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This presentation offers tips on how to plan and execute a successful backpacking trip and offers a detailed example of one such trip.

This presentation offers tips on how to plan and execute a successful backpacking trip and offers a detailed example of one such trip.

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  • Use LT as example – could not easily do it as initially envisioned, as a series of dayhikes – needed to mix in some backpacks Greater Risk/Reward just words added to the slide for no particular reason
  • Route – on trail; use maps & guidebook; campsites, water, elev. Logistics – off trail; use road maps & atlases Conditioning - “not always svelte little pixie” Regular program of fitness Instills confidence – confidence weighs little but adds a lot Weight loss is that much less to carry
  • Biggest loser scale, $20 WalMart, 6.5 lb capacity weighs all gear carried. Resulted in 5 lb weight reduction just by substituting 3.5 lb old grey 4000 ci pack for 7 lb fancy blue 5700 ci pack 1.5 lb fleece bag for 3.5 lb down bag multi-use – sierra cup; bowl, extinguisher, cup Simplify – “Do I really need this?”
  • Huts – reservations required, rarely used Shelters can be enclosed cabins with doors and stoves or porcupine gnawed lean-tos Located every 4 – 10 miles on established trails (AT, LT)
  • Always make bathroom more than 200’ away from any water, not just standing water
  • Tests can be single or double walled Everything but the hammock requires ground cloth and sleeping pad Ultimate weight saver is the poncho
  • First thing I do is hang up pack, then put on clean, dry turtleneck
  • Saved 1.5 lb by using fleece bag and 3.5 lb by substituting an smaller, old grey pack dropping total weight to around 7 lb
  • Use of filter is personal preference; group gear; pills are lighter Gatorade comes from large $3 container bought at Ocean State Job Lot packed in Zip Loc snack bags
  • Runner’s tee shirt, not cotton Hawaiian shirt should not be cotton or rayon

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  • 1. INTRODUCTION TOINTRODUCTION TO BACKPACKINGBACKPACKING MARK WARRENMARK WARREN
  • 2. WHYWHY • Reach more remote locations • Extended stays • Complete trails
  • 3. PREPARATIONPREPARATION • Route • Logistics • Shelter & Gear • Test gear at home • Meals & Cooking • Conditioning • Weight loss
  • 4. WEIGHT IS EVILWEIGHT IS EVIL • Ignorance is not bliss know what you are carrying – Postal/Food Scale – Multi-use items – Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
  • 5. LOCATION IS NOT EVERYTHINGLOCATION IS NOT EVERYTHING • Huts • Shelters • Established Tent Sites • Stealth Camping
  • 6. STEALTH CAMPINGSTEALTH CAMPING • LEAVE NO TRACE!!! • Only where permitted – Below treeline – 200’ from trail/road/standing water – Safe & Comfortable • level & smooth • good drainage & wind protection • no dangerous trees
  • 7. SHELTERSHELTER • Tent –mosquito netting –freestanding or staked • Ultralights & Bivy Sacks • Tarp • Hammock –Limited temperatures
  • 8. FOODFOOD • Nutrition your friend • One pot meals • Safety – No food in tents – Critter/Bear Bag
  • 9. CAMP ROUTINECAMP ROUTINE • Change clothing • Make it a home – Erect tent & unpack pad and sleeping bag – Collect water – Prepare kitchen – Put up critter bag • Before Sleeping – Bring water & extra clothes into tent
  • 10. NIGHT ROUTINENIGHT ROUTINE • Use headlamp • Go to bathroom one last time • Wear a hat • Put extra clothing in sleeping bag – If you get cold, put them on • If nature calls, just do it.
  • 11. SAMPLE BACKPACKSAMPLE BACKPACK • AT – LT to NH – 45 miles • June 11-13 – 3 full days on trail – 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts on trail – Car camp Thursday night – breakfast in camp • Car spotting • Road crossings - resupply
  • 12. MY KITMY KIT • BIG THREE – Shelter – Hennesey hammock 44.9 oz. – Sleeping bag – REI +20 down 44.9 oz. – Pack – Gregory Whitney 5,700 c.i. 105 oz. Total 194.8 oz./ 12 lb. 2.8 oz.
  • 13. MY KIT - CookingMY KIT - Cooking • Pepsi can stove 0.5 oz. • Alcohol 13.8 oz. • Pot 11.2 oz. • Cup/bowl 2.0 oz. • Foon & Fork 0.6 oz. • Matches/lighter 1.0 oz. • Bandana 1.0 oz. Total 30.1 oz./1 lb 14.1 oz.
  • 14. MY KIT – FoodMY KIT – Food • (6) Lamejun 12.0 oz. • Mac & Cheese 8.2 oz. • Butter (1) stick frozen 4.0 oz. • Beans dehydrated 6.0 oz. • Dry Milk (1) Qt. 3.6 oz. • Instant Breakfast 3.0 oz. • Tea Bags 1.0 oz. • Tang 6.0 oz. • Oatmeal 16 oz. Total: • Noodles 16 oz. 86.2 oz./ • Dried Onion & Beef Jerky 6.0 oz. 5 lb, 6.2 oz. • Curry Mix 4.4 oz.
  • 15. MY KIT - HydrationMY KIT - Hydration • Kathadin Hiker Pro filter 15.3 oz. • (3) ltr. Bladder (Full) 107.2 oz. • (1) ltr. Pepsi bottle (Full) 35 oz. • Gatorade 12 oz. Total: 169.5 oz./ 10lb., 9.5 oz.
  • 16. MY KITMY KIT Emergency/MiscellaneousEmergency/Miscellaneous • First Aid Kit* 23.6 oz. • Compass* 2.4 oz. • (2) Headlamps* 4.0 oz. • Batteries* 3.0 oz. • Leatherman* 6.0 oz. • Toilet Paper 3.0 oz. • Space Blanket 2.0 oz. • Fingertip saw 0.4 oz. • Para cord 3.0 oz. • Extra food* 18.4 oz. • Cell phone* 3.1 oz. • Car keys/Wallet 3.0 oz. • SPF 50 0.5 oz. • DEET 0.8 oz. • Headnet 1.0 oz. • Raincoat* 19.4 oz. • Bivy sack 7.8 oz. Total: 101.4 oz/ 6 lb., 5.4 oz.
  • 17. MY KIT – Extra Clothing*MY KIT – Extra Clothing* • Socks 8.1 oz. • Underwear 2.2 oz. • Turtleneck 9.6 oz • Fleece vest 12.6 oz. • Knee brace 6.1 oz • Hat 2.5 oz. 36.0 oz. TOTAL PACK WEIGHT – 618 oz./ 38 lb., 10 oz. (base weight = 25 lb., 4 oz.)
  • 18. MY KIT – WearingMY KIT – Wearing • Watch 3.1 oz • Underwear 2.2 oz. • T-Shirt 4.9 oz. • Zip-off pants & belt 16.9 oz. • Hawaiian shirt* 6.4 oz. • Ball cap 2.3 oz. • Sunglasses 1.0 oz. • Socks 4.6 oz. • Gaiters 6.3 oz. • Boots 46.7 oz. Total worn: 94.4 oz./ 5 lb., 14.4 oz.
  • 19. MY KIT – CarriedMY KIT – Carried • Knife* 3.0 oz. • Whistle* 0.4 oz. • Lighter* 0.4 oz. • Map/notes* 2.0 oz. • GPS* 4.7 oz. • Bandana 1.0 oz. • Hiking Pole 12.0 oz. Total Weight carried – 23.5 oz./ 1 lb., 7.5 oz.