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    oh thanks man,ill check it out,I am in such a good mood because im going hiking for awhile
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfrick View Post
    why take anything you don't really need?
    I could say that about poles.

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    modiyooch im so Freakin happy about this trip,seriously i really hope it goese well
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    maybe I'll see you out there later this summer. I too, can't wait to get out there. Have fun. You'll meet lots of people.

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    true thanks,hope to meet you,im alot cooler in person LMFAO!!
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    I would totally go with the wool sweater.
    I think you are very close, except for the jeans.

    Consider something like...

    Normally hike in this:
    Wool sweater (light to medium, loose)
    Light boxers or briefs - 1 pair
    Hiking shorts - breathable quick drying

    Other layers normally carried:
    rain shell
    wind shell - unless rain shell will do, if in doubt bring both
    light wool or fleece hat
    light skin layer top
    light skin layer bottoms
    light wool socks - 2 pair
    medium wool socks - 1 pair
    plus 1 of the following, or maybe a or b plus c:
    a. light hiking pants - good choice is bushwacking, not so neccessary in spring
    b. light wind/rain shell pants
    c. 100wt fleece bottoms

    Other items to consider adding:
    light neoprene socks - good for long walks in cold water
    brimmed sun/rain/wind hat
    wool necky
    light mitts/gloves
    bandana or wool scarf

    Final Check:
    Total weight in ounces = 85F - coldest temperatures possible
    (not counting shells/hat/neoprene, maybe count half weight of hiking pants)

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    Being a bit of a blade hound myself, I'm kinda interested in the posts about a fixed blade knife. I do agree that one should take whatever knife that they feel comfortable with. However, I don't think you should weigh yourself down with a Rambo First Blood type survival knife, either. My personal choice for a hiking knife is my RAT Cutlery Izula. It's listed as a neck knife, but doesn't necessarily have to be worn as such. I just cary the knife and sheath with me, I didn't even get the rest of the accessories that come with it. It can also easily be found on eBay for cheaper than the manufacturer sells it for on their website. Here's a couple shots of mine:

    "If you play a Nicleback song backwards, you'll hear messages from the devil. Even worse, if you play it forward, you'll hear Nickleback." - Dave Grohl

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    Where the best placement,For my outter shell jacket and Tent to be put in my Pack,having trouble getting them in there just right
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    My pack has a similar layout to yours, but I have no side pockets and almost always remove the top to save weight. I stuff my tent with no stuffsack in the front teardrop zip and I run my tent poles up the outside, with or without stuffsack, with the bottom in the mesh pocket and secured by the side compression straps. If they can slide behind your side pocket like a redwing, all the better. If they can't then you could sacrifice the pocket space or run them up the inside. I keep my jacket inside, but a side pocket would be handy for that or in the lid if you take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warraghiyagey View Post
    and ditch the matches. . . bring a new lighter. . . it's all you'll need. . .
    Flints can get damp.
    I'm not really a hiker, I just play one on White Blaze.

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    MIster crabs- yeah the poles i always put them on the side,When i use the compression straps to tighten my bag they,are also used to fix my pole's in place,Now the tent is quite large so,i cannot use my front pouch,what im going to do is....Roll the tent very tightly and uses suppression straps to hold it and just latch it on the top of my bag...
    Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
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    Aside from some very basic items, your gear is like your footwear - it has to fit you and how you hike. Once I acheiveda a sane pack weight, the rest of my learning curve was about what fit me, the terrain I was hiking and how I wnted to hike. Everything should be worth its weight. If the knife is worth its weight for you - take it.

    The advice here looks pretty good to me. Aside from not taking jeans (and cutting down or avoiding cotton overall) - I don't see much that is mandatory.

    Some other thoughts:

    The socks you need will depend on the footwear you take. Heavy tough boots warrant thick socks, trail runners only need thin light socks. I did the LT with light weight socs that weren't even ankle high and trail runners on my second trip.

    Shelter, you may be able to stayin shelters every night. All you will need for shelter is a safetyoption - unless you want to avoid shelters, don't worry too much about comfort or bells and whistles. If you are leaving soon, you do need to worry about bugs. Built in netting will help with whatever shelter you use.

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