Curious as to how long folks on the forum have been out there? And especially how their gear list changes/beefs up (for the same area they are hiking in and same season) for longer stints.
Myself, 3-4 day trips, at this point I'm a weekend warrior. I've been fortunate to hike in mostly nice weather. So as a SUL hiker it's been pretty easy. Up until a long weekend on the Long Train in VT, never had to test my gear much (got caught in a Nor'easter in summer gear) with adverse weather.
So for a ~7 day trip in the White Mountains coming up, I've made a few changes:
- Nylofume bag out, trash compactor liner in. (Maybe the nylofume bag would of remained waterproof, but I was stuffing it with a 15F bag on my last trip, so maybe I stressed it a bit too much.)
- Mini-bic out, firesteel in...well until I tried to light shavings off my fuel tablets with the firesteel and couldn't do it. Screw that, just going to bring two Mini-Bics and keep they dry.
- $ and credit card. Hate the weight, but in general it's prob a good idea, let alone for longer hikes when u may need resupply or get out of a jam.
- One ziplock for all toiletries, pills, firestarting stuff out....same zip lock bag for stuff, but adding small bottle for pills, they get crushed too easily otherwise for me and on longer hikes pills like Aleve may be more important.
So nothing major, not a ton more weight, but hopefully a little better prepared.