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[at-l] gear list in order of priority

I took my cell phone this weekend to make sure Dad didn't kill my cat by not
feeding it (which he did forget to do over the SORUCK weekend-thank god Paul
survived). I didn't annoy anyone. I used it on the top of a mountain when
only Shelley was around. I don't see what is wrong with that. If she used
hers to check on her family, I would not have been annoyed, and she probably
would have done it in the same way. On top of a mountain with only me
around. We didn't bother a soul.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave" <akamp@qwest.net>
Cc: <at-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2005 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] gear list in order of priority

> A cell  phone isn't all bad being an amputee hiker I always carried a
> cell phone in ase something happens to the leg and i get stuck But know
> that I am a diabetic hiker. I became an instant diabetic in january
> because o a work accident but any ways because of that I will always
> carry a cell phone with me. the thing I hate is sat phones are not to
> light. MIne is lighter then the older ones but still a little weight.
> Carol Donaldson wrote:
> >   Imagine...
> >          ... you are a novice hiker.
> >          ... you have no gear.
> >          ... you have an unlimited cash flow.
> >          ... you want to thru-hike the AT.
> >          ... you have all the time in the world to prepare.
> >
> > #1 - Cell phone -- KIDDING.
> >
> >First, BOOTS or HIKING SHOES (low tops) and a pair of light gaiters to
keep the scree out of the shoes.
> >Second, Socks and liners (if you need liners).
> >Third, Lynne Whelden's video _Lightweight_Backpacking_Secrets_Revealed_
> >Fourth, Hiking poles -- bamboo?  Leki?  Komperdel?  REI brand?
Life-link?  ONE?  TWO?
> >Fifth, Water Treatment and containers  -- Study up and make your own
> >Sixth, RAIN GEAR.  Which will serve you best?  Home-made?  RainShield?
FroggTogg? Precip?  Full GoreTex?
> >Seventh, Sleeping System -- bag AND pad -- lots of questions to answer
here -- when you'll hike, what weather conditions, etc, that will determine
which you choose.  Do a LOT of research here.  Borrow or Rent if you can
before you decide.
> >Eighth, Tent/Tarp/Hammock.  Do even MORE RESEARCH here.  Borrow, Rent,
try out.  You may want six-heavy-sides of a Tent because you're allergic to
bug-bites.  You may prefer the ease of a tarp.  Hammock Hiking maybe best
for your back.  Try them all out before you decide.
> >Ninth, Cook System.  Will you want Canister?  WhisperLoud/light?  Esbit?
Alcohol?  Will an AntiGravityGear pot and cozy work or will you want more
pots and pans to cook in (and have to clean up)?  Will you have to use a
BEAR CANNISTER because of where you'll hike?
> >Tenth, FIRST AID kit.  This is VERY personal.  Some carry a couple
bandaids, some carry 8 to 10 ounces of medical preparations.  YOU have to
know what YOU will need.
> >Eleventh, Clothing.  You probably have what you need in your closet,
other than hiking shoes and socks.  You don't HAVE to have the latest style,
color or material.  If you don't own what you need, of course, buy.  All you
really need is a pair of thermal underwear (mid-weight for AT Three Season
hiking), along with your rain gear and a fleece or down or synthetic jacket,
plus shorts and zip-tee (you wear the shorts, zip-tee).  All the rest is
just 'fluff' really.  You don't need to carry 'town clothes' but some do.
Just make it VERY lightweight.  Gloves?  You can use socks.  ALWAYS have a
pair of socks that you sleep in and keep clean until the day you hike into a
town to do laundry.  Wool or Fleece Cap for sleeping in if you get cold.
You can use your bandana during the day.  Your bandana is probably the ONLY
cotton item you'll have in your pack.
> >Twelfth, Miscellaneous: Stuff-sacks for packing above.  Don't neglect the
food sack strong enough for bear bagging.  Light source:  LED headlamp?
Regular light headlamp?  Pinch-Lights?  Double A or Triple A batteries?
Spoon and Chopsticks?  Just spoon?  Spork?  Knife -- the lightest you can
find that does the job.  LOTS of people use the little "Classic"
(Victorianox type) with the scissors and blade and a toothpick.  How will
you journal your trip?  Paper and pen?  Pocketmail?  Maps and guides:  which
will you use?  Will you make copies of what you need and leave the big map
at home?  Will you tear your guide apart and just take the sections you're
hiking?  CAMERA?  Yes or no?  Digital or Film?  MONEY:  BankCard,
ChargeCard, Cash, PhoneCard?
> >Thirteenth, BACKPACK into which you'll place your stuff sacks.
> >
> >You take all your stuff sacks with you in a box, go to the store you want
to try out packs in, get a salesperson to watch you and see which backpack
can carry the stuff sacks you have.   Then walk around the store for at
least 30 to 45 minutes with the packed backpack on your back.  If it doesn't
"feel" right, find another pack.
> >
> >Everyone's body is different so no one can say "this pack" will be best
for you.  YOU have to try them on with all your gear inside to determine the
best pack for you.  YOUR personal gear, not some sack of sand the store has.
> >
> >But that's just 'me' --
> >Coosa
> >Carol Donaldson
> >carol1944@brmemc.net
> >http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com
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