I'm putting the last minute touches on our gear lists for a July end-to-end of the Long Trail. We've never hiked in the Far North -- all our experience is in the Southeast. We are trying to figure out our clothing list.
Right now the temps along the ridgelines in VT are 70s during the day and high 40s to mid 50s at night. For those of you with summer experience in Vermont, is this pretty much what we can expect next month? I've read several journals, one hiker had a huge heat wave in August, another was hiking a different year in August and had heavy rain and temps in the 40s during the day....
I'll hike in nylon shorts and a very light merino short sleeve base layer, then have nylon long pants and a long sleeve base for camp and sleeping. (I sweat like a race horse, so having a dry shirt is required.) Instead of my Houdini, I'm bringing a long sleeved nylon fishing shirt, which I can wear while traveling to Vermont by train. (Otherwise I look too much like a homeless person.)
I'm fairly certain that I will take my UL down parka, as it's also part of my very light sleeping system, but I am undecided about a Capilene 4 pullover -- it's only 7 ounces and is quite warm for that weight, but it's not something I would normally carry around here in the summer. But if it gets down into the 40s, then it's very nice to wear for a couple of hours while hiking in the morning.
Any thoughts? Thanks!