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I had a breakthrough moment with the parents last night.
I brought down the mail drops from my room and showed my parents how to send them and also gave them a map of the AT, one of the free ones you get from Shenandoah NP. Both of them were on their laptops looking up parts of the trail, shelters, towns, vistas. They were talking about where relatives are near the trail and about resupplies and "what to do if this happens" scenarios. There was excitement buzzing, not the
This is the gear I will be starting out with on Springer Mountain. I am expecting pretty cold weather starting out.
Osprey Ariel 65 pack + large rain cover
Leki Thermolite trekking poles
MSR Hubba 1 person tent
Tyvek scrap groundcloth
Montbell U.L. Super Stretch Down sleeping bag (25 degree)
Therm a rest Z-Lite pad (two sections removed)
Waterproof compression sack
Snow Peak titanium pot and mug
Sea to Summit Alpha utensil set
I just weighed my pack the old fashioned step on the scale with your pack on, step on the scale without it, then subtract the difference. My pack weighs 22.5 pounds sans food and water. That's much lighter than I thought it would be! I have a few more items on their way but the total weight of them should not be more than a pound combined. I will try to post a finalized gear list soon.
I can't wait to start this journey!
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