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Hungus and Pace
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Date: Wed, Jul 12th, 2017
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With about 4.5 weeks left until liftoff Pace and I are busy freshening up our gear. For the last 5 years we have not invested heavily in new backpacking gear. We were very well outfitted for our 2012 AT Thru hike and the majority of that gear was/is still workable for a week long trip here and there. We felt like we should take this opportunity freshen up our kits for this 5 week adventure to best set ourselves up for success.
On our week long trip on the Long Trail in VT this past October, we spend a rainy evening making a list of gear that could possibly be warrantied and a list of gear that needed to be updated or replaced.
H&P-Darn Tough Socks
H-OR Rocky Mtn Low Gaiters
P-OR Vertas Gaiters
H&P-Lifeproof Cases for iPhones
H&P-Long sleeve hiking shirts
H&P-Short Sleeve hiking shirt
We've made a pretty good dent in this list so far. One of the most researched items on here were our new backpacks. I have over 5000 miles on my 2005 Osprey Aether, the old Screamin Eagle. This pack served me very very well but has definitely reached the end of its useful life. All of the straps have been worn so smooth that nothing stays tight anymore. Pace has at least 2500 miles on her Granite Gear Vapor Ki but that pack is full of holes and falling apart. It served her very well but was definitely not as robust as the old Osprey. I wanted to simply replace my Aether with the current model but Osprey really screwed them up in my opinion. they added every possible bell and whistle to that pack making it clock in at over 5lbs vs my 3lb older model. I spent a lot of time looking at the Atmos but that was still a 4lb+ pack and I did not like the AG system. It seemed to pinch me in all of the wrong places. I took another look at ULA, Granite Gear, and some of the other boutique pack makers but at the end of the day I need something a bit more robust. We could be considered lightweight hikers but are certainly not ultralight. Our packs generally rock in the mid 30's rolling out of town and can push even higher if we are bringing some beers for the first night. Those ultralight packs just chew up my shoulders.
So what pack did we decide on? The new Gergory Paragon 68 and Maven 65! These packs seem to carry a load amazingly well and when stripped down weigh in around 3lb 10oz. It was really hard for me to abandon my trustworthy Osprey but these Gregory's were calling to us.
Here is a list of the rest of the major gear items you will find in my pack. (Original Gear) means gear that started before my 07 AT Thru Hike.
Western Mountaineering Alpinlite Sleeping Bag (Original Gear)
Feathered Friends Hyperion down jacket
OR Zealot Rain Jacket (Original Gear but might update)
Montane Featherlite Wind Pants
Nemo Tensor 20R regular insulated ground pad
Nemo Fillo Elite pillow
Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 person
Petzel Reactik headlamp
Ursack food storage bag (Original Gear)
Jetboil Flash (Original Gear)
Granite Gear zippered stuff sacks
Sea to Summit Dry Bag
Platypus 2L bladder (Original Gear)
Leki Makalu trekking Poles (Original Gear)
Salomon Evasion Hiking Shoes
A journal to document the adventures of Hungus and Pace on their 2017 south bound thru hike of the Colorado Trail.
Check out Hungus's 07 AT NOBO Thru Hike or 08 Cordillera Huayhuash Thru Hike
Click the link above to check out our 2012 AT NOBO Thru Hike. There is also a link for the 2013 Long Trail but only a section was documented online. Hungus finished his last LT section in October 2016.
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