What's in my pack?
The freedom to roam
with only what you carry
We’re heading out to the Wind River Range for a figure-8 traverse of the High Routes, putting together a combination of Andrew Skurka’s 100-mile route, and Advanture Alan’s 70-mile route. It’s gonna be unreal and probably a bit snowy still… here’s what’s going to keep me alive.
The Enlightened Equipment Enigma is a popular ultralight quilt with backpackers, thru-hikers, and other weight-conscious adventurers. The Enigma has a simple, but carefully crafted design, with a sewn closed toe box. It’s constructed to be used as a sleep system, in conjunction with a sleeping pad and straps.
What type of gear should you take when bringing your dog on a long-distance hike? When it comes to dog gear, my philosophy is the same as my own: keep it light and simple. Luna carries her own pack, filled with only necessary gear and food.
Taking on a great outdoor adventure like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail means navigating a world of blog posts, YouTube channels, and gear lists that can make planning overwhelming. So when it is all too much? At what point does our preparation begin to infringe on the experiences we’ll have on the trail?
This season, I hiked from ‘C to Sound’: the Canadian Border in New Hampshire to the Connecticut Sound connecting thru-hikes on the Cohos and New England Trails. This was the gear I used.
It took logging nearly 3,000 miles on long-distance trails before I figured out a food routine that was somewhat cost effective, accessible and most importantly, dense in nutrients that helped build and sustain Luna’s endurance deep into a thru-hike.
What's it like to walk through the Rockies? In this bit, I'll share my experiences with resupply, weather, altitude and expectations during my hike on the CDT.
Winter is here. Plenty of snow, ice and cold temperatures to play in. When prepared, hiking in the winter (free of bugs and crowds) can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Given the nature of the challenge, winter hiking often leaves a hiker more confident and fit going into summer adventures. Here’s an extensive overview on clothing and other related gear for winter day hiking, including some examples.
The intangible benefits of having a bag like the Outback Dreamer are incredibly valuable to me. At the end of a long day of hiking, I’ll take this bag out and lay it down for Luna, helping her to establish that this would be camp for the night. It gives her routine and comfort during times when the scenery is changing each day.
For 3,000 miles I’ll be hiking through the Rockies, living with only the contents in my backpack. The Continental Divide Trail travels across diverse environments- alpine, forests, basins and deserts along the Great Divide that splits North America.