We haven’t changed up our gear too much from our previous hikes. However, we may as well mention some new/different gear we will be using.
If you are interested in our philosophy on gear, gear weight, reasons for using a hammock and DIY-ness, the beginning of this post hits the high points.
1. Beardoh sewed new hammocks for us last fall that we will be taking. Now SweetPea will be rocking the integrated bugnet too. Beardoh also got a new tarp from Hammock Gear – This new tarp has a catenary cut which we have longed for in our hammock tarps as they get floppy when we have to sleep on the ground. We both got new Hammock Gear 20deg under-quilts.
2. We sewed new backpacks for this hiking season. This was the first time we used Dynema. It was great to sew, but terrible to cut. We had to buy a bunch of titanium rotary cutting blades, because the material kept dulling our blades! But, we are really happy with the final product and are excited to put them to use. Beardoh’s pack makes use of carbon fiber stays. The use of suspension is an experiment in our lightweight packs.
3. We decided (mostly because SweetPea lobbied for it) to bring our stove on this trail. Neither of us mind eating just cold food (especially for a shorter trail, such as this), but for SweetPea, it was more a matter of variety. She tries to limit/avoid wheat, and she is really sick of eating cereal everyday for lunch after five months of it on the PCT.
4. We are taking a snow stake with us as a faux trowel for digging our morning catholes. We’ve used rocks or our shoes in the past, but decided to go more high-tech on this trail. 🙂
5. Beardoh will be debuting his poncho tarp that he made last month. He won’t use it to sleep under, since it doesn’t really work over a hammock, but he will use it in place of a rain jacket. The weight of the poncho is the same as his previous lightweight rain coats, but the poncho will go over his pack, give more coverage over his body and actually keep him dry 🙂 . Click here to read about this DIY project.
6. Water Filter – For the CT, we are going to try using the Sawyer Squeeze filter. We have been using bleach or colloidal silver for years, but recently after speaking with someone who felt that consistent bleach screwed up the healthy micro-organisms in his gut, we decided to give the filter a try.
SweetPea’s Gear List on lighterpack.com
Beardoh’s Gear List on lighterpack.com
If you take a look at the gear lists, you will see that some items are have 0 weight. These are placeholders to remind us to have the item along, but it is in the pack of the other person. Always hiking together gives us some small luxuries sharing gear.