No, not the accumulation of fluffy fibers.
Lint doesn’t sit still long enough for that.
Lint is a rock star in the thru-hiking world. In the last 11 years, he has completed 11 thru-hikes, including twice earning Triple Crown status, which means that he has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail. That’s enough of an achievement for most people. He’s done that twice and is only one trail (Continental Divide Trail) away from earning his third Triple Crown.
The man lives to thru-hike.
Anyway, we found out that he lives right around the corner from us and was willing to get together to look at what we have and give us suggestions.
We were excited about his offer.
Although probably only half as excited as he was.
He and his girlfriend came over and walked into a living room with Jennifer’s gear spread out on the floor. Lint got right to it, telling us tales of the trail, looking over what we had, giving suggestions and ideas on what equipment we do have and what we’re looking to purchase.
His girlfriend is a relatively newer hiker and she still had plenty of advice, including ideas for Jennifer that Lint couldn’t provide.
It was a fantastic two hours where we learned a lot. And it reinforced many of the things that we had read about and planned for.
So what was the equipment layout like? Here’s mine:
Other than a few small items, that’s it. Well, except for what I was wearing, which, for the most part is what I’ll be wearing on the trail. Although the red blanket will not be going. That was just to lay out the gear.
Oh, and the tent. We don’t have our tent from Yama Mountain Gear yet, but it won’t take up much space at all. Gen is working very hard getting everything in line for our sponsorship, not to mention coming up with great new tent designs like the brand-new ultralight Swiftline 2-person tent.
From left to right:
- Backpack – Gossamer Gear Mariposa
- Electronics – Phone, Headlamp, SPOT GPS Satellite Messenger
- Sleeping Bag – Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15° Mummy Bag
- Sleeping Pad – Thermarest NeoAir Xlite
- Bear Canister in the back (only carried for a few hundred miles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where it’s required)
- Kitchen – folding bowl, titanium long-handled spoon, flint lighter, ultra-light camp stove (thanks Mom!)
- Hydration – Platypus 2L hydration pack (not shown, 2 2L collapsible water bottles)
- Additional items to be worn – Sun Hat, reflective umbrella (great sun protection), gaiters to keep sand and rocks out of the shoes, extra socks, glasses
- Extra clothes in the pack – rain jacket, down jacket, extra underwear, sleep socks (helps keep the sleeping bag clean), long underwear, extra hiking socks, neck gaiter and wool beanie.
- Paper maps and guide book – the maps will be separated into sections and the book will be dismantled so that the appropriate information is filed with those sections. We won’t carry them all, instead mailing them to different pickup locations along the trail.
Like I said, that’s it for six months (worst case), save the few small items that we need to pick up.
Currently that puts me at just under 14lbs (6.3kg) for my base weight. Yes, I could go lower, but that also means shelling out a lot of money to replace items that we already have. So we’re good with what we have right now.
For comparison, Lint’s hiking with a base weight of just over 6lbs (2.7kg). But getting into that realm of ultra-light hiking requires some experience and self-trust.
Perhaps we’ll get there one day.
It’s Friday. Do you have any adventures planned?