Backpacking

I have always wanted to do some backcountry camping. The
main obstacle has been to find a good lightweight tent. I had
stopped into Atmosphere last week to get some items for our ultra
comfort otentik camping at two jack, when I impulse purchased a
north face rock 22.

20130907-151100.jpg Since we’ve returned I’ve been acquiring additional
odds and ends I’ll need and researching some hike in sites. First
lets make a check list of what I’ll need… Storage Backpack I
bought this North Face Akila years ago. Turns out, this is a
women’s pack! That might explain why it’s just a fraction on the
small side? I’ve made efforts to pack light and plan only a wknd
trip, so this should suffice. Looks like Tamara is going to get a
new pack! Large zip lock bags For storing clothing to ensure
everything stays dry. Food Storage Containers Not planning on
having any leftovers and I’m going to eat freeze dried food. The
site has bear bins for storage of scented items and food.
Shelter/Sleeping Sleeping Bag Mountain Hardware. Lightweight. I’ll
need to also sleep in something warm. Sleeping Pad I’m going to go
without on this trip. I saw one on DX dot com I may buy in the
future. Food/Cooking Stove Picked up an MSR pocket rocket and some
light weight pots I can cook in and eat out of. Also bought 1
Mountain House Grilled Chicken and Mashed Potatoes for dinner and 1
Mountain House eggs and bacon for breakfast. I’ll also bring some
extra food in the form of gels and energy bars in case of an
emergency. Essentials First aid kit Map Compass GPS Water Bottle
and Camelback Multi-tool Headlamp Extra Clothing Rain Gear Candle
and water proof matches Sunscreen Now, will all this fit in my
backpack? Let’s lay it out! Doesn’t look like much, lets start
loading! I’m going to load the items I will need least at the
bottom and heaviest items closest to my back. First In Empty
camelback into the hydration compartment. Not sure if this is a
good idea? It may be difficult to fill when the pack is loaded?
Tent poles and hatchet loaded parallel closest to my back. Second
In Freeze dried food. Will not be required until after camp is
setup, so it can go to the bottom laid flat. Next is the footprint
on top of the food to provide some protection. Then the rain fly
gets loaded parallel with the sleeping bag jammed in the bottom
horizontally now between the tent poles and the rain fly on top of
the food and footprint. Roughly half full now. Hmmm. Third In Tent
on top of the sleeping bag. I had setup the tent in my basement to
make sure I had everything. Then rolled it up tighter to ensure it
takes up less space. Things are getting tight. With two bulky item
remaining and some bits and pieces. Fourth In Down vest, rolled up
and compressed as much as I can. The mountains are cold at night so
this is essential. Rain poncho on top. Cramming things in now. Not
looking to bad… Fifth In Stove, gas and pot. Remaining essentials
that need to be accessible are in the back pocket. Map and first
aid, along with tent pegs, cutlery, matches and fire starters. Bear
spray and compass will ride in pant pockets. This bag is crammed so
tight I could barely get my headlamp into the side pockets. Not to
mention, I haven’t loaded in spare clothes yet. Diagnosis is I
think I can make this work for a first time one nighter, but I will
need a larger pack. Now lets weight it in. Currently at 22 lbs.
This is without water. I think I will take some walks this week
with it and see how it feels. I’ve had the pack for years, but I’ve
never really hiked with it.

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