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1/4 trail spring trim

19 lbs 4 oz before food & water. after the 600 miles of accrued trail wisdom i spring cleaned my pack down to this compact form. i was still hauling things i’d let go as the hike continued.

unburdening yourself is life-long lesson—one that i’m learning still. june 23, 2013

i carried my dad’s leather belt the whole way

big 3:

carry system

  • pack: granite gear leopard 48 with lid

  • stuff sacks: 4 sil nylon assorted + 2 hyperlite cuben fiber sack

  • liner: trash compactor bag

  • cover: sea-to-summit silnylon medium

  • food storage zip locks & Sea to Summit 12 L + scrubba laundry bag

    sleep system

  • bag: montbell ul downhugger thermal sheet 10 c / 35 f

  • pad: therm-a-rest prolite 3/4 length

  • liner: sea-to-summit silk

    shelter

  • tent: big agnes fly creek ul1 w/ footprint

  • 6 big agnes stakes + 2 vargo sheppard hooks

electronics + navigation + utility

  • pocket knife

  • 50 ft dyneema cord

  • black diamond storm headlamp

  • samsung s3 + otterbox ultimate case

  • leki makalu trekking poles

  • awol’s at guide book

  • techgir battery pack

worn + shells + insulation

  • shorts: ex-officio stretch

  • shirt: patagonia cap 1 tank & short sleeve + icebreaker tech t

  • shells: marmot precip jacket + pants

  • gloves: mec cycling

  • gaiters: mec gore-tex long

  • mid layer: patagonia downshirt

  • underwear: icebreaker body fit 150 leggings & ex-officio give’n’go boxers

  • head cover: free trucker hat + hikerbox bandana + golite toque

  • socks: icbreaker multisport + darn tough short

  • footwear: teva sandles + vasque talus ultra dry

  • insole: sole footbed

kitchen

  • stove: vargo triad titanium w/ aluminum windscreen + beer bottle cap priming tray

  • utensil: sea-to-summit long spoon titanium

  • cup: vargo 450 ml titanium mug

  • pot: gsi ti kettle

  • fuel bottle: msr 10 oz leak proof + small syringe for measure

  • mini bic lighter

hydration & first aid & hygene

  • sawyer squeeze + 1 l smart water bottles x 2 + 1 l nalgene soft plastic

  • travel dental kit: brush, paste, floss

  • ibuprofen & imodium 2 ea

  • mini tweezers + sewing needle + surgical tape + duct tape

  • scrubba pack towel + toilet roll + wet wipes

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finally in maine. pack weight down to 15.4 oz before food and water. lots of smiles and many more miles. i cut out over 10 lbs of weight from my initial set up and probably lost thrice that on my person— no matter how much ice cream or biscuit gravy i had at every chance.

still carried my dad’s leather belt; still carried a paperback.

on the trail i don’t think i learned to let go so much as pared down to what i am