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The Hike

Post Hike Evaluation

Gear List


Back in 2005 I was trying (unsuccessfully) to fulfill a role as the stove and cookware editor for Backpacking Light Magazine. During this time we were working on a series of articles called "The Super Ultra Light Challenge". The idea was to use gear that would get your base weight down to 5 pounds or less for a base and at the same time not fill your pockets with everything else just to make weight. As I recall the rules were pretty basic:

1. Base weight of 5 pounds or less pack weight.

2. Your items worn and carried couldn't exceed your pack weight.

3. Any consumable stuff like toilet paper, water, iodine treatment, food, etc. didn't count against your base.

I got some gear from various ultra light gear companies like Gossamer Gear, Jacks 'R Better, Ettowah Outfitter, etc. and did a practice hike with the sub-5 kit I created. Bottom line is it wasn't my style and I didn't like it. I am a hammock sleeper and didn't like going to ground just to save weight. I'll add that some of the gear choices were very minimalist, what Paul "Chef Paul" Fitzer of Ettowha Outfitter calls "survival light" - basically stuff that is so light it is more like survival gear than hiking gear, which turns your hike into more of a Survivor Man eppisode than a pleasant hiking trip.

Army business and duties got in the way, and I had to send all that gear on to other editors so they could use it and evaluate it. I don't know how the articles ever came out. I wish I could have seen it through. I find I learn something when doing these sorts of exercises.

So, all that said, the idea of a sub-5 list still intrigued me. I wanted to see if a sub-5 list could be done that was more my style of hiking. So using the above rules, I added a few of my own:

4. The gear had to include a hammock system.

5. It had to include a way to cook hot meals including stuff like coffee.

6. It also had to have luxuries, stuff like bourbon, cigars, reading, music, etc.

7. Keep some of my normal stuff like dog tags, wedding ring, watch, etc. I didn't want to be totally changing everything about myself just to hike.

So with those "rules" in place I started working on making a SUL kit. I've come up with a system and hope to make it work in the Spring/Summer of 2010. I plan to link in some reviews of some of the more important gear listed here.

What I have found doing these sorts of exercises is they help me try out new ideas which help reduce pack weight on my "normal" hiking kit. The ideas I've tried have helped me cut some weight from my normal pack.

The Hike:

I headed out to Georgia to use this kit on my loop hike of the Benton MacKaye Trail , the Appalachian Trail, and the Duncan Ridge Trail. The hope was hat this lighter, leaner pack would help me make it with a little more ease that is the Duncan Ridge roller coaster.

The first night I set up on the trail was actually the day before the big hike. I picked a campsite about 0.3 miles up the BMT near the falls at Fall Creek close to Blue Ridge, GA. I didn't carry the entire packing kit up there, just the hammock and the basics.
Long Creek Falls SGT Rock at Long Creek Falls
Long Creek Falls SGT Rock at Long Creek Falls

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The first day I started late, then I realized I lost my knife which I could make do without, then I realized I lost my map which I could not live without - so I had to adapt. I only ended up hiking about 2.3 miles that day.
Ultralight camp shoes Ultralight hiking boots
Ultralight Camp Shoes Ultralight Hiking Boots

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The second day I had a total pack failure and was bailed out by a friend who salvaged the rest of the hike. That got the hike mostly back on track. I ended up managing almost 10 miles that day.
Blow down from the big storm Toccoa River Bridge
Blow down on the BMT from the big storm Toccoa River Bridge.

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The third day started well after a very hard thunderstorm which caused flooding over parts of the southeast. I made it to the BMT and positioned myself to start the Duncan Ridge Trail the following morning. The total mileage that day was close to 16 miles.
Simple hammock set up. The DRT is so tough the trees eat signs
Ultralight Hammock - simple as possible The DRT is so tough the tress eat the signs

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The fourth day found me starting later than I wanted to because I was visiting instead of hiking. The trail got hard, the insects fought back, and the water was hiding. I ended up doing about 15.5 or so because of looking for water.
SGT Rock at the start of the Duncan Ridge Trail Find the Water
SGT Rock at the start of the DRT Play "Where is the Water"

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The fifth day was the last day of the hike. Because of a navigation error it added some extra miles to my hike. With side trail exploration I ended up doing about 10 miles that day. The day ended well!
View from Coosa Bald - no longer bald The DRT is so tough the trees eat signs
Coosa Bald - no longer bald Another tough sign eating tree on the BMT

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Post Hike Evaluation:

So now I sit here after the hike. Trying to sum up what I learned from this trip. There are lots of gear items that I've changed or added, or taken out of my "normal" pack because of this. On the gear list below I go into some detail and talk about some of that stuff per item. But I'll focus on some of the big stuff:

1. Going lighter was even more fun. Last time I did this I hated it because it wasn't my style, but once I switched to my style of hiking for the SUL challenge, I could stop focusing on not liking the gear to enjoying what I was doing. It's hard to exactly quantify what I am trying to say here, but I had less to set up in camp, less to take down in the morning, less stuff to keep up with, less stuff to keep dry, etc. Camping was simpler, hiking was easier, and these things helped to make the trip fun even though I didn't have pounds of luxuries.

2. I was totally unfair in my load to the Hammock Bliss pack. There will be a more thorough evaluation of this pack on a separate page later, but by reading what I have in the list you might get the impression the Hammock Bliss pack was a stinker - but it wasn't. It was a great little pack, especially for day hiking or for having a small pack handy in your car or purse for when you need a pack (like town shopping or slack packing) . I loaded it up with the 10 essentials and did some good walking with it. I got the idea that this pack would probably handle heavier loads so I gave it a try for this, but unfortunately it didn't make it. I still think it could do it with a couple of tweaks. You may still yet hear of me making a big trip with the tiny pack.

3. Hammocking rocks. And keeping it simple can make your trips enjoyable - I am serious. No fancy rigs to tie your tarp up with, no fancy load adjusters to get the hammock between two trees,  no complicated package system for putting it away. I did find that the Whoopie Slings and toggles were great - and only 4' slings were always more than sufficient when you have thousands of trees to select from.

4. Boil-in-bag cooking is easier than I remember. This bears more looking into. This also re-enforces once again that Hog On Ice is way ahead of me in so many areas.

5. Wind shirts and pants - they work. I can't get enough of 'em.

6. Audio journaling is the way to go. I can't claim to have invented it, I remember Jeff Hunter doing some audio journals when he was at American Hiking Society. But this is the first time I tried it and have discovered how easy it is to do and how it simplifies my hikes (see 1.)

7. Spinn Tarp - loved it. It is only noisy while packing and unpacking. The rest of the time it is quiet, doesn't have stretch issues like sil-nylon, and the Warbonnet Spin Edge tarp was all I ever needed. I still want to try out a cuben tarp and hammock though.

8. Jacks 'R Better - this little quilt already has a review on my site, but I gotta' plug it one more time. If you want a summer quilt less than a pound, this one did me right even down into the low 40's.

9. Macpack IX underquilt has a lot of promise. I'm working with MacEntyre to see if I can work out the bugs for me. Look forward to more information about this in the future.

To end this up. I have started contemplating doing something like this for winter. The exercise pushed me to try new things and work out solutions to problems that can't always be solved with gear (and thus weight). For weight goals I'm thinking 6 pounds or less worn or carried and 9.5 pounds or less base pack weight. That means getting some new gear and working out some of the same old problems in lighter ways. I don't know if my wife will approve the budget though.

If I went to do this again, I would probably worry less about making some arbitrary 5 pound limit and go with my Packa for rain gear, modify the pack a little to add an outside bungee point to the back, get a double layer MacPack IX quilt, lose the MRE matches, and carry a real camera.

Packing List:

Item: Weight: Number: Total:
BUFF  : Buff Original BuffBuff - I added this on my thru-hike after getting frostbite on my ears. I was too warm for a real hat. I just needed some light insulation and wind protection for my ears and face.

Results: Worked as planned I used this a few times at night when sleeping when temps were predicted to be in the 40s.

1.31 1 1.31
MontBell UL wind pants. Small, light, easy to put on breathable nylon pants for times you need something on your legs but are moving and fleece would be a bad idea.

Results: Worked as planned I used this a few times at night when sleeping when temps were predicted to be in the 40s.

2.43 1 2.43
Mountain Hardware wind shirt. Light shirt used to protect from bugs and wind.

Results: Worked as planned I used this a few times at night when sleeping when temps were predicted to be in the 40s.

3.21 1 3.21
Wal-Mart ankle high running socks. They are light weight with some padding for comfort, and they dry pretty fast.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up only ever hiking in one pair, and using this one as a dry set for camp at night.

1.45 1 1.45
Total 8.40
Rain Gear
Disposable poncho. Something lightweight enough to make weight and usable enough to cover me and my pack when absolutely necessary.

Results: Worked as planned I only needed one night when I first started hiking in the rain.

1.94 1 1.94
Total 1.94
MRE Spoon. Longer than your average light weight spoon.

Results: Worked as planned This made it easier to eat boil-in-bag foods like Mountain House meals.

0.25 1 0.25
Heineken Keg Can (HKC) pot. Ultralight pot for heating water. Not much use beyond that.

Results: Worked as planned I used this for heating water to make Mountain House boil-in-bag meals plus made hot coffee in the mornings and drank straight from the pot.

1.13 1 1.13
Ion Micro stove with wire stand. More information and pictures to follow at some point.

Results: Worked as planned I only ever needed one fill of alcohol to make a meal or coffee. Worked perfectly for a HKC pot.

0.28 1 0.28
4 ounce fuel bottle. My Ion Micro stove only needs 0.5 ounces per meal, and with only 4 days out, this will have enough fuel for 2 hots a day.

Results: Worked as planned The perfect container for my hike. 0.5 ounces X 4 days at two meals per day ended up with only 4 ounces of fuel for the whole hike. I actually had a smidge over that which helped burning some trash one night.

0.49 1 0.49
MRE matches. Small book of paper safety matches that are moisture resistant.

Results: Didn't worked as planned The moisture resistance was enough to combat the wet Appalachian nights. The matches ended up being useless.

0.11 1 0.11
Sandwich sized zip-lock for trash.

Results: Sort of worked as planned Quart sized would probably been enough with my strategy of burning down trash regularly - except that I also picked up trash from the trail as I hiked which wouldn't all burn. So I ended up with more trash than would fit in this bag.

0.11 1 0.11
Windscreen pot cozy made from plumbers cloth. More information and pictures to follow.

Results: Worked as planned Helped hod in heat and protect the flame as I boiled water. It also kept my coffee warm when I used the pot as a coffee cup.

0.95 1 0.95
2 gallon zip-lock for a food bag.

Results: Worked as planned Hard to find, but works like a charm. A mouse ended up ruining it a night before the end of the hike and it was the last one I had left. Now I have to find some more.

0.74 1 0.74
24 ounce water bottle from Smart Water.

Results: Worked as planned Plenty for hiking when water is abundant. When water was not, then I supplemented the capacity with the Platypus.

1.06 1 1.06
2+ Liter Platypus. I usually only use this in camp, but there have been days I need to carry extra water.

Results: Worked as planned I almost left this behind for a lighter water bag option, but the DRT has very few water sources and I ended up carrying water which made this a good solution.

1.20 1 1.20
Plastic shopping bag for a kitchen sack.

Results: Sort of worked as planned All my food fit in it and it hung easy off the end of my hammock. But it collected a little water in the rain one night.

0.39 1 0.39
A very small glass bottle (not the one shown here) for storing iodine pill water treatment.

Results: Worked as planned held my iodine pills like planned. Better than using plastic for those pills.

0.39 1 0.39
Total 7.09
Miscellaneous Gear - those odds and ends you need.
First Aid and Repair Kit. Just what you need to fix yourself or your gear up to get into the next town.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up not needing anything from this kit. But it's better to have it and not need it.

2.50 1 2.50
Zip lock bags. To better protect my camera.

Results: Worked as planned I used this to hold my camera/phone and a few other odds and ends that I wanted to keep dry.

0.21 1 0.21
Spare Smartphone battery. That way I have a back up if the primary dies in the woods.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up going 4 days making calls, taking pictures, and making voice notes before I needed to change batteries. I cruised to the finish with the second battery still showing 4 bars of power.

0.81 1 0.81
Trail journal pages. Steno sized sheets of paper.

Results: Sort of worked as planned I started using voice notes instead of a written journal. So no need for all this paper. I did end up using one sheet when making notes one day. I could probably get by with less next time.

0.03 6 0.23
Pencil. Can't run out of ink in the woods. I put a plastic cap from an ink pen over the tip so it doesn't poke holes in anything.

Results: Sort of worked as planned I didn't end up doing any puzzles and only making notes one day. Maybe I could get by with an even smaller pencil.

0.18 1 0.18
Motorola Q 9c Smartphone. Internet, email, camera, and it even works as a phone. It eats batteries if you leave it on. I tried using it as my camera on my thru but the quality wasn't good and charging was an issue.

Results: Worked better than planned It doesn't take great pictures, but it will do for staying light. What I did discover using this was the ability to make voice notes which has totally changed how I journal.

4.66 1 4.66
Total 8.60
Hygiene - keep clean and healthy.
My dentist has me using one of these to prevent teeth grinding at night.

Results: Worked as planned Saves my teeth as planned. But since the hike I have discovered a lighter option.

0.35 1 0.35
Lip balm. Nice little pack for keeping the lips from getting chapped.

Results: Worked as planned I did end up using this some when the sun was beating me up.

0.21 1 0.21
Dispenser for DEET. Since I am hiking with this kit in warmer weather it pays to carry a little bug protection. My hammock will also be treated with permethrin.

Results: Sort of worked as planned The dispenser I mean. The DEET was ignored by the gnats. But no skeeters ate on me.

0.35 1 0.35
Dispenser for spray hand sanitizer to keep the cooties off my hands before I eat.

Results: Worked as planned I kept this in the bag with my toilet paper and that made it easy to get a quick shot on my hands after each use.

0.35 1 0.35
Colgate Wisp. Extra small tooth brush with built in toothpaste enough for about 10 uses.

Results: Sort of worked as planned The dot of toothpaste was only good for one good brushing and a couple of mediocre brushings. After that it was just a brush without paste. It also isn't a very good brush.

0.07 1 0.07
Zip lock bag (1/2 gallon). For carrying toilet paper in.

Results: Worked as planned My toilet paper stayed dry.

0.11 1 0.11
Extra small zip-lock for a pill bag.

Results: Worked as planned My pills stayed find inside this. It was a little hard to open.

0.07 1 0.07
Total 1.31
Navigation and lights - to make your way down the trail without getting lost.
Small LED light for when I need to see in the dark

Results: Worked as planned Brighter than I expected it to be. I ended up adding a loop of tape to the band of my hat so I could slide this in and use it as a headlamp in camp.

0.35 1 0.35
Total 0.35
Sleeping Bag/Ruck/Shelter - the big 3 or big 4 depending on how you look at it. Sleeping bag, shelter, pack, and pad.
Hammock Bliss Daypack. Approximately 1000c.i. I found this to be just big enough for the SUL kit and 5 days of food.

Results: Epic Fail Full review to follow. This bag worked fine on some day hikes when the load was under 10 pounds. But a 15 pound load was too much to ask of this pack. The left bottom strap pulled out with less than 3 miles on the pack.

Here is  more detailed review.

6.36 1 6.36
Sil-nylon stuff sack. For clothing and my quilt.

Results: Sort of worked as planned When I was just putting some clothing and the quilt in the bag, it was on the edge of fine. When I added the MacPack IX underquilt the bag was too small for all that.

0.39 1 0.39
JRB Shenandoah Summer Quilt I love this quilt.

Results: Worked as planned I felt cool some nights, but it was because of the under insulation. Once I got that sorted out, this was perfect for the weather I encountered which was as low as the upper 40s Fahrenheit. 

15.09 1 15.09
Warbonnet Edge tarp in Spinn UL. I've been using this tarp for a while now and I'm very happy with the weight and performance.

Results: Worked as planned I have been getting more and more into this tarp. I encountered a storm that caused major flooding in the South East but stayed perfectly dry under this tarp. Tenters that were in the area that night got wet (probably came in from the ground) while I was high and dry.

More detailed review to follow.

8.69 1 8.69
Turkey roasting bag. Ultralight pack liner alternative. Tougher than I thought they would be.

Results: Worked as planned I put this thing through major punishment that would have probably poked holes in a trash compactor bag - but this thing is still going strong. I wish they made bigger ones of these.

0.49 1 0.49
Home made aluminum toggles from Easton Scout arrows. These are the link pin between the tree huggers and the Whoopie slings on my Ghost Hammock.

Results: Worked as planned I never needed anything else.

0.035 2 0.07
MacEntyre's IX Under Quilt. Something new I just picked up. More information and pictures to follow.

Results: Didn't worked as planned That said, I think there is still a lot of potential in this. I plan to continue playing with this and figure it out.

More detailed review to follow.

5.01 1 5.01
Grand Trunk Nano7 hammock. 3 yards long by 45" wide 1.1 nylon. It came with two carabineers that weigh 23 grams each, but I found a lighter way to hang.

Results: Worked as planned There is a more detailed review to follow. Being small, it was a little hard to find a good "lay" to the hammock, but when I did, I slept like a rock. At 4.9 ounces for the hammock and a system where you are already encouraged to add your own suspension, this little hammock is perfect for someone trying to go on the extreme light end while not spending a fortune.

Here is a more detailed review

4.91 1 4.91
Home made Whoopie Slings made out of Dynaglide for support lines on the Ghost Hammock.

Results: Worked as planned 4' woopie slings may seem a little short to most hammockers since 6'+ seems to be the norm. But when you have lots of trees to choose from they actually ended up being longer than I ever needed. I also love the fact that these seem to naturally re-direct the water during rainstorms, so no water stop or re-direct system was needed.

0.175 2 0.35
Bug net "sock". So I can sleep in peace in buggy weather. Treated with permethrin.

Results: Not Needed before I ever started I realized that this wasn't needed. So I traded the weight for a sunscreen pad to extend the range of the IX underquilt.

2.44 0 0
Ridgeline to hold the net up.

Results: Worked as planned Well, maybe not since I didn't bring the net, but I still used it to get the lay of the hammock right and to hang stuff like my glasses and light off of during the night.

0.18 1 0.18
Sleeves made from 550 cord shell to help protect the hammock body from being sawed through by the dynaglide cords.

Results: Worked as planned prevented saw through on the hammock.

0.07 2 0.14
Sleeping pad that is actually a car sunscreen made of Mylar backed soft foam.

Results: Worked as planned When I realized there was going to be an issue with the IX underquilt and the weather, I picked one of these up. Together with the IX underquilt I was fine down into the high 40s.

2.61 1 2.61
Home made Tree Straps. Used to protect trees from rope damage when hanging a hammock.

Results: Worked as planned They were easy to set up and take down, and no trees were harmed during the hike.

0.74 2 1.48
Home made stakes from Easton arrows and hardwood golf tees.

Results: Worked as planned I was worried about these pulling out during the big storm, but they held in like troopers.

0.14 4 0.57
Total 46.35
Luxury Items - items that make camping a pleasure.
Flask. Just an old soda bottle for carrying bourbon in.

Results: Worked as planned The total capacity was only 10 ounces, so I had a little less per night than normal, but it worked.

0.78 1 0.78
Cigar case to keep my cigars fresh.

Results: Worked as planned good cigars every night. I'm thinking of going to smaller cigars for hiking though.

0.11 1 0.11
Sudoku pages to play with in camp.

Results: Sort of worked as planned I was getting up and moving out later in the day than I normally do. So at night I pretty much went to bed after eating. I ended up not doing any puzzles on this trip.

0.04 4 0.16
Total 1.04
Clothing (Worn) -This stuff serves as my base clothing for all hikes - even in winter. Those surprise warm snaps hit even in January down here.
Wal-Mart ankle high running socks. They are light weight with some padding for comfort, and they dry pretty fast.

Results: Worked as planned

They were light, padded well so there were no blisters, and dried quickly.

1.45 1 1.45
Short sleeve wicking shirt.

Results: Worked as planned I initially was going to use a different shirt, but ended up getting this at the last minute. It worked better than the original I planned to take.

3.96 1 3.96
Addidas Trail runners. New pair of kicks for my feet. The jury is still out on these.

Results: Sort of worked as planned This was the second long trip I used these on, and the first since I added new foot beds. They ended up cramming my toes and causing blisters on the outside of my small toes and loss of nails. In hindsight I should have bought a larger pair since these foot beds are thicker than normal.

27.67 1 27.67
Ankle braces with liners. I have injured my ankles multiple times - the worst ones have been in high boots. An ankle injury forced me off the trail in 2008, so I take care not to repeat that again.

Results: Sort of worked as planned Not as supporting as my old stirrup braces. I may end up changing these out.

3.47 2 6.93
Nylon dress socks to prevent chaffing of my shins on the ankle braces.

Results: Worked as planned Great liners for the braces.

1.10 1 1.10
ID, money, credit cards, and keys. Zip lock style hiker wallet. Keep the cards to a minimum: ID, ATM, insurance, emergency contacts. When I hike a short stretch I also have the car key with me.

Results: Worked as planned I never lost my ID or cash or my car keys.

1.48 1 1.48
Leki Gear Trekking poles. Working good so far. The take some of the strain off my knees and help when climbing.

Results: Worked as planned They were a big help help on hills.

9.33 2 18.66
Duct tape - on trekking poles. Duct tape can repair almost anything and it is good for blisters. You don't need to carry a whole roll though.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up using some on my toes and some on my hat.

2.12 1 2.12
Swim trunks with the liner cut out.

Results: Didn't work as planned The pockets were pockets in name only. They were too shallow to actually hold anything, I almost lost my map because of them. I ended up putting everything I normally have in my pockets into my pack. I plan to take the extra weight in the future for me shorts with better pockets.

3.25 1 3.25
Wal-Mart microfiber underwear. Dry well and prevent thigh chafe. Going commando has never worked for me.

Results: Worked as planned No leg chafe.

2.05 1 2.05
Extra small lighter as a back up to the matches.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up using this as my primary fire sources since my matches were a bust.

0.42 1 0.42
Lip balm. Cool little lip balm pack for when you get wind burn on your face.

Results: Worked as planned I ended up needing it a couple of times when the sun started to chap my lips..

0.21 1 0.21
Small Swiss Army Knife. I prefer the Leatherman Micra, but I went with this one to save some weight.

Results: Lost I almost lost this because of the pocket problems with my shorts.

0.74 1 0.74
1quart zip lock. For keeping my, maps and guide book page in inside my pack.

Results: Worked as planned Map and guide stayed protected even when they got dropped on the trail in a rain storm.

0.21 1 0.21
Photo copy of the section of map I plan to hike on for this trip. One sheet of 8.5"x11" paper.

Results: Worked as planned There were times I wished I had the entire map, but this worked for what I was doing.

0.18 1 0.18
Pages from my guidebook shrunk down so I can fit multiple pages on one sheet of 8.5"x11" paper.

Results: Worked as planned Now there are lots of notes on the DRT page.

0.18 1 0.18
Dog tags. I've had this set for years. They are my good luck charms.

Results: Worked as planned I'm still here.

0.99 1 0.99
Ti wedding ring. To keep the hiker babes off me.

Results: Worked as planned I'm still married and no hot young hiker chicks followed me along the trail.

0.14 1 0.14
Mossy Oak Mesh Hat. A brim to keep the sun out of your eyes or to keep the rain off your glasses in wet weather.

Results: Worked as planned The one I took didn't make it. The stitching started going out during the hike and the bill was coming off. I'm switching back to my older hat.

2.08 1 2.08
Glasses with case. Transition glasses so they serve as sunglasses. The case is a microfiber bag so it also serves as a cleaner for the glasses.

Results: Worked as planned I saw everything I looked at.

0.88 1 0.88

Cheap pair of headphones

Results: Epic Fail The first night out these things died. Luckily I found a set at Hawk Mountain Shelter.

0.42 1 0.42
MP3 player/FM radio with Li battery. Stores 2 Gigs of music and runs off Li AAA so I can share batteries with my headlamp if I need to.

Results: Worked as planned I always had tunes.

1.17 1 1.17
Casio Pathfinder watch. Compass, altimeter, barometer, and it charges off solar energy. You just have to calibrate the altitude whenever you get to a point with a known elevation so it stays as accurate as possible.

Results: Worked as planned This is the first trip I have used this on as a navigation aid. I could generally tell how much further I had to walk on climbs by monitoring the altitude on this.

2.72 1 2.72
Total 78.98
Consumables - those supplies you use up as you hike so the weight goes down. Days Oz per day Total
Toilet paper 4 0.15 0.60
Meds 4 0.10 0.40
Cigars 4 0.575 2.30
DEET 4 0.05 0.20
Hand Cleaner 4 0.05 0.20
Iodine Pills 4 0.05 0.60
Food 3.75 32.00 120.00
Water @ 1.04 ounces per fluid ounce 1 24.00 24.96
Drinking alcohol 4 3.00 12.00
Alcohol @ 0.79 ounces per fluid ounce 4 1.00 3.16
Total 162.22
Oz Pounds
1. CLOTHING 8.4 0.52
2. RAIN GEAR 1.9 0.12
3. KITCHEN 7.1 0.44
4. MISC 8.6 0.54
5. HYGIENE 1.3 0.08
7. SLEEPING BAG/RUCK 46.4 2.90
8. LUXURY 1.0 0.06
9. CONSUMABLES 162.2 10.14
TOTAL (summer) 237.3 14.83
TOTAL (- food & water) 79.7 4.69
10. CLOTHING (WORN) 79.7 4.94
GRAND TOTAL (summer) 216.3 19.77


Recognition of support:

Thanks to the following people that are helping out in one way or another:

Dances with Mice for helping me with some Duncan Ridge Trail information so I can plan this hike.

Hog on Ice for making me my first Heineken pot and giving me stove ideas.

Dov Frazer, Chief Relaxation Officer of Hammock Bliss for sending me the pack for evaluation.

Peter Pan and Smee of Jacks 'R Better for the summer quilt and stuff sack.

Brandon of Warbonnet for the Edge Tarp.

MacEntyre of Molly Mac Pack for the IX Underquilt.

Michelle of Grand Trunk for sending me the Nano 7 and Pak-Man from hammock forums for suggesting it.

Opie of Whoopie Slings for making me a set and then being my advisor when I tried making me own.

Paul from Arrowhead Equipment for making me some Woopie Slings and toggles, and for the utility line I used on the tarp.

Just Jeff for his plans for hammock socks.