Originally Posted by Tom Murphy
I have posted this before but here goes
The concept of Lightweight Backpacking is based on the idea that a lower pack weight will make the time spent hiking on the trails much more enjoyable. The trade-off is a reduction in the camp comforts.
· Weigh all gear and record so that accurate comparisons can be made
· List what gear are you bringing and why you are bringing it
o Don't pack anything you don't plan on using
With about 150 miles behind me, my feet and legs are feeling much lighter and stronger. The pace which I walk has also increased. I am ready to hit the trails again---( just waiting for hunting season to end at LBL) ---some good day hikes of 11 / 14 miles and I am planning on a 60 mile moderate to difficult hike which I done a few years back at LBL should help me decide on my finale gear list. My weight is still hovering around 288lb.
In 2011, when I started my TH, I had intended starting on 20Mar. Because of a kitchen remodeling job I HAD to finish before I could leave MN, I didn't get on the Trail until 29Mar. The nighttime temperatures I ran into from GA all the way the GSMNP were moderate enough that my 40°F REI Lumen was all the bag I needed. The coldest night I experienced (18°F) I stayed at Mountain Crossing...
In 2013, I am going to start on 01Mar, increasing the likelihood that I will have to take a warmer
Originally Posted by map man
Your question intrigued me enough that I decided to spend some time going over the data I gleaned from studying 240 completing NOBO thru-hikers in the classes 2001 to 2010 who kept thorough journals at trailjournals.com for my article here at WB on hiking rates. I divided them into five groups and here's how many hikers I have for each time period for hikers leaving Springer:
Jan. 1 -- Feb. 24 (22 hikers)
Feb. 25 -- March 10 (51 hikers)
March 11 -- March 24 (78 hikers)
Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl
Ok this is what I was talking about add to this......
Fudge Bar or Nuttella
Gorp bars -
In late summer use Hershey Kisses – less chance of melt
Hard ball Candy
Cliff energy bars.
Frito's (can start a fire)
walnuts, cashews Seeds/nuts
Block Cheese & String Cheese ind wrapped
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