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ZigZag weather: partly cloudy, chance of rain whole time
nights in the 40's, days in the 60-70's

Internal frame pack, about 6,000 cubic inches (too big)
all my gear is too big, too heavy for backpacking
I've been car camping, river camping
make two trips if you need to
anyway
pack has four compartments, the big tube in the middle, two back flank vertical pockets, and one big top flap pocket

MAIN COMPARTMENT
one man tent down the side (considered doing tarp only but weather threatens)
sleeping bag stuffed in the bottom (I have a nice sleeping bag, Feathered Friends)
two small ridge rests rolled and strapped on outside of base
food and cooking bag will go in here
clothing in pillowcase

CLOTHING
what I'm wearing (skort, T-shirt, hoodie, socks, boots, baseball cap, shades)
what I'm carrying
spare socks
tank
flip flops
light bottoms (synthetic)
shell bottoms
light LS shrt (sun)
rain jacket
warm hat
down jkt
down vest

FIRST AID
epi and needle
ibu
bandaids and triple antibx goo

COOK KIT & FOOD
stove and fuel (way too big, not backpacker style at all)
2 small cookpots with lid
2 lighters
plastic mug with lid
spoon, fork
2 pkts hot chocolate
1 box zatarains beans and rice
5 lara bars
raisins
nuts
tea and emergenC pkts

OTHER
swiss army knife
??where's my headlamp? I guess I don't need it the moon will be full
2 bandanas
wallet
cell phone
pen and paper
shovel and TP
dental floss, toothbrush, paste, soap, lotion (all size tiny)
menstrual
3 tea lights, firestarter stick
water purification system (iodine, can't find my water filter)
fingernail clippers
plastic bottle for water treating (full at this point)
camelback watersac and watertit (2L)
something to read ("the week")
camera and spare battery

STILL GOTTA BUY
meat if we're having dogs with our beans and rice

During the adventure I will make my usual lists: 1) wisht I had, 2) didn't need, and 3) glad I brought. Then I can come back and improve upon this list. My feeling right now is that what the heck do I need all this for? And why is my bag so fricken heavy? It might be interesting to go minimalist, though it is less comfortable.

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neptunia67
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
That sounds like one heavy bag. Did you weigh it?
liveonearth
Sep. 4th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
It weighed way too much, but I am a strong beast and carried it up the mountain. It was probably 40+ lbs with the water topped. I definitely have major trimming to do.
beauregard45
Sep. 1st, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
donde'?....
where ya goin'? Some place cool with water, rocks, moss, and big trees I suppose?

it's all about practice. As I remember, those AT hikers that my dog used to bark at while they passed through Hot Water, NC all exercised a certain amount of de-aquisition as time went on. It seemed to be a pretty good little business for the backpack shops along the way. Downsize and minimize. Ship the rest home.
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