Hiking Gear List for Summer

Spring/Summer Gear List

  •  Pack: Six Moons Designs- SwiftPack     weight- 15 ounces
  • Hammock: DIY

  • Weight – 13 ounces
  •  Hammock Tarp: AHE Toxaway

Weight- 17 ounces

  •  Top Quilt  JacksRBetter 40 degree 14.8 ounces
  • Under quilt  AHE JarBridge 40 Degree 14.7 ounces
  • Tree straps  3.1 ounces
  • Toggles .2 ounces
  • Tarp Stakes 1.2 ounces
  • Cuben Fiber stake bag .1 ounces

Pack liner:

  • Zpacks pack liner  1.9 ounces

Clothing:

  1. Worn
  • Columbia Long sleeve tshirt 7 ounces
  • Columbia silverridge pants 11.1 ounces
  • Darn tuff ankle socks 2.4 ounces
  • No undergarments…. I go commando!

2. In pack

  • Darn tuff socks 2.4 ounces
  • Darn tuff socks 2.4 ounces
  • Exofficio tshirt 5.6 ounces
  • Cuben fiber stuff sack .2 ounces

Rain Gear:

  • Lukes Ultralight Rain Jacket 5.5 oz

Stove:

  • DIY fosters pot/ alky stove 1.8oz
  • Toaks Ti spoon .6 oz

Water Treatment:

  • Sawyer squeeze mini  1.9 ounces

Water Containers:

  • Smartwater bottle x2  2.2 ounces
  • Sawyer squeeze bag   1.8 ounces

Toiletries:

  • travel tooth brush .8 ounces
  • Dr. Bronners Soap 1. ounces
  • Toilet paper .4 ounces

FAK:

  • Stripped down adventure medical kit 2 ounces

Footwear:

  • Salomons and Dirty Girl Gaiters (not Shown) 33.3 ounces
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Illumination:

  • PTec Vizz 3.2 ounces

Hiking Poles:

  • Leki Corklites w/ spare gorilla tape 19.6 ounces

Electronics:

  • Iphone 5.9 ounces
  • Jackery Giant 11.1 ounces….only bring on trips more that 2 days.

Misc.

  • Leatherman PS4 squirt  2 ounces
  • Half of light load towel .2 ounces
  • Bug juice1 ounces
  • Head net 1 ounces

 

Food Bag:

  • Zpacks food bag / loksack 4.1oz
  • Bear Bag throw line 1.4oz

Total Base Weight 178.2 ounces or 11 pounds

Total Weight worn 46 ounces or 2.8 pounds.

 Contents change depending on trip and area hiking.

LongWalker

 

 

 

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Initial Impressions of the Enigma Quilt.

 

 Yesterday, I recieved my long awaited quilt from @enlightenedequipment . I ordered my Enigma quilt, from @trailandera.  I purchased this quilt, because  I was tired of freezing my tail off while, hiking  on colder trips. My 30 degree quilt wasn’t cutting it, when  temps dipped down to the teens. So I ordered a enlighted equipment enigma quilt.

Specs of the Enigma Quilt

  1. 800 DownTek GDD
  2. Rated 10 degree
  3. Reg length
  4. Reg width
  5. Black 10D nylon (inside)
  6. Olive 20D nylon (outside)
  7. Quilt storage bag 2.3 oz
  8. Quilt stuff sack .7oz
  9. Quit attaching straps for pads .8 oz
  10. Weight of bag 23.6 oz 

Initial Impression

My initial impressions of this quilt went over and above in quality. I was blown away with the superior craftsmanship and attention to detail on this quilt. Their are no flaws in the stitching of the quilt and the construction. Before I purchased this quilt, I read every review I possibly could. After getting my hands on this quilt, I’m not disappointed at all. I plan on putting this quilt to good use this winter. When my testing is complete, I will do a complete review.

Customer Service

Let me talk about @trailandera whom I purchased the quilt from.  Trailandera’s customer service, is definitely  there for the consumer. They really valued my business and when I had questions about my order it was answered immidiatley. When the order was fulfilled I recieved a personal email  letting me know the current status of my order. I truly value excellent customer service in a business and I will be a customer for life! 

Note: I’m not an employee  nor am I an Ambassador for @trailandera or @enlightenedequipment just a very satisfied customer.

Thanks for Reading!

Long Walker 

   

Hiking by the Numbers

In the Hiking community, everybody has their likes and dislikes. Ultralight hiking vs traditional hiking and hammock camping vs tent camping are some of them. As for myself, I really perfer sleeping in a hammock. Although, there is a little bit of a learning curve at first. Once you get your system down, hammock camping can be quite enjoyable. But here is my question, is a hammock really the way to go for an ultralight hiker? I, personally, would answer; it’s all opinion and maybe some facts. HYOH is all that matters right? But for the Ultralight hiker, it’s usually about the numbers. You have to make wise choices to get to a lighter base weight in my opinion.

I’ve been on a quest to lighten up my pack, I took a deep look into my gear and researched other products. I’ve come to a really interesting discover; I may have to become a ground dweller again. First off I’ve been a hammock camper for years and I love it and won’t ever give it up. But, does hammock camping fit into my Ultralight hiking goal anymore? If I want to get to that goal I might have to.

So, let me explain why I have come to this possible conclusion. I recently weighted my warm weather hammocking gear and the weights suprised me. My total weight was 63.8 oz/ 3.9 LBS. This included; a 40 degree top quilt, 40 degree under quilt, DIY hammock, tarp and attaching hardware. With the combined weight of my other gear I’m sitting at 13 pounds for a base weight. That’s a pretty respectable number for a lightweight hiker. I’m happy with that number and with a Zpacks hammock tarp comming soon the weight savings will get even better. However my quest to get even lighter must continue.

Next, I looked at various manufactures and crunched the numbers. For example, if my sleep system consisted of a Zpacks Hexamid, neoair xlite pad and my 40 degree top quilt. My total weight would be 44.5oz/ 2.71 LBS. That’s a 19.3 oz/ 1.2 LBS difference. I could drop even more by switching to a lighter pack and just use a tarp. This is something I need to play around with.

Hiking is an evolution for me as probably for most of you. So, if I want to get to 10 pounds and under on my base weight, I may have to drop the hammock. I still plan on hanging my hammock on shorter hikes or maybe go to the lightweight side on longer hikes. My train of thougt at this time is I may need to go back to the ground to achieve my Ultralight goal. I have some other options on the table that I’m looking into and I plan on sharing my conclusions in the future.

Thanks for Reading

“Long Walker”

Old Rag Mountain

  

  This past March, I had a month long business trip to Virginia. Before I left home I decided to bring my hiking gear along on my trip. During my trip I was able to hike different sections of the A.T. and various trails located in the Shenandoah N.P. But one hike I completed stands out the most in my mind. My hike up Old Rag Mountain.

  Old Rag Mountain is located in the eastern portion of the Shenandoah N.P. and is a popular destination at the park. Old Rag’s exposed rocky summit stands at an elevation of 3,291 ft. and is quite a bit different than other summits in the park. Old Rag offers a 9 mile circuit hike or a 5.4 mile out-and-back hike. Inexpieranced  hikers, be aware that portions of this trail can be very strenuous. You will, hike to a false summit and from this point the trail turns into a rock scramble. On your way to the summit you will expierance splitter cracks, dihedrals, crystal pinching slabs and bouldering. The difficulty level ranges from beginner to expert (5.4 to 5.12 on the Yosemite Decimal system) till you reach the summit. For a easier hike up Old Rag, park your vehicle at the parking area at the end of Va.600. Then follow Berry Hollow Fire Rd to the Saddle Trail and straight up Old Rag. I recommend this trail for the Hiker that wants amazing views but not the amazing work out. 

  What to pack and times to go? I suggest you bring ample water, snacks and a light pack. Make sure you bring your camera; Old Rag has truely amazing views worth remembering. This hike can be done with larger packs, but it’s not necessary. But if you choose to, make sure you have cordage to lower or retrieve your pack.  Hit the trail early, crowding on the trail can be crazy at times. I hit the trail at 7:00 am and had no issues at all. Weather on Old Rag can make conditions on the trail very risky, so make sure you plan accordingly.

  I thoroughly enjoyed the 9 mile circuit hike on Old Rag Mountain. It only took a few hours to complete and the views are amazing. So, if you’re a thru-hiker on the A.T. or just visiting Shenandoah N.P.  You gotta check out Old Rag Mountain. 

http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/hiking-old-rag.htm

http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/old-rag-hike-prep.htm

http://www.nps.gov/shen/