The Gear

There are just so many pieces of outdoor gear one can use, but most of the time you really only need a few items to keep you fed and comfortable on the road and trail.  Even though some of the items in my pack are heavy, like the GPS locator and solar charging unit, these items were packed for safety and a small amount of comfort.  As I progress, select items will be shipped back based on the season (*seasonal), and because I just don’t need them anymore.

House

– Most of the time I will be dragging a cart around, which is able to be turned into a backpack when needed.  I tried making my own cart over the years, but this cart is just so well done.

Walking

  • Trail running shoes
  • Poles for skiing the road
  • Vaseline

– As always, there is an argument to be had regarding my decision to wear trail shoes, but I wanna wear shoes!  My feet are going to get wet regardless if I am wearing boots or shoes, and I would rather be wearing something that dries out quickly.  Also, maybe I wanna run some sections?

Navigation

  • Compass
  • My great sense of direction
  • Handheld global positioning system (GPS) loaded with base maps, tracks, and POI’s
  • Satellite tracking device/GPS unit
  • Trusty Ol’cellular phone

Clothing

  • Water resistant sweat jacket and pants
  • Insulated pull over (seasonal)
  • 2 socks (medium and light weight wool socks)
  • 1 underwear
  • 1 long underwear (seasonal)
  • 1 convertible pants
  • 2 shirts (base layer and fancy long-sleeved)
  • 1 hand knit wool toque (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of hand knit half gloves (seasonal)
  • Town clothes (lightweight shorts and t-shirt)
  • Bug jacket, bug hat, 30% DEET

Sun Protection

  • Hat with face and neck protection
  • Sunscreen (SPF 60+)
  • Electrolytes

– I am a ginger ok!

Medical

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Triangular bandage
  • Gauze
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
  • Imodium
  • Mole skin
  • 1 ACE bandage
  • Eye dressing
  • Alcohol wipes
  • KT Tape
  • Antibiotic ointment

Kitchen

  • Mini Trangia cook set and 1 L of Methyl Hydrate
  • Mug
  • Knife and spork
  • Lighter
  • The Sawyer MINI Water Filter
  • 1 L water bottle and 2 L bladder
  • Bottle holder

Food

  • 10 days of dehydrated meals and snacks
  • 10 days of tea, coffee, and/or hot chocolate
  • Gas station food

Bathroom

  • Toothbrush (cut)
  • Floss (only spool)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Shampoo soap bar
  • 1 Camp towel
  • Deodorant (joking)

Bedroom

  • Sleeping bag (WM Everlite)
  • Sleeping pad (Klymit Inertia O Zone)

Gizmo’s

  • Solar panel (10 W)
  • Battery pack (Voltaics V44 12 000 mAh)
  • Collapsible keyboard
  • AA battery charging unit
  • 3 Port USB wall charger

Misc.

  • Fabric repair kit
  • Bear spray
  • Misc. cords and cables
  • Head lamp
  • Tiny rolled up pieces of tape
  • Small novel (J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye to start)
  • Allen key
  • Multi-tool
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs

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