JMT/SHR late September gear list – advice?
Aug 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm #3670423Sam ABPL Member
Hey there folks! Starting September 18, I’ll be walking some combination of the JMT, SHR, and SoSHR from Tuolomne Meadows to Whitney Portal. Planning on roughly 14 days, with a hiking partner joining me at South Lake (near Bishop Pass) for a resupply at the ~1-week halfway point. Here’s my gear list — I’d appreciate any advice!
1. Having the ability to hammock camp and go to ground is particularly appealing as I’ll spend some time above and below treeline. Currently don’t think it’s worth giving up the versatility and luxury of my hammock/tarp setup to buy a non-freestanding 2-person tent, especially since I expect very low bug pressure. Haven’t hammock camped with this setup anywhere near the freezing temps I’m expecting though, so this might be too optimistic.
2. I’ll try to borrow a titanium cooking pot and mug for this trip to shave some ounces.Aug 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm #3670667David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Seems pretty complete. I don’t see any oversights.
The two concerns/cautions I’d have are about volume in the BV500 for a week of food – definitely doable, but it may effect your menu choices. And confirm that the BV500 fits well in or on your Osprey Pack.
I’d agree that mosquitos shouldn’t be bad that late, that high. And if you get some freezing nights, that really knocks them down.
You didn’t ask about weight savings. (Personally, I wouldn’t bring the hammock, but you like it so) the pack is one place to save 1 to 1.5 pounds. You’re aware of the pot being heavy.
Let September, that high, and you could get some snow. Nothing that will stick for long, but a half day spent in wet slushy snow can make for miserable feet. Check the long-range forecasts as you head out and consider one pair of warmer socks if storms are a possibility.
Clothing seemed a bit much, until I consider that it’s getting into Fall.Aug 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm #3673558Sam ABPL Member
Hi David, thank you very much for the reply! I just got back from doing the Big SEKI Loop, where I was able to fit 7 days of food in the BV500, so I’m set there. I’ve dropped the hammock since it’ll be too cold after all, and will be bringing waterproof boots + 3 total pairs of socks. Appreciate the advice!
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