packing for this trip has been incredibly stressful. i’m a notorious overpacker, packing five t-shirts for a two day trip. on this trip i was told to keep it light, focusing on lightweight items and only bringing things i need (not “luxury” items). according to olga, every pound makes a difference.
also (per olga’s suggestion) i started my lighter pack a few months ago. this is where i track every component i’m going to carry, wear, and eat, and can see how much weight i am carrying around.
here’s a link to my lighter pack.
backpack – i purchased a mountainsmith lariat 55L backpack last august and originally assumed i would use that pack for this. one i became “weight conscious” i realized how heavy it is at 5 lb 1 oz. after reading a lot of reviews, i bought a ULA circuit pack that weighs 41 oz (2 lb 9 oz), almost half the weight of my original pack. i also bought the rain cover.
sleeping bag – i haven’t bought a nice sleeping bag in 20+ years. i remember when i was going to “sleep away” camp, my mom and i went to REI and picked out a mummy bag. i bought a walmart sleeping bag for a camping trip when i lived in las vegas, but i think that one was donated soon after. for this trip i knew that it was time to invest in a lightweight and new sleeping bag. after lots of research in quality and deals, i picked the marmot hydrogen down sleeping bag. so far it seems really comfortable (and vincent had a fun time trying to “find” me while i was testing it out).
tent and stove – olga is bringing and carrying the tent and stove. before i sound completely lazy, i swear i offered to help. she wants to get used to the weight on the first week so the rest of the trip isn’t miserable. i’m bringing an extra mac and cheese meal to help.
– shorts: patagonia barely baggies
– long sleeve: patagonia sun stretch shirt
– shoes: nike terra kigers (my favorite trail running shoes)
– socks: injanji sock liners and darn tough socks
– bras, underwear
– oiselle trucker hat
– oiselle flyout tshirt
– oiselle flyout tights
– “sleep socks” (i wasn’t sure exactly what this meant but i brought smartwool socks)
– oiselle flyout long sleeve
– patagonia r1 pullover
– oiselle track pants (these are my “wind pants”)
– patagonia nano puff
– solar charger (i figure we will be in the dessert so there’s lots of sun)
– goal zero extra batteries
i’m about to board the flight, but i posted most of my details on the lighterpack! hopefully after my week of backpacking i can provide insight on what worked and what didn’t.