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I'm not using any trail books. I only selected the CDT because it runs near my home. I've since learned that it is generally considered the most difficult of the three triple-crown trails. It certainly is the longest. The PCT may be a better choice for your first thru-hike attempt. From what I've learned from those who have hiked it, it was initially graded for horses, so not nearly as steep. Also a lot more people hiking it if you like that instead of long periods of solitude. I personally initially thought I would like the solitude, but now I've learned that I enjoy it more when I have someone to hike with.Are you using any trail books ? Or recommend any?
I have been thinking of starting the PCT but may consider this instead.
She is a very attractive lady from Georgia that teaches handicapped kids how to ride horses. She's also married to the other guy I've been hiking with off and on since day two. Two of the finest people I've ever met. Sorry...So......I want to hear about the dead head holder...
I want to see the pictures of you petting the buffalo. LOLI'm off trail for the next three weeks I got off at West Yellowstone and caught a flight back to NM. I went almost two months without seeing any of my family and it's been really good to see all of them again.
I'm down 48 lbs now.
Most of these are already famous pics, but some more of Yellowstone:
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Excellent list. Tried and tested, for sure.Here is a list of my gear. I think this list is complete, but if I think of anything else that I missed, I'll add it later.
For the entire trail:
Zpacks Arc Haul 62 Liter Backpack, 22.1 oz
Zpacks Duplex Tent, 18.5 oz
Zpacks Full Zip 10 degree Sleeping Bag, 26.9 oz
Total weight of big three: 4 lbs 3.5 oz
Nemo Switchback Ultralight Sleeping Pad (use both as a sitting
pad and to under air mattress to prevent punctures)
Sea to Summit Etherlight Air Mattress
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Large Air Pillow
Custom made silk pillowcase
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner
LEKI Micro Vario COR-TEC TA AntiShock Trekking Poles (in my
opinion, cork handles are a must)
Mobile phone with FarOut CDT App
Garmin InReach Explorer with Tracking/SOS subscription
SanDisk Clip Sport Plus loaded with 600+ songs and several
Clarmast 28,500 mA charger
Wall plug with two USB ports and two USB cables
20-gallon trash compactor bag (used as pack liner)
Sawyer Squeeze water filter
2 32-oz Sawyer Squeeze bags
Sawyer Squeeze double coupler fits filter and smart water
Custom made Sawyer Squeeze sock (to insulate it from freezing
50-ml syringe (to backflush Sawyer Squeeze)
2 replacement o-rings for Sawyer Squeeze
3 Smart Water bottles
The Deuce #2 shovel
Culo Clean bidet
Empty Gatorade bottle (saves me from having to get out of the
tent 3 or 4 times per night)
Altra Lone Peak 6.0 trailrunners (a half size larger than my foot to help with all the times I accidently kick rocks and roots)
Outdoor Research Sun Runner cap
Outdoor Research Sun Hoodie
Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Gloves
Kuhl convertible hiking pants
2 pairs of Darn Tough ¼ midweight hiking socks
2 pairs of Injiji Liner Crew NuWool socks
Columbia fishing shirt (I keep this clean/nice to wear in town
and when I’m trying to hitch a ride)
2 pairs of moisture wicking under shorts
Enlightened Equipment Visp rain jacket
Zpacks rain pants
Enlightened Equipment Torrid Custom Jacket
Smartwool Merino 250 thermal top
Smartwook Merino 250 thermal bottoms
Smartwool Merino 250 stocking cap
TOAKS Titanium 750ml Pot
TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon
Talenti plastic ice cream container
Pocket Rocket Stove
7.75 oz blended fuel canister
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
Travel size toothpaste
Travel size deodorant (for in town and when I’m trying to hitch
Body Glide (anti-chaffing)
1 roll of Leukotape
Spare contact lenses and eyeglasses
Ibuprofen and aspirin
Only for southern NM:
Zpacks umbrella (not for the rain, but for the sun)
Only For San Juans in Colorado:
Neve Camp Ice Ax
Only For Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana
50’ of paracord
I've gotten a little ribbing from some of my fellow hikers for the clean town shirt and the deodorant. However, I feel like the clean town shirt increases my chances of getting hitches when I come off the trail and need a ride to the nearest town (usually more than ten miles). I'll usually stop at the last water source before the road and try to clean up as much as possible and then put on the deodorant and the clean shirt. If nothing else, it makes me feel a little less self-conscious when I'm in the car with whoever was kind enough to pick up a guy that looks a little bit like Mike Ehrmantraut...
The only thing I know for sure is the weight of the Big 3, which in my case being less than five pounds is awesome. My Dragon Fly hunting pack weighs more than that empty. But otherwise, I've never tried to weigh it. My best guess is that it's probably about 25 lbs before food and water.Excellent list. Tried and tested, for sure.
Typical weight of your pack?
Interesting regarding hunger and food Mos. About 35 years ago when this muzzleloader mountain reenactment stuff craze got fired up, some group like the sierra club ( not sure it was them though) sponsored a contest, hiking endurance, weigh loss, survival etc. etc. to see which kind of gear and food would do best over an extended period in the wildness, and hiking. Four different kinds of groups with different kinds of equipment were invited to participate, to determine which “style” of wilderness hiking was most efficient. Each group was made up of four outdoorsy types of people. There was a group of all women, a group of men with various kinds of canned food, and traditional hiking gear but nothing in the freeze dried, water treatment equipment etc type stuff, another group that had ever conceivable kind of modern hiking camping device know to the world at the time, including the nylon tents, freeze dried foods, gas stoves, water petrifies etc. etc. and a third group I don’t recall what there gig was and the last group was four middle aged modern muzzleloader-trapper type of guys .The only thing I know for sure is the weight of the Big 3, which in my case being less than five pounds is awesome. My Dragon Fly hunting pack weighs more than that empty. But otherwise, I've never tried to weigh it. My best guess is that it's probably about 25 lbs before food and water.
Coming out of towns, I can really feel the difference when loaded down with food for 4 or 5 days, and vice versa on days when I'm headed into town and my food is mostly eaten. I've also been eating a lot more food the further I get along the trail, so that weight is actually getting heavier as I progress. It seems like I'm constantly hungry now, and each snack makes the hunger pain go away for at most 30 minutes.
Southern NM was also pretty brutal on 20+ mile water carry days because I would load up with as much as two gallons of water (16 lbs) before starting in the morning. But that problem mostly went away after getting to northern NM where water has since been abundant, and I usually don't need to carry more than one or two liters to get me through to the next available water source.
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