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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: May 1, 2018
Date: Fri, Dec 8th, 2017
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Weight Loss Program
I’m on a weight loss program. Not for me, but for my gear. I have carried a 13.5 pound base weight pack ever since I started long distance hiking. That 13.5 pound “base weight” is the weight of non-consumable items I carry in my pack. It includes the weight of the pack, my sleeping bag, my shelter, my stove, my extra clothes, and all the other gear I carry on my back. It doesn't include my food, my water, or fuel for my stove. And it doesn't consider the clothes I'm wearing or items in my pocket like a pocket knife.
A thirteen and a half pound base weight is considered light weight. Many thru-hikers have a base weight of 15 or even 20 pounds, but lighter is usually better. Less weight allows you to move faster, it's more comfortable, and requires less energy. So one of my goals, as I prepare for the CDT, is to lighten my load.
To that end I have started a review of every piece of equipment and gear that I carry. I will take into consideration not only the weight of each item, but also its utility, convenience, safety, and the multi use capabilities. As you may be aware, I have gone through this process with each of my thru-hikes, but the nature of the CDT requires and even more extreme vetting of my gear. My goal is at least a 25% reduction in my base weight. That will put me around 10 lb. or lower. This whole process is made more difficult because of the fact that I already have some of the lightest gear available. So it won't be as easy as replacing a 5 pound sleeping bag with an 18 ounce sleeping bag, because I've already done that.
Next week- Shelter
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit
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