Backpackers gear down for long distance hikes
Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15 19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such as MP3 player, GPS, camera, umbrella, cell phone, book or extra chocolate.
Extra fleece and clothing and an ice ax for early and late season hiking adds a couple of pounds to a load.
They tote more burberry bags sale than ultralight hikers, who pack less than 10 pounds base weight. If light raincoat must be worn, umbrella allows hood to be left down and top unzipped for ventilation. (Heet in yellow bottle burns hotter). Hough compensates by eating more snacks. “I usually don’t wear waterproof shoes in summer because my feet sweat less, which is most important overall,” Hough said. “When it rains, I just walk in wet feet. Even waterproof boots get wet, but at least these boots dry quickly. With linen bottom to hold sleeping pads.
Sleeping pads: Z Lite closed cell folding pad (under 14 ounces), is light and durable; can’t p burberry bags sale uncture. Minimalist packs weigh less than 2 pounds with f burberry bags sale ew bells and whistles, little padding and are geared to hauling base weights of 20 pounds or less.
“It’s rough on a dry stretch when you have to carry 15 pounds of water,” Hough said. “In those cases, we might use bags and carry one in our hands.”
Food: Constantly evolving options enhanced with home food dehydrator to prepare foods such as red beans and rice, ground t burberry bags sale urkey chili as well as home made spaghetti sauce dried to consistency of fruit leather to go with pasta.
Long distance hikers rely on sending food ahead or buying from food stores along the way. “We eat a lot of standbys, like mac and cheese, tuna packets, mashed potatoes with McCormick gravy sauce, which is a great warming comfort food. I carry a spice bag to make the same things taste different.
“We eat dried cereal with powdered milk and lunch on pita or tortilla with peanut butter or tuna plus dried nuts and other snacks. We enjoy fresh fruit for the first two nights out of a food supply stop.