I've mentioned on a couple of other threads that I want to do a 116 mile hike in three days.
With food and water, my current gear list will put me at about 23-24 lbs when I start out. I'd like to take that figure down as far as possible to help me knock out the 40 mile days.
My budget is low here. I need to keep everything under $200 if at all possible.
My main areas of opportunity are:
Shelter -- currently have a Tarptent Cloudburst 2. I'd like to get a tarp, but won't use it a whole lot after this trip except as perhaps a cooking shelter on multi-day backpacks. What's a good compromise between weight and price? Also, do I have to use a bivy with it?
I won't be using trekking poles on this hike since I'll be running large portions of it, so those are out as far as options to set the tarp up go.
Seriously, I know nothing about tarping, so I'd appreciate any advice.
Sleeping Pad -- currently use a size long Ether Thermo 6. I'm thinking maybe a Ridge Rest? Or should I consider something even lighter? If I get a size long, can I avoid buying a bivy?
Bear Avoidance -- have a clunky bear canister. Obviously, I'm not going to cart this puppy along on a speed hike. Is an Ursack worth the money, or should I just brush up on my bear bag hanging skills? (I'll be hiking in MA)
Sleeping Bag -- Through a weird series of events, I will have a size long NWT Marmot Hydrogen in a week or so. I haven't decided whether to just use this -- it's a good bag, after all -- or sell/trade it on gear swap and get a good quilt that can handle a 30 degree night if necessary.
Baselayer -- Not a weight concern, but I need a good baselayer that'll keep me cool during the day and comfortable at night. I'll be hiking in June, so figure a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 90. The bugs will be bad. Is there such thing as a longsleeve merino baselayer that I'll be able to hike a long day in during summer heat?
I love my Smartwool midweight that I bought last November, but as temperatures are creeping into the 60's, it's already getting too hot.
Thanks a ton!