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Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
- Subject: Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas McGinnis)
- Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 15:03:58 -0500
I agreed muchly with Lee I Joe's comments, but have some others. To
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Subject: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
Author: Datto <email@example.com> at ima
Date: 8/21/99 8:24 AM
Items included but inadvertently not listed:
Wingfoot's book pages
Possible additions I'm considering:
Pee Bottle (odd section shape or size so can find
by feel in the middle of the night)
***I never needed one. L.I.J. neither; GMC did, and SB too. Here's
another thought: Will it be more bother to handle, pack, carry, than
it saves in bother at night? I would think it too much bother.
***Tried it during the Indianapolis MiniMarathon. Use your
multipurpose duct tape, which carries easier, too, BTW.
Weather-resistent radio (vs the one I have
***Lose it. I'll be you *already know* how to read the weather.
Possible deletions/adjustments I'm considering
(received from others or some I've already been
Use mesh hang bag in lieu of pretzel cans for
Buy a Nomad Long, drop the Eureka Gossamer
***As a bivy man, I can't comment. I know Kurt would be happy, though!
Drop coin purse (Ha, yeah, I know)
***You'll learn to spend to within a dime, then just pack the dime.
It's the lightest coin. No, I'm not anal.
Put butter buds, gold bond, jalapeno, cortizone,
vitamins and ibuprofin in lighter containers
***As long as you can tell 'em apart!
Drop Z-Rest seat, use the mylar blanket if needed
***I never felt the need for a cushion (after a couple of weeks); I
OFTEN felt the need for someplace DRY to sit. I endorse this one.
Drop the piece of foam rubber pillow, get used to
using the Puffball jacket as the only pillow
***I have never used a pillow while hiking, period. But I can tell you
that when I got back from the AT, it took about two years before I
could *use* a pillow without waking up with a stiff neck. (I said
"stiff neck", ok?) Lose the pillow.
Return to an Esbit stove, drop Whisperlight (I
don't have a crew back home so fuel might be a
problem for me, plus the Esbit hasn't really
worked well for me in the wind of early Spring
but I'm still considering it)
***Being a SVEA man, and seeing Kurt R.s alcohol stove work *very*
nicely, but wanting to investigate the Esbit's, but knowing that auto
gas is available *anywhere*...there's too many issues here for me. I
*AM* sticking to my SVEA, though!!! Rock solid dependable (unlike what
I've heard about the MSR's) and a very light *carry* weight.
Use Polarpure or Safewater In-line filter instead
of Pur Voyager
***What'a you use these for again? (That said, I don't hike without
having a Polarpure somewhere in my pack. Like a compass, I don't use
'em, but I won't go without 'em.)
Use a ZRest 3/4 or a Ridgerest 3/4 instead of
Thermarest Ultralight 3/4 (something I haven't
yet been able to get used to but am still
***ZRest 3/4, or even a real live ensolite (which is a cream color).
Reduce the amount of food
***Say that after the first week. I dare ya.
The nylon pants and fleece pullover will be worn
on April 1st so leave that weight out of pack
***I'm cold-blooded. And ate poorly early on. I froze regularly.
Drop the MSmith belt pouch, put the contents in
top of pack
Drop the MSmith Sidekick pouch, put Platypus
Hoser on side of pack
***Give yourself a little time with the MS accesories. Put 'em in your
Town Box for a stretch before you ship 'em home. See what works this
______***Well, that was too much fun. How much weight has the list saved you,
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