In January I'll be hiking the 227 mile main spine of the Ozark Trail (OT) in Missouri. Planning on 25 miles/day for 9 days.
I've read Lucas Boyer's article "Winter's Tone". It was inspiring and helpful. Adam Rothermich, a regular OT hiker, e-mailed me some helpful information about the trail.
My base weight is 11-13 lbs. Not resupplying any food but carrying it. I'll carry 2-3 liters of water (just in case supply). There are consistent waters sources along the trail.
Average high is 39 and the average low is around 20 for the days I'm looking at. Records reaching 60 and -2 respectively.
The trip planning website for the OT is incredibly helpful:
weather for potosi, mo:
I'll have a gear list up eventually.
I've never hiked for this many days, for this distance, in winter in the Ozarks. I've done overnight treks in late November in the region, but not January for an extended period. I've hiked for up to 4 days in summer.
What should I take into consideration for this longer distant hike in moderate winter temps?