have you met swami?
Swami is sporting a stylish camouflage Gore-Tex hat, full rain gear and a gargantuan, pale yellow monstrosity. This is no candid shot; I was actually posing. If you could see my face, it is quite giddy. It says: “Holy astrofuckballs, I’m doing this, I’m really, really doing this.”
But did you see that pack, though? Me neither. That’s because it is in the process of being ingested by my 70 liter pack cover. I can assure you that I did not carry a 70 liter pack on my first thru hike. I did that on my first ever over night backpacking trip. I carried so many things on that fateful trip I couldn’t fit my sleeping bag inside. The bag was from Canadian Tire–our Wal-Mart–and wouldn’t quite fit in my friends’ backpack either. We strapped it on the outside.
This blog was originally written for the trek.co on 11 february, 2019. please visit the site to read more.