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Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
- Subject: Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
- From: WHHAWKINS@aol.com
- Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 01:07:42 EDT
In a message dated 8/21/99 11:50:07 AM EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Comments on Datto's pack changes:
I missed your initial total weight so keep this in mind when reading my
> Pee Bottle (odd section shape or size so can find
> by feel in the middle of the night)
Leave it, get used to doing this before you go to bed. I can only remember
once in twenty years of hiking when I HAD to go in the night, so I got up
and went. Not worth the weight...
**** Not everyone's pee habits are the same. If you need to pee at night, go
pee on a tree.
> Weather-resistent radio (vs the one I have
> included already)
Leave it. Learn to read the weather...
****He didn't say a weather radio. Put the one you have now an a zip-lock bag.
> Use mesh hang bag in lieu of pretzel cans for
> food container
Good idea, definitely lighter...
****If you hang your food from a tree and it rains everything is WET. Use a
water proof bag or a trash bag over the mesh bag.
> Buy a Nomad Long, drop the Eureka Gossamer
This really depends on your style, if you plan on tenting a lot, I think I
would carry MORE tent not less, I like the Slickrock, at 4 lbs, it makes a
great one man tent. If you plan on mostly staying in shelters, forget the
tent entirely and use that Mylar sheet you mention later...
****The Mylar emergency blankets do not hold up very long.
> Drop Z-Rest seat, use the mylar blanket if needed
Use the sheet...
****Sit on a rock.
> Drop the piece of foam rubber pillow, get used to
> using the Puffball jacket as the only pillow
If you MUST have a pillow consider one of the inflatable ones, the Puffball
jacket will not be with you for very long, and I personally hate stuffing
clothes into my stuff sack...
**** You could use a water bag for a pillow. Blow some air into it.
> 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)
Fuel for the Whisperlight is available practically everywhere along the
trail, of course it is heavier than the Esbit, your choice of course...
****Keep the whisperlight
> Use Polarpure or Safewater In-line filter instead
> of Pur Voyager
I haven't found that the in-lines are much use on extended trips. They are
great for day trippers though. I ALWAYS carry chemical purification, even if
I am carrying my MSR. I earned a very strange look and comment from a Ranger
in the Smokies when he observed me dumping Polar Pure tabs into already
FILTERED water, I just pointed to the outhouse which was located about sixty
feet directly above the water source...
> Reduce the amount of food
I have found that I almost ALWAYS carry too much food...
****Start out with 3 or 4 days supply of food. If you have someone dropping
you off. Go by Neels Gap and drop off a resupply of food. Most of the
thru-hikers eat less then planned on for about the first week of their
thru-hike. After that it is more food.
> The nylon pants and fleece pullover will be worn
> on April 1st so leave that weight out of pack
Although it does still get cold after April 1 (we had an ice storm at
Springer on March 31 this year), I never wore any of my cold weather gear
except my thermals after the first day, and mailed it all back from
**** The last time I looked at my calendar, it show that March 31 was before
****STOP THE PRESS'. Keep your cold weather gear until you get to
Pearisburg, VA. On both my northbound thru-hikes have had cold weather down
to the upper 20's until late May. On May 24, 1992, had about 3 inch's of snow
and temp. in the upper 20's on Mt Rogers, VA.
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