Base Layer – I have a Rail Riders Eco Mesh shirt I could take instead. I am fair skinned and don’t like the greasy feel of sunscreen unless it is an absolute must. Do you think the Eco Mesh Shirt would be too hot?
Gaiters – I don’t normally use gaiters either, but I thought with all of the dry dirt and dust that they might help. We just seem to get mud here. We will probably be doing some off trail stuff too to make a loop.
Sunglasses – Thanks, its funny as I would never think to bring sunglasses here.
Balaclava – You are right; I could probably do without the balaclava. I will have to see just how low I can sleep in just my beanie.
R-0.5 Shirt - I probably won’t hike in it unless it is really cold. I normally just get up and get moving in the morning to warm up.
R1 Pants – I thought they might be overkill plus they take up a lot of room in the pack. I have some of the BPL Merino Tights and a pair of Cap 1 pants so I could take one of them instead.
Socks – The way I hear things dry in the sierras, I should be fine with two and just alternate them. I am used to socks taking 2-3 days to dry, and that is if you get some sun.
Bearvault – It will be interesting to see if I can fit my food in it. If I can’t, I will have to decide if I want to spend the $$$ on a bearikade (and resell after use) or pay the weight penalty of the BV500.
Headnet – After some later comments, I am still contemplating taking my Alpinelite Bug Tent 1.25 instead.
Supplex Clothes – I have a Rail Riders Eco Mesh Shirt that I can take instead of the Smartwool. Do you think that would work better?
I am not a fan of hydration bladder, but I do have one. Why do you think that would be better for this area than bottles?
The SpinnShelter has full coverage for privacy if desired. I also have a bug tent made for it if you feel that bug protection is needed.
We will probably end up taking a couple of canister stoves and larger pots divided up between the group instead of individual cook kits, but would it really be a problem to find denatured alcohol? We will have to buy fuel after the plane lands anyways.
I will check the weather just before I go, but should be good to the mid 20’s. If I need to change things out for a little warmer gear at the last minute, I should be able to (I do have warmer stuff)
I know that I will need to force myself to eat and drink even though I don’t want to. I am a little worried about the elevation as I have never been hiking above 6600 feet.
It looks like I need to change the Smartwool shirt out, what do you think about the RR Eco Mesh Shirt?
I can replace the R1 pants with either Cap 1 or BPL Merino. What do you think?
I am glad to hear you had good luck with the Sol’s. My REI convertibles are looking sad anyways.
I normally don’t take a shirt as warm as the R 0.5 and just rely on my down to keep me warm, but something told me it would be worth the extra weight.
I am leaning on taking the windshirt/rainjacket combo too. I end up using my windshirt a lot during cool mornings at high elevations here in the southeast, now I wouldn’t normally carry it in September, but I am not at 10,000 feet either.
Thanks for the info on the gaiters, I am thinking of giving them a shot.
I didn’t think there would be bugs this late in the season, but I can take my Alpinlight Bug Tent 1.25 if needed.
I didn’t think about the ground being harder than it is here. I do have some MSR groundhogs I can bring, which probably isn’t a bad idea since they are bulletproof
I am still trying to decide on the bear canister. I know I can rent a bearikade, but with shipping here, it is just as cheap for me to buy and re sell when I am done. Plus I would like to use it on a trip before I go to see if I can carry it in my pack packed burrito style with a ridgerest comfortably. If not, I will have to use my framed GG Mariposa Plus, but I prefer a frameless pack if I can make it work with the canister and still keep my full length pad.
The route isn’t final yet, but I think it will be in the Kings Canyon area and include some of the SHR to make a loop.
I am still looking at the bear cans. I may have to go to a bearikade weekender if I cant fit everything in the 450.
I do have a bug tent I can use if you still think there will be bugs that time of year.
Thanks for the offer for the bear can, but I will be flying into Las Vegas.
I am re thinking the wool shirt and my try a nylon shirt like the Eco Mesh.
I will defiantly take sun glasses.
I really just need to check the weather before I go to see if the R1 pants are too much or not.
I am comfortable here in the southeast with that pad, I don’t know if our ground is softer or not, a nice grassy spot would make all the difference.
I do have a birdiepal dainty that I could take.
I have a bug bivy, but not a regular bivy as they tend to have condensation issues here. I could pick one up if needed, maybe a hybrid like the SMD Meteor bivy.