I'm toying with the idea of tackling a tough 2 day trip in the Catskills. Day one would have me hiking the entire Devil's Path, plus a few miles of the Long Path, for a total of 31-32 miles. Day two would have me doing a few more miles on the Long Path, then I'd meet up with the Escarpment Trail, double back on it for a couple miles, then head back out to complete THAT entire trail. Day two would be more like 33 miles, for a total of 65.
The Devil's Path is often called, "the toughest dayhike in the East." The Escarpment Trail is home to what's generally considered the toughest trail race in the East. Why do this? Because on top of through-hiking two tough trails as dayhikes, I'll get to summit 12 of the Catskill's highest peaks during the trip and pass countless enormous views and waterfalls.
Well, I'll pass waterfalls on day one. The Escarpment Trail is completely void of water, which presents yet another challenge. I need to figure out a way to carry around 6 liters of water on Day Two. I'm thinking maybe Platypus's Water Tank? I don't own one of those yet, so I don't know how easy it is to carry. Maybe I should pay a small weight penalty and just carry several smaller Platys so they're easier to pack?
My other issue is my sleeping setup. I'm thinking of doing the trip with just my ID 5x8 Siltarp and no bivy. It's only one night, and I'd like to save weight where I can. Also, I don't own a bivy, so that's one less thing I have to buy. Not sure what to carry for a sleeping pad, but leaning towards my Ridge Rest. It's going to be important to get a good night's sleep, but I might be able to be talked into buying a Nightlight if they're comfortable enough.
My current quilt is probably too warm for this trip, as I'm looking to go out in late August. No way I can afford to buy another quilt, though, so my options are to bring it and deal with the extra warmth, or leave it behind and just sleep in my Thermawrap and hiking pants. I'm seriously considering the latter. Is there a reason I shouldn't?
I'd love to get my baseweight down to 6 lbs or so, but can't afford any big items like packs or quilts/bags. Definitely can't afford a cuben tarp.
Looking forward to your suggestions!