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Ellie - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2009

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State: CT
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 23, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Nov 16th, 2008

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,159
Journal Visits: 88,029

Gear list Journal Plan

Continental Divide Trail Map

Gear Changes

I've started determing what gear I will be changing next year. I've already researched the "Big 3" and the changes with approximate weight savings, over what I currently use, will include the following:

WM Versalite Sleeping Bag - 1lb, 2oz

Circuit Pack - 1lb, 6oz

Wild Oasis - 2lb, 5oz

Some other changes include going stoveless, which will save close to a pound, and switching to a foam sleeping pad, although this is debatable since sleeping well makes a big difference in my hiking. I may just switch to a 3/4 Thermarest instead of a full length. I don't want to go too crazy. I am very delicate.

I've started doing the planning, and Box Mailer is already trying to take over, claiming the need for an "accurate" budget and itinerary. I believe the suggestion was even made to photo copy the spreadsheet itinerary to the back of all the maps so I could be reminded frequently of where I should be, or how far behind I am at that point in time. I noticed no mention of "how far ahead" was offered in the suggestion. Maybe there is a reason you don't meet too many ex-accountants that are thruhikers. Don't get me wrong, Box Mailer is the BEST box mailer ever!

I will also be selling some of my old gear I've accumulated over the years, over the next few weeks to make room in my basement. I went through it the other day, and I believe I could outfit several people. Some of the gear included is a Marmot Helium Bag, Sierra Designs synthetic bag, brand new Osprey Aura 50 pack, 7x9 silynylon tarp, 7x9 cuben fiber tarp, brand new Lunar solo tarptent, brand new sierra design rain jacket, Pocket Rocket Stove, etc. The list goes on and on. I feel like an outfitter. No wonder box mailer has been complaining about the clutter. I will probably list the items on the forums, and use E-Bay also.

I've gotten a few e-mails from others that will be hiking the CDT this upcoming year. The long distance hiking community is a small group. Odds are that I won't see them since it is estimated that only about 30 start this trail each year, but it is nice to know that some of my cohorts will be out there.

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