aug 17-aug 26, 2012
5 days. 4 nights. (original plan was 6 days, 5 night, but we hiked out 19.5m the final day)
backpacking at glacier national park. 55.5 mile, many glacier loop.
oh, and 22+ hours (of drive time, not including rest) and 1,298 miles in a "trusty" vw pop top van as bookends of the trip.
5 earthy-smelling friends with a whole lot more stories, connections to random strangers on the trail, a few significant lessons learned, experiences we just can't make up, and sights you can only experience in the backcountry.
i love montana, and this year i got to experience my beloved state at glacier, hiking through it's glorious peaks and lakes. it was perfect in so many ways. except, well...i took way too much food and managed to have to lug a heavy pack (again). mr. ultralight-backpacker phil brown (who i met last year on the trail) would be disappointed.
anyway, this is most of what i packed for the trip. not including things like my actual pack, trekking poles, camelbak, the food, hiking shoes + crocs, and two unnecessary stuff sacks i took to keep my stuff organized.
addt'l notes: i took 100% deet but didn't use it once. the mosquitos were almost non-existent due to such a dry year. didn't feel like flossing this year b/c i took a normal sized toothbrush head. interesting.
addt'l notes: all my clothes fit into the yellow stuff sack above, including what i'd be wearing every day (pants, t-shirt, socks, underwear, sports bra). this year, i tried to take a very minimalist approach to clothes, taking only what was essential.
addt'l notes: i went generous with the toilet paper. what?
addt'l notes: shared the tent with robel (aka roBEAR), so we shared the 4lb 9oz between the two of us.
addt'l notes: i took a 4oz fuel canister (instead of the 8oz pictured here) just in case we (b&d+me) used the entire 8oz can (which by the way, they carried). we had plenty of fuel left. good to know for next time that an 8oz fuel can last 3 people at 2 hot meals/day (water boiling only) for 5 days!
also, i met ryan on the trail and he had this fantastic cook system that i couldn't help but admire. so i bought one immediately when i got home. after i clicked purchase, i realized i had just spent $35 on a cup. eep.
the eve of our road trip, we weighed our packs and mine came out to a whopping ~48lbs. this also includes my camera and a few camera accessories that added at least 5lbs to my total pack weight. i was easily carrying more than 35% of my body weight, which is a hell of a lot to carry. later, i found out it was all of my food. um... :\
update: i got my chops busted...again. received a long email detailing where i went wrong and where i can go right by the trusty mr. phil. yikes.
what do you think of my system? how would you make it more efficient and cut weight?