I like lists. Lists to tell me what I need to do. Lists to tell me what I have done. Lists of my lists. Lists make my stressed out over-analytical life a little less chaotic. So here is a list of the items I still need to purchase or re-evaluate. Some are just general titles, as I have not started looking into them yet. Some are specific models I am looking at or may even have decided upon. I welcome any and all feedback and suggestions you might have.
Pack (with appropriate Pack Cover)
Pack – Considering: Osprey Aether 70 (5 #; $275)
Pack – Considering: Osprey Atmos 65 (3# 10 oz; $250)
Pack – Considering: Gregory Z65 (3 # 6 oz; $230)
If my dad’s pack does not work out for me, I am looking at an Osprey Aether 70, but the five pound empty weight has me a little concerned, so I might look at the Osprey Atmos 65, as well. I have looked at the Gregory Z65, but found the Aether to be more comfortable… but at two pounds less, may be a front runner.
Sleeping Bag (Summer) – Considering: Montbell 40-degree Super Stretch Burrow Bag (2 # 3 oz; $135)
Sleeping Bag (Winter) – Considering: NEMO Nocturne 15-degree Sleeping Bag (#3 3 oz; $400)
Technically, I have a winter bag. While it has worked on an overnight trip, it is a bit short and I worry that I will tire of the cramped space for a long trip. I have read numerous reviews and like the idea of the NEMO Nocturne’s “peanut” shape, which would allow my feet to move a little more than in a traditional mummy bag. Either way, I am quite certain I need a summer bag. My current bag is a 20-degree bag, and I am thinking that in the heat of the summer, it will be far too warm for me. The Montbell was recommended in a Backpacker magazine, but I am still searching for the right bag for me. Some have even suggested just using a fleece blanket, and that very well may be an option.
Sleeping Bag Liner – Considering: Sea to Summit Silk Stretch Mummy Liner 10-degrees (5 oz; $75)
Sleeping Bag Liner – Considering: Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Mummy Bag Liner 15-degrees (8 oz; $57)
I am considering one of these sleeping bag liners for multiple reasons. First and foremost, I think it will be a lot easier to wash a liner in town than a full sleeping bag, and let’s face it, any help to minimize hiker stank is a welcome addition. Secondly, if I decide to use my existing sleeping bag, this liner will help give me a few more degrees of warmth in the very beginning, when I expect the coldest weather.
Sleeping Pad – Considering: ThermaRest Prolite (16 oz.) or Prolite Plus (1 # 6 oz)
Sleeping Pad – Considering: Big Agnes Insulated Aircore (1# 4 oz; $90)
My sleeping pad still works, but it is the old fashioned “original” ThermaRest, which only rolls up. As I am trying to minimize how much gets strapped to the outside, I am thinking about one of these pads. It is amazing how small they pack down!
Need, no. But a small addition may mean the difference between sleeping well and tossing and turning. Honestly, I would probably use this between my knees when I am side-sleeping or under my knee when I am on my back. A stuff sack of clothing will work just fine under my head.
Water Storage – Considering: Nalgene Wide-Mouth Canteen 2.8 L (2.25 oz)
Water Storage – Considering: Evernew Water Carry Hydration Pack 1.5 L ($12) or 2 L ($18)
Water Filter – Considering: Sawyer Squeeze Filter (3 oz; $30)
Ultimately, if I decide to ditch my pump filter and go with the Sawyer Squeeze, which is MUCH lighter, smaller, and longer-lasting, I will get the Evernew hydration pack to use as a dirty-water bag, as it has the exact threads the Squeeze uses. I plan to have two water bottles, or perhaps one bottle and one hydration pack, for my filtered water.
I am just beginning to look into clothing. Things have really changed since the last time I bought backpacking clothing… there are SO many options! So if you have something you really like, especially if it is budget-friendly, PLEASE post a comment or send me an email! Thank you.
Underwear – Something to prevent chaffing and assist in wicking to keep me as dry and comfortable as possible. Any suggestions?
Wool Bottom – Merino Wool Midweight Bottoms
Pants – Considering: North Face Paramount Convertible Pants ($60)
Shorts – Considering: North Face Class V Board Shorts ($45)
Short Sleeve – Synthetic t-shirts
Long Sleeve (x2 during cold) – Merino Wool Midweight Long Sleeve Top
Jacket – Considering: Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka (10.7 oz)
Jacket – Considering: Patagonia Down Sweater (12 oz; $200)
Rain Coat – Considering: Montbell Versalite Jacket * (7 oz; $150)
Rain Coat – Considering: Columbia Rainstormer (12.2 oz; $120)
Gloves – Considering: North Face Apex Gloves ($55)
Shoes / Boots – Still searching
Socks – Still evaluating
Compression Sacks / Stuff Sacks – Considering: Granite Gear Uberlight Drysacks (0.7 oz; $40)
Headlamp – Most likely something from the Petzl line
Shammy Micro Rag – Dollar Store special (1 oz)
Gaitors – Considering: Outdoor Research Crocodiles (9 oz; $65)
SPOT Device, to calm my mother’s nerves (5.2 oz; $150, plus a 1-year subscription service)
Knife – Leatherman Juice S2 (4.4 oz; $60)
Rope – 50 ft. w/ Quick Link (taking suggestions for proper rope type)
Bandana – 2 Buff Bandana (1.6 oz; $21)
Maps – AWOL’s AT Guide for 2015 (8 oz)
Journal / Pen
Luxury Items (All are up for discussion)
Backup Power – Brunton Inspire (5.4 oz)
Phone – new iPhone 5 Life Case, assuming I keep the iPhone
Camera – Still considering my options
I would love to hear your thoughts on any gear you have taken with you or have any direct feedback on. Please use the comment box below or the Contact Me page up top.
Until next time, remember to “Spin the Compass.”