Getting ready to skip town and head south to Yosemite. Train leaves tonight at 10pm. Amtrak from home here in Klamath Falls, OR to Sacramento, bus to Stockton, train to Merced, then bus to Yosemite. Should arrive around 1:30pm tomorrow... get my permit and start the hike at midnight plus one minute.
Follow the Walk 4 SOCK... the web address...
The backpack is at 30 pounds with the food for 7 days, no water. I would like to shave it to 25, but don't know if I can get to that goal or not. Right now, the weight for stuff stands at:
11.1 oz. -- Backpack (thin sil-nylon GVP 4)
6 lb., 2.4 oz. -- Sleep gear / Shelter total
-- Tyvek ground sheet (6.7 oz.)
-- REI tarp tent shelter (1 lb., 15.5 oz.)
-- Big Agnes Horse Thief down bag (35 deg F) (1 lb., 15.6 oz.)
-- Thermarest pad (15.4 oz.)
-- Foam/Air pillow (13.2 oz.)
3 lb., 9.4 oz. -- Extra Clothing / Rain Gear
11.6 oz. -- Eating / Hydration Equipment
12.9 oz. -- Lights, Batteries, etc.
14.7 oz. -- Survival Gear / First Aid
9.2 oz. -- Meds and Footcare
12.8 oz. -- Toiletries and misc.
4.9 oz. -- SPOT tracking device
15lb., 12.6 oz. -- Food + Bear Vault
I did not skimp on sleep gear and protection this time... after the hypothermia in 2008, I don't plan to repeat that historical mistake.
Concession in weight that I have made...
--The pillow is comfort, but allows proper sleep, for me anyways, so I take it.
--The hiking boots, Montrail Sabino Trail Mid GTX's, weigh only 9 ounces total more than my pair of trail running shoes, a small price in weight to pay for keeping the soles of my feet from feeling every sharp rock underfoot and becoming tenderized to the point of agony (JMT 2006 trip)
--Hiking poles are aluminum, not carbon fiber. Don't have $150 to spend trying to save 10 oz.
--Camelback - easier to fill than a Platypus... that is the only reason.
--5-hour energy - the B-complex vitamins in this concentrated drink work well for sustaining energy, so I use it.
--Lights and batteries - SPOT tracker for fun and safety, camera for photos and videos, and headlamp and flashlight for night hiking all come at a price. 12.9 ounces in this case.
--ALL my food runs at greater than 100 calories per ounce, except for the pouches of tuna and the freeze-dried dinners. Taste counts for something, and I gotta have some taste in my diet.
--I am going without a cookstove. Foods will soak for about an hour to rehydrate (in the plastic jar with the wide-mouth green lid) while I am still hiking on down the trail. Lukewarm tasty but not piping hot. Titanium cup + stormproof matches and firestarter if I need an emergency warm-up.
I know I can shave a few ounces here and there... I'll probably be flinging stuff out as I roll into Yosemite.
Never stop exploring!
}:[: ) Moose
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