My husband and I are planning a section hike through SNP the last week of July and the first week of August. We will be hiking for 9 days and this is the longest trip we have ever planned, the longest before being 4 days. We are basically planning to do the whole park and then some (depending on how much distance per day we are able to cover), with the intial plan being to hike from shelter to shelter, then depending on what time it is and how we feel when we get to the shelter whether or not to keep going.
Any advice that you could lend to us that you think would be helpful would be awesome, we are trying to cover anything and everything that might be an issue....
So far I have pretty much realized that resuplying along the trail is going to not be an option, as the little camp stores in SNP don't seem to offer that much. I dread carrying 9 days worth of food with us so if anyone had ideas for that that would be great. We usually do Clif bars for breakfast and the mountain house or backpackers pantry meals for dinners. Grabbing an overpriced hamburger at Loft mountain might also be an option for us too.
I remember one year hiking in SNP in August refilling on water was a problem as a lot of the springs were dried up. Any recemmendations on how much water to carry at a time (I was thinking 1L per person would be good?) would be great by someone who has recently hiked and knows the water situation there.
We have been trying to figure out how to limit pack weight as much as possible, we always end up bringing too much food and too many clothes so what do you guys think would be a good amount of clothing for 9 days in the summer heat? Someone mentioned ditching the pack cover but if it rains I really don't want all my stuff soaking wet. I think because the lows for that season stay in the 60's I may just ditch the sleeping bag and use a liner and thermarest.
Like I said, any and all advice is greatly appreciated, plus any links to forums I may have overlooked that offer similar advice would be great