010 at 8:49 am #1614821
looks good, I don't think there's much that I would shave off there, as I am no longer obsessed with tenths of ounces anymore… more about simplicity in and of the pack, which you have there without giving up very much comfort. :) good job
"…I am no longer obsessed with tenths of ounces anymore… more about simplicity in and of the pack,"
No, I am not turning into a new-age freak! -_-May 28, 2010 at 9:01 am #1614824
I have a Pinnacle with the hip pockets (2009?) but I still want to try out this Granite Gear pack some more as far as comfort goes. I have used it once on a 6 mile Smokies trip with my fiancee this spring. I just need to work on packing the Pinnacle a lot more before it feels like a lumpy sack of potatoes hanging off of me.May 28, 2010 at 9:16 am #1614825
try using your sleeping pad to add frame to it. just unroll it as much as you can inside along the walls of the pack.May 30, 2010 at 5:07 am #1615192
You won't need sunscreen. Nearly the entire trail is under tree canopy (except the short sections where they have recently logged out the forest).
3L of water capacity may not be enough. In the summer/fall, most streams are dried up unless there has been a recent rain. Otherwise, your options are basically the couple lakes along the route. I've stashed water at the trailheads before just to be sure. (and definately needed it!)
There is also very little cell coverage except at the south ednd near deam lake, so the cell may be dead weight.May 30, 2010 at 5:20 am #1615193
Michael RayBPL Member
I'd echo what Cory said from what I've heard about water. Unless we get some good rains before you go, you will want to cache. If you don't know, there's a lightly used forum at http://knobstonetrail.net/
Wish I could join you. Would like to train for my Rockies trip later this summer, but need to work on my house as much as possible. Will have to test out my homemade tarp in the back yard.May 31, 2010 at 7:34 am #1615384
I have hiked over half the trail in the last 4 months, typically yo-yos back to the car.
After spending the last day tailgaiting for the Indy 500, a cookout the day before, and 2 Jimmy Buffet shows the week before, I will be using sunscreen no matter what the canopy cover.
I found plenty of water a month ago in the first 10 miles, and there are a few creeks in the northern sections I did that I can get water from. I thought I might be out there 3 days but I am thinking 2+ will be a lot easier if I am not doing loops. I will probably put 5 gallons around mile 19 and be fine with 2L on me at any time. Not sure if any of the 3 people I have talked to are going to go as I am leaving Thursday night and a buddy has to work Friday.
I plan on dropping my car at the Northern trailhead not in the park, dropping water off in the middle, and having my gf drop me at the mile 0 TH. I figure I will hike 5 miles Thursday night and should finish Saturday sometime unless the heat keeps me in shade or near watering holes.
The most I have done is 26 miles in a day and a half, and that was when Russ from Indy did his 100 mile trail run yoyo in 24.5 hours back in January or December. I did 20.6 miles in 11.5 hours a month ago. I do prefer winter temps for sure!Jun 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm #1615920
Put it off until Friday, 2 buddies are going to take half days. Plan on caching 5gal at Elk Creek and New Chapel. I may actually wish for rain! Gotta love Indiana humidity! Looks like rain Thursday and 30% chance Saturday and Sunday!
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